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Netanyahu's Coming Charm Offensive

Daoud Kuttab, Al-Monitor

A Raisin in the Israeli Sun

Anne-Marie Slaughter, Project Syndicate

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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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 ...

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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

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

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An Israeli Election Turns Ugly - New York Times

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

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Voting Matters - Jerusalem Post

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

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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....

Netanyahu's Obscured Accomplishments - Gabi Avital, Israel Hayom

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And if Netanyahu Loses? - Raphael Gellar, RealClearWorld

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Don't Ban Polls - Jerusalem Post

Law that prohibits publishing polls before election underestimates the public's ability to make decisions on their own....

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Netanyahu's Test on Settlements - Rudoren & Ashkenas, New York Times

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Bibi Went Too Easy on Obama - Bob Feferman & Matan Shamir, Forward

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Only United West Can Stop Putin - Shlomo Ben-Ami, Huffington Post

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Chinese Fascination with U.S.-Israel Spat - Alex Pevzner, Jerusalem Post

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress, laying out in detail Israel's opposition to what appears to be an imminent deal between the world powers and Iran regarding ...

Netanyahu Only Talks Like an Ally in America - William Saletan, Slate

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has two faces. In the United States, he’s a devoted ally and a champion of tolerance. He respects our president and Israel’s Arab ci...

Israel Must Abandon One-State Option to Survive - Amos Oz, LA Times

Let's start with a matter of life and death. If there are not two states, there will be one. If there is one, it will be Arab. If Arab it is, there is no telling the fate of our ch...

The Problem with Bibi Derangement Syndrome - Jon Tobin, Commentary

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Speaking for Israel and America - William Kristol, Weekly Standard

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The "rules of the game" have unraveled. Now what?...

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