Opponents of the application of Israeli law to parts of Judea and Samaria have argued that it might result in rioting, and perhaps revolt, in the areas governed by the Palestinian Authority (PA). Of course, similar predictions were made about America’s decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, and were proved wrong. Hillel Frisch asks whether this time will be different:
Will an Extension of Israeli Sovereignty Lead to Violent Unrest in the West Bank?
UN Peacekeepers in Lebanon Do More Harm Than Good
With its size, budget, and remit greatly expanded following the 2006 war between Israel and Hizballah, the United Nations International Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is tasked with keeping both sides’ forces out of the southern portion of the country. While the IDF has indeed abided by the armistice, UNIFIL has failed spectacularly at compelling Hizballah to do the same. Eugene Kontorovich argues that, unless the peacekeeping force can be reorganized so as to be effective, it would be better to scrap it, or at the very least reduce its size: