Israel’s New Government Is Hamstrung by a Byzantine Agreement between the Parties. But Maybe That’s Not a Bad Thing

April 27 2020

The deal cementing the Jewish state’s recently formed governing coalition is intricate even by the standards of such documents, and includes a complex set of stipulations, most of which are unprecedented, meant to prevent both Benjamin Netanyahu (slotted to serve as prime minister for eighteen months) and Benny Gantz (who will serve for the subsequent eighteen months) from outmaneuvering the other. Echoing the opinion of several other analysts, David M. Weinberg complains that these terms force both Netanyahu and Gantz into “straitjackets that deliver punishing and painful electric shocks the split second either of them steps out of line.” But Weinberg believes this may be for the best:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Israeli politics, Knesset

Should Israel Worry about the Sale of Advanced Aircraft to the UAE?

Sept. 24 2020

On Tuesday, the Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz came to Washington and met with his American counterpart Mark Esper to discuss the possibility that the U.S. will sell its top-of-the-line F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates. Despite the breakthrough in relations between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi, many Israelis fear that selling the aircraft to the UAE would erode the Jewish state’s qualitive military edge over its neighbors—which the U.S. is required to by an act of Congress to uphold. Shimon Arad explains these concerns:

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More about: Benny Gantz, Israeli Security, United Arab Emirates, US-Israel relations