Weekend long read

1) Writing at Newsweek, Jonathan Spyer discusses the current security situation in PA controlled areas.

“Something new is brewing in the northern West Bank. In recent months, in the cities of Jenin and Nablus, the Israeli authorities have observed the emergence of novel and unfamiliar forms of armed Palestinian political organization. These new structures are only loosely associated with existing Palestinian political movements. They represent the coming of age of another generation.

Committed to a broadly Islamist political outlook, with no interest or reference to diplomatic processes, and supporting a strategy of armed insurgency, this inchoate gathering represents a fresh challenge both to Israel and to the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority.”

2) At the Fathom Journal, Alan Johnson gives his views On Amnesty’s Antisemitic ‘Apartheid’ Report.

“In the real world, which is found at some distance from NGO-UN Reportland, the task of Britain, along with other European states, the US and Arab leaders, is not to make Israel an international pariah as the Amnesty report would have us do, but to prevent further deterioration on the ground, lower tensions, and find ways to improve the situation. This approach may not be well suited to winning applause from a campus audience, but it is well suited to encouraging a recommencement of the peace process down the line. The analysis, politics and methods of the Amnesty report would take us in the opposite direction, and should be rejected as a political dead-end by opinion-formers, policy makers and, not least, Palestinians.”

3) Also at the Fathom Journal, Yossi Kuperwasser examines Western Policy Options and the Iranian Nuclear Bomb.

“The world’s leading powers are saying unequivocally that Iran should not obtain nuclear weapons and that they are committed to preventing that from happening. At the same time, they remain bound to the idea of reinvigorating the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) in spite of the fact that the sunset of this deal would leave Iran with the capability to produce a big arsenal of nuclear weapons by 2031 without the West being able to do anything about it. What we can learn from this contradiction is that what really worries the West is to avoid the need of confronting Iran at this stage.”

4) The Israel Democracy Institute provides a Q&A on the Maritime Border Agreement Between Israel and Lebanon.

“Israel’s Security Cabinet is set to vote on the Lebanon gas deal today [October 12th – Ed.]. Less than a month to elections – can an outgoing government sign such an agreement and does it have to be ratified by the Knesset or by referendum?”

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  1. says: Grimey

    The PA and its followers have deliberately infiltrated AI to turn it into just another anti-Israel setup. This is standard procedure – but it won’t work – Israel is here to stay.

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