If the Arab League wants to influence Russia, they should make an offer the Russians cannot refuse - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • Logios
    • 10.02.12 | 20:51 (IST)

    Russia will not allow any meaningful UN resolution or intervention in Syria, and they have a veto power. The basic reason is that Assad promised Russia a military naval base in a Syrian port (in return for weapons). To counter this, the Arab states could do either one of two things: 1. Get Egypt or another Mediterranean state to offer Russia a base, OR 2. Demand that the US 6th Fleet leaves the Mediterranean, in which case Russia will have no need for the base. Option 2 is of course the best one. Indeed, the 6th Fleet serves no useful purpose after the end of the Cold War. Whatever use it has today can be picked up by the EU. For example, controlling pirates there. The move will also be good for the US: Stop wasting limited defense resources on ghosts of the past.

    from the article: Russia accuses West of stoking Syria conflict by arming rebels
    First published 19:43 10.02.12 | Last updated 19:43 10.02.12
Haaretz Headlines
Palestinians scuffle with an Israeli soldier in Nabi Saleh.

Fighting a soldier to save their son

When Mohammad’s mother, sister and aunt saw an Israeli soldier choking the 12-year-old boy, they grabbed him on all sides. Then the child’s father alerted an officer to come rescue the soldier.

The Knesset, empty of religious and right-wing MKs.

Anti-terror bill passes first reading in Knesset

Controversial legislation would repeal archaic pre-state laws, but adds what critics call ‘totalitarian’ provisions in their wake.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu understands nothing about U.S. in 2015

In his headlong crash into the wall vis-à-vis the Iran deal, Netanyahu took with him many innocent victims.

Israeli soldiers cleaning the Hermon.

New hiking trail on Mt. Hermon set to open

After cleaning up the area, soldiers and naturalists will start marking the 3-kilometer trail.