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Breaching the Gaza Barrier

July 22, 2010

Egypt’s enormous security wall along its border with the Gaza Strip, currently being constructed in order to curb Palestinian smuggling activity, has already been breached repeatedly by smugglers, according to news reports today. In some areas, the steel wall is already over 20 meters deep. When finished it will run the entire length of the […]

Iron Dome: Shifting the Goalposts

July 20, 2010

Israel successfully completed testing its new Iron Dome system yesterday, the latest attempt by the Ministry of Defense to protect its civilians in the Galilee and the Negev from rocket fire. According to the Ministry, which released footage of the test run, the first batteries will be operational by November. Iron Dome is being manufactured […]

Syria’s Wasted Decade

July 16, 2010

The tenth anniversary this weekend of President Bashar al-Asad’s accession to power is a timely opportunity to reflect on the nature of the Syrian regime, according to Human Rights Watch, who have just published a 35-page report on the country. The death of former President Hafiz al-Asad in June 2000 symbolized an opportunity for Syrian […]