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"The people have spoken. They want to live in Netanyahu’s Israel"

David Horovitz schreibt, dass die jüngsten Parlamentswahlen in Israel als unmissverständliche Bestätigung der öffentlichen Unterstützung für Premierminister Netanjahus Vision von Israel betrachtet werden müsse. "The people saw everything, internalized what they chose to internalize, and made their decision. No nefarious forces, as far as we know, skewed these elections. The public was not under-informed; nor was it disaffected. The turnout was a healthy 67.9% (compared to 61.4% in the 2016 US presidential elections, or 66.1% in 2015’s British parliamentary elections). The people want to live in Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel. The people have spoken. Not all the people. But more than enough of them. Israelis’ choice. Israelis’ consequences."

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"After election, all eyes on Trump to respond to PM’s annexation gambit"

Die israelischen Parlamentswahlen haben Ministerpräsident Netanjahu aller Voraussicht nach eine fünfte Amtszeit beschert. Eric Cortellessa zufolge stellt sich nun die Frage, ob die von Netanjahu angekündigte Annexion von Teilen des Westjordanlands tatsächlich umgesetzt werden wird. Viel werde dabei von US-Präsident Trump abhängen. "While the Trump administration has largely been simpatico with Netanyahu on policy — fulfilling his wishes to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, cut aid to the Palestinian Authority, and, most recently, recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights — it has expressed daylight on one issue: expansion of West Bank settlements. (...) While the administration has held back from criticism of settlement building plans, it’s unlikely annexing West Bank settlements, which would make a Palestinian state impossible, will jibe with the unreleased peace plan. (...) In the meantime, there are signs that the administration could be moving closer to Netanyahu’s views on how to handle the West Bank. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday refused to tell senators during Congressional testimony whether the Trump administration was against annexing the West Bank or for a two-state solution. 'Ultimately, the Israelis and Palestinians will decide how to resolve this,' Pompeo said."

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"Netanyahu says Trump designated Iran Guards a terror group at his request"

Israels Premierminister Netanjahu hat verkündet, dass US-Präsident Trump die Iranische Revolutionsgarde auf sein Drängen hin zur "Terrororganisation" erklärt habe. "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday thanked US President Donald Trump for designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, claiming the dramatic move to further isolate Tehran came at his request. In a tweet, Netanyahu said that labeling the Islamic Republic’s elite military force a terror group was 'keeping the world safe from Iranian aggression and terrorism.' In a subsequent Hebrew tweet, Netanyahu said the move 'serves the interests of our countries and of countries in the region,' and warmly thanked the US leader for 'acceding to another one of my important requests.'"

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"Trump says he made snap decision on Golan after history crash course"

US-Präsident Trump hat mitgeteilt, dass er die Entscheidung zur Anerkennung von Israels Souveränität über die Golanhöhen nach einer kurzen historischen Einführung durch drei Berater spontan getroffen habe. "The president told the Republican National Coalition’s annual convention in Las Vegas that he decided on recognizing Israel’s hold on the territory after getting a rushed briefing from senior White House aide Jared Kushner — his son-in-law — ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and negotiator Jason Greenblatt. (...) Trump said he was told about the security ramifications of Israel holding on to the high ground of the plateau, which overlooks the Sea of Galilee and part of the upper Galilee. 'I said 'How do you like the idea of me recognizing exactly what we’re discussing?' because I agree, you need it, you need the height,' he said he told Friedman, who reacted 'like a wonderful, beautiful baby.' 'You would really, you would do that sir,' he recalled Friedman asking him, to which he replied. 'Yeah, I think I’m doing it right now. let’s write something up.' 'We make fast decisions, and we make good decisions,' he told the crowd."

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"Syria Kurds urge world to take back, reintegrate children of foreign IS jihadis"

Die syrischen Kurden haben die internationale Gemeinschaft nach dem Sieg über die letzte IS-Bastion in Baghuz aufgefordert, festgenommene internationale IS-Kämpfer und deren Familien in deren Heimatländer zurückzuführen. "Speaking a day after Kurdish-led forces announced the final demise of the jihadists’ physical 'caliphate,' the Kurdish administration’s top foreign affairs official Abdel Karim Omar warned that its foreign captives still pose a threat. 'There are thousands of fighters, children and women and from 54 countries, not including Iraqis and Syrians, who are a serious burden and danger for us and for the international community,' Omar told AFP. (...) The de facto autonomous Kurdish administration is northeastern Syria has warned it does not have capacity to detain so many people, let alone put them on trial. But many of the suspected jihadists’ countries of origin are reluctant to take them back due to potential security risks and a likely public backlash. Some have even withdrawn citizenship from their nationals detained in Syria. 'There has to be coordination between us and the international community to address this danger,' Abdel Karim Omar said."

