The Syrian Civil War Is Coming to a Close, but Israel’s “Campaign between the Wars” Must Go On

April 5 2019

In January, the outgoing IDF chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot took the unprecedented step of speaking on the record about the systematic Israeli airstrikes on Iranian assets in Syria, which have been occurring for several years. These strikes, now discussed openly by Israeli officials, serve to impede the Islamic Republic’s efforts to take advantage of its intervention in the Syrian civil war to move men and materiel into positions from which to attack the Jewish state. Although the civil war may be coming to a close, Amos Yadlin and Ari Heistein argue that the “campaign between the wars”—as these operations are known in IDF lingo—must continue, but may face new challenges:

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More about: Hizballah, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war

Why Qatar Is a Problematic Ally

Sept. 29 2020

On September 14, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Qatari counterpart met and signed an agreement on cultural exchange, followed by an official statement from Foggy Bottom about “shared ideas of tolerance.” Since then, there have also been reports that the U.S. is considering awarding the peninsular monarchy the status of a major non-NATO ally, and even that Doha will be next in line to normalize its relations with Israel. The fact remains, however, that the Qatari educational system is rife with anti-Semitic indoctrination. Moreover, argues Efraim Inbar, it would be strategically foolish for Washington to reward Qatar with upgraded relations:

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More about: Al Jazeera, Anti-Semitism, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar, U.S. Foreign policy