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Iranian ‘smiles campaign’ could lead to a new arms race

The planned meeting later today between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not change the fact. The “smiles campaign” initiated by Iran will start a new arms race in the Middle East. This became clear to Israel and Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia immediately after Obama’s telephone call with Iranian […]

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Israeli air force on alert after claims Syria used chemical weapons

It is a strange situation. Israeli intelligence asserts Syria has used chemical weapons in the civil war, while America is still “evaluating” the situation. The Israeli air force is, of course, operating according to assessments. As I have written in this blog a few times in recent months, Israel has all of its “sensors” on […]

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No honeymoon after Israel and Turkey restore ties

There is not going to be any sort of honeymoon. Mutual interests, pressure from President Barack Obama and other “background” factors broke the ice, but the water is very cold. The restoration of full diplomatic ties between Turkey and Israel will not immediately lead to a renewal of negotiations about new contracts with the Israeli […]

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How will Obama re-election affect IAF plans?

How will the re-election of president Obama affect the future procurement plans of the Israeli Air Force (IAF)? This question has been asked in the corridors of the Israeli defence establishment since the result last week. Experience has shown Israel that decisions relevant to defence exports from the US to Israel are moulded in three […]

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