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Photo: Israeli Air Force F-15 Eagle fighter plane, Source: Sputnik News
I recently traveled with unfettered access to Israel and the Palestinian territories for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. In some ways, the adage applies: The more things change, the more they stay the same. Meeting with Fatah and Palestinian Authority leaders, I found their talking points have not changed to accommodate new realities. Their people still consider them sclerotic and corrupt, and their popularity plummeted after the Gaza War in May. Their archenemy Hamas has risen in popularity, to become perceived as the true defenders of Jerusalem.
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