Middle East

Strange bedfellows: The Russian-Turkish-Iranian axis

Russian-Turkish-Iranian axis


By OFRA BENGIO
Russia has fulfilled a long-held dream of reaching the warm water of the Mediterranean and is casting itself as the hegemon in the region.
Sixty years have lapsed since the Baghdad Pact which grouped together Turkey, Iran, Iraq and the West in an alliance against the Soviet Union and the concomitant Communist danger.

The Syria safe zone may not be as Turkey wanted

Syria safe zone

Murat Yektin 

As soon as U.S. President Donald Trump said he was considering the formation of safe zones for Syrians trying to escape the six-year-old civil war, there was a reaction from Russia. 
Dimitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the U.S. had not consulted with them on the project, adding that “probably all the consequences ought to be weighed up.”

As Trump era begins, Arab leaders should prepare for bad days

Trump era

Smadar Perry

Analysis: So far, the new American president has made no effort to prove that he has a vision. He is a businessman who is out to sell the headline ‘America First.’ Whoever wants to make him offers on issues unrelated to the homeland should take a number, get in line and be ready to pull out their wallet.

Moscow acts to oust Iran from Syria, bombs ISIS

 Moscow Iran Syria ISIS


DEBKAfile Exclusive Report 

Although Vladimir Putin’s spokesman spoke reservedly Saturday, Jan. 21, about Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president the day before – It would be “an illusion” to expect Russian-US ties to be “free of disagreement” – Moscow’s actions in Syria were clearly designed to meet the new US president more than half way.

Jerusalem is the Center of Gravity

Jerusalem


By Prof. Efraim Inbar
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 398

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Making strategic choices requires distinguishing which issues are urgent and which are important. Right now, the securing of Jewish control over Jerusalem is both urgent and important. Jerusalem carries great symbolic and strategic value for Israel, and Israeli control of the city must be protected.

WILL TRUMP BE A GAME-CHANGER FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD?

MUSLIM WORLD


BY ZVI MAZEL 
How will the new US administration impact the age-old Sunni-Shi’ite conflict? Sunnis make up 85% of the Muslim world, with Shi’ite a poor second at less than 15%. Nevertheless, Iran enjoys an advantage because it is the supreme Shi’ite religious and political authority, whereas in the Sunni world, every imam can issue his own fatwas – though there is no general obligation to follow them.

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