Why Mahmoud Abbas Cannot Be a Partner for Negotiations with Israel

At his recent speech at the UN, the Palestinian president retold his usual historical lies, but he also went a step further. It should now be clear to anyone who still had doubts that he is not and will not be a reliable partner for negotiations. And that’s not even the worst of it. Michael Oren writes:

In his previous General Assembly speeches, Mahmoud Abbas denied the Jewish people’s historical connection to the Land of Israel and Jerusalem. But this time he conveyed an unprecedented message: he does not want negotiations–not even American-brokered talks–and is not interested in a durable peace based on security arrangements and mutual recognition. The fact that Israel doesn’t have a partner for peace was accepted by the Israeli public a long time ago. But now we are forced to acknowledge a new fact: that Abbas poses a danger that may be revealed as strategically more serious than the tactical dangers posed by Hamas.

Read more at Ynet

More about: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority, Peace Process

The IDF’s First Investigation of Its Conduct on October 7 Is Out

For several months, the Israel Defense Forces has been investigating its own actions on and preparedness for October 7, with an eye to understanding its failures. The first of what are expected to be many reports stemming from this investigation was released yesterday, and it showed a series of colossal strategic and tactical errors surrounding the battle at Kibbutz Be’eri, writes Emanuel Fabian. The probe, he reports, was led by Maj. Gen. (res.) Mickey Edelstein.

Edelstein and his team—none of whom had any involvement in the events themselves, according to the IDF—spent hundreds of hours investigating the onslaught and battle at Be’eri, reviewing every possible source of information, from residents’ WhatsApp messages to both Israeli and Hamas radio communications, as well as surveillance videos, aerial footage, interviews of survivors and those who fought, plus visits to the scene.

There will be a series of further reports issued this summer.

IDF chief Halevi in a statement issued alongside the probe said that while this was just the first investigation into the onslaught, which does not reflect the entire picture of October 7, it “clearly illustrates the magnitude of the failure and the dimensions of the disaster that befell the residents of the south who protected their families with their bodies for many hours, and the IDF was not there to protect them.” . . .

The IDF hopes to present all battle investigations by the end of August.

The IDF’s probes are strictly limited to its own conduct. For a broader look at what went wrong, Israel will have to wait for a formal state commission of inquiry to be appointed—which happens to be the subject of this month’s featured essay in Mosaic.

Read more at Times of Israel

More about: Gaza War 2023, IDF, Israel & Zionism, October 7