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The changing skies of the Middle East

The skies of the Middle East are changing very fast. The latest change is the deal that Egypt signed with Russia earlier this week to purchase military hardware worth about $2 billion. The deal became possible after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates offered financial help to Egypt, which was almost bankrupt. Discussions with the Russians to […]

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Terror in the Sinai and a threat to aviation

One look at the map of the Middle East will tell the story – a giant threat to the air transport across a very wide area. The Sinai desert – which is part of Egypt – has turned into the “greenhouse” of extreme Islamic terror. If Al-Qaeda is the buzzword for hundreds of independent terror […]

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Detecting the enemy in a very delicate situation – the dilemma in the Sinai Desert

It is a delicate job but it must be done. Israel is at peace with Egypt. It is a very cold peace and has become even colder since the revolution in Egypt.   The “Arab Spring” lowered the temperature between the two countries. The cold peace could have continued without any problem, but something very […]

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Detection, defection, aggression – the IAF’s state of alert

Israeli Air Force (IAF) jet fighters were scrambled on 11 August when a “suspicious target” was detected by the Israeli early warning system.   This could have been considered another routine false alarm. but it is symbolic of the situation. With turmoil in Syria and “unrest” continuing in Egypt, the IAF is on the edge. […]

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The changing pattern of enemies and allies – new markets

The world is changing very fast. Old enemies become allies. Past potential enemies become “partners in interests”.   The fast tracks of international relations cross the traditional separation lines between countries.   The Israeli defence ministry has given the green light to the country’s defence and aerospace industries to sell their products to Indonesia, the […]

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The threat, the solution, the implementation – will the world wake up?

In some countries the tendency is to ignore. This is despite the solid fact that at least 50,000 shoulder-launched missiles are in the hands of all sorts of terror organisations around the world.   The last boost to that wide world stock came courtesy of the late Muammar Gaddafi, the leader of Libya, who stockpiled […]

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Israel and Egypt – looking through the keyhole

This problem is unique and characterises the fast-shifting situation in the Middle East.   The unstable situation in Egypt is a cause of great concern to Israel. Since the peace treaty between the two countries was signed in 1979, the Israeli defence forces (IDF) have considered Egypt not as a friendly country, but rather as […]

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Middle East skies – the tension is in the air

The skies in the Middle East are changing, in parallel with the dramatic developments in some countries in the region. Changes in Egypt, Syria and Libya, and the fragile stability in Lebanon, have completely changed the situation in the airspaces that neighbour Israel. This has been amplified by the high tension between Israel and Turkey, […]

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