The Intifada Of Rockets (Abdel Bari Atwan in Gulf News)

Palestinians will continue to resist as long as Israeli occupation continues and one day they will prevail

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

  • Published: 20:00 July 20, 2014

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For nearly two weeks, the Air Force, Navy and Army of Israel, the world’s fourth largest military power, have bombarded the defenceless citizens of Gaza, whose government possesses not a single plane, and has no navy and no army. Hamas has used only inaccurate rockets, which, by comparison with Israel’s


Arab Betrayal Of The People Of Gaza – Again!

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was very quick to accept Egypt’s offer of mediation and its suggestion of a ceasefire in Gaza. The Palestinian resistance, meanwhile, rejected the proposed truce.

This difference suggests that the proposed truce would have benefitted the Israelis more than the Palestinians, despite the terrible bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. We can expect various Palestinian factions to continue firing rockets until most, if not all, of


Gaza: Israel Can Never Crush Our Will

As Israel’s brutal aggression on the Gaza Strip enters its fifth day, there is no indication that the Palestinian resistance is wavering despite the terrifying ferocity of Israel’s aerial bombardment and the high number of martyrs and wounded.

This is not the first time Israel had attacked the imprisoned people of Gaza, who cannot flee their bombs or bullets. Egypt has limited its response to offering safe passage via the Rafah crossing to wounded civilians in


Israel has taken cynical advantage of colonists’ deaths (Abdel Bari Atwan in Gulf News)

If Israel continues to attack Gaza, it is very likely that we will witness a third intifada, but this time it will be different as public opinion around the world has undergone a sea-change

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

  • Published: 20:00 July 8, 2014

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  • Image Credit: Ramachandra Babu/©Gulf News

The deaths of three young Israeli colonists and the brutal revenge killing of Palestinian teenager Mohammad Abu Khudair have unleashed a cycle of violence and an ominously familiar


Baghdadi’s Four Options For Syrian Opposition

By Abdel Bari Atwan

Eleven Syrian armed rebel groups yesterday threatened to lay down their arms in one week’s time unless the Syrian National Coalition opposition umbrella offers them material help in their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) in the areas under Isis control and which have now been declared a ‘Caliphate’.

This discord, confusion and disarray among the various factions within the opposition can only benefit the Assad


Expect The Worst For Gaza After Three Settlers Die

By Abdel Bari Atwan

We don’t need much imagination to conclude that Israel’s current aggression on the Gaza strip is in retaliation for the kidnapping and murder of three settlers which Tel Aviv are blaming on Hamas.

I have been amazed by how much coverage the deaths of the Israeli settlers have garnered on British television, much of it inaccurate, unsurprisingly. The fact that the young men were illegal settlers on occupied Palestinian lands is rarely mentioned.


Can Jordan Hold Off the Isis Tsunami?

 Abdel Bari Atwan

 The whole of the Arab world is in a state of emergency due to the unprecedented advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (Isis) which today announced it has established an Islamic State across the whole area of Iraq and Syria under its control.

All the region’s existing regimes and borders are at risk from this transnational, devastating organization which seeks to usurp the divisions set in place almost a hundred years ago by Sykes-Picot.

On


Celebrations in West, lamentations in Mideast

The First World War had established a new paradigm for western interventions in the Middle East, which continues to this day

By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

I grew up in a refugee camp in Gaza. I remember when I was very young, how we children were fascinated by a beautifully stocked and well-maintained garden, which stood in the middle of all the dirt and overcrowded chaos that we inhabited. An armed guard protected the entrance jealously, but over the walls and through


Iraq: Division Now Inevitable

Abdel Bari Atwan

We rarely agree with Kurdish Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani on his political opinions or indeed the position of his government, but when he remarked on the BBC that following the fall of Mosul it is impossible to return to a united Iraq, we concur. But for entirely different reasons.

Barzani sees the future Iraq as a Confederation of three distinct entities – a Sunni state in Anbar province and its vicinity, a Shi’a state to the south and in the


Growing Islamist State (ISIS) Threatens Jordan & Israel Security

By Abdel Bari Atwan

When we first started to comment on the strength of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (Isis) tsunami as towns and villages and border crossings in both countries fell to them, we were accused of exaggerating the strength of Isis and the likelihood of their gaining their goal, which is to establish an Islamic emirate across the Middle East. As the days go by and their advance becomes even more sure-footed, we now feel we were actually modest in our estimations.