By slaughtering sacred cows of Middle East policy, the Trump administration has taken such long-overdue steps as recognizing Israeli sovereignty in Golan Heights, while brokering groundbreaking agreements between Israel and Arab countries. Of course, the Obama administration deserves some credit for the latter developments too, as its attempt to realign the U.S. with Iran inadvertently fostered greater cooperation between Israel and the Gulf states. But, asks Danielle Pletka, will Joe Biden, if victorious in the upcoming election, seek to reverse some of these developments?
Will a Biden Administration Undermine Recent Progress in the Middle East?
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: