Israel’s Vulnerable New Friends Are Drawn to Its Strength

Sept. 21 2020

Most Israelis, let alone most Americans, know little about either Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates—save that they are small and rich. Among the most salient facts about these two countries, writes Martin Kramer, is that citizens make a minority of their populations, creating a potential demographic problem far more severe than Israel’s. For other reasons too, above all their proximity to a larger, more powerful, and dangerous Iran, these nations are vulnerable. Kramer explains how these weaknesses affect their relations with the U.S., and now with the Jewish state:

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More about: Bahrain, Iran, Israel diplomacy, United Arab Emirates

Hamas and Fatah Compete by Shedding Jewish Blood

During the past four weeks, there has been a rash of violent attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. These are not a response to any Israeli actions, nor are they spontaneous outbursts. Rather, as Itamar Marcus and Maurice Hirsch explain, the violence is the result of deliberate incitement by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which began when its president, Mahmoud Abbas, realized he was unlikely to win the upcoming national elections. The violence, write Marcus and Hirsch, was originally a way to win votes, and is now a way to maintain popularity after Abbas’s decision to postpone the elections in definitely:

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More about: Fatah, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian terror