U.S.Intelligence at Work: Iranian Warships? Yeah, I Heard Something about That

From Rubin Reports.Blogspot.Com Thursday, February 17, 2011 U.S.Intelligence at Work: Iranian Warships? Yeah, I Heard Something about That Please be subscriber 18,775 (daily reader 33,175). Put email address in upper right-hand box: http://www.rubinreports.blogspot.com We need your contribution. Tax-deductible donation by PayPal or credit card: click Donate button: http://www.rubinreports.blogspot.com. Checks: "American Friends of Continue Reading

Two Iranian warships transit Suez for Syria, tighten siege on Israel

From Debka.Com Twenty-four hours after Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the Egyptian upheaval had no military connotations for Israel, the Iranian frigate Alvand and cruiser Kharg transited the Suez Canal on their way to Syria Wednesday night, Feb. 16. Their passage was termed "a provocation" by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. In Beirut, Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah said he was looking forward to Israel going to Continue Reading

What If They Gave a Revolution and No Regime Fell?

From Rubin Reports.Blogspot.Com Wednesday, February 9, 2011 What If They Gave a Revolution and No Regime Fell? "If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you..." --Rudyard Kipling, "If" By Barry Rubin The time has come to advance a new thesis. Since I was just about the first person anywhere to warn publicly that the Egyptian revolution wasn’t necessarily going to be a bed of roses, let me Continue Reading

If Egypt and Jordan fall, Israel may face several new fronts

From Haaretz.Com The fading power of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's government leaves Israel in a state of strategic distress. Without Mubarak, Israel is left with almost no friends in the Middle East; last year, Israel saw its alliance with Turkey collapse. From now on, it will be hard for Israel to trust an Egyptian government torn apart by internal strife. Israel's increasing isolation in the region, coupled with a weakening Continue Reading

This is the Most Important Story: Lebanon Burns; America Snores

From Rubin Reports.Blogspot.Com This is the Most Important Story: Lebanon Burns; America Snores Posted: 25 Jan 2011 10:22 PM PST Please be subscriber 18,457 (and daily reader 28,357. Put email address in upper right-hand box: http://www.rubinreports.blogspot.com We rely on your contributions. Tax-deductible donation via PayPal or credit card: click Donate button: http://www.rubinreports.blogspot.com/. Checks: "American Friends of Continue Reading

Anti-Jewish Insanity in the Middle East Transcends All Previous Limits

From Rubin Reports.Blogspot.Com Monday, January 17, 2011 Anti-Jewish Insanity in the Middle East Transcends All Previous Limits By Barry Rubin After more than 30 years working professionally on Middle East history and politics, I can still be astonished by things that happen in the region. Yet, precisely as William Shakespeare wrote in his play about Cleopatra: "Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale/Her infinite Continue Reading

Egypt to Hamas: Stop Gaza rockets or face new Israel war

From Ft.Com Egypt has told Hamas that Israel might launch a Gaza war to curb rocket attacks, a warning that led the group to urge other militant factions to cease fire, sources familiar with Egypt-Hamas contacts said on Wednesday. "Egypt has told Hamas the Gaza situation was similar to that before December 2008," said one source, referring to the start of the three-week war Israel waged in the Hamas-run enclave with the declared aim of Continue Reading

Lessons from the Sudetenland

From KHouse.Org LESSONS FROM THE SUDETENLAND [The strategic dilemma in the Middle East is strikingly parallel to the tragic and painful lessons of Czechoslovakia. The following is presented in the words of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, in his book A Place Among The Nations, published in 1993. It still applies to the situation in Israel today.] Their Strategic Barrier Czechoslovakia was strategically Continue Reading

Hizbullah and the information war

From Caroline Glick.Com On January 15 the UN's Special Tribunal for Lebanon is scheduled to issue indictments against a number of Hizbullah operatives for the murder of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005. All of Lebanon and much of the region is waiting in suspense that grows with each passing day. The news that Hizbullah would be fingered by the prosecutors was first made public in July. Since then, Hizbullah Continue Reading

Back to Square One – Palestinian leader wants new Intl plan for peace talks

From Fox News.Com The Palestinian president called on the international community Friday to draft a new formula for peace talks with Israel and set aside the current process that he said is "managing the conflict but not solving it." Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority broke down in September after an Israeli freeze on settlement construction expired. The Palestinians say they will not negotiate as long as Israel Continue Reading