How an Iranian Airline Brought the Coronavirus to the Middle East

Thus far, the Islamic Republic has been the Middle Eastern country hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus seems to have been carried there directly from China by Iran’s Mahan Air, which, although nominally private, is deeply intertwined with the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Moreover, writes Michael Segall, the airline has likely spread the disease to other countries while abetting the ayatollahs’ military ambitions:

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What Palestinians Want

July 10 2020

In an extensive report on a major survey of Palestinian public opinion, David Pollock sums up his key findings. Above all, the results suggest that large numbers of Palestinians are willing to make compromises with Israel in the short term, but tend to harbor maximalist, even militant, long-term goals:

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More about: Palestinian public opinion, Palestinians, Two-State Solution