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by David Friedman,

On April 23, 2013, at the INSS annual conference "Security Challenges of the 21st Century," Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, head of the Research Division of IDF Military Intelligence, said that Israel has information indicating that Assad’s forces used a lethal chemical weapon several times against the rebels, likely sarin, along with incapacitating chemical agents. (Full Story)

British Prime Minister David Cameron says there is growing evidence the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against rebels, backing up a report by U.S. intelligence agencies. Cameron on Friday called the development "very disturbing," adding that it would amount to a war crime and should represent a "red line" for the international community. (Full Story)
The Korean Peninsula is reaching the boiling point. On February 12, 2013, after a series of harsh verbal exchanges between North Korea and the international community, Pyongyang announced that it had conducted a third nuclear test. (Full Story)
by Yoram Schweitzer and Benedetta Berti,

The past few weeks have not been easy for Hizbollah. On February 27, 2013 Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah appeared on the organization's cable television station, al-Manar, to refute claims regarding his presumed serious illness and subsequent hospitalization for urgent treatment in Iran. (Full Story)

By Zvi Magen,

Recent weeks have seen a series of intensive contacts on the international scene about the Syrian crisis, including meetings between Western officials and the Syrian opposition... (Full Story)

by Ephraim Asculai,

Given the international drive to negotiate a deal between Iran and the United States and/or the P5+1 over Iran’s nuclear program, what follows is an outline of a possible agreement based on the components considered critical to both sides. (Full Story)

Erbil/Damascus/Brussels - Syria’s conflict gives its Kurdish population an opening to rectify historic wrongs and push for more autonomy, but facing internal divisions, poor ties with the non-Kurdish opposition and regional rivalries, its challenge is to articulate clear, unified and achievable demands. (Full Story)
by Natalia Simanovsky

Tel Aviv – To the vast majority of people living in Israel, the 22 January election has a foregone conclusion: current Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be re-elected to lead the 19th Knesset. Instead, the questions on many people’s minds are how his re-election will affect the stalled peace process with the Palestinians and what kind of measures will be necessary to restart negotiations. (Full Story)

by Shimon Stein,  

In atypical fashion, four EU member nations that are also members of the UN Security Council – Great Britain, France, Germany, and Portugal – joined forces, and on December 19, 2012 issued a statement criticizing the Israeli government decision to accelerate settlement construction in "the occupied territories." (Full Story)

by Oded Eran and Robbie Sabel

Two Palestinian documents recently made public deserve attention: the Palestinian request for non-member state status at the United Nations General Assembly,[1] and the speech made by President Abu Mazen on November 11, 2012 at the ceremony marking the death of Yassir Arafat eight years ago.[2] (Full Story)

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