The Israel-Hamas War Reflects a Regional Retreat for Rights


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Framing the latest outbreak of fighting between Israel and Hamas is a distressing new reality for Palestinians: a great many power brokers in the region have lost any serious interest in their rights. In fact, the downgrading of Arab interest in Palestinian rights reflects a wider recommitment to authoritarianism by regional leaders who want to avoid repeats of the uprisings that flared across the region in 2010-2011.

Two critical trend lines catalyzed the current Israel-Hamas war and will play a determinative role going forward: Israel’s consolidation of control over Palestinians, which has foreclosed a…

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