ISIS, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, United States, Europe: these are the names of major actors played by the media in regards to recent upheaval in the Middle East, marked by the rise of the Islamic State. While the international community now weighs its focus on counter-terrorism efforts lead by the US, one question sits in the back of everyone's mind: what about Israel?Read More
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