Palestinians Are Losing What Little Faith They Still Have in the Palestinian Authority

For much of the Palestinian public in the West Bank, the most pressing political issue of the moment is not Israeli plans regarding the legal status of Jewish towns and villages, but recent revelations of corruption and nepotism in Mahmoud Abbas’s government. The scandal has been made worse by the fact that it involves the health ministry, at a time when worry over the coronavirus is high, and trust in public-health officials particularly important. Yoni Ben Menachem writes:

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More about: Israel & Zionism, Palestinian Authority

Lebanon Lurches toward Disaster, While Posing a Threat to Israel

On Sunday, the IDF killed four guerrillas attempting to plant explosives near one of its observation posts along the border with Syria. The next night, Israeli aircraft retaliated by striking several Syrian military targets. The exchange was one of several in the past two weeks, as Iran-backed militias, Hizballah foremost among them, have been trying to exact revenge on the Jewish state for killing one of their operatives. Meanwhile a large explosion—apparently not caused by Israel—shook Beirut. Benny Avni writes:

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More about: Hizballah, Israeli Security, Lebanon