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"Could ‘witch hunt’ Mueller report turn into Trump victory?"


Sebastian Smith zufolge deutet einiges darauf hin, dass der Abschlussbericht, den Sonderermittler Mueller am Freitag an das US-Justizministerium übergeben hat, keine unmittelbaren Anklagen gegen den Präsidenten oder seine Mitarbeiter zur Folge haben wird. Donald Trump könnte dieses Ergebnis in seinem kommenden Wahlkampf zugutekommen, so Smith. "The real battle will be over demands from Congress — and from the wider public — to be given both the entire report, as well as the underlying legal documents. This is because even though Mueller may not have landed a killer blow, through lack of evidence, Democrats believe his findings will fuel their own more politicized probes. (...) even if the Mueller report is damning, even if it leads to further peril, Trump will likely interpret the lack of an actual smoking gun as total vindication. That would be just the gift he needed to rally his right-wing base, saying that he’d been right all along."

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"EU says it will not follow Trump in recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan"

US-Präsident Trump hat sich in einem Tweet für die Anerkennung der Golanhöhen als Teil Israels ausgesprochen und damit die Abkehr von einer 50 Jahre währenden US-Position eingeleitet. Die EU will dem Beispiel des US-Präsidenten nicht folgen. "'The European Union, in accordance with international law, does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories it occupied since July 1967, including the Golan Heights, and does not consider them as part of Israeli territory,' Maya Kosyanchich, a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, said in a statement carried by several news outlets. (...) France added its voice, saying the Golan had been 'occupied by Israel since 1967' and it did not recognize Israel’s control. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that the US announcement could throw the region into turmoil."

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"Born into al-Qaeda: Hamza bin Laden’s rise to prominence"

Hamza bin Laden, der Sohn des 2011 getöteten Al-Qaida-Chefs Osama bin Laden, könnte in den nächsten Jahren zur neuen Leitfigur des internationalen Dschihadismus aufsteigen, schreibt Jon Gambrell. "He is not the head of al-Qaeda but he has risen in prominence within the terror network his father founded, and the group may be grooming him to stand as a leader for a young generation of jihadists. 'Hamza was destined to be in his father’s footsteps,' said Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent focused on counterterrorism who investigated al-Qaeda’s attack on the USS Cole. 'He is poised to have a senior leadership role in al-Qaeda.' Much remains unknown about him — particularly, the key question of where he is — but his life has mirrored al-Qaeda’s path, moving quietly and steadily forward, outlasting its offshoot and rival, the Islamic State group."

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"Iraq saves France from thorny repatriations of Islamic State jihadists"

Die irakische Regierung hat angekündigt, 13 französische IS-Kämpfer in Irak vor Gericht zu stellen. Damit habe Bagdad der französischen Regierung die Beantwortung der schwierigen Frage erspart, ob den Extremisten die Rückkehr nach Frankreich erlaubt werden sollte, schreibt Ali Choukeir. "The alleged fighters, who were turned over to Iraq after being seized by Syrian Kurdish forces, 'will be judged according to Iraqi law,' Saleh told a news conference after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. 'Those who have engaged in crimes against Iraq and Iraqi installations and personnel, we are definitely seeking them and seeking their trial in Iraqi courts,' he said. The issue is extremely sensitive in France, where a deadly 2015 attack on the capital claimed by IS killed 130 people — but this arrangement could be Paris’s best option."

