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A successful surprise attack is not easy to achieve. It rests on the ability to deceive the adversary. In general, a deception strategy might involve several elements, related to t...(full article)

The Defense Minister’s green light to appropriate land in the West Bank places him in the extreme right and shatters Israelis’ hopes for resolving the conflict with the...(full article)

Ukrainians were among the most infamous Nazi collaborators during the Holocaust. Jews suffering then would have found it impossible to imagine that an independent and tough Jewish ...(full article)

We’re not dealing anymore with your grandfather’s Israel, and they’re not dealing anymore with your grandmother’s America either. Time matters, and the near...(full article)

A government that betrays its primary obligation, to protect its citizens, has no right to govern. The Netanyahu government lost that right when it sanctioned the phased program of...(full article)

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In the Middle East, Time for U.S. to Move On - New York Times

The pointless arguing over who brought Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to the brink of collapse is in full swing. The United States is still working to salvage the negotiations, bu...

The Mideast Peace Process Paradox - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

The Middle East “peace process” can look like an endless loop of diplomatic failures that leave Israelis and Palestinians stuck in in­trac­table conflict. So as the latest ...

The Real Reason Palestinians Don't Want Peace - Lee Smith, Tablet Mag

By now, everyone’s found someone to blame for the apparent failure of the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. In his testimony last week before the Senate Foreig...

What Germany Owes the Jews - David Horovitz, Times of Israel

Next year will mark the jubilee of a crumbling ‘special relationship’ with Israel. Here’s how Berlin, rather than being politely and ill-informedly critical, coul...

No, Israel Isn't Turning into a Theocracy - Yair Rosenberg, Tablet

Today, the New York Times published an op-ed that attempts to demonstrate that Israel is drifting towards an Orthodox Jewish theocracy. Unfortunately for the paper, the piece inste...

It's Time for Kerry to Stop Coddling Israel - Bernard Avishai, New Yorker

The question is whether he’ll move the parties to something like binding arbitration, stop speaking about psychological breakthrough, and start implementing American policy—mor...

Burden of Peace Is on the Palestinians - Alan Dershowitz, Jerusalem Post

The burden is on the Palestinians to come to the negotiating table, not as equal partners, but as claimants, seeking to obtain something that they do not have....

Can Kerry Get Netanyahu to Go Big? - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg View

Israel is tipping into broad isolation, and Palestinians -- those who may be predisposed to a two-state solution -- are giving up hope. Kerry, one of the last of a generation of in...

Kerry Risks Threefold Failure - Alan Philps, The National

With his granite jaw and athlete’s handshake, John Kerry was hailed in 2012 as the “living embodiment of America” who could bring almost presidential gravitas to ...

The Peace Process Blame Game - Jerusalem Post

Engaging in a blame game postpones the inevitable day when the two sides sit down and truly begin thinking about how best to live together....

Are Iran and Israel Trading Places? - Milani & Waismel-Manor, NY Times

As the winds of change blow across Iran, secular democrats in Israel have been losing ground to religious and right-wing extremists who feel comfortable openly attacking the Uni...

UN Is Now the Best Hope for a Palestinian State - John Judis, New Republic

The Israeli government is not only opposed to U.N. implementation of Resolution 242. It has vigorously denounced the Palestinians for signing the 15 treaties, even though they have...

Why Obama Hit Pause on Iran - Joe Klein, Time

We know what a reasonable middle East peace would look like. In December 2000, Bill Clinton laid out the formula. There would be a return to the 1967 borders, with mutually agreed-...

Preparing for Jerusalem's Third Temple - Yuval Avivi, Al Monitor

The movement to rebuild the third temple expands, with a first ever course to prepare the priests for the offering rituals, and with prefabricated models for the third temple's mod...

Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame? - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Kerry knows very well that the negotiations were doomed once the Palestinians refused to sign on to the framework for future talks he suggested even though it centered them on the ...

Stand Firm, John Kerry - Brzezinski, Carlucci, Hamilton, et al., Politico Mag

Israel’s confiscation of what international law has clearly established as others’ territory diminishes its security. Illegal West Bank land grabs only add to the Pales...

The Mideast Peace Process Collapsed 3 Years Ago - Peter Beinart, Haaretz

Without understanding this history, you can’t understand why America’s current peace efforts are near collapse. The principle that a final deal requires a Palestinian s...

John Kerry Must Channel James Baker - Aaron David Miller, New Republic

Right now, and perhaps for a good while to come, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is in serious trouble. That doesn’t mean the almighty process won’t continue. All...

'Solving' Israel to Solve the Mideast - Tom Wilson, Commentary

With the Israeli-Palestinian talks at an impasse, now would be the time for some fresh thinking on how to move forward. Two pieces have appeared in recent days offering advice on...

Israel Isolated? Hardly - Yoram Ettinger, Israel Hayom

Is Israel isolated? U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that "if we do not resolve the issues between Palestinians and Israelis, if we do not find a way to find peace, there wi...

