Nasser lost the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip; Syria lost the strategic Golan Heights; and Jordan – which had been implored to stay out of the war but didn’t – lost the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and the parts of Jerusalem it had taken in the 1948 War.For many American Jews, the triumph was a catharsis. To the spiritually inclined, the victory looked like a miracle. Ethnic pride was in vogue and for many the triumph raised Jewish esteem. The community was anyway feeling more secure and assertive than it had in the 1950s. Not all American Jews were elated, however. The ultra-Orthodox Natorei Karta sect didn’t budge in its animosity, which stemmed from the principle that only the messiah could herald the Jewish return to Palestine. The secular anti-Zionist American Council for Judaism looked askance at what it saw as unseemly Jewish chauvinism. But for most US Jews across the political and religious spectrum, Israel was now wired into their … [Read more...] about Israel and US Jewry – the proverbial couple
Idlib province is the last major rebel stronghold in civil war-torn Syria outside of government control, with the exception of northeastern Syria, which is controlled by U.S.-backed Kurdish groups. Control of the province has so far been divided between HTS, which is spearheaded by al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria formerly known as the Nusra Front, and rebels backed by Turkey. … [Read more...] about Al-Qaida-linked group in Syria strengthens hold on northwest
Iran, administration officials have said, already faces “unprecedented” financial pressure—but more may be coming. The Cruz spokesperson wrote that the senator intended to push to codify the designation alongside “layers of sanctions for the full range of the IRGC’s malign activities”; Dubowitz advocated in The Wall Street Journal building “a wall of sanctions”—to encircle Iran, but also, by implication, to constrain any Trump successor’s freedom of maneuver. “Politically, it would be hard to make the case for dismantling these sanctions, since all evidence points to Tehran’s wrongdoing,” he wrote. “If blocked from delivering sanctions relief to Iran, the next administration would have little choice but to wield U.S. economic leverage and negotiate a follow-on agreement that addresses the fundamental flaws of the JCPOA”—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the Iran deal is formally … [Read more...] about The U.S. Escalates Even Further Against Iran—To What End?
James Durso ( @james_durso ) is the Managing Director of Corsair LLC, a supply chain consultancy. He was a professional staff member at the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission and the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Durso served as a U.S. Navy officer for 20 years and specialized in logistics and security assistance. His overseas military postings were in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and he served in Iraq as a civilian transport advisor with the Coalition Provisional Authority. He served afloat as Supply Officer of the submarine USS SKATE (SSN 578). … [Read more...] about Designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as terrorists will have consequences for America
While there is hand-wringing in Washington and European capitals about the president’s actions, many of the complaints ignore the reality of the IRGC. For example, it is ridiculous to give any credence to the idea that U.S. adversaries may respond by labeling the U.S. military as a terrorist entity. Iran has two militaries, after all: the regular military often called the artesh (simply the Persian word for army) and the IRGC. … [Read more...] about Trump’s IRGC terror designation is great, but it misses something important
The Turkish floating power station Karadeniz Powership Orhan Bey, which generates electricity to help ease the strain on the country's woefully under maintained power sector, is docked near the Jiyeh power plant, south of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, April 8, 2019. Lebanon's Cabinet has approved a much-anticipated plan to restructure Lebanon's electricity sector, decrepit since the country's civil war more than 40 years ago. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Monday the new plan will eventually provide the country's more than 5 million people with 24-hour electricity. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla) … [Read more...] about Lebanon Cabinet approves watershed electricity sector reform