Alex Fishman


In Truce, an Israeli Deal With Hamas

By Alex Fishman

Israel reached a cease-fire agreement last weekend with the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. Despite widespread skepticism, it’s been the cause of intense if cautious optimism on the center and left of the political spectrum. The right is furious. The military is holding its breath.Read More


Jericho Siege Seen as Model

By Alex Fishman

TEL AVIV — Israel’s takeover of the Palestinian prison in Jericho on March 14 can be seen as a microcosm reflecting developments within the Palestinian Authority, Israel’s relations with the Palestinians and the kind of future that lies in store for the both sides under a Hamas-led P.A.The decision to refrain from a full-scale assault toRead More


Army’s ‘Worst Case Scenario’ Sees Iran ‘Front’ in Territories

By Alex Fishman

TEL AVIV — In the army, they call this a “defining strategic event.” In laymen’s terms, it’s called an earthquake. The gains of Hamas in the Palestinian Authority’s parliamentary elections compel all players in the Middle East to rethink their behavior.“It’s much worse than we estimated,” a senior Israeli security official saidRead More


Its Leaders Liquidated, Hamas Looks to Tehran For Guidance on Terror

By Alex Fishman and Ori Nir

TEL AVIV — Even though he had been targeted for death since last fall, Israeli defense officials say the assassination of Abdel Aziz Rantisi became an urgent priority only in the last month, after he became the head of Hamas and began upgrading Iranian involvement in the organization.Rantisi, 54, was killed April 17 by an IsraeliRead More






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