The U.S. Shouldn’t Tolerate Turkey’s Hostage-Taking

July 31 2018

On Wednesday, giving in only partially to pressure from the Trump administration, the Turkish government transferred the American pastor Andrew Brunson—held for two years on fictitious charges of terrorism—from prison to house arrest. Brunson fell victim to the mass detentions in the wake of the abortive coup two years ago. But he is not the only prisoner Washington should concern itself with, argue Henri Barkey and Eric Edelman: three Turkish nationals employed by the U.S. State Department have also been detained:

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More about: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, State Department, Turkey, U.S. Foreign policy

Hamas and Fatah Make Peace, Shattering the Fantasy of Mahmoud Abbas’s Moderation

On Thursday, Jibral Rajoub—a senior figure in the Fatah faction that has controlled the Palestinian Authority (PA) since its inception—and Saleh al-Arouri, the head of the Hamas military, gave an unprecedent joint press conference. The two pledged unity in countering the Trump administration’s peace proposal and Israeli plans for extending its sovereignty into areas of the West Bank. David Horovitz comments:

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More about: Fatah, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority, Peace Process, Trump Peace Plan