Israel is quietly allowing thousands of Palestinians to enter from the Gaza Strip to conduct business and work menial jobs, apparently as part of understandings with the ruling Hamas militant group aimed at preventing a fourth war in the blockaded territory.
As the United States and Israel escalate their push to contain Iranian influence in the Middle East, countries in Tehran's orbit are feeling the heat.
Breaking Defense contributor Arie Egozi was granted access to a usually classified simulator center Israeli troops and special operators use to train for particularly dangerous operations.
“The way we used to protect planes was armed guards and security forces ready to burst in … and locked doors to keep pilots and passengers apart.”
An investigation by Citizen Labs has revealed that a group dubbed Endless Mayfly has been impersonating major media sites, using fake Twitter accounts to spread false articles and targeting journalists with fake stories.
For 12 years, Israel has maintained a blockade over the Gaza Strip, seeking to weaken the territory's militant Hamas rulers. And for 12 years, Hamas has remained firmly in power, developing a thriving homegrown weapons industry along the way.
The impoverished Gaza Strip has long been under strict Israeli border controls, including tight restrictions on anything that might be considered "dual use" and potentially put toward the production of weapons.
"The number one sponsor of terrorism worldwide is Iran," Jonathan Missner tells me. "There are many weapons to use against terrorism. As a law firm, we can do our part and utilize the U.S. court system."
Google has acted against two Iranian state broadcasters, Press TV and Hispan TV, blocking access “without warning” to their YouTube and Gmail accounts.
Without any ability on the behalf of the UN to enforce past international treaties or international law, the trend of shifting borders will continue.