Hamas’s Popularity Suggests That Palestinian Elections Will Legitimate Islamism

April 22 2021

On May 22, the Palestinian Authority (PA) plans to hold elections for its legislative council (PLC); these are to be followed by presidential elections on July 31 and then, a month later, elections for the Palestinian National Council (PNC), the quasi-parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The last PA elections, held in 2006, led to a Hamas victory in the legislative council, a brief civil war, and the Islamists group’s takeover in Gaza. While it remains possible that the current PA president, Mahmoud Abbas, might find an excuse to cancel the elections, he may have painted himself into a corner. Elliott Abrams believes it likely that Hamas will do very well in the upcoming elections, and fears a repeat of 2006:

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More about: Hamas, Israeli Security, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority, U.S. Foreign policy

Despite Reasons for Worry, Jews Shouldn’t Lose Faith in the American Promise

Sept. 24 2021

From synagogue shootings, to attacks on Jews on the streets, to the gathering strength and viciousness of anti-Zionism, especially in the corridors of political power, American Jewry has ample reason for concern about its safety and wellbeing. But, surveying both the present situation and the deep roots of what has made America a welcoming home to Jews with “no analogue in the 2,000 years after the destruction of the Temple,” Josef Joffe argues that the U.S. remains exceptional. The bad news, however, is still bad:

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More about: American exceptionalism, American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Chuck Schumer