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18th April 2018 – Quoted by AIJAC

After the US-UK-French attack in Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

As reader are undoubtedly aware, on Saturday, 105 missiles were fired by American, British and French military units at Syrian chemical weapons research and storage sites, in punishment for the latest Assad regime chemical weapons attack in Douma on April 7, which killed at least 75 people. more...

18th April 2018 – Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Israel sees an Iranian ‘air force’ assembling in Syria — and looks ready to deal it a knockout blow

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

Israel's military on Tuesday apparently let leak a series of news reports indicating that it sees an Iranian air force forming in Syria and hinting that it may be willing to deal it a knockout blow. more...

17th April 2018 – Quoted by Jeremiah Jacques - The Trumpet

Chinese Banks Are Laundering North Korean Cash

Jonathan Schanzer

Chinese support of the North Korean government remains firmly in place and vital to the regime’s survival. Revelations emerged on April 12 that two major Chinese banks are providing a key financial lifeline to the nuclear-armed rogue regime of tyrant Kim Jong-un. more...

16th April 2018 – Quoted by Gordon Chang - The Daily Beast

Trump’s Letting China’s Big Banks Launder North Korea’s Cash

Jonathan Schanzer

The Trump administration decided earlier this year not to enforce money-laundering laws against two large Chinese banks, Agricultural Bank of China and China Construction Bank, suspected of handling transactions involving North Korea. more...

16th April 2018 – Quoted by Stan Grant - Radio Australia

Iran and Israel on a collision course as Syria burns

Jonathan Schanzer

Syria was not the only target in the US-led military strike; there was a message here for another country: Iran. more...

14th April 2018 – Quoted by Matt Kwong - CBC News

‘One-time shot’ or ‘sustained response’? Seeking a Trump Syria strategy post-missile strike

Jonathan Schanzer, Behnam Ben Taleblu

This time, as the pre-dawn skies over Syria streaked with U.S.-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles, it was a multilateral effort. more...

11th April 2018 – Quoted by Stan Grant - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Syria: Donald Trump’s ‘World War III’ attack on Hillary Clinton is coming back to haunt him

Jonathan Schanzer

The Syrian conflict could spark World War III. Who says so? Donald Trump. Yes, in 2016 as he battled Hillary Clinton for the presidency, Mr Trump said the Clinton plan for Syria would "lead to World War III", pitting two nuclear powers — the US and Russia — directly against each other. more...

11th April 2018 – Quoted by Raphael Ahren - The Times of Israel

After airstrike in Syria, an Israeli proxy war with Iran looms

Jonathan Schanzer

Following Israel’s alleged strike on Iranian targets in Syria, a military conflict between the Jewish state and the Islamic Republic appears increasingly likely, several analysts and officials estimated. more...

10th April 2018 – Quoted by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Free Beacon

Bolton’s First Test: Helping Trump Take a Longer View on Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

New National Security Adviser John Bolton will be crucial in guiding President Donald Trump toward a long-term solution in Syria, but it will be a tougher job now that Iranian and Russian forces are entrenched in the conflict, national security experts said Monday. more...

9th April 2018 – Quoted by Christopher Woody - Business Insider

‘All sticks, no carrots’: John Bolton arrives at the White House with a crisis brewing in Syria and

Jonathan Schanzer

John Bolton takes over as White House national security adviser on Monday, hours after chemical-weapons strikes on civilians in Syria again horrified the world. more...

8th April 2018 – Quoted by Dion Nissenbaum and Farnaz Fassihi - The Wall Street Journal

New National Security Adviser John Bolton Faces ‘Baptism by Fire’

Jonathan Schanzer

President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser enters the White House this week facing an immediate test in developing a response to a suspected chemical-weapons attack in Syria that has killed dozens. more...

7th April 2018 – Quoted by Christy Lee - Voice of America

North Korea-China Thaw Could Undermine International Sanctions

Jonathan Schanzer

As relations between Beijing and Pyongyang thaw slightly, the prospect of China relaxing its sanctions imposed on North Korea and thwarting U.S. President Donald Trump's “maximum pressure” campaign makes experts wary. more...

4th April 2018 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

Mixed messages from Washington over Syria raise concerns in Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Meeting last month with Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came away satisfied that he and the American president were in agreement on a wide range of issues, including Syria, where Israel wants to limit Iranian influence as the Syrian civil war wraps up. more...

29th March 2018 – Quoted by Guy Taylor and Dan Boylan - The Washington Times

Mike Pompeo expected to take tough tact as relations with Turkey erode

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran and North Korea may top incoming Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s to-do list, but a festering problem with a key NATO ally may prove just as hard to solve. Turkey and the U.S. appear to sharply diverge on a host of fronts, including Turkey’s war against U.S.-allied Kurds in the Middle East and Ankara’s recent purchase of an advanced Russian missile system. more...

29th March 2018 – Quoted by Agence France-Presse

Trump’s risky gambles in hunt for foreign policy win

Jonathan Schanzer

Trump's decision to accept an invitation to talks, to be held before the end of May, dumbfounded foreign policy experts and caught his own staff off guard. more...

28th March 2018 – Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Syndicate

Amid Egypt’s one-sided presidential election, analyzing the progress of El-Sisi

Jonathan Schanzer

Once the most dominant country in the Arab world, recent economic and security challenges have led Egypt to be eclipsed in power by the oil-rich Arab Gulf states. Nevertheless, as the most populous country in the Middle East with a powerful U.S.-backed military, Egypt has sought to rebound and recapture its past glory under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. more...

28th March 2018 – Quoted by Agence France Presse

Diplomatie: Trump tient des victoires d’étape mais n’a pas encore remporté ses “paris”

Jonathan Schanzer

De la Corée du Nord au commerce, Donald Trump en est persuadé: montrer les muscles des Etats-Unis, y compris à ses alliés, ça marche. Mais s'il n'a encore perdu aucun des ses nombreux "paris" diplomatiques, il n'en a pas gagné non plus. more...

27th March 2018 – Quoted by Damien McElroy - The National

Qatar terror crackdown rings hollow after suspect on its list finishes second in Doha triathlon

Jonathan Schanzer

More than a week after a Kuwait meeting where Gulf states and the US were promised by Qatari officials that new names would be added to Doha’s terror list, one of the inclusions was limbering up for the annual Doha triathlon. more...

26th March 2018 – Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Iran Harassed The US Navy Under Obama. Here’s Why It Stopped Under Trump

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran’s navy made a point of harassing and humiliating U.S. Navy vessels in 2016 after then-President Barack Obama sealed the Iran nuclear deal, but the U.S. says things have changed since August 2017. more...

23rd March 2018 – Quoted by Leo Byrne - NK News

Ships owned by sanctioned company still visiting South Korea

Jonathan Schanzer

Vessel owned by newly designated company arrives in Incheon one month after Treasury move. more...