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Israel strikes Russian weapons shipment in Syria

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The attack was confirmed by an Obama administration official. The revelation came as Syria met a deadline to destroy chemical production facilities.
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The situation is Syria is still in flux and very dangerous.  It seems that they are cooperating with the chemical weapon sanctions that the UN wants but they are still buying Russian weapons for Hezbollah.  Israel has struck before at weapons bound of Hezbollah from Syria.  The weapons are usually long range missles that Hezbollah can use against aircraft, ships and land targets fired from inside Syria.  State support terrorism..I think this shows it is still around.....

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The Ever-changing Map Of Middle East

http://www.middle-east-museum.com The map of Middle East countries and empires has been changing constantly since ancient time. This video shows the various ...
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Just a quick time map that shows how this area has been under the control of just about everyone in the area.  There are so many cultural, historical, social, economic and religious, amoung others, reasons that this area is so convoluted.  There is no real easy way to explain why the conflicts here keep going.  My dad once told be that they have been fighting for so long they forgot why and for what.  That they are fighting because theirs fathers did and their fathers and their fathers and so on.  Didn't Einstein say that the definition of insanity was "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?"  Well seems to me that this applies to this entire area of the world today. 

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How Israel's Military Success Erased the History of the Diaspora's Jewish Warriors

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How Israel's Military Success Erased the History of the Diaspora's Jewish Warriors
Tablet Magazine
The historian Derek J. Penslar starts his masterful new book, Jews and the Military: A History, with an anecdote.
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A look at how Jews have served in other militaries and how this led to them to be fighting for the Jewish state of Israel.  Jew have long servered in many western armies, but espiecailly with the British in WW I when they lobbied, sucessfully, to be part of the liberation of the Jerusalem from the Ottoman Empire.  There is a long military tradition that Israel has, even though the state of Israel only came into being in 1948. 

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Israel widens settlement subsidies

Israel widens settlement subsidies | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Israel angers Palestinian officials by extending a subsidy scheme to settlements that were illegal until recently, days after peace talks restarted.
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With the peace process just starting again, will this act derail it as it has done in the past?  The settlements in the occupied territority are considered illegal under international law, a claim that Israel denies.  Shoudl the US and the international community set in and stop the spread of the settlements oe even get them to be removed?  Or shoudl they remain in order to guarantee the security of Israel?  It seems that every time peace is talked about in this area, something happens that puts the peace process in danger.

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