In Lebanon, Economic Pressure on Iran Seems to Be Bearing Fruit

Dec. 19 2019

As of Tuesday, it has been two months since anti-government protests—aimed at both corruption in general and at Iranian influence via Hizballah in particular—broke out in Lebanon, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The protests have come amidst tightening U.S. sanctions on Iran and Hizballah, including targeted measures against individuals who launder money for the latter., which Hanin Ghaddar believes that these measures have put the Shiite terrorist group in a difficult position:

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More about: Hizballah, Iran sanctions, Lebanon, U.S. Foreign policy

Benny Gantz Should Be Praised for Compromising, Not Condemned for Capitulating

March 30 2020

After three inconclusive elections in a year’s time, Israel’s political stalemate seemed to come to an end last week when the leaders of the two largest parties—Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu—agreed to form a governing coalition together with some of the smaller parties. According to the deal, Netanyahu will serve as prime minister for eighteen months, after which he will be succeeded by Gantz. This compromise, paradoxically, has led to the breakup of Gantz’s Blue and White party, as two of its three constituent factions have refused to join the unity government. Their leaders have denounced Gantz for supposedly crumbling before Netanyahu, but Jonathan Tobin argues that he has acted bravely:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Israeli politics, Moshe Yaalon, Yair Lapid