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In 2014, an advisor to Erdogan called Turkey’s regional isolation “precious loneliness.” But when faced with a quagmire on its long Syrian border, an increasing I...(full article)

The recent execution of Shia leader Nimr al-Nimr, along with dozens of other prisoners, by the Saudi Arabian government has sparked a furor in the Middle East. The storming of the ...(full article)

Five full days have now passed since the attack and the perpetrator is still at large. In the past, Israel’s Shin Bet justifiably prided itself on its rapid and efficient solving...(full article)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a Hitler problem. When he was asked last Friday to comment on his strong desire to establish what Turks call an “executive presiden...(full article)

Can Netanyahu's private conversations at long last give us, and the American president, a fuller picture of the thinking of Congress and American Jewish leaders on the Iran deal?...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

A Liberal Arab Oasis in Israel - Diaa Hadid, New York Times

HAIFA, Israel — At Elika, a bar in the Hadar neighborhood of this hilly port city, a 30-something psychodramatist rolled a cigarette and sipped coffee with her father, a well-kno...

Obama's Constitutional Overreach -- and Israel - Caroline Glick, Jlem Post

It ought to go without saying that the administration’s massive efforts to block information about the most radical US foreign policy initiative since World War II from US lawmak...

A Glimpse at Jewish Terror in Israel - Mazal Mualem, Al-Monitor

It may be just a few dozen young people associated with the hilltop youth who are behind the price tag attacks and celebrate the murder of a sleeping infant. Nevertheless, they can...

Israel's Nazi Art Hunters - Debra Kamin, Foreign Policy

In the aftermath of World War II, art looted from Jews spread across the globe -- including to the world’s only Jewish state. Now, there’s an effort underway to return ...

Israel's Standing in the World: Fantastic and Awful - Raphael Ahren, ToI

Seeking high-tech and counter-terrorism expertise, world wants ‘close relationship’ with Israel, PM gushes. No, critics reply, the world shuns us because of the stalled peace p...

King Bibi's Dangerous Legacy - Akiva Eldar, Al-Monitor

Judging by Nir Hefetz, the former journalist who serves as the Netanyahu family spokesman, the State of Israel is in big trouble. On Dec. 25, Hefetz appeared on Channel 2's prime t...

The Men in the Middle - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

Two young, charismatic leaders in Israel and Turkey are taking on right-wing governments and trying to transform their countries' politics. Can they change the Middle East without ...

Lowering the Bar for Arab Israelis - Ilan Manor, Jerusalem Post

When Israel wishes to exhibit the robustness of its economy it compares its GDP per capita to that of other OECD nations. When it wishes to boast its status as a high-tech Mecca it...

Did Erdogan Trade Gaza for Israeli Gas? - Kadri Gursel, Al-Monitor

Erdogan’s ambition for a presidential system keeps him from dropping the Gaza precondition for the settlement of sour relations with Israel, but this does not stop the two si...

A Very Narrow Bridge for Naftali Bennett - Elie Leshem, Times of Israel

As the political leader of Orthodox Zionism freely admits, the existence of Jewish terrorism threatens to upend all that his community has toiled to build...

How Bibi's Wife May Be His Downfall - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

Israeli police intend to investigate Sara Netanyahu over her spending and management of the prime minister's official residence and the couple's private household....

ISIS in Gaza - Sarah Helm, New York Review of Books

Since 2007 Hamas has been the de facto government of Gaza, albeit under Israeli rule—a rule implemented nowadays by means of a military and naval blockade by air, land, and s...

Burglary in Bethlehem - Economist

The residents of Jesus’s birthplace, snug in their beds on Christmas Eve, will hope that the only unexpected visitor is wearing a red suit and coming down the chimney. At lea...

Why Israel Killed Samir Kuntar - Avi Issacharoff, Times of Israel

A Lebanese Druze, Kuntar was infamous for a brutal 1979 raid from Lebanon in which he helped kidnap an Israeli family from Nahariya, then smashed the head of a four-year-old Israel...

Turkey and Israel's Rocky Road to Reconciliation - Kayaoglu, Al-Monitor

Turkey and Israel have much to gain from normalizing their relations, but recent reports to that effect should be met with caution....

