Extending Israel’s Sovereignty to the Jordan Valley Won’t Destroy Good Relations with Amman

April 20 2020

The ongoing coalition negotiations among Israeli political parties have returned to the fore the possibility of annexing or otherwise changing the legal status of the Jordan River Valley, which has been under Jerusalem’s control since 1967. While agreeing that the IDF’s presence in the area is essential to the Jewish state’s security, opponents of the move argue that it would cause an unnecessary rift with Israel’s eastern neighbor. To Nadav Shragai, this risk has been highly inflated:

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More about: Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israeli politics, Israeli Security, Jordan, Jordan Valley

 

Hamas Returns to Its Cycle of Extortion

Aug. 13 2020

Last week, Hamas resumed launching explosives attached to balloons and kites into Israel, one of which landed in the southern town of Arad. The IDF responded with airstrikes, and the terrorist group first test-fired a barrage of missile into the Mediterranean and then fired a missile at an Israeli town—provoking further counterstrikes. Why disturb the peace now? Because, writes Yoav Limor, the monthly aid Hamas receives from Qatar is set to expire next month:

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More about: Hamas, Israeli Security, Qatar