Syria

Holocaust lessons on Syria

September 17, 2013

It is to the Prime Minister’s credit that his speech to the Holocaust Educational Trust contained much more than the usual platitudes. The default option for many politicians is to pay tribute to the survivors, warn that such evil must never happen again and then sit down and bask in the warm glow of a grateful audience. But

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High cost of the Syria climb-down

By Daniel Finkelstein, September 17, 2013

It’s safe to say that it wasn’t a great moment. Prime ministers are never — really, in modern times, never — overturned in the House of Commons on great matters of foreign policy. I don’t think I could argue with the universal conclusion of my colleagues that to lose in this way on acting in Syria was a disaster. I don’t suppose David Cameron disagrees either.

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Diplomacy hope in Syrian chemical weapons deal

By Jonathan Cummings, September 17, 2013

In October 2002, an unknown member of the Illinois State Senate spoke about the US war in Iraq. “I don’t oppose all wars,” he said. “What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war… A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.”

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Israel cautiously optimistic about Syrian deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2013

Israeli leaders were cautiously enthusiastic this week following the deal reached by the US and Russia to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons.

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Syria vote ignored lesson of Holocaust, says Cameron

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2013

David Cameron believes Britain “had to take a stand” following the chemical weapon attacks in Syria and thinks that the Holocaust provides a chilling lesson of what can happen when outrages are not tackled.

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Israelis giving a lifeline to fear-ridden refugees

By Adi Schwartz, September 13, 2013

Mona decided to flee her native city of Homs when teachers in the school she ran started to disappear.

One after another, they were abducted by militia forces loyal to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, and Mona figured she might be next.

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Does Israel have chemical munitions?

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 13, 2013

The current furore over the use of chemical weapons in Syria has also drawn attention to Israel’s alleged chemical capabilities.

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Aipac and Adelson back strike on Assad

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 12, 2013

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), the main pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington, has launched a major campaign to convince members of Congress to vote in favour of US military intervention in Syria.

Aipac’s drive has included dispatching more than 250 leaders and activists to lobby Congress, starting from this week, Politico reported.

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Israel sceptical over chemical weapons ‘deal’

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 12, 2013

Israeli officials were wary this week of responding to the Russian plan of securing Syria’s chemical weapon stockpiles.

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Assad: ‘I will hand over chemical weapons’

By Josh Jackman, September 12, 2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that he will hand over his country’s chemical weapons to the international community.

Speaking on Russian television, Mr Assad stated that “Syria is placing its chemical weapons under international control because of Russia. The US threats did not influence the decision.”

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