Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — November 26, 2019

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Seth J. Frantzman, National Interest: One False Move By Israel or Iran Will Lead to War

Over the last two years, Israel has warned about Iran’s entrenchment in Syria. But Iran has continued its role in Syria, and it continues to threaten Israel and transfer precision guidance to Hezbollah for converting its rockets.

Israel has been monitoring Iranian entrenchment in Syria, weapons transfers that move to Iraq and also to Hezbollah in Lebanon, as well as Iranian-backed groups in Gaza. On November 12 Jerusalem put in motion operation ‘Black Belt,’ the attack on a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander named Bahaa Abu al-Ata. He was a “ticking bomb,” Israel said after the operation, which led to 450 rockets being fired in retaliation from Gaza. There is another ticking bomb in Syria, where Israel struck numerous targets on November 20, a day after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps fired rockets at Israel. One false move by Israel or Iran now could lead to a major regional war. Jerusalem must gamble on its precision airstrikes to deter Tehran.


Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — November 26, 2019

Iran protests: The US is in for a big disappointment — Mahan Abedin, Middle East Eye

The Guardian view on Iran’s protests: unrest is crushed, unhappiness endures — Guardian editorial

Are the Arab revolutions back? — Hamid Dabashi, Al Jazeera

Conflict in the Sahel: Origins, debate and future outlook — AFP

Algeria Finally Faces the Unknown — Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Affairs

China’s Strategic Perspective on the South China Sea — James Goldrick, The Strategist

‘Dark side’ of the US-China trade war — Igor Kuchma, Asia Times

US winning the propaganda war in Hong Kong — Alex Lo, SCMP

Is the Trump administration too late when it comes to a trade deal with China? — John Mitchell, Washington Examiner

Russia dials back peace talks with Japan — M.K. Bhadrakumar, Asia Times

NATO’s Next Threat: Its Own Leaders — Paul Taylor, Politico

The Biggest Brexit Crisis Still Lies Ahead — Ivan Rogers, Spectator

How and why Evo Morales lost in Bolivia — Linda Farthing, Al Jazeera

Trump’s strain with Pentagon inspires talk of more departures — Bryan Bender and Wesley Morgan, Politico

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