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West Bank Kidnapping Triggers Massive Crackdwon on Hamas

West Bank Kidnapping Triggers Massive Crackdwon on Hamas

The kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank last week has triggered an enormous and ongoing Israeli crackdown on Hamas, causing the organization to suffer a setback to its presence in the Palestinian territories. Eyal Yifrach, 19, and

Obama's Soft Stance on Iran Might Force Israel to Strike

Obama's Soft Stance on Iran Might Force Israel to Strike

The international community and Iran meet again in Geneva this week for a fateful round of talks. The discussions are meant to ensure that Iran ceases activities designed to produce the first Shi’ite nuclear bomb–the first of many bombs, if

Analysis: The Regional Implications of a U.S. Strike on Syria

Analysis: The Regional Implications of a U.S. Strike on Syria

At the time of this writing, the United States appears to be making final preparations for a military strike on Syria in response to a chemical massacre perpetrated by the Assad regime against hundreds of civilians living in rebel-held suburbs of Damascus.

How American Leaks May Help Arm Israel's Enemies

How American Leaks May Help Arm Israel's Enemies

Israel has struck four targets in Syria this year, according to international media reports, hitting shipments of Iranian and Russian weapons that were – or were about to be – moved to Hizballah’s possession in Lebanon. The most recent reported attack

Iranian Nuclear Crisis Nearing a Critical Tipping Point

Iranian Nuclear Crisis Nearing a Critical Tipping Point

Iran is edging closer toward its goal of nuclear weapons possession and is leading the already deeply unstable Middle East region down a path to a new crisis. The warning signs are being drowned out somewhat by the horrors of

The Shi'ite Crescent Holds Its Ground

The Shi'ite Crescent Holds Its Ground

Developments in Syria are unfolding quickly, as the country’s civil war takes new twists and turns every week, and the impact of the conflict on the Middle East (and beyond) is growing. After two years of fighting and at least 80,000

Hamas in Gaza Sending Out Tentacles to the West Bank

Hamas in Gaza Sending Out Tentacles to the West Bank

In March, a Palestinian resident of the West Bank appeared before an Israeli military court and was charged with attempting to set up a Hamas terrorism cell, after being recruited for the mission by Hamas in Gaza. Ahmed Fahida, a 26-year-old attorney