To many left-leaning Western activists and journalists, writes Matti Friedman, Jews going to pray on the Temple Mount are in fact “storming” al-Aqsa mosque, a Hamas spokesman calling on his followers to decapitate Jews is “a call for social justice,” and “Hamas rockets are no longer being fired at Israeli civilians, [but] at ‘Israeli apartheid.’” And what of the reality behind these distortions?
Hamas in Gaza Claims to Be Protecting Jerusalem by Firing Rockets at It, and Other Ironies of the Current War
Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel
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: