The Arab League Loses Interest in the Palestinians

Last Thursday was the final day of the Arab League’s annual conference, which, according to Lawrence Franklin, might have been most interesting because of what it didn’t do:

[T]he most significant aspect of this year’s conference was the downgrading in significance of Palestinian issues on the agenda. . . . [W]hen the representative of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hectored delegates [by asserting] that they no longer seem to treat the depressed state of the Palestinian people as the overriding issue that should unite all Arabs, his pleas seemed to fall on deaf ears. . . .

Ironically, the only commentator who assessed that the Palestinian issue remains paramount in Arab minds was the French consul general in Jerusalem, Herv Magro, who commented that “the Israel-Palestinian conflict is the central issue in the Middle East.”

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More about: Arab League, Palestinians, PFLP, Politics & Current Affairs

An American Withdrawal from Iraq Would Hand Another Victory to Iran

Since October 7, the powerful network of Iran-backed militias in Iraq have carried out 120 attacks on U.S. forces stationed in the country. In the previous year, there were dozens of such attacks. The recent escalation has led some in the U.S. to press for the withdrawal of these forces, whose stated purpose in the country is to stamp out the remnants of Islamic State and to prevent the group’s resurgence. William Roberts explains why doing so would be a mistake:

American withdrawal from Iraq would cement Iran’s influence and jeopardize our substantial investment into the stabilization of Iraq and the wider region, threatening U.S. national security. Critics of the U.S. military presence argue that [it] risks a regional escalation in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Iran. However, in the long term, the U.S. military has provided critical assistance to Iraq’s security forces while preventing the escalation of other regional conflicts, such as clashes between Turkey and Kurdish groups in northern Iraq and Syria.

Ultimately, the only path forward to preserve a democratic, pluralistic, and sovereign Iraq is through engagement with the international community, especially the United States. Resisting Iran’s takeover will require the U.S. to draw international attention to the democratic backsliding in the country and to be present and engage continuously with Iraqi civil society in military and non-military matters. Surrendering Iraq to Iran’s agents would not only squander our substantial investment in Iraq’s stability; it would greatly increase Iran’s capability to threaten American interests in the Levant through its influence in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.

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More about: Iran, Iraq, U.S. Foreign policy