Why does Benjamin Netanyahu, whose career has largely been defined by caution, seem intent on taking the dramatic step of applying Israeli law to the southern and eastern suburbs of Jerusalem, and to the Jordan Valley? Haviv Rettig Gur argues that the move is a strategic response to Washington’s efforts to disentangle itself from the Middle East, which began under President Obama and will likely continue whatever the results of the 2020 elections:
The Prospect of American Retreat from the Middle East Is Encouraging Israel to Extend Its Sovereignty into the West Bank
Should Israel Worry about the Sale of Advanced Aircraft to the UAE?
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: