Due to the ayatollahs’ gross mismanagement, COVID-19 has taken a particularly harsh toll on the Islamic Republic. Tehran’s propagandists, however, have claimed that U.S. sanctions have hamstrung the country’s ability to fight the disease and to obtain the necessary medical supplies for the task—an argument echoed in the American media and by former Obama-administration officials. But this is nonsense, write David Adesnik and Saeed Ghasseminejad:
No, U.S. Sanctions Are Not the Reason for Iran’s Coronavirus Crisis
Israel Has Dodged a Constitutional Crisis, but Only Temporarily
Two weeks ago, then-Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein refused to hold a vote for his replacement, insisting that, in keeping with precedent, the new speaker should only be chosen after a governing coalition has been formed. As his move prevented the newly installed Israeli parliament from resuming its normal business, the Supreme Court tried to break the impasse with two unprecedented interventions into the legislative branch. To Evelyn Gordon, Edelstein acted out of a “genuine and serious concern” about constitutionally questionable moves by his opponents, even if the court was justified in its order that elections for the new speaker take place.