Why Germany’s Recognition of Hizballah’s Terrorist Activity Matters

For years, Berlin adhered to the fiction that the Iran-backed Islamist organization Hizballah comprises distinct military and political wings, so that even when it designated the former a terrorist group, it continued to allow the latter to function within its borders. German diplomats continued to conduct meetings with Hizballah officials. Thanks to U.S. pressure, and perhaps to Israeli intelligence sharing, Angela Merkel’s government recently reversed course, and declared the entire organization—which is thought to have 1,000 members within German borders—a terrorist group. Omer Dostri explains the implications:

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More about: Germany, Hizballah, Israel diplomacy, Terrorism

Hamas and Fatah Compete by Shedding Jewish Blood

During the past four weeks, there has been a rash of violent attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank. These are not a response to any Israeli actions, nor are they spontaneous outbursts. Rather, as Itamar Marcus and Maurice Hirsch explain, the violence is the result of deliberate incitement by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which began when its president, Mahmoud Abbas, realized he was unlikely to win the upcoming national elections. The violence, write Marcus and Hirsch, was originally a way to win votes, and is now a way to maintain popularity after Abbas’s decision to postpone the elections in definitely:

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More about: Fatah, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian terror