The Palestinian Turn Away from Arab Moderates Could Backfire

Following the announcement that the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were normalizing their relations with Israel—with tacit Saudi consent—the Palestinian Authority (PA) immediately reached out to Turkey and Qatar, which are aligned against these three Gulf states as well as Egypt. Mahmoud Abbas, the PA president, also has raised the possibility of reconciliation with its rival, Hamas, which is backed by Turkey and Qatar. Ghaith al-Omari explains:

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More about: Hamas, Israeli Security, Middle East, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

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