‘Moderation’ — a new Persian show

By Meir Javedanfar, August 8, 2013

Which is the real Hassan Rouhani? The one who on August 2 called Israel a “wound” — or the one who has repeatedly stated that he wants to improve relations with the West?

The answer: they are both the same person.


Ahrah Al-Sham: Israel’s new neighbour

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

Western promises to send aid to Syria’s rebels seem to have come to little as Prime Minister David Cameron said in an interview on Sunday that Britain was not planning any arms shipments. Sources in Washington have also confirmed that there are no concrete plans to supply weapons to the rebels.


Jewish groups to fund Syrian refugee programme

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

For the first time since the Syrian civil war broke out over two years ago, Jewish aid groups are about to help its refugees.

A coalition of humanitarian organisations headed by the Jewish Distribution Committee (JDC) is planning to finance welfare programmes for children in the refugee camp of Zaatari in Jordan.


Burt’s very blurred big picture

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 14, 2013

At the end of June, House Magazine carried an interview with the parliamentary under-secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs, Alistair Burt. Burt has a daunting portfolio, for his responsibilities encompass no less than 27 countries stretching from North America through North Africa to the Middle East.


Did Israel hit another Syria missile site?

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2013

The mysterious circumstances surrounding a series of explosions near a Syrian port last Thursday have led to speculation that this could have been an Israeli attack on advanced Russian missiles.

In the early hours of the morning last Friday, large explosions were heard at the Syrian naval base of Safira, near the large Mediterranean port of Latakia.


Israel blamed for attack in Syria

By Josh Jackman, July 10, 2013

Syrian rebels are seemingly blaming Israel for an attack on a government navy barracks which was reportedly holding long-range missiles.

Qassem Saadeddine, a spokesperson for the Free Syrian Army, told Reuters that the explosion on Friday near the Western port of Latakia was “either by air raid or long-range missiles fired from boats in the Mediterranean.”


IDF fears jihadists may ‘sweep the region’

By Stephen Pollard, July 4, 2013

The Syrian civil war could spill over far beyond its borders according to senior Israeli military sources, leading to fears that jihadis could “sweep through the region”.

Military analysts also believe that no end is remotely in sight to the conflict and that it could last for 15 years.


Battle for the Jewish community in Syria is lost

By Martin Bright, June 28, 2013

It is now over a decade since I met Mouffak in the Aleppo souk. This young Syrian was a trader in objets d’art and he had a unique sales pitch: “If you come and see my shop, I’ll show you my synagogue”.


EU Syria row ‘scuppering Hizbollah ban’

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

The European Union’s refusal to classify Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation may be due to a backlash from the divisive discussions over lifting the Syrian arms embargo.

Britain’s motion to have Hizbollah banned in Europe is supported by France, Germany and the Netherlands but was rejected for a second time last week.


US prepares military plan B for Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2013

Speculation is growing that the United States is preparing an alternative military plan for Syria amid doubts that its pledge last week to arm the rebels would have much effect on the balance of power in the country.