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"As 'caliphate' crumbles, Islamic State women remain defiant"

Die Evakuierung von Zivilisten aus der letzten IS-Enklave in Syrien zeigt diesem Bericht zufolge, dass einige weibliche Anhänger den Glauben an das zerfallende "Kalifat" des "Islamischen Staates" noch nicht verloren haben. "'My son will grow up to become a jihadist,' a woman cried proudly as she stepped off a bus ferrying people out of the Islamic State terror group’s last sliver of territory in eastern Syria. Defiant and angry, she is one of 2,000 people evacuated Friday from the jihadists’ final scrap of territory in the village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border. (...) When asked where they came from, a group of three veiled women sitting on the rocky terrain said they were followers of IS’s so-called 'caliphate.' One of them, who refused to give her name but said she was Syrian and originally from the area, burst with anger when asked about the desperate conditions among the holdout jihadists. (...) She insisted the jihadists had only 'stumbled,' adding she never wanted to leave their final patch of territory. 'Had the caliph not ordered it, we would not have left,' she said, referring to IS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who remains at large. 'I hope the Islamic caliphate will return and spread across all corners of the globe.'"

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"Russia pioneering return of Islamic State children to their families"

Maxime Popov und Olga Rotenberg verweisen auf ein Programm der russischen Regierung, die Kinder russischstämmiger IS-Kämpfer in Syrien und Irak nach Russland ausfliegen und bei Verwandten unterbringen lässt. "As the end nears for the IS enclave in Syria and the fate of jihadists’ family members becomes a pressing issue, Russia can be seen as a pioneer in systematically returning children of Islamist fighters home. (...) The children themselves face a difficult reintegration process into life in Russia, a country they barely know, after spending formative years in the 'caliphate.' Russian authorities hope that bringing them back into their extended families can minimize risks of radicalization once they reach adulthood in the Caucasus, a region with a history of Islamic extremism."

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"Trump warns Europeans not to try to evade Iran sanctions"

Die US-Regierung hat die EU angesichts der europäischen Bemühungen, ein spezielles Zahlungssystem mit dem Iran einzurichten, vor scharfen Strafmaßnahmen gewarnt. "The White House is putting the Europeans on notice, saying that if they try to do an end-run around US sanctions on Iran, they will be subject to stiff fines and penalties. Unfazed, the European Union is marching forward with the plan, which, if implemented, could further strain trans-Atlantic relations. (...) Getting out ahead of a possible announcement, a senior administration official told The Associated Press on Friday that the US will fully enforce its sanctions and hold individuals and entities accountable for undermining them. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the issue. 'The choice is whether to do business with Iran or the United States,' Sen. Tom Cotton (Republican-Arkansas), told the AP. 'I hope our European allies choose wisely.'"

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"IDF chief finally acknowledges that Israel supplied weapons to Syrian rebels"

In einem Interview mit der Sunday Times hat der scheidende Chef der israelischen Streitkräfte Gadi Eisenkot eingeräumt, dass Israel in den vergangenen Jahren Rebellengruppen in Syrien mit Waffenlieferungen unterstützt hat. "Outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot this weekend acknowledged for the first time that Israel had indeed provided weaponry to Syrian rebel groups in the Golan Heights during the country’s seven-year civil war. Until Sunday, Israel would say officially only that it had given humanitarian aid to Syrian opposition groups across the border, while denying or refusing to comment on reports that it had supplied them with arms as well. In an interview in the British Sunday Times, before ending his tenure as chief of staff this week, Eisenkot said that Israel had indeed provided light weapons to the rebel groups along the border, saying it was 'for self-defense.'"

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"Father of Strasbourg shooter says son supported Islamic State"

Der Vater des Attentäters von Straßburg hat in einem Interview bestätigt, dass sich sein Sohn vor dessen Tat zum Anhänger des "Islamischen Staates" entwickelt habe. "He acknowledged that his son backed the IS group. 'He’d say, for example, that Daesh, fights for the just cause and all that,' the red-bearded father said, using the common term in France and elsewhere for the Islamic State group. The interview, initially outdoors with the father, continued briefly inside with Cheriff Chekatt’s mother, Rouadja Rouag, who expressed shock and sorrow for the deaths. France 2 said the couple had been divorced for a long time. Abdelkrim Chekatt, a French-Algerian, said he’d tried in the past to dissuade his son from backing the Islamic State, saying, 'You don’t see the atrocities they commit.' The son would reply that 'it’s not them,' the father said."

