Hamas in Gaza Claims to Be Protecting Jerusalem by Firing Rockets at It, and Other Ironies of the Current War

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?

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More about: Hamas, Israeli society, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Jerusalem

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