Iranian Oil Smuggling Brought Destruction to Israeli Waters

March 18 2021

On February 17, tar began to wash up on Israeli beaches, soon amounting to the largest ecological disaster in Israel’s history. Experts then traced the tar to a spill from an oil tanker traveling from Iran to Syria. While the Israeli environmental protection minister, Gila Gamliel, went so far as to blame Tehran for deliberately committing an act of “ecoterrorism,” neither independent sources nor Israeli security officials have confirmed this claim. But even if the spill was accidental, the Islamic Republic is hardly blameless, as Judy Maynard writes:

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More about: Iran, Israeli Security, Syria

Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war