Palestinian Elections Risk a Hamas Victory

March 26 2021

As Israel enters the post-election phase of its political cycle, where various parties jockey and bargain to create a governing coalition, the Palestinian Authority is preparing for its first parliamentary elections since 2006, to be followed by a presidential election. Then as now, these elections will pit the Fatah party against Hamas. Ghaith al-Omari explains the current situation:

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More about: Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority, U.S. Foreign policy

 

Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war