Governing Palestine: Internal Struggle, External Coercion International Institute for Strategic Studies
Who is responsible? Despite the inherent international expectation of an Israeli response to the Tel Aviv attack, the ball is still in the Palestinian court. The Palestinians can still prevent another round of violence.
Azure - The IDF and the Israeli Spirit The former Chief-of-Staff addresses the greatest threat facing the Jewish state. MOSHE YAALON
Israel to forgo military response to bombing Meanwhile, Arab media blame Israel for Tel Aviv attack, but debate attack's value for Palestinians.
Israel blames Hamas for bombing
Abbas slams attack; Hamas says legitimate
For Hamas, an inconvenient attack
Haaretz What to do regarding Hamas? Hamas' presence at the head of the Palestinian government is not a temporary phenomenon.
Analysis: Sharp blow, sharp response
FT Olmert against military response to bombingIsrael decided to refrain from military action but revoked the Jerusalem residency rights of three Hamas lawmakers and tightened already strict controls on Palestinians’ movement in the West Bank following Monday’s suicide bombing.
Jerusalem Post Straw calls for normalized relations with HamasStraw says he will demand that Hamas meet the requirements of the int'l community, but not insist on a formal recognition of Israel.
Yedioth Ahronoth UK wants 'normal relations' with Hamas Britain is interested in maintaining 'normal relations' with Hamas, and is seeking ways that would allow it to renew its financial aid to the Palestinian Authority, UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw stated Thursday ...
Ha’aretz – Egypt, Saudi pressing Hamas to recognize Israel
Gulf News Pessimism prevails over peace with Israel
Palestinian Fouad Jafer does not think that this week's suicide bombing in Tel Aviv has shattered peace prospects with Israel.
Hamas denies 'provocative' claim it smuggled arms into Jordan
Semih İDİZ AKP Hamas'ı kollamaya devam ediyor
M. Ali BİRAND Ankara, Hamas'ı taşıyamayacak
Soli Özel Hamas'ın kapanı
Syrian Army penetrating border: report Daily Star The Syrian Army has been penetrating through the Lebanese borders in the Ersal area, north of Bekaa, and smuggling military containers into Lebanon, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday.An-Nahar reported that the "Syrian Army composed of 15 soldiers and three military containers crossed between one and three kilometers into the Lebanese land."
Foes of Syrian Leaders No Friends of the US
Annan Presses Syria and Iran Over Hezbollah
UPI Syria plans to double gas production Syria has said the country's gas production will be doubled over the next three years.
UN to see Syria's Assad over Hariri murder in days
Investment Atmosphere in Syria Promising
Targeting Syria Comes Result of its Rejection of US Demands, Hezbollah Official Says
Syria Calls not to Damage Ties Between Islam and Europe
An Israel Accountability Act - William Cook
Guardian The tragedy that followed Hillary Clinton's bombing of Iran in 2009 Timothy Garton Ash
Foreign Policy Center 'Understanding Iran' People, Politics and Power (pdf) --- press release
Asia Times If it comes to a shooting war ... A worst-case scenario: America launches a "preventive war" against a rising China. But Beijing has a well-prepared "assassin's mace", including highly sophisticated asymmetric weapons that leave 15 mighty US and British carrier battle groups in tatters. Iran joins the fight and the US's Gulf fleet meets a similar fate. Perhaps the US should consider global leadership rather than global domination. - Victor N Corpus
William Arkin The Nuclear Option and Iran
Forward Knowing Why Not to Bomb Iran Is Half the Battle by Martin van Creveld
American Prospect War With Iran? Hell No by Matthew Yglesias
New York Times THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Iraq II or a Nuclear Iran?
Oxford Research Group Iran - Sliding to War? (pdf). Paul Rogers
Iran: Seeking a new regional power balance Monday Morning – Beirut
Asia Times Iran: Cooler heads urge Bush to talk Cooler heads, including prominent members of Bush's own party, are urging that he do just that. - Jim Lobe
Dar Al-Hayat Arabs and the Nuclear Test Ghassan Charbel - What does Iran want from the attack it has been waging since the election of Ahmadinejad and the joint retirement of Khatimi and Khatimism? One can only admit the Iranian's excellent timing.
Chirac: 'Militarily nuclearized Iran is unacceptable' Daily Star French President Jacques Chirac arrived Wednesday in Egypt for a two-day visit during which he was expected to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran's nuclear ambitions with his counterpart. Chirac went straight into talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Iran's controversial nuclear drive and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Iranian Nuclear Emancipation
Mohammad Sadek al-Husseini - Iran is taking part in a marathon race that is extremely sensitive and difficult, and the outcome of which could only be victory or defeat (not necessarily meaning confrontation or surrender), because the road of wisdom, contemplation, careful consideration, and choosing the ‘lesser of two evils’ are always in the minds of the Iranian decision makers.
Washington Institute Iraq: A Report from the Front Gen. John Vines, recent former commander of the Multinational Corps–Iraq
CSIS - American Strategic, Tactical, and Other Mistakes in Iraq: A Litany of Errors -Anthony Cordesman
The Prospect Divide and heal Gareth Stansfield Despite the imminent formation of a government of national unity, Iraq is splintering into its three historic provinces. The break-up can be managed, but it cannot be avoided. The western powers and Iraqi nationalists must now accept that radical federalism is the only alternative to civil war
Daily Telegraph Civil war 'could spread' Saudi Arabia has issued a stark warning that Iraq is in the grip of civil war which threatens to "suck in" neighbouring countries.
BBC Iraq parliament tackles impasse
Iraq's parliament is due to hold a much-delayed session to break the deadlock over appointing the top jobs.
Christian Science Monitor A Middle East 'axis' forms against West Iran is forging ties with those in Mideast that share its hostility toward US, Israel.
Washington Times Erdogan tied to Islamic forces (Andrew Borowiec)
Turkey's Kurds push for autonomy
Turkish Foreign Policy Increasingly Islamist By Gareth Jones
The premier's Islamist and pragmatist selves Burak Bekdil
Jordan's rising Islamists demand more of a say in governance By Curtis R. Ryan
ABD çekilirse Türkiye girer ABD Irak Büyükelçisi, ABD'nin güçlerini çekmesi durumunda Tür-kiye'nin Türkmenleri korumak için Irak'a girebileceğini öne sürdü Son
Dar Al –Hayat
Why Aren't Arabs Interfering?
Abdel Wahab Badrakhan - If the Arab peace initiative has any international value, then it should be activated; otherwise, the best solution would be to develop or withdraw it all together. Arabs had previously refused to interfere, allowing others to present their contributions instead. Any Israeli "solution" however, will be unjust and shortsighted, with repercussions on the Arab region.
The Arabs: Western Civilization, the Arab Human Being and the Existential Challenge
Hisham Dajjani - Does the Arab human being comprehend, after the defeats he sustained, the level of the existential challenge he faces? Can he afford to raise challenging existential questions?
The Saudi Invasion
Jamil Ziabi - The Saudis are widely invading Asia. The Saudis are rushing towards the East to benefit from the “globalization” trend and extend the network of these relations in the East, as they did in the West.
Chad, Darfur, and the Struggle for Power
Mohamed Ashab - Facts solely confirm that nearly half of the African continent is undergoing civil wars, racial conflicts, and the repercussions of border demarcation. The Americans, whose attention strayed sometimes from the crises of the African continent towards the Middle East and the Gulf, have grown to realize that Africa will always be the backyard of their interests in trade, oil, and war on terrorism.