While Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s stellar reputation in the West as a reformer-statesman continues to inspire confidence among U.S. security officials and donor nations, he does not have the political base to succeed in the long term. Moreover, Washington’s notion that reformed political power can be purchased is naïve. Furthermore, Fayyad has continued to pay monthly salaries to nearly 12,000 Hamas Executive Force members, the same force that fought IDF troops in the recent Gaza war.
September 17, 2008 | Pinhas Inbari
June 24, 2007 | Pinhas Inbari
With the total collapse of Fatah in Gaza and the territory’s takeover by Hamas, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been giving serious consideration to the deployment of international forces in the Gaza Strip generally, and more specifically in the sensitive Philadelphi Corridor separating Gaza from Egyptian Sinai. A deeper look reveals that the international-forces idea is very dangerous with potentially grave results for Israel.
March 1, 2007 | Pinhas Inbari