This week, Bashar al-Assad’s forces, along with those of his allies, began an offensive in the southwestern part of Syria in violation of the “deconfliction zone” established there by Russia and the U.S. If the offensive succeeds, it will bring Iran-backed troops, including Hizballah, right up to the Israeli and Jordanian borders. The territory under assault, moreover, is now held by rebel groups to whom Jerusalem has been providing humanitarian and occasionally even military aid. Eran Lerman and Nir Boms consider Israel’s obligations to these allies:
As Assad Drives Rebels from Southwestern Syria, What Are Israel’s Obligations to Recipients of Its Aid There?
Israel Has Dodged a Constitutional Crisis, but Only Temporarily
Two weeks ago, then-Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein refused to hold a vote for his replacement, insisting that, in keeping with precedent, the new speaker should only be chosen after a governing coalition has been formed. As his move prevented the newly installed Israeli parliament from resuming its normal business, the Supreme Court tried to break the impasse with two unprecedented interventions into the legislative branch. To Evelyn Gordon, Edelstein acted out of a “genuine and serious concern” about constitutionally questionable moves by his opponents, even if the court was justified in its order that elections for the new speaker take place.