Iran Wins Another Victory in Iraq

During the war against Islamic State, Iran-backed militias fought alongside the Iraqi army, while also terrorizing Iraqi Sunnis. Now these militias—known as the Popular Mobilization Units—have sought to integrate themselves into the country’s security forces while remaining loyal to Tehran. Yoni Ben Menachem comments on the new Iraqi prime minister’s continued failure to rein them in:

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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