US President Barack Obama's term ends on 20 January 2017. According to the Wall Street Journal, it appears that, before leaving office, he is planning an unpleasant surprise for Israel; a parting shot, or stab, if you will, at the Jewish State. What might he do? And why?
Iran's agenda is to expand its borders, and it is openly saying so. Yesterday a high ranking general bragged that Iran is extending its boundaries "from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean." It is a boundary reminiscent of the First Syrian Empire founded by Cyrus the Great in 550 BCE.
What is Putin's assessment of the US accusation that Russia is tampering in its presidential election and, in retaliation, its cyber, economic and military threats aimed at Moscow? According to Putin, it is an attempt to distract voters. As for sanctions, the US and its allies can "screw themselves."
According to one assessment by Israeli intelligence, Russian President Vladamir Putin and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan are scrambling to take advantage of the power vacuum left in the Middle East by US President Barack Obama. As Moscow soldifies it superpower presence there, it is already carving up a portion of Syria for shared control with Ankara.
Today Shimon Peres' lies in state at Israel's parliament, the Knesset. Leaders around the world are descending on Jerusalem to attend tomorrow's funeral, including US President Obama and the UK's Prince Charles. This a video clip and written report about the ceremonies.