To Protect Its Missile Arsenal from Israel, Iran Has Been Moving It to Iraq and Lebanon

Aug. 28 2019

In recent weeks, Israel appears to have carried out at least four airstrikes on Iranian military installations in Iraq. These sites, controlled by Tehran-backed Shiite militias, are a recent addition to the Islamic Republic’s plan to deploy thousands of precision missiles—capable of striking the Jewish state from a distance of up to 600 miles—in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. Amos Yadlin and Ari Heistein explain:

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More about: Hizballah, Iran, Iraq, Israeli Security, Lebanon, Syria

 

Benny Gantz Should Be Praised for Compromising, Not Condemned for Capitulating

March 30 2020

After three inconclusive elections in a year’s time, Israel’s political stalemate seemed to come to an end last week when the leaders of the two largest parties—Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu—agreed to form a governing coalition together with some of the smaller parties. According to the deal, Netanyahu will serve as prime minister for eighteen months, after which he will be succeeded by Gantz. This compromise, paradoxically, has led to the breakup of Gantz’s Blue and White party, as two of its three constituent factions have refused to join the unity government. Their leaders have denounced Gantz for supposedly crumbling before Netanyahu, but Jonathan Tobin argues that he has acted bravely:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Israeli politics, Moshe Yaalon, Yair Lapid