Syrian Borders with Israel and Jordan Open Again After 4 Years

For the first time in 4 years, the border crossings between Syria and Israel (Quneitra crossing), and Syria and Jordan (Nasir crossing), are open.  Both are used primarily by UN peacekeeping forces. Until earlier this year, that region of Syria was controlled by the Assad regime as he pushed rebels all the way to the …

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President Trump’s UN Speech

The United Nations has gathered at its headquarters in New York City for the annual General Assembly, calling together diplomats from all over the world.  Many (including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian President Rouhani) are scheduled to deliver speeches (or already have).  Yesterday President Trump addressed the assembly. While touting the US as …

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Russia is Furious! What Does that Mean for Israel?

Major news outlets have confirmed Israeli airstrikes in and around Latakia, Syria on Monday.  In the midst of the attacks, a Russian-made S-200 anti-aircraft defense system activated by Syrian forces, inadvertently shot down a Russian IL-20 that was on reconnaissance over the Mediterranean Sea.  While Russian President Vladimir Putin cited "tragic chance events" publicly, Russia's …

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“Operation Good Neighbor” Comes to an End

Prior to the Syrian civil war, the border with Israel was relatively quiet, with a small UN peacekeeping unit nestled in a buffer zone between the two.  It was one of Israel's most peaceful borders. After war broke out, rebels fled many parts of Syria and gathered in areas near the Israeli border.  Gradually, Assad's …

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