Seth J. Frantzman

Middle East

View from the Golan Heights: Israel prepares to take on Hezbollah

Israel’s military reforms are all about chiseling down war to its most precise elements

By Seth J. Frantzman

Middle East

Ankara’s aggression has spurred a most unlikely pact

Turkey is attempting to ride the Palestinian issue, positioning itself as a champion of the cause

By Seth J. Frantzman

Middle East

The paradox of Israeli peace

UAE-Israel relations are a process, not the start of a revolution

By Seth J. Frantzman

Middle East

Netanyahu won’t be worried about Israel’s coronavirus protests

A portion of Israeli society is angry at the ossifying decade-long rule of one man

By Seth J. Frantzman

Middle East

How the Libyan conflict became the Middle East’s most important proxy war

The Libyan civil war is an example of what happens when western governments walk away from a conflict

By Seth J. Frantzman

Middle East

Why Benjamin Netanyahu has outlasted all his political rivals

He has maneuvered the religious Jewish Orthodox parties to rely only on him

By Seth J. Frantzman

Middle East

Does Israel’s coronavirus crackdown go too far?

Police wearing white smocks and protective gear now tour the streets in an attempt to hunt down quarantine evaders and detain them

By Seth J. Frantzman

Middle East

Qasem Soleimani’s death could change the game for Israel

Israel remains a target for Iran, but because the US conducted the killing, it is less likely that Iran will mobilize the region against Israel

By Seth J. Frantzman

Books

Demining at the foot of Mount Sinjar

Isis had been cleared from this area a month before I arrived, in November 2015. But the men were cautious

By Seth J. Frantzman

Christmas in the Holy Land is once again overshadowed by politics

Christmas in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth has, once again, been overshadowed by politics. The latest controversy surrounds Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The mayors of Bethlehem and Nazareth responded to Trump by toning down Christmas celebrations in a show of solidarity. Outside Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, the lights on […]

By Seth J. Frantzman

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