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YosefSadowsky

YosefSadowsky has written 19 posts for The Middle-East Observer

IMF: If Arabs and Haredim worked, GDP would grow by 15%

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) reported that while Israeli economy was well prepared for the worldwide recession, all is not well. In the population groups of Haredi men and Arab women, respectably, only 40% and 20% work and typically earn less than their contemporaries of the same jobs, decreasing potential economic growth, reducing GDP growth. … Continue reading

Analysis: Israeli-Iranian war now out of shadows

Israeli intelligence believes that the terrorist attacks in the past two days were orchestrated by the Iran-Hezbollah axis and targeted foreign Israeli diplomatic missions. The attacks seem rushed due to their consistently poor execution, but the message of the bombings is clear. Iran is determined to attack Israel by any means and hopes to eventually … Continue reading

Syrian defector: Assad using chemical weapons

Syrian national forces have used nerve gas as a part of the suppression of the Homs revolt. The use and stockpiling of nerve gas is banned by the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention and nerve gas is considered a WMD by the United Nations. The illegal use of nerve gas by the Syrian army to put … Continue reading

Deal sought to free Palestinian hunger striker from Israeli jail

On December 17th, Khader Adnan was arrested by Israeli forces in the West Bank and soon began a hunger strike citing a lack of any evidence warranting his arrest. Now on day 55 of his hunger strike, and without a charge against him, Adnan’s health status will soon become critical. Israeli and Palestinian officials are … Continue reading

Syrian rebels repel attack on town

Syrian Rebels have managed to repel an attack on the town of Rastan, which sits inside the Homs region and is a home to many defectors from the Syrian regime. This key city sits in between Homs and Aleppo and has fallen from rebel control twice before. However, the rebel’s ability to hold Rastan despite … Continue reading

Israel accuses Iran, Hezbollah after bombers attack embassies in India, Georgia

According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Hezbollah attempted to target Israeli embassies in India and Georgia today. The bomb in Tbilisi, Georgia was defused before it was able to cause harm but in New Delhi, Israel’s defense attaché’s wife was wounded following the placement of explosives under the car by motorcyclists. Though the attack was poorly executed, … Continue reading

Report: Mossad is using Azerbaijan to spy on Iran

The Israeli spy agency Mossad has been capitalizing on the porous border between Azerbaijan and Iran as a means of executing its spy operations in Iran. Reports of the mistreatment of the large Azeri population in Iran, the fact that many Azeris consider northern Iran to really be Southern Azerbaijan and growing Iran-Armenia relations – … Continue reading

Hamas Split Threatens Unity Deal

The committee on “Change and Reform” in Hamas’s parliament is questioning the legality of the Doha Agreement, which would make Abbas both Prime Minister and President of a future Palestinian Government. Fatah officials say the move is within the parameters of Palestinian law, claiming that many in Hamas resent the rise of Abbas and its … Continue reading

Analysis: Egypt’s army too big to fail

More than a year has passed since the start of the Egyptian revolution and yet protestors are still violent and the situation remains volatile despite the efforts of the interim SCAF (Supreme Council of the Armed Forces) government. This has caused many Egyptians to call for the military to surrender complete leadership to the citizens, an … Continue reading

Report: Mashal temporarily moves Hamas HQ to Qatar

According to Asharq al-Awsat, the headquarters for Hamas will temporarily be located in Qatar, after being moved out of Damascus, Syria. This move will ensure that foreign officials will feel comfortable meeting with Hamas at their headquarters as the volatile situation in Damascus has interfered with the Islamist movement’s ability to host international partners. Nevertheless, … Continue reading

Opinion: Assad takes a page out of Russia’s book in his war against rebels

The drastic and recent change in the brutality of the siege of Homs, the center of the Syrian uprising, suggests that the arrival of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavarov is encouraging Assad to follow a similar strategy to that used by Russia in Chechnya. The electricity and phone lines have been cut and food is … Continue reading

Analysis: Israeli leaders’ silence on Assad’s crackdown reflects fears of uncertain future

While the international community has been busy handing out condemnations to Syria, Israel has remained distant and ambiguous in its remarks concerning the Assad regime’s crackdown. According to Eyal Zisser, an Israeli historian at Tel Aviv University, the uprising worries Israelis, especially the upholding of the status quo of peaceful enmity and the proliferation of … Continue reading

PA starts budget crisis talks

The Palestinian Authority’s Prime Minister Salem Fayyad met on February 6th with union leaders and employers to discuss measures to decrease their growing debt crisis. The austerity measures approved in January by the PA produced public outcry and protest due to growing fears that any rise in taxation will drive away investments and further stifle … Continue reading

Report: Top Iran military official aiding Assad’s crackdown on Syria opposition

The Assad regime of Syria is stepping up its campaign to stamp out resistance militarily and is now being assisted by the Elite Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.  The Quds leadership presence as well as the recent increase of violent attacks by the Assad regime, in which mortars and rockets are being used … Continue reading

Netanyahu to Abbas: ‘You Can’t Have it Both Ways’

Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Palestinian Authority’s leader Mahmoud Abbas that reconciliation with Hamas will take Israel away from its willingness to talk for peace. Netanyahu said “the Palestinian Authority must choose between an alliance with Hamas and peace with Israel.” However, Netanyahu’s resistance to the formation of a Fatah-Hamas unity cabinet is based on Hamas’s … Continue reading

Opinion: Israel’s Love-Hate Relationship with the United Nations

Last week, Israelis rejoiced as their nation secured a seat on the executive board of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), hailing it as a recognition of the state’s feat of becoming a “Developed” nation and more profoundly, allowing Israel to attain a greater level of participation in the international community. However, in light of … Continue reading

Egypt Fumes Over Israel’s Energy Plans

In an attempt to increase Israeli self-sufficiency and strengthen economic bonds with Europe, Israel has announced plans for the construction of an Ashdod power plant which will be linked to European markets through Cyprus. Egypt has also been seeking this sort of opportunity to create an infrastructural tie to Europe. As a result, Egyptian media … Continue reading

Analysis: Deep in the Sinai, a looming crisis threatens Egypt-Israel peace treaty

Since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the security situation of the Sinai Peninsula has deteriorated significantly and consequently is endangering Israeli-Egyptian peace. Yesterday, disgruntled Bedouins abducted 25 Chinese workers as a sign resistance, demanding the release of those still held in jail since the 2004 Sinai terror crackdown enacted by Hosni Mubarak. Militant Bedouins are … Continue reading

PM Appoints Panel to Write Definitive Report on ‘Outpost’ Status

Hoping to stave off the potential falling of his government, Benyamin Netanyahu has formed a panel to establish a definitive standing on West Bank Outposts. With the planned March demolition of the Israeli settlement of Migron, the panel is intended to form a governmental policy on the issue which will satisfy nationalists in both the … Continue reading

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