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How Plausible Hamas’s Deniability?

How Plausible Hamas’s Deniability?

During the second intifada, Yasser Arafat was a master of denying any links to terror attacks thanks to the layers of “bureaucracy” between him, Fatah, and Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. But in the end, a cache of seized documents confirmed that he authorized and funded a lot of murderous mayhem without being involved in the specifics of

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Gaza Conflict Day 2: Hamas Escalates Rocket Fire

Today’s Top Stories 1. Escalation marked the second day of Operation Protective Edge. Hamas fired a Syrian-made M302 rocket at Hadera. Later in the day, rockets reached Zichron Yaakov, a coastal town about 120 km away from Gaza and just south of Haifa, representing the longest Palestinian rocket strike on Israel yet. According to Israeli

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Hamas to Privatize Gaza Border Crossings?

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Ouch: A Fatah official in Lebanon admitted that the PLO and Fatah have lost control of Lebanese refugee camps. Maan News explains why it matters: The Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are

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Fatah Fudges Fall of Fayyadism

Fayyad’s departure needs some serious Palestinian spin. After all, he brought a measure of sorely lacking accountability, transparency, and professionalism to the PA. So if you’re one of the money-hungry hawks who pushed out Fayyad, how do you explain away Fayyad’s resignation to unhappy donors? That’s easily done. The West made Fayyad look like a

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Fatah’s Armed Thugs Making Comeback

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Worth reading: A former interpreter for Iran’s foreign ministry (now living in exile) warns the world not to be fooled. Iran wants a nuclear weapon. Ahmad Hashemi writes in the

How Will Big Media Refer to the Palestinian “State”?

Now that the UN boosted the Palestinian status to “non-member observer state,” what does this mean for Big Media descriptions of the new-and-improved Palestinian entity? The Daily Telegraph‘s Alex Spillius lists the possible references, but finds shortcomings in them all. Palestine: “There has in fact never been a nation state called Palestine. The Holy Land

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Assassination Roils Lebanon

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. Lebanon’s in an uproar after the chief of intelligence, Col. Wissam Al-Hassan, was assassinated in a car-bombing. Thousands attended Hassan’s funeral. Prime suspects are Hezbollah and Syria. Suffice to say

R.I.P. One-State Solution; Long Live 3-State Solution?

I come to bury the one-state solution, not praise it. Now that Hamas is laying the groundwork to declare Gaza’s independence from Palestine, it’s easier to be dismissive of arguments for the one-state solution, like this op-ed in The Independent. Fatah fecklessness, a non-existent peace process, Muslim Brotherhood power in Egypt, and Hamas’ sheer willpower means

Hamas’ Diplomatic Wing Taking Flight

Hamas is training its own diplomatic corps. As Reuters points out, this would end the PLO’s monopoly on representing the Palestinians in global forums. It deepens Palestinian divisions. And it damages an otherwise sure-thing statehood bid in the UN General Assembly. So if you support the idea that Israel and the West should engage Hamas,

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Talking to Hamas, Talking to the Taliban

Rose-colored glasses are de rigueur in the Christian Science Monitor newsroom. With the US engaging the Taliban,  this Monitor staff-ed wants to apply similar logic to Israel and Hamas: President Obama was smart not to follow the example of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who warned against the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal. If the United States is willing to

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