Israel, Hizbollah and Iran: Preventing another war in Syria PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 11 February 2018 17:44

What’s new? A new phase in Syria’s war augurs escalation with Israel. As the Assad regime gains the upper hand, Hizbollah probes the south west and Iran seeks to augment its partners’ military capacities, Israel has grown fearful that Syria is becoming an Iranian base.

Why does it matter? “Rules of the game” that contained Israeli-Hizbollah clashes for over a decade have eroded. New rules can be established in Syria by mutual agreement or by a deadly cycle of attack and response in which everyone will lose. A broader war could be one miscalculation away.

What should be done? Russia should broker understandings that bolster the de-escalation agreement distancing Iran-backed forces from Syria’s armistice line with Israel; halt Iran’s construction of precision missile facilities and its military infrastructure in Syria; and convince Israel to acquiesce in foreign forces remaining in the rest of Syria pending a deal on the country’s future.

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Pourquoi le Maghreb soutient Bachar Al-Assad par Akram Belkaïd PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 16:43

 Réuni sous le « haut patronage » du président Béji Caïd Essebsi, le Conseil des ministres arabes de l’intérieur adopte un texte qui condamne les « pratiques et actes terroristes » du Hezbollah, accusé de vouloir« déstabiliser certains pays arabes ». Cette mise en cause frontale résulte d’une intense pression des représentants des six monarchies du Conseil de coopération du Golfe (CCG), qui avaient déjà adopté un texte dans ce sens le même jour. Ils entendent dénoncer le soutien militaire du parti libanais au régime de M. Bachar Al-Assad et l’isoler sur le plan diplomatique.

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Exclusion of Arab parliamentarians from the Knesset by OMRI BOEHM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by OMRI BOEHM   
Friday, 01 April 2016 11:43

L'article a était écrit en anglais pour le journal hebdomadaire allemand Die Zeit. L'article fut publié et traduit en allemand par Michael Adrian, dans Die Zeit N° 14 du 23 mars 2016, page 42. NDLR

In Jerusalem's Knesset are also some Arab MPs. Supposedly, they deny "Israel's existence as a Jewish state". Now the government wants to take action against them. Written by OMRI BOEHM

The Israeli government intends these days a law to bring through parliament, with which it would be possible to exclude Arab parliamentarians from the Knesset. No major media coverage took place in the Western media. Apparently it might be acceptable that a government threatened or hit by terrorists accesses unconventional means to protect the country...Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced in September at the UN General Assembly, the Palestinians "felt no longer 'on the Oslo agreement" tied ". Abbas' statement proves in retrospect to be significant. "In times of universal deceit," to George Orwell once said, "is the utterance of truth calls for revolutionary action": Although everyone for years know that the Oslo process is dead...

It was no accident that the violence in the region less than a week after Abbas' wake-up call reached an extent where many thought it to a third Intifada.. In this context, US Secretary of State Kerry warned that the two-state solution will be virtually obsolete - he even spoke of "apartheid". A few weeks ago, the influential New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman stated then flush, "end of the show" ... you all have buried the two-state solution.... "A year ago, such a statement would have been unthinkable. Abbas' rejection of Oslo marked a new phase in the Arab-Israeli conflict, the moment at which the discussion of the two-state illusions began to shift to a One-State politic.

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Syria – a Study in International Cynicism by Amir Taheri PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 January 2016 13:14

an 8th, 2016 by Amir Taheri for Asharq al-Awsat


The UN's proposed peace talks are hardly the result of a genuine desire to stop the killings. Instead, they are meant to create the illusion that the international community has now reached a consensus on Syria. This is patently untrue

Opinion: Syria – a Study in International Cynicism

If all goes well, the latest diplomatic maneuver on Syria will take place sometime this month. However, what one can expect from the forthcoming session, which is unanimously endorsed by the United Nations Security Council, is far from certain.

The first thing to know about the proposed diplomatic exercise is that it is only tangentially related to Syria if at all. The real purpose of the exercise lies elsewhere.

This is instantly clear from the very first step proposed by the Security Council resolution: to install a ceasefire in the war-torn country. Usually, when the Security Council decides on a ceasefire it is fixed for almost immediate establishment. Over the past 70 years of its existence the UN has declared dozens of ceasefires, all coming into effect instantly.

This time, however, the Security Council envisages a ceasefire produced by unspecified talks at an unspecified date. Worse still, at least half of those involved in Syria’s multi-layered war are excluded even from talks on a ceasefire.

A Versailles, la guerre a perdu la paix - 20 juillet 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 July 2015 17:25
20 juillet 2015
Extrait du « Manuel d’histoire critique »

A Versailles, la guerre a perdu la paix

Le troisième programme d’aide imposé à la Grèce dans la nuit du 12 au 13 juillet 2015 a été qualifié de « nouveau traité de Versailles » par l’ancien ministre des finances Yánis Varoufákis, lors du débat parlementaire précédant son adoption.

Ce traité, signé le 28 juin 1919, fait l’objet d’un traitement très différent suivant les pays, explique le « Manuel d’histoire critique » du « Monde diplomatique ». Tandis que les manuels scolaires allemands insistent sur la dureté des sanctions infligées à Berlin, les livres de classe britanniques soulignent la position revancharde de la France ; en Russie, on retient surtout que la nouvelle République soviétique ne faisait pas partie des invités. Complémentaires, ces interprétations témoignent de l’influence de la mémoire nationale sur la construction du récit historique.

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