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"CIA says crown prince messaged key aide around time of Khashoggi murder – report"

CIA-Erkenntnissen zufolge stand der saudi-arabische Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman im Zeitraum der Ermordung des Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi im engen Kontakt mit seinem Berater. "Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 text messages to his closest adviser, said to have overseen the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, in the hours preceding and following the journalist’s murder, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing excerpts from a highly classified CIA assessment. The Saudi royal sent the messages to Saud al-Qahtani, who is thought to have supervised the 15-man team that killed Khashoggi. The content of the electronic messages is unknown, the newspaper reported. (...) Although the excerpts do not directly state that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the crown prince, the US intelligence agency apparently had 'medium-to-high' confidence that the crown prince had targeted the dissident writer and to the point of 'probably ordering his death,' the Journal reported."

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"Is it the economy? Stupid!"

Die Migration aus Afrika hat auch in Israel eine kontroverse politische Debatte ausgelöst. Sheldon Gellar erläutert am Beispiel Eritreas, warum die Flucht vieler Bewohner afrikanischer Länder nicht immer vorrangig wirtschaftliche Ursachen habe. "Yonatan Jakubowicz, spokesperson for the Israel Immigration Policy Center (IIPC) has been arguing for years that nearly all African asylum seekers in Israel are economic migrants rather than refugees. 'It’s the economy, stupid,' he says. He has also been saying that it is safe to send our Eritrean asylum seekers back to Eritrea. (...) The primary cause pushing 50,000 young Eritreans to leave their country each year has been Eritrea’s National Service (ENS), a form of indefinite servitude imposed by the least free regime in Africa. (...) To date, the Afwerkli regime has made no official declarations or shown any inclination to adapt any measures to liberalize the regime or end indefinite involuntary servitude. In October, the UK announced that it has no evidence of human rights reforms in Eritrea since the last session of the UN Human Rights Council in September. Eritrea is not a safe place for anyone opposing its president, including returning asylum seekers. It’s the regime, stupid, not the economy."

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"Hamas will never change. Sooner or later, it must be faced down"

David Horovitz hält einen dauerhaften Frieden mit der radikalislamischen "Terrorgruppe" Hamas angesichts der erneuten Eskalation der Gewalt in Gaza für ausgeschlossen. "(...) Hamas will not rest, and will not change. A murderous extortionist cannot be bought off. Sooner or later, therefore, Hamas must be faced down. And in the battle between a sovereign state that is obligated to ensure security for its citizens, and a ruthless, cynical terrorist organization, backed by Iran and committed to Israel’s destruction, there can and must be only one winner."

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"Putin, Trump have ‘good’ talk on world situation over lunch in Paris"

Während der Gedenkfeiern in Paris sind Präsident Trump und Präsident Putin zu einem Gespräch zusammengekommen, an dem sich Berichten zufolge auch Präsident Macron und Bundeskanzlerin Merkel kurzzeitig beteiligten. "Arriving last for the event, Putin made for his US counterpart to shake his hand before giving him a thumbs-up sign, while smiling. Speaking in an interview with the Kremlin-backed channel RT France earlier in the day, Putin confirmed the pair did not want to steal French President Emmanuel Macron’s thunder. 'We agreed not to violate the host’s work schedule, we will not organize any meetings here at their request,' he said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin and Trump had agreed to hold a more detailed discussion on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina at the end of the month."

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"Netanyahu green-lights death penalty for terrorists"

Premierminister Netanjahu hat die Einwände von Experten des israelischen Geheimdienstes und des Militärs zurückgewiesen und einen Gesetzesvorschlag unterstützt, der die Verhängung der Todesstrafe für Terroristen erleichtern soll. "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the go-ahead Sunday for lawmakers to advance a controversial bill calling for the death penalty for convicted Palestinian killers of Israeli civilians and soldiers, reportedly rejecting the advice of the security establishment. (...) Although the death penalty formally exists in Israeli law, it has only ever been used once — in 1962 in the case of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Holocaust. It is technically allowed in cases of high treason, as well as in certain circumstances under the martial law that applies within the IDF and in the West Bank, but currently requires a unanimous decision from a panel of three judges, and has never been implemented. The bill, proposed by Yisrael Beytenu and championed by the party’s chairman, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, would allow a simple majority of two to one judges to impose the death penalty."

