Now Is Not the Time to Extend Sanctions Relief to Iran

March 27 2020

Last week, Bernie Sanders took to Twitter to call on the U.S. government to suspend some or all sanctions on the Islamic Republic, lest Washington be guilty of “contributing to [the] humanitarian disaster” brought about by the coronavirus. A similar case has been made by other opponents of the sanctions, but such arguments uniformly misunderstand why the effects of COVID-19 have been so severe in Iran. Danielle Pletka explains that not sanctions but the ayatollahs’ misallocation of resources lie at the heart of the country’s current public-health crisis:

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

Israel Has Dodged a Constitutional Crisis, but Only Temporarily

April 3 2020

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.

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Israeli politics, Israeli Supreme Court, Knesset