Weekend long read

1) At the INSS, Raz Zimmt, Carmit Valensi and Sima Shine analyse ‘President Raisi’s Visit to Syria’.

“The recent visit by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to Syria marked a significant achievement for Iran, as it was seen partly as a response to the normalization process between Israel and several Arab countries. The visit was presented by both countries as a demonstration of unity amidst a changing regional reality and a victory for the so-called axis of resistance. It took place against the backdrop of the improving relations between Iran and Syria and several Arab states, ongoing conflict between Israel and Iran on Syrian soil, and Iran’s efforts to enhance coordination among the various elements comprising the resistance axis.”

2) Shany Mor discusses how ‘The UN is distorting the meaning of the Nakba’ at Unherd.

“The transmutation of the Arabs’ failed effort to wipe out the Jewish state into their own cosmic tragedy, together with the adoption of this counter-narrative by intellectuals and self-styled humanitarians in the West, is noteworthy in itself. But for the UN, and the General Assembly specifically, to play along is particularly ironic for a number of reasons.”

3) At the JCPA, Yoni Ben Menachem explains how ‘Islamic Jihad Is Trying to Establish a Rocket Force in Judea and Samaria’.

“One of the most significant achievements of the IDF’s “Operation Shield and Arrow” was the targeted killing of senior Islamic Jihad leader Tarek Izz a-Din, who was responsible for the military operations of Islamic Jihad in Judea and Samaria.

In addition to establishing armed terrorist cells in Judea and Samaria, Islamic Jihad is trying to establish a manufacturing and launching infrastructure to threaten Israel’s cities.”

4) NGO Monitor reports on the ‘NGO Ties of PFLP Bus Bombers’.

“On May 8, 2023, Israel announced that it had arrested a six-member cell from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) responsible for manufacturing and planting a bomb on a bus in the town of Beitar Illit, on March 9, 2023. Authorities named the six suspects: Mohammad Al-Barq, Wisam Owainah, Ahmed Abu Naima, Mazen Abdallah, Rami Al-Ahmar, and Nour Mahmoud – all members of the PFLP’s student organization.

Based on open-source information, NGO Monitor has determined that at least two members of the cell have ties to European-funded NGOs.”

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