After the the Joint List, an alliance of Arab parties, emerged from the recent elections with the third-largest number of Knesset seats of any party, most of its members decided to endorse Benny Gantz for the premiership. This is only the second time—the first was in 1992—an Arab party has recommended any candidate for the position. While the decision has been welcomed as a great step forward in Jewish-Arab relations, Liel Leibovitz is skeptical:
The Truth about Israel’s Arab Parties
Should Israel Worry about the Sale of Advanced Aircraft to the UAE?
On Tuesday, the Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz came to Washington and met with his American counterpart Mark Esper to discuss the possibility that the U.S. will sell its top-of-the-line F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates. Despite the breakthrough in relations between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi, many Israelis fear that selling the aircraft to the UAE would erode the Jewish state’s qualitive military edge over its neighbors—which the U.S. is required to by an act of Congress to uphold. Shimon Arad explains these concerns: