When the notorious Israeli crime boss Nissim Alperon woke one day last month to find his prized Arabian stallion Tony had been stolen, former fellow Neri Zilber (Israel, 2011-2013) writes in the Daily Beast, he and his associates believed the almost certain culprits to be Palestinians. Of the reasons, “one, the ranch is close to the West Bank, and two, only Palestinians would be so ignorant of Alperon infamy that they’d abscond with an Alperon stallion.”

The story of the horse’s subsequent retrieval, Neri says, reveals much about the breakdown of Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation in the face of plans to annex parts of the West Bank.

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