To follow up on the last post about Israel – Mr Netanyahu, as expected, won the election – but not entirely as expected – as he came out more weakened and reliant on other parties than ever before. Continue reading
With the help of election translation services pollsters suggest Benjamin Netanyahu will comfortably win next weeks elections on Tuesday. He promised no Jewish settlements in the West Bank will be removed if he wins – the failure to remove these settlements could prove problematic for the Israeli and Palestinian peace making process as it is both a sensitive geographical area and a prerequisite for Palestinian cooperation. Continue reading
Some forty thousand people have been killed in the space of 30 years of insurgency and counterinsurgency involving the Turks and the Kurds. Last week in Paris, if you recall, three women activists were shot down dead in an execution style which gave rise to an enormous amount of protests and demonstrations around the world.
Yesterday NATO approved the deployment of Patriot anti-missile batteries along the border of Turkey. The decision came after concerns and fears Syria would use chemical weapons against bordering Turkey.
Intelligence gathered by NATO suggested Damascus was thinking of using ballistic missiles armed with chemical warheads. Continue reading
On the 6th of November, Obama won his famous second term in office. And the world reckoned and revelled. And celebrated. Well at least most of it.
But what does the Middle East think of Obama’s re-election? For one we know that Saudi Arabia and Jordan, the two countries the US is staunch allies with, have largely not reacted especially positively to his re-election. Elaph, the daily newspaper in Saudi Arabia, wrote: “The US has chosen the more experienced president, who seems more rational than his rival Mitt Romney, who seemed to fantasize about rekindling the dream of an American empire…What is important to us as Arabs is Middle Eastern foreign policy. In this regard, there will be nothing new under the sun, we already have much experience with Obama and he has nothing new to offer us,” wrote a Palestinian correspondent. Continue reading
Gazprom, one of the largest companies in the world, delivers gas to 25 European countries, apart from Spain and Portugal, on long term 20-25 year contracts. The Russian owned company supplies a colossal percentage of Bulgaria’s gas (97%), 89% to Hungary and 86% to Poland. The European Union as a whole buys about 25% of its gas from the Russian government. Continue reading
Turkey will put on trial four senior Israeli military commanders in what the Israeli government believes to be a “show trial” and a parade of “political theatre”. The commanders will be dealt with in absentia while the Istanbul court prosecutor seeks 18,000-year sentences for each of the men.
The trial cae two years after Israeli commandos dropped in on a Turkish aid boat in international waters killing nine Turkish activists on board the vessel.