Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat seeks re- election today in a race whose two main candidates reject any shared sovereignty over the holy city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Almost all of the city’s Arab residents will sit it out.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said now isn’t a good time to strike Iran and that quiet diplomacy may be effective, adding to domestic criticism of the way the government is handling the Iranian threat.
The Palestinian national liberation movement has arguably been the least successful such movement of the past 100 years. The Arabs have tried on many occasions to defeat Israel militarily, and to break it through terrorism and boycotts, and have failed each time.