The Merits, and Costs, of Israel’s Vaccines-for-Hostages Deal

March 12 2021

Last month, Jerusalem worked out a deal with Moscow to secure the release of an Israeli citizen who had crossed the border into Syria. In return, Israel released two captured Syrians, and also spent $1 million to secure Russian-made vaccines for Syria. Micky Aharonson evaluates the agreement:

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More about: Coronavirus, Israeli Security, Russia, 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