Israel Is The Middle East’s True Military Superpower

It’s military is second-to-none.

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Here’s What You Need To Remember: The inability of Israel to develop long-term, stable, positive relationships with its immediate neighbors, regional powers, and the subject populations of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip means that Jerusalem continues to feel insecure, its dominance on land, air, and sea notwithstanding.… Continues

Elections, ties with China shaped Iran’s coronavirus response

by Reuters

A member of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) troops measures a temperature, following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the entrance of Qom

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian authorities ignored warnings by doctors in late December and January of an increasing number of patients with high fevers and lung infections in the historic city of Qom, which turned out to be the epicentre of Iran’s coronavirus outbreak, said two health ministry officials, a former ministry official and three doctors.… Continues

Iran And Israel Teamed Up To Destroy This Country’s Nuclear Weapons Program

And the region was better off.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key point: Ironically, having pioneered the preemptive strike targeting another state’s nuclear research facilities with Israel, today Iran’s extensive nuclear research program is threatened with preventative air attacks from Israel and the United States.… Continues

No ordinary flu: Coronavirus and the lessons of the 1918 pandemic for a world on edge

This is part of an occasional series of Yahoo News articles and accompanying videos on how the issues America faced in the 1920s — aka “the Roaring Twenties” — have echoes in our own decade, a century later.

by Rebecca Corey | Yahoo News Video

As the death toll and number of people diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to climb, an expert tells Yahoo News there’s one big lesson that leaders should heed from a pandemic that killed at least 50 million people from 1918 to 1920: “Tell the truth.” … Continues

Why the Palestinian Authority Should Accept the Trump Administration’s Olive Branch of Opportunity

It is crucial for the Palestinians to come to the negotiating table as soon as possible to take advantage of the historic freeze. This is likely the last moment before the situation becomes irreversible.

by Eliora Katz Eyal Tsir Cohen | The National Interest

Palestinian leaders anxiously await the end of the Trump administration, outraged by President Donald Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” vision for Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation.… Continues

As Trump Gives Up on ‘Endless Wars,’ Russia, China, and Iran Move In

by Seth Frantzman | The Daily Beast

John Moore

JERUSALEM–Two decades of expanding operations against what United States Special Operations Command called a “global insurgency of state and non-state actors” has led to fatigue at home and questions abroad about U.S.… Continues

Iran Can’t Hide Its Coronavirus Explosion, But It’s Trying Hard—and Putting the World in Danger

by IranWire | The Daily Beast

HUSSEIN FALEH

Iran’s deputy health minister was drenched in sweat at the press conference on Monday where he vehemently denied Tehran was covering up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak. He kept wiping his brow with his handkerchief and was in visible distress as he said quarantines were a “Stone Age” way to address the problem, and Iran doesn’t need them.Continues

If You Were Gassed By Sarin Your Death Would Be Unimaginably Painful

Not a good way to go.

by Sebastien Roblin | The National Interest

Key Point: No wonder these weapons of war are banned. 

The residents of Khan Sheikhoun probably thought they were in for just another ordinary day of civil war when they woke up early in the morning of April 4 to the whine of approaching Syrian Air Force Su-22 attack jets.… Continues

A War In The Middle East Could Go Nuclear (And That Can Only Mean 1 Thing)

Billions of people could lose their lives. History and humanity would be changed forever. 

by Robert Farley Follow drfarls on TwitterL | The National Interest

Key point: Israel keeps them as a weapon of last resort.

Israel’s nuclear arsenal is the worst-kept secret in international relations.… Continues