Russia versus USA Photo YouTube screenshot Binkovs Battleground channel mod01a.pngIt is no secret that, at best, Russia and the United States are "competing" with one another. On the surface, the issues are Syria, oil, nuclear weapons, and superpower leadership in the Middle East. Who is winning? This Israeli perspective suggests an unlikely answer.

Putin Erdogan meet in Turkey on 10 Oct 2016 Photo YouTube screenshot RT channelAccording to one assessment by Israeli intelligence, Russian President Vladamir Putin and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan are scrambling to take advantage of the power vacuum left in the Middle East by US President Barack Obama. As Moscow soldifies it superpower presence there, it is already carving up a portion of Syria for shared control with Ankara.

Powder kegs to north and south Photo Google Labels JJSurprisingly, the open powder keg in Syria has not yet exploded into a regional or global war. But it still could. Unfortunately, another trigger for such a conflict is developing to Israel's southeast. Via Yemini rebels, Iran is making moves to block the chokepoint of international shipping off the southern coast of Yemen. Missiles have been fired at US vessels. This morning the US fired back.

ISIS Magazine cover Break the Cross Photo screenshot of online copy of Dabiq CAPTIONIslamic State, or ISIS, like Iran, is driven by a visceral conviction that end times are imminent. According to Islamic prophecies, those times include the return of Jesus who will "break the cross" and herald the Muslim Mahdi as the world's true messiah.

Islamic State of Iran much greater threat than ISIS Photo YouTube screenshot IsraelPM channelAccording to Israel's former Minister of Defense, Moshe Ya'alon, Iran poses a much greater risk to the Middle East - and the rest of the world - than does ISIS.

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