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Jeremy Bowen is the BBC’s Middle East editor.
Further conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is inevitable – and futile.
The sectarian, communal violence between Arabs and Jews is the most troubling new development.
A decade after revolutions spread across North Africa and the Middle East, the hopes of a generation have been crushed.
The country desperately needs reform – but still there is no coherent political alternative to the status quo.
Since October, at demonstrations and sit-ins, Iraqis have been demanding clean politics, real independence and better lives.
At first I wanted to keep my illness private, but now hope more over-50s will get tested when they hear my story.
When the city falls to the regime, through blood or by negotiation, the war against Assad will, finally, be lost.
History shows that Israel’s military occupations cannot be sustained indefinitely.
The Syrian president is now far more secure than in 2013, when the West decided not to intervene. The latest air strikes do not change that.
The US has tried to turn away from the Middle East, leaving Russia as the dominant foreign power.