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A country in the Middle East has a clandestine nuclear development program, involving facilities hidden in the desert. After several years, the country is on the verge of acquiring...(full article)

As international efforts intensify to resume the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Palestinians feel that discussions will go nowhere as long as the Israel...(full article)

Ashkelon, Israel — Last summer, when the Gaza conflict was raging, I traveled to Sderot, Israel, on the Gaza border to see for myself what was happening. And boy did I see it...(full article)

The Inquisition threatened them with gruesome deaths if they remained. Now Madrid is welcoming Jews back, not least, to help boost the flagging Spanish economy....(full article)

Entering Gaza feels a little like infiltrating the world’s largest prison, home to 1.8 million inmates, living on 360 square kilometres of land. Small, impoverished, overcrow...(full article)

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Israel's Abortion Committees - Mariav Zonszein, New York Times

Abortions became legal in Israel in January 1977, four years after Roe v. Wade, but the law does not recognize a woman’s right to make her own choice....

The U.S. Never Called Jerusalem Part of Israel - Pierre Atlas, Indy Star

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 vote, has struck down a law entitled, "United States Policy with Respect to Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel." Unlike most Supreme Court decision...

It's a Happy Israel, After All - Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy

Embroiled in endless conflict and surrounded by hostile neighbors, how is Israel the 11th happiest nation in the world?...

The Limits of German Guilt - Shlomo Ben-Ami, Project Syndicate

As Israel’s policies have become increasingly indefensible, the Germans’ will to shape national policy independent of Holocaust guilt has grown even stronger....

Palestinians Face Prison for Facebook Posts - Aziza Nofal, Al-Monitor

Facebook posts by a number of Palestinian men have been deemed inciteful to violence by the magistrate’s court in Jerusalem, amid public uproar calling the legality of the ch...

Israel's Ministers of No Culture - Haaretz

The Haifa Municipal Theater informed the Jordan Valley Regional Council that a performance of “Boomerang” which had been scheduled to take place there would be canceled...

Economic Benefits Won't Solve Israel-Palestine - J. Tobin, Commentary

There are some things that are so obvious that perhaps it takes an intellectual to think that stating them constitutes penetrating insight. Perhaps that’s why some are treati...

CIA Chief Briefed Netanyahu on Iran Deal - Barak Ravid, Haaretz

John Brennan was the guest of Mossad chief Tamir Pardo and met with various members of the Israeli intelligence community, as well as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....

The New Anti-Semitism: Financial Strangulation - Margalit, Israel Hayom

There is no doubt that Orange Chairman and CEO Stéphane Richard's meant every word in the statements he made last week in Cairo regarding Orange's intentions to withdraw fro...

Israel Fears Syria's Breakdown - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

Israeli experts are cautious about predicting events in Syria, but concede that despite losses by Hezbollah there, the organization might attack Israel unexpectedly from the Lebane...

Israel's Successful Asia Pivot - Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations

It's common to hear about Israel's growing isolation in the world, and UN votes are sometimes held up as evidence of this. The BDS movement, especially in Europe, is also adduced t...

Israel's Democracy Charade - Hagai El-Ad, New York Times

Settlers now have voted in their communities in 14 Knesset elections. Over time, their numbers rose from a few hundred to hundreds of thousands. Yet one thing remained constant: Mi...

Killing in Gaza Gets Easier - David Shulman, New York Review of Books

If Palestinians—all of them—are the enemy; if they are different enough from Israelis to be seen as a separate (lower) category of human beings; if their civilian casua...

Israel Can Teach California About Water Use - Haaretz

The effort has resulted in Israel becoming the world leader in recycling and reusing wastewater for agriculture. Fully 86 percent of its domestic wastewater is treated and recycled...

"The Oslo Accords Must End" - Joseph Dana, The National

The Oslo Accords must end. These were the words of former Israeli minister Yossi Beilin at this year’s United Nations Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, which took place ...

6 Reasons It Won't Be Bad if FIFA Boots Israel - Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz

Treating Israel's potential expulsion from world football as an existential matter is patently ridiculous. Here's why it could be a positive development for Israel....

Future of the Middle East Looks Ominously Like Iraq - Tom Wilson, RCW

We don't know that the approach adopted by Obama will outlive his presidency. But the worries of many of America's traditional allies in the region are clear. If America does conti...

Pope Francis Shows How Stagnant Israel Is - Yossi Sarid, Haaretz

The new spirit Pope Francis is trying to bring to the world isn't suitable for us Israelis....

Do the Palestinians Want Any Part of Peace? - J. Tobin, Commentary

The Palestinians say they won’t recognize Israel’s rights to any part of the West Bank or the parts of Jerusalem that were illegally occupied by Jordan from 1949 to 196...

Protect Israel's Press Freedom - Haaretz

The suicide of an immigration official shamed on Facebook for alleged racism must not be used to advance legislation that would stifle criticism of government policy....

