The Extremism of Arab Political Parties Suggests That Many of Their Constituents Are Pulling Away from Israel

March 31 2020

A professor emeritus of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies at Bar-Ilan University, Raphael Israeli is a leading expert on the Arab citizens of the Jewish state. In an interview with Nadav Shragai, he expresses concern that, rather than integrating into Israeli society, parts of this population are increasingly rejecting it. Israeli takes as evidence the extreme anti-Zionist, pro-terrorist positions held by the Knesset members representing Arab parties, and disputes the frequently heard argument that these politicians are more extreme than the voters who elect them:

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More about: Israeli Arabs, Israeli politics, Joint List, Meretz

Turkish Reconciliation with Israel Could Happen, but It Won’t Come Easily

Jan. 27 2021

In recent weeks, Ankara has made a variety of gestures that suggest a desire to reestablish its once friendly relations with Jerusalem, which have deteriorated since Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to power in 2002. On Monday, unverified reports circulated in the Western press that Turkey is prepared to expel Hamas, which has had its main base of operations there since 2015. Erdogan’s reasons for seeking to make amends are not hard to divine: he faces a hostile White House, tensions with the European Union, a sputtering economy, and a rocky relationship with his sometimes-patron in Moscow. But, Lazar Berman writes, much has changed since 1949, when Turkey became the first Muslim-majority country to recognize the Jewish state:

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More about: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey