Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. He is the former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic
Studies at Tel Aviv University, a former senior official with the Mossad, and a former IDF intelligence officer.
Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy
This week, Alpher discusses why, even though Israel has a peace treaty with Caiso, but no formal ties with Riyadh,
Israel offered its blessing for a deal that affects a vital naval passage that has triggered war in the recent
past; explains the timing of Sunday's declaration by Netanyahu’s government whence they met on the Golan Heights
and the prime minister declared that the Golan would always remain a sovereign part of Israel; connects the
regional conflict situations of the ceasefire in Syria, which appears to be ending, Yemen, where there is optimism
regarding a ceasefire, and Ngorno Karabach (an enclave disputed between Armenia and Azerbaijan) where renewed
fighting has broken out; and why, now 15 years after his assassination by Palestinians and 11 years after he was
declared a national hero to be memorialized annually in school ceremonies, far-right-wing Major General Rehavam
Zeevi (“Gandhi”) is accused of having been a serial rapist and sexual harasser and having consorted with gangsters.