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Middle East security analyst, Phd, Exec Dir. @MidEast_Center Founder @GulfIsrael; author of #DroneWars bylines @defense_news @Jerusalem_Post @TheNatlInterest
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Jun 2 6 tweets 2 min read
Poached eggs with asparagus and hollandaise sauce

We begin with the hollandaise prep: Four egg yolks beaten for several minutes; half a cup of butter, a tablespoon of lemon juice; salt and pepper. #chezfrantzman For the asparagus, place four spears in a bit of water in a pan and turn on high heat or steam them; then after several minutes place them in another pan over medium heat with two shallots, crushed garlic, salt and pepper and butter. Saute them briefly and turn off the heat.
Jun 2 21 tweets 4 min read
This is incredibly bizarre; I read through the piece and I can't find any examples in it of how this was "almost" peace...Israel and Syria have looked at these issues before 2011, but nothing came of it because it's naive to think it can happen

usip.org/publications/2… What's amazing in this account is how it lacks a critical self-examination. The fact that some people can come up with imaginary "peace" ideas...like we did in university when I took an "Arab-Israel conflict" class and we literally had to "solve" the conflict...doesn't make it
Jun 1 13 tweets 3 min read
Why is it an 'exclusive' to have a PR statement from the company? I mean the maker of Predator drones didn't get an "exclusive" after their product started making headlines in early 2000s...Ankara's drone lobby is quite big when it comes to media, less clear on battlefield. It's so embarrassing how major media just repeat, without any critical discussion...anything related to Ankara's drone lobby...literally huge articles without even one critical voice, or any way to verify the claims of the company
May 31 7 tweets 1 min read
🧵 Those who talk “diplomatic” solution to the invasion of Ukraine and pretend that all conflicts end in negotiation…have a problem because they can’t explain how Ukraine will be protected from a subsequent invasion of Ukraine accepts Russia’s terms at all. Russia first invaded in 2014 and there as a ceasefire and Russia simply got the message of impunity to do it again. So how did “negotiation” and “diplomacy” work? It only led to appeasement like every time there is “engagement” but not deterrence
May 31 7 tweets 1 min read
I've always wondered what some of the western legacy media who always adore Ankara's regime will do when it eventually fades...no regime lasts forever...what will those western think tanks who take the big bucks do without their dear leader? What will the western media that always run to Ankara for PR stories on "drones" or "guest essay by the dictator" do? What will the former diplomats in the West who work for Ankara as lobbyists do?
May 29 12 tweets 2 min read
Anti-Kurdish views among some commentators, columnists and academics, especially those relaxing in the West and pretending to be “anti-imperialist” are always the most vile. They always rest on several false arguments One argument they use is that the demand for an independent or autonomous Kurdistan or Kurdish region is someone unacceptable because a region or state should not have a majority ethnicity…this ignores that Kurds are excluded by ethnocratic states
May 22 21 tweets 6 min read
Thread: Iranian media reporting on the targeting of the Turkish Bashiqa base in northern Iraq. It says drones were used in the attack and names a new group "Ahrar Sinjar" as claiming responsibility. This group (احرار سنجار) seems to be a stand-in for some other group What do we know about this: Pro-Iran groups have used drones increasingly in Iraq over the last year, often targeting US forces and Erbil in the KRG. This means the kamikaze drone, which is mentioned in this article, is the new weapon of choice for Iran and its proxies.
May 22 10 tweets 3 min read
This is unfortunate, but they were not told that while the US was in Afghanistan, the US ally Qatar was hosting and backing the Taliban...and that despite all this support for "vibrant free press" that it was all to be washed away in a few weeks. I mean the next time maybe when the West is involved, if the West is also backing the country that is backing those fighting the West (kind of like playing both sides and big profits for all involved, except civilians)...then maybe someone will ask questions.
May 1 8 tweets 2 min read
List of bad Russia/Ukraine talking points:

1.If you sanction them, they will sell their gas for more and they will win
2.If you use mean language they will interpret it as escalation and it will prove that the West is a threat, making their case for them, hardening their stance 3.If you arm Ukraine then you cut off the road to diplomacy and make Putin think he was right to invade...
4. If Ukraine gets arms then it won't have to use diplomacy and this prolongs the war [that Russia started...]
May 1 4 tweets 2 min read
Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems says it "has inaugurated the SPYDER Defense System Simulation and Training Center in the Philippines in a ceremony held in the facility at an Air Base in Floridablanca, Philippines."

(Images courtesy Rafael) I always say when people talk about air defense and Israel, look beyond Iron Dome. Rafael makes Iron Dome also; but systems like this are sold abroad.

