Israel

Ex Mossad chief: Israel's biggest threat is potential civil war, not Iran

Mossad chief Tamir Pardo

 By ARIEL WHITMAN, REUTERS 
"If a society crosses a certain line in its division and hatred, then it is a real possibility to see a phenomenon like a civil war. The most pressing threat to Israel is not Iran, but rather the increased polarization within Israeli society, former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo said in his first public appearance since leaving office in June.

Turkey’s Israel charm offensive is all about Russia

Erdogan vs. Putin

 By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON 
Skepticism remains if Erdogan wants rapprochement.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest charm offensive toward Israel and his country’s Jews seems to show how a crisis over its downing of a Russian aircraft last month may help improve Istanbul’s dragging rapprochement efforts with the Jewish state.

Turkey Uses Bilateral Ties with Israel as Alibi


DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis 
Turkey - in full momentum since the Erdogan-Putin summit on Aug. 9 - is setting a rapid pace for its rapprochement with Israel. Saturday, Aug. 20, the Turkish parliament ratified the reconciliation agreement Ankara signed with Jerusalem and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced that ambassadors would be exchanged soon.

Is Israel planning all-out war on Hamas?


 

Author Adnan Abu Amer
TranslatorPascale Menassa

There are rumblings that Israel is threatening a war to end all wars against Hamas, one comparable to World War II.

Summary

There has been a lot of talk lately about Israel launching one last war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip to annihilate the group, and Hamas is preparing for this possibility.
It has been two years since the last Israeli war on the Gaza Strip. As both sides mark the occasion, Israeli politicians have made several official statements and military experts have published press analyses indicating that an upcoming military confrontation with Hamas is not only inevitable, but will completely eliminate Hamas.

Israel’s Government Hawks and Military Doves


Project Syndicate, Daniel Kurtzer
PRINCETON – Those who lead Israel’s defense establishment often come to consider peace with the Palestinians a necessary condition for the country’s security. Being tasked with maintaining the territories Israel has occupied since the Six-Day War in 1967 evidently causes the military and security brass to support political measures that would end the occupation. And yet the government shows no interest in pursuing a permanent settlement.

Is Israel More Accepted in the Middle East?


A briefing by Efraim Inbar
Summary account by Marilyn Stern, Middle East Forum Board of Governors

Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University and a Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, briefed the Middle East Forum in a conference call on June 30, 2016.

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