Only Israel Will Miss the Blundering Tony Blair - Robert Fisk, Independent

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – Blair’s appointment was an insult....

If You Want a Dominant Iran, Back Obama - Michael Doran, Mosaic

The president’s address last week to Congregation Adas Israel as “an honorary member of the tribe” was something other than it seemed....

Bibi Should Champion Arab Equality - Haaretz

Integrating Arabs into the planning agencies wouldn’t solve all the problems, but it would increase trust....

Obama, Anti-Semitism, and Iran - Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

In a long and searching interview with President Obama that appeared in the Atlantic over the weekend, Jeffrey Goldberg asked President Obama whether the virulent and frequently ex...

Obama's Deep Concerns over Iran, Israel - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

On Tuesday afternoon, as President Obama was bringing an occasionally contentious but often illuminating hour-long conversation about the Middle East to an end, I brought up a pers...

Will Israel Take Obama's Bribe? - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

As the Israeli press is reporting, the Americans are prepared to pay what the administration official called, “a hefty price” for Israel’s silence in the upcoming...

A Dark Horizon for Palestinians - The National

The Israeli defence ministry’s latest attempt to segregate buses in the West Bank is a frightening peek into what the near future holds for Israel and Palestine. Citing secur...

Israel Silent While Hamas Digs More Tunnels - Shlomi Eldar, Monitor

“Hamas has gone back to digging tunnels, and it is likely that at least one of them has even crossed the border,” Knesset member and member of the Foreign Affairs ...

Israel's Turn to Come to Washington - Tamara Coffman Wittes, Brookings

The Kerry-Putin meetings earlier this week, and the US-GCC summit yesterday, are good reminders of the value of face-to-face diplomacy, even when the people in the room disagree on...

The Scariest Politician in Israel - Shira Rubin, Daily Beast

The right-wing firebrand has often provoked outrage, but now she’s in a position to do real damage to the Israel’s independent judiciary....

Distorting the Pope's Words on Abbas and Israel - Gross, Weekly Standard

If anyone needs further evidence of why the news agencies often can’t be trusted to report accurately on Israel and the Palestinians, and why major news outlets such as the N...

Will Canada Criminalize Criticism of Israel? - Antonia Zerbisias, Al Jazeera

Israel is the third rail of Canadian politics....

Israel's Own, Unapologetic 'Michelle Bachmann' - Jodi Rudoren, NY Times

“They say that I’m very calculated and not very sensitive — that a regular, average person, there are many things that bother them, and I don’t see or feel ...

Good Deeds Don't Win Israel Any Friends - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

So long as the pro-Israel community neglects efforts to highlight the justice of its cause in the conflict with the Palestinians, highlighting the Jewish state’s accomplishme...

Netanyahu's Government of Survival - Haaretz

Ending the occupation must be a top priority, Israel cannot waste any more time. We can only hope the new government will not last long....

This Angry Arab Moment - Roger Cohen, New York Times

Iran these days is a greater focus of Arab ire and disquiet than Israel, a country with which many Arab states have aligned but unsayable interests....

Why Should the U.S. Suck Up to Saudi Arabia? - A. Bacevich, LA Times

The rocky turn in U.S. relations with two long-standing strategic partners has caused much hand-wringing. But is it really such a bad thing? Or does it hint at a long-overdue polic...

Netanyahu's Surprising Staying Power - Aaron Miller, TNI

Rarely have so many Israelis, Americans, Arabs, Europeans, and just about everyone else on the planet been more annoyed, exasperated, and angry with an Israeli Prime Minister. His ...

Israel Should Come Clean About Chemical Arms - Tal Niv, Haaretz

It's time for Israel to formally ratify its treaty with the OPCW, the organization which has undertaken to remove chemical weapons from Syria....

Israel's Fragile Government - Washington Post

HAVING CALLED an early election in an attempt to strengthen his authority, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has, in the end, crippled himself. The right-wing coalition due...

Today's Germany Proves Enemies Can Reconcile - Dow Marmur, Tor. Star

If Jews and Germans can live together after all that has happened, then Palestinians and Israelis should be able to make peace....

Who to Thank for Jeb's Weird Foreign Policy Turn - Joan Walsh, Salon

It turns out Sheldon Adelson did Jeb Bush the biggest favor of his not yet official presidential campaign, when he rejected him in the Adelson primary due to Bush’s supposedl...

Why the Saudis Are Right to Snub Obama - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The conceit of Obama’s strategy rests on more than a weak deal that he hopes will be enough to postpone the question of an Iranian bomb even as it essentially anoints Tehran ...

Palestinian Flags Wave in Israeli Squares - Gilad Sharon, Jerusalem Post

There are three things here: the Palestinian flag, the Israeli standard of living, and self-respect; It’s not possible to have more than two of them at the same time....

The Amazing Decline of America's Special Relationships - D Rothkopf, FP

Why the new (old) governments in Israel and Britain bode ill for what once were Washington’s most important alliances....

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