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"Khashoggi crisis may tip Middle East power balance towards Turkey"

Die Türkei könnte aus dem Khashoggi-Skandal als gestärkte Regionalmacht hervorgehen, schreibt Ezzedine Said. "'The killing of Khashoggi has proven to be a golden opportunity for President Erdogan to pressure Saudi Arabia and work towards presenting Turkey as the new leader of the Muslim world,' said Lina Khatib, director of Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House. 'The Khashoggi crisis is a big geo-political gamble for Turkey and so far it looks like it is playing the game masterfully. But Turkey alone will not be able to push for the removal of MBS. The ball lies in the American court,' she added. (...) Nicholas Heras, an analyst at the Center for a New American Security, said the Khashoggi case was the 'latest chapter in Turkey and Saudi Arabia’s ongoing contest over which country is better' to lead the Muslim world."

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"In Europe, synagogues are fortresses. Is this the path for the US?"

Cnaan Liphshiz schreibt nach dem Attentat von Pittsburgh, dass sich jüdische Gemeinden in den USA beim Schutz ihrer Synagogen an Europa orientieren könnten, wo die jüdischen Gotteshäuser in der Regel "Festungen" glichen. "European security professionals say that even if Sikorski’s approach prevails, it will take at least a decade and hundreds of millions of dollars before US Jewry’s security infrastructure matches the European counterpart. 'The security doctrine you see in Europe is the result of decades of evolution,' said Ophir Revach, director of the European Jewish Congress’ Security and Crisis Center. 'It was built on lessons from terrorist attacks in the 1960s and adjusted constantly. It’s pretty comprehensive.' Even if a critical mass of US Jewish communities decide tomorrow that they want to replicate the European model, Revach said, 'Optimistically speaking, it will take at least a decade to achieve.' When it comes to security, he said, 'American Jewry is at the beginning of a long journey.'"

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"Poll finds most Israelis see EU as a foe rather than a friend"

Eine Mehrheit der israelischen Bevölkerung betrachtet die EU einer neuen Umfrage zufolge eher als "Widersacher". "Fifty-five percent of respondents said they consider the EU 'more of a foe,' while only 18% view it as 'more of a friend.' Twenty-seven percent had no opinion on the matter. Among Jewish Israelis polled, the gap is even wider: 61% have a negative view of the 28-member union, while only 16% said they consider it a friendly entity. Arab Israelis are split on the question: 27% of respondents said the EU was 'more of a friend' and 25% said it was 'more of a foe.' Nearly half had no opinion. (...) According to the survey, Israelis considers Russia the 'most important country' after the US, followed by Germany, Great Britain, China, France, and Egypt."

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"Why the Pittsburgh shooter is not being prosecuted for terrorism"

Der Attentäter von Pittsburgh, der in einer Synagoge elf Menschen erschossen hat, wird in den USA nicht als "Terrorist" angeklagt werden. "'There is no federal crime labeled domestic terrorism,' Department of Justice spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores, told The Times of Israel on Sunday. While the US Patriot Act, passed in 2001 by the George W. Bush administration, following the September 11 attacks, includes a working definition of 'domestic terrorism,' no crime was ever created to match such a designation. (...) The most common terrorism-related charge in US courts is providing 'material support' to one of the State Department-designated foreign terrorism organizations. There were roughly 300 such prosecutions from 2001 to 2011 that resulted in indictments related to jihadist terror or national security charges, according to the Center on Law and Security. While Bowers’ motives seem plainly evidenced through his social media accounts and verbal proclamations at the scene of the massacre, he acted alone and not on behalf of any terror group."

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"Start working now on securing World Cup 2026 against futuristic terrorism"

Shaul Mofaz empfiehlt den amerikanischen Sicherheitsbehörden, die Vorbereitungen auf die Fußball-WM im Jahr 2026 bereits jetzt zu beginnen und dabei auch auf israelische Expertise zurückzugreifen. "In the first half of 2018 alone, Israeli security forces managed to stop more than 250 planned terrorist attacks before they were executed utilizing some of these technological advancements and more. Already employed in several sports’ arenas around the world, these Israeli advancements can and should be used to build the protective infrastructure for the 2026 World Cup. While we lack the ability to precisely predict how the world will look in eight years in an era of frenetic and constant changes in technology, we do know the direction to which the trends are leading us: think smart-cars, smart homes and cities, predictive algorithms – the possibilities are endless with the evolution of IoT. Along with increased technological advancement comes increased threat and we will be forced to continue developing pioneering technologies to prevent terror attacks before they occur."

