The Frontrunner in the Palestinian Presidential Race Is a Danger to Israel and His Own People

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:

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More about: Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority

Thoughts on Yitzhak Rabin’s Assassination, a Quarter-Century On

On the Jewish calendar, today is the 25th anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzḥak Rabin’s assassination at the hands of a fellow Jewish Israeli. Rabin, after a long and impressive career in the military and in politics, had not long beforehand signed the Oslo Accords, and was murdered by a zealous opponent of that decision. Reflecting on the occasion, David Horovitz writes:

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More about: Israeli politics, Oslo Accords, Yitzhak Rabin