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If an Israeli government were to come to power that favored serious negotiations—and that would include, for instance, acknowledging the Palestinian right to a capital in Eas...(full article)

On the surface, this summer’s Gaza war seemed like a repetition of what happened in 2012. The rockets from Gaza into Israel, the bombing of Gaza by Israel, the mutual recrimi...(full article)

It's time for the prime minister to keep his promises to the public and to obtain peace, even if it means replacing some of his coalition partners and confronting the political hac...(full article)

Transferring UNRWA’s activities to the UNHCR will save money and allow Arab refugees to move on and build productive lives. >...(full article)

There is an almost obsessive general focus on how to achieve a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But somehow, in all the talk, the means to achieve a solution are most ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

New Strain of Antisemitism Is on the Rise - Ephraim Mirvis, The Telegraph

Anti-Semitism may well be the oldest and most persistent social pathology, what historian Robert Wistrich calls “the longest hatred”. But this ancient enmity is now being expre...

What Hamas Destroyed - New York Daily News

Hamas eclipsed any pretense of moderate leadership by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Obama and Kerry squandered trust. And Israel lived to prepare to fight another ...

Hamas Claims 'Victory' Amid the Rubble - Jesse Rosenfeld, Daily Beast

Having achieved virtually none of the objectives it said it fought for, at a cost of 2,000 dead and 500,000 displaced, Hamas tries to make the case it won the war....

Unsatisfactory Ceasefire Won't Doom Bibi - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The unhappy truth about the conflict is that nothing short of an all-out war to eliminate Hamas will guarantee that Israel won’t face another round of fighting anytime the Is...

Netanyahu Saw His Chance to Retreat and Took It - Barak Ravid, Haaretz

All Israel's prime minister wanted in the end - after all the promises, and the rhetoric - was to achieve a cease-fire with Hamas at just about any price....

What's Next for Gaza? - Los Angeles Times

The "long-term" cease-fire between Israel and Hamas announced on Tuesday — assuming that it holds — is welcome first and foremost because it promises an end to a conflict that ...

Hamas' Humiliation, Israel's Looming Loss - Avi Issacharoff, Times of Israel

Don’t be fooled. Hamas has capitulated to a ceasefire without any of its promised achievements. But Israel, too, will be a loser unless it changes its position on Mahmoud Abbas....

Israel's War Business - Markus Becker, Der Spiegel

Israel invests more money in research than most other countries -- and in no other place are research institutes, the defense industry, the army and politics as interwoven. The res...

A Grim Stalemate at War's End in Gaza - Dan Perry, Associated Press

The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big...

Gaza's Rubble Bucket Challenge - Miriam Berger, BuzzFeed

After the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS went viral, Palestinian journalist Ayman Aloul decided to take the Gaza version, the Rubble Bucket Challenge, a campaign launched to spread a...

Netanyahu May Be Misreading Obama - Leon Hadar, i24 News

Obama's willingness to aid in the fight against radical Islam isn't a Carte Blanche for Netanyahu in Gaza....

Club Med for Terrorists - Ron Prosor, New York Times

It says a great deal that Hamas’s former Arab backers, which historically have included Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia, long ago abandoned the terrorist group. Only a few nations ...

Is AIPAC Losing Influence? - Connie Bruck, The New Yorker

AIPAC is prideful about its influence. Its promotional literature points out that a reception during its annual policy conference, in Washington, “will be attended by more member...

How Obama Caused the Gaza War - Ira Straus, National Review

The Obama administration had encouraged Egyptians to vote Morsi into office; this made the difference in his thin margin of victory. The administration bears causal responsibility ...

Europe's Slow Surrender to Intolerance - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg View

On the one hand, it is completely unsurprising that Europe has become a swamp of anti-Jewish hostility. It is, after all, Europe. Anti-Jewish hostility has been its metier for cent...

The Obama-Netanyahu Dysfunctional Tango - Aaron David Miller, LAT

What makes the Obama-Netanyahu tango so dysfunctional is that unlike other periods when relations between U.S. presidents and Israeli prime ministers were tense, these two really d...

What Would Israel Do in Hamas' Shoes? - Gideon Levy, Haaretz

The Palestinian response to the killing of Mohammed Deif’s wife and son will be exactly like the Israeli response in the reverse situation: Vengeance and retribution....

Israel's Failed Assassination Strategy - Rami Khouri, Bloomberg View

The longstanding Israeli strategy of killing top leaders of Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian resistance groups was manifest again early today when Israeli missiles struck and kil...

Should Israel, U.S. Rethink Iron Dome's Usefulness? - Benny Morris, LAT

During the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, Iron Dome has efficiently protected Israel from massive damage and casualties. Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terrorist organizations ...

Stop 'Managing' Mideast Crisis and End It - Gershom Gorenberg, Prospect

Netanyahu appears to truly not believe that a negotiated agreement can end a conflict with a dedicated opponent, but there's really no other way....