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"The political paradoxes of German-Israeli ties"

Melody Sucharewicz meint, dass Deutschland und Israel ihre bilateralen Beziehungen nicht nur als "Buße für den Holocaust" verstehen sollten. "In fact, the consistent reference to the Holocaust as the glue for German-Israeli relations today is one-sided and destructive. Germany and Israel share an immense amount of strategic interests and values. It is worthwhile for Germany to work hard on clearing their relationship with Israel from these paradoxes. And it is worthwhile for Israel to keep relying on its own strengths as an innovation powerhouse; as an inevitable strategic ally for anyone interested in a stable Middle East; and as an attractive partner for anyone interested in a future dominated by scientific progress and creative energy."

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"Assad says 'understanding' reached with Arab states to mend ties"

Syriens Präsident Assad hat sich nach eigenen Worten mit anderen arabischen Staaten grundsätzlich auf eine Normalisierung der diplomatischen Beziehungen verständigt. "Assad doesn’t name the Arab countries but says Arab and Western delegations have begun visiting Syria to prepare for the reopening of diplomatic and other missions. Soon the civil war will be over, Assad told the paper’s publisher, allowing Syria to resume its pivotal role in the region. Syria’s membership in the 22-member Arab League was suspended in the early days of the war and Arab countries later imposed economic sanctions after they failed to mediate an end to the war."

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"The true threat of S-300s is not that they’re powerful, but that they’re Russian"

Judah Ari Gross meint, dass die angekündigte Installation moderner russischer Luftabwehrsysteme in Syrien für das israelische Militär weniger taktische, dafür aber neue sicherheitspolitische Probleme mit sich bringen werde. "While the S-300, known by NATO as the SA-10, is far more powerful than Syria’s current long-range anti-aircraft system, the S-200 or SA-5, the Israeli Air Force has had decades to prepare for it. A number of Israeli allies operate the air defense system. The IAF has reportedly trained against S-300 batteries that once belonged to Cyprus, but are now owned by Greece, during joint aerial exercises over the years. (...) But a Russia-supplied S-300 system is not only an operational challenge — it is a geopolitical one as well. Though in his announcement Russian defense minister Shoigu said Syrian teams had been training to operate the S-300 system, it was not immediately clear if the batteries would also be staffed by Russian military personnel. If they were, this would make an Israeli decision to destroy Syrian S-300 batteries far more complicated, requiring the direct and intentional targeting of Russian forces."

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"Defying Trump, powers agree to evade Iran sanctions, keep nuke deal alive"

Die EU, die sich weiterhin um die Rettung des Atomabkommens mit dem Iran bemüht, will europäischen Unternehmen mit Hilfe einer neuen Finanzgesellschaft ermöglichen, die US-Sanktionen bei ihren Geschäften mit Iran zu umgehen. "EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, speaking at the United Nations alongside Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, said the countries were still working out the technical details. 'In practical terms, this will mean that EU member states will set up a legal entity to facilitate legitimate financial transactions with Iran and this will allow European companies to continue to trade with Iran in accordance with European Union law and could be open to other partners in the world,' she told reporters. She said that the remaining members of the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — would also maintain their commitments to support Iran on civilian nuclear energy."

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"After Idlib deal, Turkey faces tough task to oust jihadists"

Die Türkei habe nach der Einigung mit Russland wenige Wochen Zeit, um dschihadistische Rebellengruppen aus der syrischen Idlib-Provinz zu verdrängen, schreibt Alice Hackman. Experten seien skeptisch, ob Ankara dies gelingen könne. "(...) the deal hands Turkey the near-impossible mission of ensuring that battle-hardened jihadists and heavy weaponry are removed from the u-shaped zone in just a few weeks. 'I don’t see how Turkey will be able to impose its will on jihadists,' Syria expert Fabrice Balanche said. 'Implementing the deal will be very difficult,' he warned, adding that it would likely result in 'a failure of the ceasefire and a Syrian army offensive in the coming months.'"

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