Israel’s Relations with Its Arab Neighbors and Its Arab Citizens Are Undergoing Normalization. Could the Palestinians Be Next?

April 28 2021

Perhaps the most surprising and welcome development in Israeli politics this year is the conservative Islamic party Ra’am’s declaration that it would sit in a governing coalition, either with Likud or with Likud’s opponents—something no Arab party has ever done in Israel’s history. Dan Diker and Khaled Abu Toameh argue that this move is not a fleeting bit of political opportunism, but the culmination of a years-long effort by the party’s leader—the dentist-turned-parliamentarian Mansour Abbas—to change the nature of Arab politics in the Jewish state:

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More about: Abraham Accords, Israeli Arabs, Israeli politics, Mansour Abbas, Palestinians

 

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