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Since last summer's war, things have been quiet along the Israel-Gaza border. But the calm is deceiving. No sooner had the fighting halted than Hamas was once again making preparat...(full article)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised a legitimate demand during the talks between the Western powers and Iran -- that Iran should recognize Israel as a Jewish state and stop th...(full article)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has gone into overdrive against a nuclear agreement with Iran. On Monday, his government made new demands that it claimed would ensure a...(full article)

It hasn't been hard to find the Israeli prime minister pontificating against the Iran deal. But in this case, visibility doesn't correlate with influence. Here's why....(full article)

In Amman, a new think tank seeks to inject nuance into the conversation about the Jewish state and the Arab world....(full article)

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Iran Slips the Noose - Ehud Barak, Time

There is a perception across the Middle East that America is weakened....

Moving Toward a Final Nuclear Deal - Rosie Gray, BuzzFeed

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, said the deal “would threaten the survival of Israel.”...

Israel Goes Green - Jerusalem Post

Going green ‘From Zion will go out the law of green energy,” announced Yuli Edelstein at a ceremony on Sunday, inaugurating the Knesset’s solar rooftop. “Wh...

U.S., Israel May Be Permanently Divided - Ian Bremmer, Time

Obama and Netanyahu don't like each other, but Israel and the U.S. will have problems even when they're both out of office....

Is Erdogan Changing His Tune on Israel? - Arad Nir, Al Monitor

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's silence during the recent Israeli election campaign, despite controversial remarks about the Palestinians, and the reopening of a synagogue...

United Nations: A Club for Posers & Hypocrites - Ron Prosor, NYT

The United Nations is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. It was intended to be a temple of peace, but this once great global body has been overrun by the repressive regime...

The Arab World Coalesces Against Iran - Ariel Ben Solomon, Jerusalem Post

The Saudi-led Sunni coalition against the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen has no greater supporter than - Israel....

Obama's Coming Break with Israel - Reihan Salam, National Review

According to Diehl, the Obama administration is getting ready to back a U.N. Security Council resolution that would, in his words, “mandate the solution to the questions Isra...

Will Bibi Be Able to Pass a Budget? - Shaul Amsterdamski, Calcalist

TEL AVIV — When the coalition agreement is signed and the next Israeli government is officially formed as expected next month, it will have exactly 107 days to pass the state...

I'm a European Jew, and No, I'm not Leaving - Diana Pinto, New Republic

Europeans, especially European Jews, are used to being treated as museum pieces and historical relics by Americans. We are the object of extensive commentary but rarely regarded as...

A Tough Task Faces Israel's New Finance Minister - Haaretz

In view of the forces that will act against Moshe Kahlon, he will have to remain loyal to the interests of the broad public that elected him....

Bibi Throws in His Lot with Chaos - Sydney Morning Herald

Israelis have yet again made it clear they want the hard man of the Middle East back on the job. Soon Israel will yet again have a strong, right-wing ruling coalition, almost certa...

What Does Obama Want from Netanyahu? - William Saletan, Slate

Two days after his comeback victory in Israel’s election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to walk back his incendiary pre-election statements. He told Ameri...

Driving U.S. Liberal Jews Away from Israel - Waldman, American Prospect

n the wake of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election victory last week—and the sordid campaigning that made it possible—liberal American Jews may be feeling, more...

Obama Confusing Threat and Ally With Iran and Israel - Jeb Bush, NR

A month ago, in a speech to the Chicago Global Forum, I argued that the Obama administration’s foreign policy could best be summarized this way: weak and uncertain. The administr...

Israel's Growing Defense Ties With Asia - World Politics Review

Earlier this month, the director general of Israel’s Defense Ministry was in Hanoi to discuss boosting defense ties with the Vietnamese defense minister. In an email intervie...

Netanyahu's Coming Charm Offensive - Daoud Kuttab, Al-Monitor

Palestinians need to be united and move forward with their decisions to join the ICC and suspend the security coordination with Israel, as Benjamin Netantyahu will try, following h...

How to Pressure Israel to Make Peace - Matthew Duss, Slate

In the wake of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declaration that a Palestinian state would not be created on his watch, the Obama administration has sign...

A Raisin in the Israeli Sun - Anne-Marie Slaughter, Project Syndicate

Decades of efforts to reduce the death toll from drunk driving in the United States produced the mantra, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” After Israel&rsq...

Netanyahu Plays the Race Card - David Remnick, New Yorker

For twenty years, many people in Israel and in the West have expressed the hope that Benjamin Netanyahu would prove to be the Richard Nixon of the State of Israel. Not the paranoid...

Being a 'Demographic Threat' in Israel - Yousef Munayyer, The Nation

Benjamin Netanyahu’s attack on Arab voters was not just an electioneering tactic. Such fear-mongering is rooted in the foundation of the Zionist project in Palestine....

