Arab Israelis Want to Live in Israel, Not Palestine

While the response to the rollout of the U.S. peace plan has been muted in Gaza and the West Bank, many Arab Israelis have protested against, or otherwise expressed dissatisfaction with, one particular provision which would shift an area known as “the Triangle” to Palestinian control. With a total population of about 250,000, the Triangle contains several Arab villages that have been under Israeli control since the 1949 armistice. According to the White House proposal, the Triangle would be exchanged for Jewish-populated territory in the West Bank. But, writes Khaled Abu Toameh, the residents of the Triangle would prefer to live in Israel:

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More about: Gaza Strip, Israeli Arabs, Palestinian Authority, Trump Peace Plan, Two-State Solution

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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More about: Hizballah, Lebanon