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Does Israel Stand Alone on Iran?

William Kristol, Weekly Standard

Israel's Natural Gas Cartel

Akiva Eldar, Al-Monitor

Israel's Internal Existential Threat

Hilik Bar, New York Times

A military operation, like anything else in life, must be judged in two ways. First, what are the consequences of failure? Second, how likely is failure?...(full article)

Today, according to President Obama, Israel stands alone. She has suffered from the fecklessness of the Western democracies and the hostility of the United Nations. But all is not ...(full article)

A hint of Adelson’s link to the gas cartel can be found on the website of the US-Israel Business Initiative, a lobbying group whose stated goal is to increase American compan...(full article)

Jerusalem is on the verge of a third intifada. A number of steps could calm the volatile situation. Israeli police presence in East Jerusalem should be reduced. (At the same time, ...(full article)

Behind closed doors, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concedes that he can't muster the required congressional majority to override a presidential veto on the Iranian nuclear deal...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Game-Changing Iran Report That Wasn't - J.J. Goldberg, Forward

Israel’s military intelligence corps has given Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a surprising report assessing the opportunities and threats that the Iran nuclear deal poses for ...

Israel Must 'Recognize Reality' of Iran Deal - Uri Savir, Al-Monitor

Despite the ferocious political attacks between the White House and the Israeli government, one hears from both sides positive ramblings about future relations between the two coun...

Fearful of Settlers, Palestinians Deploy Watchmen - William Booth, WaPo

The men of this hilltop town who gather at night with clubs and flashlights stress they are not afraid. But they say something changed after the recent arson attack that left a tod...

West Bank Expulsion - Haaretz

Since the beginning of the year Israel has demolished over 300 Palestinian structures - the purpose is clear: to pressure local Palestinians to leave the Israeli controlled Area C....

How the Iran Deal May Impact Israel's Influence - Daniel Wagner, JPost

The Iran nuclear deal poses colossal challenges to Israel on many levels, among them how effectively Israel’s voice is being heard in Washington and in the region. AIPAC has ...

Syria Is the New Great Game - Andrew Tabler, Foreign Affairs

How Regional Powers are Carving Up Syria...

Israelis Split on Security Issues - Tal Shavit, Worldcrunch

TEL AVIV - The reactions to last week's Locker Commission report that calls for massive cuts to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) budget is perhaps the best proof to date that the I...

Give Bibi the Nobel Peace Prize - Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy

The Israeli prime minister has been against a nuke deal with Iran for decades. Too bad he helped lay the groundwork that made it happen....

Israeli Banks Alarmed at Possible EU Sanctions - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

Following the recommendation of a prominent think tank, Israeli investors fear that the European Union will decide to "mark" Israeli banks that operate in the West Bank, devastatin...

No Justice for Israel's Asylum Seekers - Haaretz

It’s hard to expect a change of course from a government whose justice minister diminishes the rule of law to an all-time low while the rest of its ministers are busy incitin...

Can Israel Help to Stop California Droughts? - Madison Margolin, Forward

Today, Lake Oroville, California’s second largest reservoir, looks like an almost barren valley. The piers of Enterprise Bridge, once steeped in fresh water, stand tall and d...

If I Were an Israeli Looking at the Iran Deal - T. Friedman, New York Times

With the U.S. and Israel openly arguing over the Iran nuclear deal, I’ve asked myself this: How would I look at this deal if I were an Israeli grocer, an Israeli general or t...

The Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin's Killer - Amir Bogen, Tablet Magazine

Almost twenty years has passed since Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, but it is still an open wound for many Israelis. The state’s formal ceremonies go on annually, as we...

Israel's Renegade Rabbis - Jerusalem Post

Though this is not their intention, the rabbis behind a new conversion initiative are bringing closer the day when the Chief Rabbinate of Israel loses its monopoly over religious s...

Do We Understand Iran's Anti-Semitism? - Jeffrey Goldberg, Atlantic

A few days ago, I spoke with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about the politics of the Iran deal (you can find the full interview here), and at one point in our conversation I ...

Israelis, Palestinians: Time Is Running Out - Uri Savir, Al-Monitor

Today it seems that irrationality prevails on both sides, and, therefore, the Palestinian official’s forecast of the bitter cycles of violence in the years to come looks highly l...

Is Israel Doing Enough Against Jewish Terrorism? - Jerusalem Post

Is Israel doing enough to fight Jewish terrorism? At first glance it would seem that it is. Just this week in the wake of the horrific firebombing in Duma, the security cabinet aut...

GOP Candidates Know Nothing About the World - Fred Kaplan, Slate

When it comes to foreign policy, the Republican Party’s presidential candidates are shockingly ill-informed....

Orthodox Grapple With Response to Murder - M. Goldman, Al-Monitor

“But We Are Guilty,” an article on the ultra-Orthodox Kikar Shabbat website, has caused considerable consternation in the community. In the piece, the ultra-Orthodox st...

Netanyahu's Policies Foster This Violence - Joshua Keating, Slate

It might be comforting to think this recent violence is just the work of a small group of isolated extremists who can be tracked down and eliminated, but the problem is more deeply...

