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Jason Greenblatt and the Inconvenient Truth of Palestinian Rejectionism by EJ Kimball (Daily Wire via M.E. Forum)

By   /  September 22, 2019  /  Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Sept. 20, 2019 Mainstream media outlets have derided President Trump’s yet-to-be-released Israeli-Palestinian peace plan as a “sideshow divorced from reality” that is “destined to fail,” and it’s become fashionable to attribute this to the shortcomings of his soon-to-be-departed Middle East special envoy, Jason Greenblatt. But claims that Greenblatt “wasn’t the right guy” for the job are dead […]

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How Saudi Arabia Failed to Protect Itself from Drone and Missile Attacks – Natasha Turak (CNBC via Daily Alert)

By   /  September 20, 2019  /  Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Sept. 20, 2019 How Saudi Arabia Failed to Protect Itself from Drone and Missile Attacks – Natasha Turak (CNBC) Saudi Arabia, the planet’s third-highest defense spender, fell victim to a drone and missile attack on the world’s largest oil facility. The kingdom’s defenses are designed for entirely different threats. The low-flying and relatively cheap drones and […]

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Israel’s Gantz Would Likely Maintain Netanyahu’s Foreign-Policy Stance – Felicia Schwartz (WSJ via Daily Alert)

By   /  September 20, 2019  /  Israel, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Sept. 20, 2019 Israel’s Gantz Would Likely Maintain Netanyahu’s Foreign-Policy Stance – Felicia Schwartz If he becomes Israel’s next leader, retired Gen. Benny Gantz, 60, would likely follow the same path as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Gantz served as the head of Israel’s military from 2011 to 2015, while Netanyahu was the prime minister. President Trump […]

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Aide Says Arafat Planned the Second Intifada as Early as 1997, by Elder of Ziyon (Algemeiner)

By   /  September 18, 2019  /  friends/enemies, History, Lies & Deceptions, Mid. East news, Terrorism  /  No Comments

Sept. 18, 2019 Al Resalah has an interview with Bassam Abu Sharif, a political advisor to late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. According to Abu Sharif, the Oslo Accords were an “ambush” to Palestinian dreams, and — despite being warned — Arafat only realized this in January 1997, when the Hebron Agreement was signed. Click here for […]

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Younger Palestinians Are More Moderate Than Their Elders—With One Major Exception, by David Pollock (Washington Inst. for Near East Policy via Mosaic)

By   /  September 18, 2019  /  Mid. East news, stats  /  No Comments

Sept. 18, 2019 Analyzing the results of a recent survey of Palestinian public opinion, David Pollock notes the important cleavages it points to between those under age thirty and those older—as well as the similarities: [Y]ounger Palestinians have somewhat more moderate views than their elders on various current issues—though not on long-term ones. Respondents ages eighteen to […]

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Assad Tries to Stir Up Trouble among the Druze on the Golan Heights – Pinhas Inbari (JCPA via Daily Alert)

By   /  September 17, 2019  /  Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Sept. 17, 2019 Assad Tries to Stir Up Trouble among the Druze on the Golan Heights – Pinhas Inbari Since the Assad regime returned to the Syrian side of the Golan Heights in July 2018, pro-Syrian activities have increased among the Druze in the area. During the first week of September 2019, a large group of […]

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More Palestinians Find Work in Israel Despite Conflict (AFP-Daily Mail-UK via Daily Alert)

By   /  September 17, 2019  /  Good works, Israel, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Sept. 17, 2019 More Palestinians Find Work in Israel Despite Conflict (AFP-Daily Mail-UK) The number of West Bank Palestinians working in Israel has almost doubled in the past five years, according to official Palestinian figures. Israel said the number of permits for employment in Israel had risen 160% since 2012. Palestinian workers typically earn between $70 […]

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Why Israel Limits Its Reaction to Provocations from Gaza – Hillel Frisch (J. Post via Daily Alert)

By   /  September 17, 2019  /  Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Sept. 17, 2019 Why Israel Limits Its Reaction to Provocations from Gaza – Hillel Frisch (Jerusalem Post) Why has Israel limited its responses to daily violence from Gaza? The answer is that it is in Israel’s interest that the Gaza front remain as quiet as possible for the time being. Iran clearly wants a hot war […]

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Palestinians’ Blood Libels Against Israel, Jews by Bassam Tawil (Gatestone Inst.)

By   /  September 16, 2019  /  incitement, Lies & Deceptions, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Sept. 16, 2019 Instead of acknowledging their responsibility for failing to combat the drug trafficking, the leaders of Hamas have been trying to blame everyone but themselves…. These leaders are trying hard to convince Palestinians that Israel and Hamas’s rivals in the Palestinian Fatah faction, headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, are responsible for […]

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Mideast Envoy Jason Greenblatt Looks Back on U.S. Peace Efforts – Omri Nahmias (J. Post via Daily Alert)

By   /  September 16, 2019  /  International, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Sept. 16, 2019 Mideast Envoy Jason Greenblatt Looks Back on U.S. Peace Efforts – Omri Nahmias (Jerusalem Post) In his first interview since announcing his resignation, Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt said he wouldn’t change any of the significant U.S. decisions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “The decisions we made were appropriate for what we are trying […]

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