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Commemorating the Nakba at a Grim Time

Samah JabrSixty-seven years after the massive expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and lands, the scene in Palestine is grimmer than ever. We observe for example that following almost a year of meetings, the US-backed talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel fell apart last April. What followed that summer was an escalation of violence and a destructive war on Gaza.

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The official end to the Arab-Israeli conflict

Helmi Al-AsmarThe leaders of the official Arab governments have announced, explicitly and implicitly, through words and actions, that the conflict with Israel and the Zionist project as a whole has ended. This particular issue has been removed from the mainstream regional agenda and no longer has a place in it, not even in its margins. Therefore, it is strange that Israel is still very concerned about its security in relation to the Arab threat. I could find no better or more honest expression of this concern than what was written by Haaretz newspaper, "It's a regional mix that changes at a dizzying pace. One conflict spills over to, and influences, the neighbouring confrontation. Intelligence analysts and leaders have only a minimal ability to foresee events or navigate through them;" thus showing a sense of fear and dread from something unexpectedly happening.

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Saudi airstrikes in Yemen may have stopped, but the conflict rages on

Yemen after Saudi strikeIt has been nearly a month since a Saudi-led coalition began a bombing campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Since then, around 950 people have died, with nearly 3,500 wounded. The existing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, has worsened.

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Is a solution to the Syrian conflict on the horizon?

Everything happening in Syria confirms a single truth: there is no room for a military solution for any of the Syrian factions that are carrying weapons on the ground because the military option is a red line for everyone from the Arab countries to the wider international community. It also confirms that civilians will only feel safe in areas that are controlled by armed forces.

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Netanyahu's fantasy

In Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 3 March speech to the US Congress he likened what was happening in the Middle East to the hugely popular American fantasy television series "Game of Thrones". Presumably his audience were aficionados; they loved the comparison as they cheered Netanyahu on thunderously.

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