By Attacking Saudi Arabia, Iran Has Taken a Step Beyond Proxy Warfare

When the Iran-backed Yemenite Houthi rebels took responsibility for the attack on Saudi oil facilities, the claim at first seemed credible, as the Houthis have previously used drones against the Saudis. But further investigation suggests that Iran attacked the oil fields itself, with cruise missiles launched from its own territory, likely alongside drones. Dore Gold points to a single reason why the Islamic Republic would move from conducting a proxy war with Saudi Arabia to more direct conflict: the ayatollahs have not yet encountered retaliation, and they will continue to escalate until they do. (Video, 8 minutes. Text available at the link below.)

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Israel Experiences a Resurgence of COVID-19, but This Time with No One to Blame

During the past two weeks, the Israeli government has been gradually reopening schools, restaurants, and beaches, leading to a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, the reclosing of some schools, and the quarantining of hundreds. The new outbreaks, for the most part, have spared the ḥaredi communities so severely affected by the initial waves of the virus. But, writes Ruthie Blum, there has been no parallel expressions of anger akin to what was directed at the ultra-Orthodox two months ago:

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