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‘Hamas vs. Fatah’

MESH invites selected authors to offer original first-person statements on their new books—why and how they wrote them, and what impact they hope and expect to achieve. Jonathan Schanzer is director of policy at the Jewish Policy Center and a former counterterrorism analyst for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of […]

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No more exchanges like this one

From Robert O. Freedman The recent exchange of five Arab terrorists for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers abducted by Hezbollah at the start of the 2006 war was a major defeat for Israel, one that must not be repeated. While one can understand the anguish felt by the families of the captured Israeli soldiers, […]

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Behind Druze kisses for Quntar

From Michael Young This report of the return of Samir Quntar to his home village of Abay on Thursday is how you would expect a news story like this one to play in a foreign media outlet.

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From David Schenker A lot of people have asked me lately about U.S. funding of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). The current interest in U.S. assistance to the LAF comes as little surprise: Congress is currently reviewing the FY09 budget, which is said to include a significant aid package for the LAF.

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Mapping of vulnerabilities in Lebanon

From MESH Admin This map of Lebanon, prepared by Lebanon-Support, seeks to identify areas of “vulnerability” within Lebanon—what might best be described as potential flash points—as of June 2008. The map’s authors describe the map’s layers in these terms: Political layer, displaying the electoral weight of the opposition and “loyalists” in each of the electoral […]

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Lebanon fault lines

From MESH Admin The clashes in Lebanon last month revealed the underlying fault lines within the country. These two maps, prepared by Lebanon-Support, are useful references to where they run.

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From Jon Alterman A funny thing has happened in the Middle East: virtually all of the government opposition to the United States has gone away. After almost a half-century of Cold War battles to protect oil fields, deny Soviet access to warm-water ports, and commit hundreds of billions of dollars in aid, the number of […]

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