In Making Peace with Israel, Arab Leaders Hope for a Chance to Imitate Its Successes

Dec. 18 2020

The threat of an ascendant Iran—and especially Washington’s tilt toward Tehran during the Obama administration—undoubtedly pushed the Gulf states toward improving relations with Jerusalem. And normalization agreements have brought Arab nations tangible and immediate benefits: F-35 jets for the United Arab Emirates, recognition of sovereignty over Western Sahara for Morocco, and so forth. But, Haviv Rettig Gur argues, the recent peacemaking isn’t solely transactional; rather a genuine admiration for the Jewish state lies behind it:

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More about: Abraham Accords, Israel-Arab relations, Israeli economy

Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war