Tag Archives: Middle-East politics

What on earth happened between Qatar and the Arab states?

The news out of Qatar and the Gulf had us all (well, me at least) scratching our heads in mystification. What suddenly triggered the break between Saudi Arabia and Qatar? Did they only NOW discover that Qatar has been harbouring … Continue reading

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The Camel Corps rides again

Britain’s Foreign Office came about its moniker honestly. Since the days of T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia, it has held a romantic, idealized view of the Arabian way of life and a fondness for Arab culture. This view has … Continue reading

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Pass the popcorn: Unprecedented tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran

When our enemies start fighting each other Israel can usually sit back and enjoy the show, although always with a weather eye out for any “collateral damage” that might be headed our way, whether from stray missiles and bullets or … Continue reading

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Arabs overturning their own preconceptions about Israel

There’s plenty of bad news out there which I will get to in a subsequent post, but for now, here’s some more good news from our Arab neighbours. (All emphases are added by me). Abdallah Al-Hadlaq, a Kuwaiti columnist wrote … Continue reading

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Michael Oren’s bombshell: US-Israel alliance in tatters due to problematic Obama relationship

Israel’s former Ambassador to the United States, the renowned historian and academic Prof. Michael Oren, has been making a huge splash in the media in the last few days after he published several columns about the US-Israel relationship in advance … Continue reading

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New friends, new enemies

Never has the saying “politics makes strange bedfellows” been more relevant than the present moment in the Middle East. Israel especially is seeing the truth of this adage in real time as the collapse of Arab regimes all around us, … Continue reading

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