Can Israel Remain a Democracy? - Dana Milbank, Washington Post

Israel, the Jewish state, is the antidote to this fear. The Law of Return, enacted by David Ben-Gurion’s government in 1950, guarantees Israeli citizenship to all Jews who mo...

Why the U.S. and Israel Can't Agree on Iran - Steven Metz, WPR

As the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program careen toward the finish line, tensions between U.S President Barack Obama’s administration and Israel remain high. The ...

Israel's Threat from Within - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

In an appearance on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” soon before he was reelected as Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu was asked if he was offended th...

Netanyahu Will Make History - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

Well, it’s pretty clear now: Benjamin Netanyahu is going to be a major figure in Israeli history — not because he’s heading to become the longest-serving Israeli prime minist...

Israelis Send White House a Message - Washington Times

Food, shelter and a comfortable life are as important to the Israelis as to everyone else, but survival comes first. That’s the clear and unequivocal message in the remarkabl...

How Netanyahu's Win Helps Palestinians - Yousef Munayyer, NY Times

Israelis have grown very comfortable with the status quo. In a country that oversees a military occupation that affects millions of people, the biggest scandals aren’t about ...

Fear and Loathing in Israel - Harold Meyerson, Washington Post

In the campaign’s closing days, with polls showing his Likud Party trailing its Labor Party opponent, Netanyahu evidently decided to make a play for any voter contemplating c...

Will Obama Admin Pressure Israel at the UN? - J. Hudson & C. Lynch, FP

After years of blocking U.N. efforts to pressure Israelis and Palestinians into accepting a lasting two-state solution, the United States is edging closer toward supporting a U.N. ...

Obama's Policy of Spite toward Israel - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

But if that’s what Obama is contemplating as he prepares for the third act of his stormy relationship with Netanyahu, he needs to step back and think long and hard about the ...

Israel Steps Back to the Future - Irish Times

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu may have secured a new mandate but road ahead will be bumpy....

Blame Demographics, Not Bibi, For Frayed Ties - Robert Merry, TNI

Big elections often are seen by academics and pundits as ushering in new political eras. More often, they actually are mere reflections of underlying political developments that cr...

Netanyahu Victory Is Israeli Media Failure - Mazal Mualem, Monitor

The Israeli media chose to ignore political realities and to build up the image of Zionist Camp leader Isaac Herzog instead of taking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign s...

Palestine a Step Closer to Statehood - Riccardo Fabiani, Quartz

The strong performance by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party in elections on March 17 took everyone by surprise, both inside and outside of Israel. In the last 4...

What Will Dems do if Bibi Wins? - Joshua Keating, Slate

Over the past year or so, the prime minister has done everything in his power to make life uncomfortable for “pro-Israel” Democrats in both the White House and Congress (which ...

Bibi Won, but Israel Is Changing - S. Cohen & G. Shafir, The Conversation

There is no doubt that Prime Minister Netanyahu has pulled an electoral rabbit out of the ballot box at the last possible minute. His Likud party is tied with the Zionist Union tha...

A Reckoning Is Coming for Israel - Jonathan Alter, Daily Beast

Beset by European boycotts, rebuked by international tribunals, estranged from the president of the United States—it's not a pretty picture of the fate of America's closest a...

An Uneasy Coalition for Israel - Roger Cohen, New York Times

If the Israeli election was above all a referendum on the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he prevailed. After accumulating nine years in office over three terms, t...

An Israeli Election Turns Ugly - New York Times

Israel’s election has done a lot to reveal the challenges facing the country and the intentions of the men who seek to lead it. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s outr...

Kahlon Can Stop an Extremist Israeli Government - Haaretz

Kahlon must either support Herzog for prime minister, or compel the leaders of Likud and Zionist Union to join forces in the spirit of President Reuven Rivlin....

Drama in Israel Just Getting Started - Joshua Keating, Slate

Never count out Benjamin Netanyahu. Voting has just closed in Israel, and the exit polls show either a tie between Netanyahu’s Likud and the opposition Zionist Union or a one...

The Last Days of King Bibi - Gregg Carlstrom, Foreign Policy

From the Galilee to the Negev and Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel waits for tomorrow’s election with bated breath. Likud strongholds are swaying, Arabs are uniting, and the cam...

Voting Matters - Jerusalem Post

Israelis are going to the polls and it's a perfect opportunity to make the vote count....

Will Arab Parties Play Kingmaker in Israel? - Laura Dean, Global Post

When Israel declared independence in 1948, many Palestinians still lived within the borders of the new state....

Netanyahu's Hate Speech - William Saletan, Slate

Israel’s prime minister is trying to stay in power by turning a million Arab Israelis into the enemy....

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