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

How Israel Can Readjust Its Diplomacy for a Changing Europe

In recent years, Jerusalem has developed good relations with a group of Central European countries that have proved far more sympathetic than those of the West, and whose governments have sometimes stopped the European Union from issuing anti-Israel statements. But Europe, both East and West, is now in a state of political flux, and this approach may soon be obsolete. Emmanuel Navon proposes a new direction for Jewish state that capitalizes on its economic ties with Western Europe. Take, for instance, post-Angela Merkel Germany:

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More about: Emmanuel Macron, Europe and Israel, European Union, Germany, Israel diplomacy