Politico foreign affairs correspondent Nahal Toosi spoke on Sunday at a conference put on by J Street, a far-left anti-Israel group currently waging an aggressive campaign against the confirmation of the Trump administration’s secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has called on the Israeli government to show “restraint” amid what has now been weeks of protests by Hamas terrorists who have swarmed the Israeli border and stoked violence.
New National Security Adviser John Bolton will be crucial in guiding President Donald Trump toward a long-term solution in Syria, but it will be a tougher job now that Iranian and Russian forces are entrenched in the conflict, national security experts said Monday.
The Israeli military said Friday that it prevented Hamas from breaching the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel to carry out acts of terrorism under the cover of a Palestinian protest.
Israel said Wednesday it had thwarted a planned terrorist attack, arresting 10 Palestinians suspected of plotting an attack on a navy ship off the Gaza Strip coast.
“‘I don’t want this life’: 10 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli army on Gaza border,” read a Washington Post headline from Friday. That headline—later changed with updated figures to a more neutral: “Fifteen Gazans dead after Israeli army, Palestinians clash at border fence, officials say”—used part of a quote from 22-year-old Yahya Abu Assar, a Palestinian living in the Gaza Strip who added, “I want to be shot.”
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has done something unprecedented among Arab leaders: affirm Israel’s right to exist.
On Saturday, Bernie Sanders observed Passover by shilling for Hamas.
“Surprisingly, perhaps, Israel does not have a formal national security strategy, or defense doctrine, to this day,” writes former Israeli deputy national security adviser Charles D. Freilich. Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change is his effort to move Israel closer to creating one. According to Freilich, David Ben-Gurion was the only “sitting leader to conceptualize an overall national security strategy,” and with the dramatic changes to Israel’s security situation since, a new one is needed. He may be right, but the reader leaves this book hoping that Freilich isn’t the one to develop it.