It was a victory for Palestinians in the United Nations yesterday, when member countries overwhelmingly voted to upgrade their status and recognize them as a non-member observer state. Despite the leverage Palestinians gain from the action, the victory is bittersweet notes Salman Shaikh, director of the Brookings Doha Center, especially for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. There is a feeling, says Shaikh, that the ground beneath Abbas is shifting and the focus is on Hamas.
A conversation with the Chief of Naval Operations
[Bolton] tried to persuade Trump to adopt a particular approach on Syria, but that policy didn’t match the president’s inclination to pull the U.S. out of Syria.