IMRA Middle East News Updates https://www.imra.org.il Middle East News & Analysis en-US 1566573659 1566573659 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Capalon Internet 2.0 imra@netvision.net.il (Aaron Lerner) News & Analysis IMRA Middle East News Updates https://www.imra.org.il https://www.imra.org.il/imra_sm.png 144 97 Observation: Israeli activity in Syria (Putin) vs. Iraq (Trump) - Ramifications https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73551 <p>Observation: Israeli activity in Syria (Putin) vs. Iraq (Trump) -<br /> Ramifications<br /> Dr. Aaron Lerner 23 August, 2019</p> <p>We bomb Russia allies in Syria.</p> <p>We do this despite the top-of-the-line Russian manned air defense umbrella<br /> and the Russian air defense systems under Syrian control.</p> <p>Yes. Right there in the middle of what is essentially Russia's weapons<br /> showroom we bomb Russian allies/customers.</p> <p>We even have a communications arrangement to warn the Russians when we are<br /> about to bomb their allies so that we don't get into each other's way.</p> <p>Why? How long will this last? What does this mean for the future?</p> <p>Good questions.</p> <p>But for this discussion, suffice it to say that this is the situation today<br /> in Syria.</p> <p>We bomb some of America's enemies in Iraq.</p> <p>We do this despite the ongoing complaints from the United States that we are<br /> engaged in activity in Iraq that may have a negative impact on their<br /> interests in Iraq.</p> <p>The Americans aren't challenging our need to bomb some of America's enemies<br /> in Iraq.</p> <p>And the Americans aren't lifting a finger to address the challenges we face<br /> in Iraq so that we would not have to bomb some of America's enemies in Iraq.</p> <p>Yet America continues to complain and even go so far as to make it clear<br /> that they want us to stop.</p> <p>That's the situation.</p> <p>And this with Mr. Trump president.</p> <p>So what does this all mean?</p> <p>That at the end of the day we need to recognize that even when the closest<br /> allies swears that he "has your back" that that promise is actually "I have<br /> your back subject to my own interests."</p> <p>Please don't get me wrong.</p> <p>I am not saying that there is a problem with that position.</p> <p>Just that we must always remember it.</p> <p>If and when the day comes that we are told that it is ok for us to make a<br /> concession that undermines our security because America "has our back" we<br /> must remember that that pledge is subject to how it may jibe with American<br /> interests at the time that we face a challenge as a consequence of the<br /> concession.</p> <p>________________________________________<br /> IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis</p> <p>Since 1992 providing news and analysis on the Middle East with a focus on <br /> Arab-Israeli relations</p> <p>Website: www.imra.org.il</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:20:59 +0000 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73551 Weekly Commentary: Hamas Cannot Be Moderated By Economic Improvement - Policy Ramifications https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73550 <p>Weekly Commentary: Hamas Cannot Be Moderated By Economic Improvement -<br /> Policy Ramifications<br /> Dr. Aaron Lerner 22 August, 2019</p> <p>A key goal of Hamas is to destroy Israel.</p> <p>This is reflected by the fact that the Hamas regimes has consistently opted<br /> to devote its resources on "guns" rather than "butter".</p> <p>They give priority to building attack tunnels over building housing.</p> <p>And their massive engagement in weapons production serves to drive<br /> restrictions on the supply of dual use material.</p> <p>Any politician suggesting that programs to improve the economic situation in<br /> Gaza will change this is either clueless or cynical.</p> <p>Why cynical?</p> <p>Because while Hamas does indeed want to destroy the Jewish State it has<br /> patience.</p> <p>It could very well be that the implementation of projects and policies which<br /> facilitate the acceleration of Hamas' preparation for war will bring<br /> temporary quiet.</p> <p>The same kind of quiet these same politicians typically brag about when they<br /> talk about Lebanon. Yes, Lebanon. Home to over a hundred thousand<br /> missiles - which are now being upgraded - all thanks to the "quiet".</p> <p>To be clear, this is not to say that we shouldn't seek ways to improve the<br /> situation in the Gaza Strip.</p> <p>Just that we must not deceive ourselves that such a development would<br /> address the threat that Hamas represents.</p> <p>________________________________________<br /> IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis</p> <p>Since 1992 providing news and analysis on the Middle East with a focus on <br /> Arab-Israeli relations</p> <p>Website: www.imra.org.il</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2019 22:32:12 +0000 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73550 Observation: Turn for the useful idiots? Rashida Tlaib unmasked: hurting Israel trumps visiting grandmother https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73549 Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:27:27 +0000 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73549 Weekly Commentary: Shorter News Cycle Barring Omar and Tlaib https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73548 <p>Weekly Commentary: Shorter News Cycle Barring Omar and Tlaib <br /> <br /> Dr. Aaron Lerner 14 August, 2019 <br /> <br /> Israel is going to endure a news cycle getting slammed for refusing to allow in BDS advocates Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib. <br /> <br /> One news cycle. <br /> <br /> If they visited we would have suffered a nightmare of a series of controversial incidents, each with its own news cycle. <br /> <br /> And the pair would have returned no doubt armed with material to use in their ongoing campaign against the Jewish State. <br /> <br /> Let us not kid ourselves. <br /> <br /> The American Jews and others now slamming our decision probably wouldn't have lifted a finger to defend us if this duo had come and engaged in provocations. <br /> <br /> In fact, many of them would have weighed in with their condemnations of how we handled them. <br /> <br /> It is simple math. <br /> <br /> One news cycle vs a multitude of news cycles. <br /> <br /> One controversial decision vs a series of controversial decisions - many of which could have been magnitudes more serious. <br /> ________________________________________ <br /> IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis <br /> <br /> Since 1992 providing news and analysis on the Middle East with a focus on Arab-Israeli relations <br /> <br /> Website: www.imra.org.il</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2019 16:28:09 +0000 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73548 Yaakov Lappin on Israel's policy regarding Iranian weapons trafficking via Beirut International Airport https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73547 Mon, 12 Aug 2019 17:58:19 +0000 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73547 Most Arabs to be return to ancestral homelands in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere? Abbas Says Palestine For Canaanites...Outsiders Will Leave https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73546 Sun, 11 Aug 2019 19:46:45 +0000 https://www.imra.org.il/story.php?id=73546