Within Likud, the blow to Netanyahu could mean that those opposed to him might mount a challenge to his leadership.
After Reuven Rivlin greeted Palestinians at an Iftar meal, “Your home is my home,” Hatim Kanaaneh wonders: “Could the president have such an odd sense of humor? Could he be on such close terms with his Muslim friends that he had decided to needle them a little about who now lives in whose house?”
Twenty-five years ago James Zogby led the Clinton White House effort to build economic growth for the Palestinians as part of Oslo accords. He says the project failed –as the Bahrain economic conference organized by the Trump administration will — because Palestinians never gained the political freedom, including an end to occupation, that is a prerequisite to business growth.
The outbreak of violence came as tens of thousands of worshippers flocked to Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque for noon prayers on the last Friday in the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Before I continue with this column, let me ask: Are the Palestinian refugees today happy or miserable in their refugee camps?
Standing up for Ilhan Omar’s controversial point about allegiance to a foreign country, Peter Beinart says his children in a Jewish day school believe they should be loyal to both the US and Israel, and that AIPAC has sided with the Israeli government over the US one and maybe ought to have to register as a foreign agent.