Bibi’s out? Gantz refuses to meet with Netanyahu, says he will form unity govt without embattled PM

Benny Gantz, whose centrist bloc narrowly defeated Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party in a snap election, says he is forming a government that will exclude the current prime minister – signaling the end of Bibi’s era may be near. … Read More >Bibi’s out? Gantz refuses to meet with Netanyahu, says he will form unity govt without embattled PM

Three needs company? Alexey Khlebnikov, Middle East expert at the Russian International Affairs Council

The Astana platform for mediation of the Syrian conflict has never been a ‘me three’ club, but over the last couple of months, disagreements between Russia, Turkey, and Iran have become so stark that the leaders don’t even try to conceal them. … Read More >Three needs company? Alexey Khlebnikov, Middle East expert at the Russian International Affairs Council

Russian aggression… in a galaxy far away? NATO maritime experts sought to secure mysterious ‘Sea of Asimov’

A NATO maritime expert discovered a conflict hotspot, as crucial as the Persian Gulf, that no one else has heard of. Apparently, the mysterious “Sea of Asimov” urgently needs NATO’s protection. The error was later corrected. … Read More >Russian aggression… in a galaxy far away? NATO maritime experts sought to secure mysterious ‘Sea of Asimov’

‘You can start it, but how do you end it?’ Actual war in Gulf would be DEVASTATING and neither Iran nor Saudis really want one

For all the sound and fury coming from Saudi Arabia, a shooting war in the Gulf is not something Tehran or Riyadh want. Both US and its allies know that Iran is a much tougher nut to crack than Yemen, but can’t admit so publicly. … Read More >‘You can start it, but how do you end it?’ Actual war in Gulf would be DEVASTATING and neither Iran nor Saudis really want one

Riyadh gave NO PROOF Tehran launched oil-plant attack – but still ‘expects US to do its dirty work for them’

Saudi Arabia wants its allies to believe Tehran launched attacks on its oil facilities, even though the one thing their evidence proves is the Iranian-made arms. Even so, Donald Trump will unlikely greenlight a war against Iran. … Read More >Riyadh gave NO PROOF Tehran launched oil-plant attack – but still ‘expects US to do its dirty work for them’