Lessons from Jordan about Peacemaking and Secure Borders

Jan. 31 2020

Tuesday, President Trump unveiled his plan to end the Israel-Palestinian conflict, which, among other things, attempts to assuage Israeli worries about maintaining defensible borders. Evelyn Gordon, looking to a recent vote in the Jordanian parliament, argues that these will continue to matter because “hatred is strong and peace is fragile.”

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More about: Israeli gas, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Jordan, Jordan Valley, Trump Peace Plan

Hizballah Bears Responsibility for the Beirut Blast

According to the Lebanese government, the explosion in its capital city on Tuesday that left over 100 dead and many more injured or homeless was caused by the accidental detonation of some 2,750 of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer often used for making bombs. (Less than one-thousandth of that amount was used by Timothy McVeigh to destroy the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995.) Previously, police have discovered Hizballah warehouses in London and Germany storing many tons of the same explosive. Hussein Ibish comments:

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