See below

Executive VP, Pinhas Yungman, Head of the Air & Missile Defense Directorate, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems:
May 1 11 tweets 3 min read
Everyday I open major media sites and there is some article "Elon Musk wants......it may not be that simple"...or "Elon Musk says he believes....this is why that's complex"...or "Elon Musk thinks...this is why its wrong"...it's so predictable Literally several of the articles have the "it's not that simple" refrain...edition.cnn.com/2022/04/30/tec…
Apr 28 6 tweets 2 min read
This is the real story in Ukraine, some in the West just don't understand that Ukraine has a huge reserve of people who want to resist and fight. It's not a "proxy" war...Ukraine is doing all the heavy lifting. I was on the front in Donbas in 2017, it was obvious then too When I was in the Donbas with Ukrainian volunteers they all were eager to defend the country, and they came from all over Ukraine, not just the stereotype of western compared to eastern Ukraine; they predicted a major war was coming back then and they said they were ready
Apr 26 12 tweets 2 min read
You ever notice how when there is a new important issue, that there are always these Israelcentric critics who try to make it into an Israel issue but their talking points don't last long, like remember the "Israel give Ukraine Iron Dome" thing...and "Israel vaccinate Gaza"... Why doesn't the talking point last long? Because those who push it know its not sincere...they know that they are trying to "surf" the media wave...and distract...so they chuck some idea out there...see if it floats...and then keep riding the wave.
Apr 26 9 tweets 1 min read
Have you ever noticed a weird trend connecting some of the intellectual anti-Israel types (the kind that also wanted to appease Iran or China and preach "realism" or whatever)...with them also being against Ukraine, excusing Russia, wanting "negotiated" peace... It's not really worth naming names, but they are out there...the person who was supportive of China and claimed the "Israel lobby" got him pushed out of an appointment...
Apr 26 4 tweets 1 min read
Russia is talking up "WWIII" again...must mean things are not going well in Ukraine...Russia literally invaded a country, thought it would win...then began to lose...after destroying cities and massacring people; and whines about "WWIII" Imagine being a country that drives millions into becoming refugees and IDPs...bombing cities and then be complaining about "of the country we are destroying is getting support, there could be WWIII"...this is the Moscow talking point to scare others, and distract from crimes
Apr 25 7 tweets 2 min read
Oh yes...people have suddenly noticed we have platform monopoly. Ummm there are like two or three big tech companies and a few billionaires who basically control most of it...this massive concentration of power has gone on for more than a decade...people just noticed? the only thing that changed today is that one big tech platform is now owned by someone else...
Apr 25 22 tweets 4 min read
Thread: I don't understand the complaints about Musk acquiring Twitter...I've been on social media a while and it has become increasing arbitrary, orwellian and lacking in transparency, a surprise given how powerful and large these companies are Let's go back to the old days of tech and the tech revolution of the internet...in those days we praised how this was a free-for-all that enabled talent and innovation; it also gave access to freedom and information for people around the world.
Apr 25 7 tweets 2 min read
This. is not the gotcha that some seem to think it is, obviously Russia's decision to embark on a dangerous massive unprovoked war, destroying peaceful cities, was a huge wakeup call for many countries; and Russia should be stopped from doing this. We heard for years from Moscow that it was the West, especially the US, that was destabilizing the world by invading and promoting "democracy" and doing other things...and Russia said it brings "stability" and adherence to international law....
Apr 25 15 tweets 3 min read
🧵 Every anti-Ukraine talking point is predicated on the argument, often by western critics, that Ukrainians don’t have a right to choose their destiny and defend their country with assistance One talking point is that the US is fighting Russia in a proxy war in Ukraine, “to the last Ukrainian” or using Ukraine, this ignores the fact Ukraine was invaded and wants help
Apr 24 8 tweets 6 min read
Beef slow cooked #ragu with homemade pasta and side salad
#chezfrantzman
Step by step process:

Begin with 2lbs of beef, we used shank but many cuts will work, salt the beef and roughly cut into 2inch chunks. We made two versions of this, one with red wine and one using beef stock; otherwise the ingredients were the same. We did the wine version in a dutch oven over low heat for 2.5 hours on the stovetop, the other we put in the oven for 2.5 hours at 350 F.
Apr 23 16 tweets 4 min read
Why do some media use the word "blast" for what is an attack, an attack using explosives; is this a directive? Is it used to cover up the hate crime terror nature of these attacks targeting a minority community? Would they do this if it was in the West, targeting minorities? I think the word "blast" is not an accurate term and it is used to obscure the horror of what happened. When people are shot we don't use terms like "people hit with projectiles"...when people are lynched we don't write "ropes hung people"...the "blast" is used to hide something