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When Narendra Modi Goes To The Holy Land

In my view, viewing national and foreign affairs through a communal prism is one of the most pernicious, destructive and self-defeating features of the Indian scene. It would be far more useful to see the proposed visit to the Holy Land as the commencement of Modi’s engagement with the complex politics, economics and culture of West Asia – with which India has longstanding ties and crucial and abiding interests, writes former ambassador Talmiz Ahmad.

Read Here – The Wire

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Ehud Barak’s departure leaves an enormous hole in Israeli politics

The announcement in the New York Times that Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister and former prime minister, is retiring from politics is a serious blow to anyone who wants to see the Jewish state take a rational and reasonable approach to global security issues.

From his time as an officer in Israel’s elite Sayeret Matkal special forces unit – during which he took part in a number of highly dangerous operations – Barak has been a a pillar of Israel’s defence establishment, and has played a leading role in shaping the direction of Israel’s defence policy.

Although a long-standing member of the Labour party, Barak has nevertheless adopted a hawkish position on security issues, and was played a leading role in the recent operation against Hamas militants in Gaza who were threatening southern Israel with their stockpiles of Iranian-made missiles.

How Hamas Won the War

Why is it that Hamas — purveyor of terror, launcher of Iranian-supplied rockets, and source of “death to the Jews” tropes — is getting more attention, traction, legitimacy and support than the “good” Palestinian, the reasonable and grandfatherly Mahmoud Abbas, who has foresworn violence in favor of negotiations? Since the crisis began, President Obama seems to have talked to every other Middle Eastern leader except Abbas.

Abbas’s party is in disarray. The Islamists‘ victory in the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections, its takeover of Gaza in 2007, Fatah‘s own sense of political drift, and the absence of a credible peace process created an opening for Hamas — the religious manifestation of Palestinian nationalism. Had Yasir Arafat still been alive, Hamas would never have come as far as it has.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

Hamas Has Another Losing Strategy

The militants of the Palestinian group Hamas are sending a clear message: They are prepared to take great risks to kill Israelis.

When it fired rockets at Jerusalem today from the Gaza Strip — the first time Jerusalem has been targeted — Hamas hoped to hit Jewish residents. The rockets, however, might just as easily have damaged Islamic holy sites or killed Palestinian residents. Even the late Iraqi leaderSaddam Hussein, who hit Tel Aviv with missiles during the 1991 Gulf War, refrained from attacking Jerusalem because of its sacred status and large Palestinian population.

Read Here – Bloomberg

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