27 July 2016

Yaalon: Palestinians believe all of Israel is a 'settlement'

From A7, 27 July 2016: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/215629

...Yaalon ...ripped the Palestinian Authority, arguing that the Palestinians would never accept any Israel of any size or shape.

“Both [Hamas and the PLO] advocate a Palestinian state ‘from the river to the sea,” said Yaalon. According to the vision presented by Palestinian leadership “there is no room for a Jewish state.”

Yaalon ridiculed the argument made by some on the Israeli left that Palestinian hatred of Israel was driven merely by a desire for statehood in Judea and Samaria.

For the Palestinians, he said “The biggest ‘settlement’ is the land of Israel is Tel Aviv, for those who don’t know, not Beit El and Elon Moreh.”

“The PLO’s leadership – Arafat and Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] – has, since the Oslo [agreement] has avoided every opportunity to reach a final status [agreement]. They could have gotten territory without giving up anything, we called it ‘land for peace’. But what we got was ‘land for terror’.”

26 July 2016

Implications of US Disengagement from the Middle East

The United States is retreating from the Middle East. The adverse implications of this policy shift are manifold, including: the acceleration of Tehran’s drive to regional hegemony, the palpable risk of regional nuclear proliferation following the JCPOA, the spread of jihadist Islam, and Russia’s growing penetration of the region. Manifest US weakness is also bound to have ripple effects far beyond the Middle East, as global players question the value of partnership with an irresolute Washington.

Follow the link to read a 33-page monograph on this subject from BESA Mideast Security and Policy Studies No. 122, by Prof. Efraim Inbar, July 26, 2016.