Why Benny Gantz Chose This Moment to Reach Out to the Arab Parties

March 18 2020

On Sunday, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin asked the Blue and White party’s Benny Gantz to try to form a governing coalition. A few days beforehand, Gantz had announced his interest in forming a unity government together with Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, on the condition that it also include the bloc of Arab parties known as the Joint List. Haviv Rettig Gur explains the logic behind this gambit:

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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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