Saudi Religious Diplomacy Targets Jerusalem

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by James M. Dorsey A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening… Continue Reading  

How the World Missed a Week of Palestinian Civil Disobedience

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by Edo Konrad For many Israelis, the violence over the past few weeks around the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif is little more than a result of Muslim intransigence in the face of legitimate Israeli security concerns. This, after all, has been the major talking… Continue Reading  

Why Is Netanyahu Targeting Abbas for the Har Nof Massacre?

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by Mitchell Plitnick This past Tuesday saw the latest in a horrifyingly long line of atrocities in Jerusalem. Two armed Palestinians entered a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood, killed five Israeli civilians and wounded six others before police gunned… Continue Reading  

Israel’s Arabs: Marginalized, Angry and Defiant

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by Emile Nakhleh The recent killing of an Arab youth by the police in the Israeli Arab village of Kufr Kanna, outside Nazareth, the on-going bloody violence in Jerusalem, and the growing tensions between the Israeli security services and the… Continue Reading  

Jerusalem of Tarnished Gold

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by Mitchell Plitnick Take a particularly provocative and grandstanding Israeli government and shift its focus from Hamas and Gaza to Jerusalem and you have a most explosive recipe. That potion is being stirred now, and the results could shake up the… Continue Reading