The Fracturing of the Israeli-Arab Political Consensus Has Mainstream Parties Scrambling for Their Votes

Feb. 16 2021

In 2014, a change in Israeli election law encouraged Israel’s various Arab political parties to unite in a Join List, which went on to become a significant force in the Knesset. But, ahead of next month’s elections, the conservative Ra’am faction has left the Joint List. Other parties, meanwhile, see a chance to scoop up Arab voters. Last week Likud issued its first-ever Arabic campaign video. Haviv Rettig Gur comments:

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More about: Israeli Arabs, Israeli Election 2021, Israeli politics

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