Israel Is in Shock - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

Israeli security branches have been given approval to use a wider range of methods to curb violence by extremist settlers responsible for price tag attacks and the recent murder of...

Netanyahu's Mixed Message for Extremists - Joshua Keating, Slate

Two events last week have forced Israel to reckon with its long-simmering problem of Jewish extremist violence. On Thursday, a 16-year-old Jewish girl was stabbed to...

Israel Ignores a Propaganda War Against It - Manfred Gerstenfeld, J-Post

“Israeli counterparts told me literally: ‘We regret that the Europeans cannot see for themselves what is happening."...

Israel Wrecked My Home and Wants My Land - Nureddin Amro, WaPo

I was born in Jerusalem. My parents were born in Jerusalem. Their parents were born in Jerusalem. Their parents were born in Jerusalem. Our modest house is approximately 70 years o...

What Keeps Israel from a Real Alliance with Arab World - Ibish, National

As expected, the Iran nuclear deal is reshaping the strategic landscape of the Middle East. Some of these new developments – such as Saudi Arabia’s reported outreach to...

Zero Tolerance for Jewish and Arab Terror - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

For some settlers, the crimes committed against them rationalize if not justify similar violence directed at Arabs. That is a position that is rightly rejected by the overwhelming ...

Meet Israel's Minister of Incitement - Haaretz

Since Yariv Levin was appointed minister, his scandalous utterances, which were always extreme, have become even more radical....

How to Turn Israel Into the Next Greece - Nehemia Shtrasler, Haaretz

The International Monetary Fund economists know exactly whom they’re dealing with. In their last report they harshly criticized the frequent changes in the government’s...

Iran Deal Naysayers Are Just Plain Wrong - Nicholas Kristof, NY Times

We have a glimpse of what might happen. In 2003, Iran seemingly offered a comprehensive “grand bargain” to resolve relations with the United States, but George W. Bush&...

Israel-Hamas Cyberwar Escalates - Adnan Amer, Al-Monitor

The cyber war between the Israelis and the Palestinians is intensifying, with each side racing to penetrate the enemy’s sensitive sites....

American Traitor, Israeli Hero - Andrew Bacevich, Politico EU

The U.S. government’s announcement that Jonathan Pollard will soon gain his release from prison is cause for celebration in Israel, and understandably so. There, Pollard is c...

Pollard Deserves no Special Treatment - Noah Feldman, Bloomberg View

I’m relieved that the nightmare of Jonathan Pollard’s imprisonment is about to be over. Not because I feel any sympathy whatsoever for the convicted spy who will be par...

Israel Could Lose U.S. Democrats for a Generation - James Traub, FP

If the nuclear deal collapses, U.S. liberals will never forgive Israel for its starring role in a catastrophic turn of events....

The Punishment Exceeded Pollard's Crime - Seth Lipsky, Haaretz

News that Jonathan Pollard will be released in November after serving 30 years in prison for spying for Israel comes amid denials by the Obama administration that his release is re...

Playing Politics With Pollard - New York Sun

What a moment for the Obama administration to leak word that it is considering releasing Jonathan Pollard. He is being held at a federal prison in North Carolina on a life sentence...

The Curious Timing of Pollard's Release - Michael Weiss, Daily Beast

“It is difficult for me, even in the so-called ‘year of the spy,’ to conceive of a greater harm to the national security than that caused by the defendant in view...

The Middle East Recalibrates - Stratfor

Stratfor's long-term forecast is that if one's default unit of measurement for time is in decades, then Turkey will become the pre-eminent power in the Middle East....

Lessons from Gaza - Jerusalem Post

Ten years after Israel evacuated the Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip and parts of northern Samaria, very few – whether on the Right or on the Left or in the Center &ndas...

A West Bank Story - The National

Khirbet Susiya is little more than a collection of tents perched on a dusty hill overlooking the southern reaches of the West Bank. From their modest perch, the 300 Palestinians of...

Israel's New Reality - Gilad Sharon, Jerusalem Post

The agreement between Iran and the world powers is a done deal. The main issue before us now is the never-ending and unresolved conflict with the Palestinians....

Iran's Sponsorship of Terror Is Now Legitimized - Bob Feferman, TOI

During the negotiations, the White House indicated that the so-called “non-nuclear” issues like Iran’s support for terrorism would be off the table. Although at t...

Can Bibi Get Congress to Nuke the Iran Deal? - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

The United States and Israel are close allies, but the battle over the nuclear deal is getting fiercer by the moment....

The Horseman of the Jewish Apocalypse - Shlomo Ben-Ami, Project Synd.

The nuclear agreement reached by Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom), plus...

The Iran Deal Is Transformational - David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

The president of the United States has argued that the Iran nuclear deal, which will almost certainly become the centerpiece of his foreign-policy legacy, is not transformational. ...

When Mossad Got an Assassination Wrong - Cameron Ludwick, DB

42 years ago, an innocent Moroccan waiter was assassinated by Mossad agents in Norway, showing the lengths Israel would go to defend itself—and the consequences of getting it...

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