Next month, Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, will turn eighty-five. Abbas, currently in the sixteenth year of his four-year term, is a heavy smoker, reportedly in poor health, and has made no arrangements for a successor. Among those senior members of his ruling Fatah party who are vying to position themselves to assume his post in the event of his death is Jibril Rajoub—whom Michael Milstein believes is most likely to triumph in the succession struggle:
The Frontrunner in the Palestinian Presidential Race Is a Danger to Israel and His Own People
Understanding Hizballah’s Sprawling South American Crime Syndicate
Sunday marked the 27th anniversary of Hizballah’s bloody bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which demonstrated to the world the long reach of the Lebanon-based terrorist group. But its presence in Latin America goes far beyond plotting attacks: located on the continent is the heart of its global criminal empire, which Hizballah uses to supplement the income it receives from its masters in Tehran. Emanuele Ottolenghi, drawing on detailed and extensive research, explains the inner workings of the group’s illicit operations, and its recent attempt to relocate networks disrupted by the U.S. and Europe to the tri-border area (TBA), where Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil meet.