Israel’s New Friends in the Neighborhood

Feb. 19 2016

On January 28, Benjamin Netanyahu met with his Greek and Cypriot counterparts in the Cypriot capital of Nicosias. The meeting follows six years of improved relations between Israel and Greece, and, writes Arye Mekel, suggests the emergence of an eastern Mediterranean bloc that can provide a counterweight to Turkey:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Cyprus, Greece, Israel & Zionism, Israel diplomacy, Turkey

Hamas and Fatah Compete by Shedding Jewish Blood

During the past four weeks, there has been a rash of violent attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. These are not a response to any Israeli actions, nor are they spontaneous outbursts. Rather, as Itamar Marcus and Maurice Hirsch explain, the violence is the result of deliberate incitement by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which began when its president, Mahmoud Abbas, realized he was unlikely to win the upcoming national elections. The violence, write Marcus and Hirsch, was originally a way to win votes, and is now a way to maintain popularity after Abbas’s decision to postpone the elections in definitely:

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More about: Fatah, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian terror