In a small modified garage in an Arab-Christian village in northern Israel is a boutique distillery producing some of the world’s finest arak.
Wikistrat bills itself as a ‘crowdsourced’ analysis agency based in Washington. But interviews with current and former employees and documents tell a very different story.
Despite 24 hours of Palestinian rocket attacks on towns outside Gaza, and Israeli airstrikes on targets inside, nobody was killed. Both sides are calibrating carefully.
It’s possible Israel could use its new F-35s to initiate a wider confrontation with Iran. That sort of thing has happened before—between Israel and Iraq.
Moscow’s opportunistic approach to Middle East diplomacy won’t stop a cataclysmic war, and might make it more likely. Meanwhile the Americans look belligerent—and clueless.
The enormous barriers that snake through the Holy City are proof that it is deeply fractured. They are also part of an obvious strategy aimed at forcing Palestinians out.
The order of end-time events can vary, but in general they share the view that the Messiah’s return will follow the restoration of Israel as a kind of Jewish theocracy.