Why Kerry's Mideast Push Collapsed - John Podhoretz, New York Post

This year’s model of the so-called peace process between Israel and the Palestinians “is difficult,” Secretary of State John Kerry said the other night. “It is emotional....

Israel and Palestinians Look for a Way Out - Karl Vick, Time

Despite U.S. despair, both Israeli and Palestinian negotiators say they want to continue talks. The problem is resolving the immediate diplomatic impasse, which many fear is the...

A Boycott Can Jolt Israel - Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian

The Rolling Stones have confirmed they will play a gig in Tel Aviv in June as part of their 14 On Fire tour. Inevitably, they are already under pressure to cancel their appearance ...

What Kerry Should Learn from Failure - Kori Schake, Foreign Policy

If the Middle East peace negotiations crumble -- much like negotiations to produce a unified opposition or alignment of U.S. and Russian interests in Syria, or negotiations to per...

John Kerry, Thwarted by the Middle East - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg

Well, God bless John Kerry for trying. It appears as if the latest attempt by the U.S. to make the Palestinians and Israelis embrace reason is failing. It is true American negotia...

A History of the Jonathan Pollard Fiasco - Mitch Ginsburg, Times of Israel

Whatever becomes of him in the current twists and turns, Jonathan Jay Pollard was ill served throughout by his Israeli handlers....

As Kerry Falters, Where Is Netanyahu Leading Israel? - Haaretz

United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s decision Tuesday to cancel his planned visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah is a bad sign. So are the statements made by senior American ...

Don't Punish Abbas. Support Him. - Bloomberg View

By suddenly turning to the United Nations for support, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has rebuffed the U.S.'s terms for brokering peace talks with Israel. But Secretary of State ...

A Tactic in Search of a Strategy - Aaron David Miller, Time

Depending on your point of view, the issue of Jonathan Pollard, convicted American Jewish and Israeli run spy, keeps turning up like a bad penny or a lucky nickel. But in either ...

The Case for Releasing Jonathan Pollard - Lawrence Korb, Politico Mag

Pollard’s release is a key Israeli goal and a longtime personal crusade for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been trying to persuade the United States to sp...

Israel Facing a Backlash in America - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

This new tendency to stand up to pro- Israel fanatics in the U.S. reflects expanding global moves by governments, labor unions and others to boycott Israeli government or private i...

A Spy's Release Won't Bring Mideast Peace - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg

We appear to be in the midst of another Jonathan Pollard eruption in the Middle East peace talks, which means, among other things, that the peace talks are close to collapsing....

Kerry's Desperate if We're Talking About Pollard - Joshua Keating, Slate

This deal could keep the talks going for another year, but at a pretty steep price....

John Kerry's Middle East Delusions - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

Some people heaped praise on Kerry for his bold ambitions, saying he was injecting vision and energy into the Obama administration’s inert foreign policy. Others, including me,...

The Iran-Israel Border Struggle Heats Up - Lee Smith, Weekly Standard

For the last year and a half, Israel has kept Iran’s allies on its borders almost totally quiet. The 2006 war that many, including Hezbollah, believed Jerusalem had lost serv...

Tough Love Will Keep Israel, Palestinians in Line - Hussein Ibish, National

The Palestinians and Israelis need their friends to help them achieve peace. But, like everyone, they also need their friends to help keep them honest. That’s what real friends d...

A Palestinian Bantustan Won't End the Conflict - Daniel Levy, Haaretz

Credible leaks indicate the lop-sided Kerry framework is a step backward for Palestinians and rewards Israel’s intransigence. How can the talks regain their legitimacy?...

Israel's Disastrous Plan - Dawn

ON Wednesday, the Arab summit in Kuwait lent its categorical support to the Palestinian Authority by refusing to accept Israel as a Jewish state because doing so in its eyes would ...

Palestinians Dream of Destroying Israel - Khaled Toameh, Gatestone

A mass rally held in the Gaza Strip on March 23 showed that Hamas continues to enjoy popular support among Palestinians. Tens of thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to at...

How a Biblical Worldview Helped Israel's Leaders - Daniel Gordis, Tablet

And none embodied the biblical worldview more, or had more political agility, than Menachem Begin, who has no real heirs....

The Saudi's Shame - Jerusalem Post

Why won't they acknowledge cooperating with Israel....

The Man Who Could Stop The Peace Process - Julia Amalia Heyer, Spiegel

Naftali Bennett, the head of the the settlements party Jewish Home rejects negotiations with the Palestinians and says he will allow the Israeli government to collapse if necessary...

Netanyahu Killed Kerry's Peace Process - John Judis, The New Republic

We’ll know within the next month, and perhaps even within the next week, whether there is any chance for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during Barack Obama’s secon...

After the Mideast Peace Process, What Then? - Jon Cook, The National

For the first time since the US launched the Middle East peace talks last summer, the Palestinian leadership may be sensing it has a tiny bit of leverage. Barack Obama met the Pale...

Israel Disrespects Its Defender - Gershom Gorenberg, American Prospect

As he insults the Obama administration, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon weakens his own country....

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