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Israel’s options for resolving tension with Iran

Yossi Beilin – Al Monitor If Israel and Iran want to set new rules for the game played on the Syrian front, and if they would rather avoid all-out war, they should look back at the understandings reached between Israel and former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad in Lebanon back in 1976. …

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AFTER THE WEEKEND’S IRAN-ISRAEL ATTACKS, A BURDEN ON TRUMP TO CONFRONT RUSSIA AND ENGAGE EUROPE

Dennis Ross – Washington Institute Early Saturday morning, Iran crossed a threshold in trying to carry out a direct attack against Israel from Syria. Using its T-4 airbase in Homs province—a base used by the Qods Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and its head Qassem Soleimani—the Iranians launched a …

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Iranian protester tells Israeli TV: The regime has to fall

In an interview with an Israeli television station on Sunday, an Iranian anti-regime protester said that the brutally suppressed protests of 2009 have shown the Iranian people that the only way in which they can gain the rights they deserve is if the ayatollahs’ regime falls. The protester, who was …

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Islamic Republic Keeps Military Advisers In The Middle East

By Ahmad Rafat (Kayhan London) Despite strong protests by the international community, Iran continues to expand its sphere of influence in the Middle East. “We have advisers in Yemen,” said Major-General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps [IRGC], in recent remarks. In the lexicon of …

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Will Iran under pressure go to war?

Ely Karmon – Jerusalem Post The killing of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh by the Houthis, his allies until recently, should be seen against the backdrop of the clouds threatening Iran’s hegemonic status and territorial hold in the region. The assassination of Saleh serves the common interest of the …

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Russia sandwiched in Syria between Israel, Iran

Maxim A. Suchkov (Al Monitor) Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu paid a two-day visit this week to Israel — his first as the top Russian military commander. On Oct. 16, Shoigu met in Tel Aviv with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and the Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of General Staff Gadi …

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From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

 Iran’s military chief warned Israel against breaching Syrian airspace and territory on a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, raising tensions with Israel as it voices deep concern over Tehran’s influence in Syria. General Mohammad Baqeri pledged to increase cooperation with Syria’s military to fight Israel and insurgents, Iranian and Syrian …

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Iran military chief warns: Israeli violations of Syria are ‘unacceptable’

Iran’s military chief of staff indicated Wednesday that Tehran would not tolerate violations of Syrian sovereignty by Israel and vowed that the two countries would jointly fight against Syria’s enemies. His comments came after Israel on Monday struck an anti-aircraft battery inside Syria, which followed the firing of a Syrian missile …

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Israel Is Going to War in Syria to Fight Iran

Israeli officials believe that Iran is winning its bid for dominance in the Middle East, and they are mobilizing to counter the regional realignment that threatens to follow. The focus of Israel’s military and diplomatic campaign is Syria. Israeli jets have struck Hezbollah and Syrian regime facilities and convoys dozens …

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A War with Hizbollah Would Essentially Mean War with Iran This Time Around

Hanin Ghaddar – The National The possibility of an imminent war between Israel and Hizbollah has been growing as both Israeli and Hizbollah officials engage in fiery rhetoric about how damaging the next war will be (for the other side, of course). Convinced that Hizbollah has strong control over Lebanon’s state institutions, Israel is …

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