The Blog / December 2018

L’Orient le Jour (FR) speaks with Le Beck about Israeli strikes in Syria

“Cooperation between Israel and the US after the withdrawal [from Syria] will certainly continue, but its value (in the eyes of the Israelis) will diminish. Without the presence of US forces (on the ground and in the air), the potential intelligence that Washington can provide will be of much lesser quality”, stated Deputy Head of Intel Michael Horowitz.

Read the full article in French here

Le Beck speaks with The Independent about Israeli strikes in Syria

“Israel is sending a message to Russia and Iran that the US withdrawal doesn’t mean that Israel can’t act in Syria, and that it shouldn’t be ignored,” Michael Horowitz, deputy director of intelligence for Lebeck International, a Gulf-based consultancy, told The Independent.

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Le Beck speaks to BILD (DE) about the US decision to leave Syria

Washington throws away a significant chance to have a say in the future of Syria”, explained Deputy Head of Intel Michael Horowitz, “while also encouraging an attack against their former ally in the war against ISIS and thus proving itself (once again) an unreliable ally”.

Read the full article in German here

Le Beck analyses the Yemen peace talks in The Geopolitics

Regional Security Analyst (RSA) Kierat Ranautta-Sambhi wrote about the continued obstacles to achieving lasting peace in Yemen for The Geopolitics.

“While the resumption of peace talks in Sweden illuminated a ray of hope for a diplomatic/political route to ending the conflict in Yemen, there’s still a long way to go to achieving peace in the country.

It’s crucial to remember that the Sweden talks were only “consultations”, intended to establish “confidence-building measures” ahead of any actual peace negotiations. The warring parties’ ability to make some progress doesn’t necessarily bode well for any future peace talks on issues of substance.”

Read the full analysis here

The Washington Post speaks to Le Beck about Israel’s op against Hezbollah tunnels

“We’re clearly hearing some form of domestic political messaging,” said Michael Horowitz, a senior analyst at the Middle ­East-based security consultancy Le Beck International. “Israel has known about these tunnels for years, and while the timing also makes sense regionally, it certainly helps Netanyahu turn the page of the recent confrontation in Gaza that almost brought the Israeli government down.”

Read the full article here

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