Return Palestinian Authority to Gaza - Berger & Hadley, Washington Post

Hamas must recognize that Israel and Egypt are not going to open the crossing points unless a reliable party is there to ensure that what crosses into Gaza will not be used to rebu...

Why Jews Are Worried - Deborah Lipstadt, New York Times

It’s true that this is not the anti-Semitism of the 1930s, which came from the right and was rooted in longstanding Christian views that demonized the Jews. Traditionally, Is...

The Hard Hand of the Middle East - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Reality can be harsh. In order for the United States to weaken and eventually defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it could use help from both the Iranian regime and that of...

Anti-Arab Hate Grows in Israel - Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star

Rise of the religious right and right-wing political parties in Israel is leading to the steady erosion of liberal, democratic forces....

Qatar's Hand Seen in Collapse of Gaza Talks - Adam Schreck, AP

The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hing...

What Does Israel Want? - The Daily Star

Palestinian officials and negotiators who have been shuttling around in Cairo recently have for the most part focused on a demand championed by people in Gaza, namely ending the Is...

How Is Hamas Different from Islamic State? - Daniel Gordis, Bloomberg

It would have been hard to imagine that Islamic State’s brutal execution of American freelance photojournalist James Foley would worsen the Israeli public's assessment of the U...

Edinburgh: A Sad Symbol of Anti-Israeli Intolerance - Tom Gallagher, TAI

Protests targeting an Israeli theater company in Scotland are the latest examples of the increasingly uncomfortable position of Jews across Europe....

Stop Giving Money to UNRWA - Joffe & Romirowsky, The New Republic

UNRWA, the U.N.’s 65-year-old, internationally funded welfare organization for Palestinians, should be commended for providing much needed shelter and aid to displaced Gazans dur...

How Many Tons of Cement to Rebuild Gaza? - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

The importation of building materials to rebuild Gaza's tens of thousands of destroyed homes is one of the most potentially fraught issues. Hamas used large quantities of cement, a...

Israeli Propaganda Starts to Wear Thin - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

One of the fascinating dimensions of the battle between Israel and Palestine is how Israeli leaders and their American apologists keep changing their propaganda message aimed at ge...

Losing Facebook Friends over Gaza - Karen Lehrman Bloch, Tablet

I tried to stay out of the fray, but I finally had to go public with my opinions about Israel, even if it meant my friends disagreed....

White House Sending Wrong Message to Terrorists - Jerusalem Post

It is important that both Israel and the US work to heal any rifts and press forward on common interests, such as countering extremist threats and creating regional stability toget...

The Oldest Hatred: Europe vs. the New World - Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News

It is no longer possible to decouple hatred of Israel from anti-Semitism. Organizations such as the Berlin-based German-Israel Friendship Society are supposed to advance Israel&rsq...

The Israeli Solution for Kurdistan - Andrew Peek, The Fiscal Times

Today, Israel would probably be a natural ally of the pro-American, non-sectarian Kurdistan, where civil society, stability, and democratic norms have advanced beyond the reach of ...

Supporting Hamas Is Anti-Semitic - Alan Dershowitz, Jerusalem Post

Criticizing specific Israeli policies is certainly not intrinsically anti-Semitic. Indeed, many Israelis are critical of some of their nation's policies. But support for Hamas is ...

Obama's Foreign Policy Record: TBD - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

This is all intrinsically connected with optics: America's reputation for power as perceived by its friends and enemies. To wit, the Israelis might not have liked Kissinger or Bake...

Don't Count on Abbas to Save Gaza - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The idea that PA officials or security people will be an effective barrier to the re-militarization of Gaza—as opposed to the goal of demilitarization that Israel wants and which...

Repression & Stability: The Sisi Doctrine - Michael Hanna, Foreign Policy

From Gaza to Libya to Iraq, Egypt's new strongman is developing a foreign policy based on repression and stability....

Whither UNRWA? - Jerusalem Post

UNRWA has never been impartial. Its interest in self-preservation rules out fairness. Its existence hinges on keeping the flames of conflict burning....

Khamenei: Negotiations with U.S. Are Futile - Reza Nejad, IranWire

In a speech to prominent diplomats from around the world, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that he firmly believes further negotiations ...

Israel's Game of Russian Roulette in Gaza - Idan Barir, Daily Telegraph

Artillery fire is a statistical means of warfare. By using it in Gaza, Israel cannot claim it is doing everything in its power to spare the innocent....

Israel, Stop Calling Hamas a Terrorist Org - A. B. Yehoshua, New Republic

When Israel was established officially in 1948, the Jordanians bombarded Jerusalem and isolated it even as they killed hundreds of its residents. Yet, throughout that cruel and dif...

How America Lost the Middle East - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

The United States can't stop the Syrian civil war any more than it can end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, halt the Egyptian military's brutal repression of political dissidents,...

Israel's New Lawyer: Hillary Clinton - Peter Beinart, Haaretz

Who’s the Israeli government’s best spokesperson? Ron Dermer? Michael Oren? Bibi himself? Nope. It’s Hillary Clinton....

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