The Only Semi-Democracy in the Middle East - Avraham Burg, Haaretz

Everyone must recognize the obvious. A cold (for now) civil war is raging in Israel, between Im Tirtzu and Breaking the Silence. The former is in power, and despite their whining t...

Five Mideast Stories to Watch in 2016 - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

It would be difficult to overstate just how deadly and destabilizing a year it was in the Middle East. From the civil wars raging in Syria and Yemen, to the ongoing military campai...

A Gas-Powered Rapprochement Between Turkey, Israel - K. Johnson, FP

After five years of discord, Ankara and Jerusalem are ready to mend ties, driven in no small part by Turkey’s desire to get access to Israeli natural gas....

The 'Neo-Palestinians' - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

The new Palestinian has no tangible hope of building a modern life for himself, accomplishing the things that he sees others achieving on social networks. The new Palestinian is co...

No, U.S. Iran Policy Isn't Beholden to Israel - Meir Javedanfar, TNI

The deal with Iran has been settled, against the best efforts of AIPAC and Netanyahu. The major problem for President Obama, and for subsequent administrations seeking to sustain t...

Palestinians Should Learn From the Kurds - Dan & Bob Feferman, J-Post

As the current "stabbing intifada" waged by Palestinians against Israelis reaches its third month with no end in sight, and even the indefatigable John Kerry raised his hands in ex...

A Nightmare Scenario in the Middle East - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

The wars in Syria and Iraq and jihadist attacks in the West have obscured yet another Middle East threat: the possibility that slowly escalating violence between Palestinians and I...

What is the State of Israeli Democracy? - Haaretz

Khalida Jarrar is a political prisoner. The Ofer Military Court, which on Monday sentenced the Palestinian parliamentarian to 15 months in prison for membership in an illegal organ...

How Israel Can Lay the Groundwork for Peace - Reuven Rivlin, WaPo

As I write this, there is no currently viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There is no diplomatic process underway, and no indication of imminent negotiations. Yet...

America's Little-Known 'Made in Israel' Policy - Julian Pecquet, ALM

To hear Republicans and not a few Democrats say it, the European Union's recent decision to label West Bank goods is little more than an anti-Semitic ploy to harm Israel. What non...

Israel Could Soon Have a Russia Problem - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

“The situation is very complicated,” explained one high-ranking Israeli security official, talking on condition of anonymity. “The Russians came here to help the ...

Israel Needs the EU Less and Less - Evelyn Gordon, Commentary

The deputy prime minister of Vietnam visited Israel on Wednesday, prompting Jerusalem Post reporter Herb Keinon to delve into some fascinating trade statistics. Bilateral trade bet...

Confronting BDS Distortions - Eric Dezenhall, RealClearWorld

The BDS movement — Boycott, Divest, Sanction — against Israel is anchored in an objective we have seen play out over issues ranging from climate change to wearing fragr...

An Israeli Pivot to Eurasia? - Evan Gottesman, The Diplomat

On November 29, Israel suspended contact with the European Union on the Middle East peace process. The move marked the latest political salvo fired in an ongoing Israel-European Un...

Why Israel's Relations With Europe Are Souring - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

It's this disagreement over the status of the settlements that's at the core of the current anger over settlement product labeling. And even if Israel-EU tensions over the labels s...

The West Bank Stands on the Brink - Economist

Some call this a third intifada, or uprising, succeeding those that started in 1987 and 2000. Others reject that label, at least for now, though the situation may still deteriorate...

The Middle East in One Bad Article - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

By Monday that headline was changed to: “Israeli Woman and 3 Palestinian Attackers Killed in West Bank.” But before we give the Times too much credit for correcting the...

Combating Israel's Islamic Movement - Ilan Evyatar, Jerusalem Post

If the state carries a stick and no carrots, the Arab-Jewish divide can only deepen....

Should Israel Align with Shia over Sunni? - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

With Iran fighting against IS forces, and in view of IS’ latest terrorism attacks in Egypt, Lebanon and France, the Israeli security establishment is questioning its regional sec...

The Palestinian Authority's War on Facebook - Alex Kane, Al Jazeera

Since 2014, the PA has detained 52 people for Facebook activity, according to unpublished data provided to Al Jazeera by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor. The monitor al...

Hypocritical Europe - Jerusalem Post

Maybe Israel has reacted strongly to the labeling decision. But maybe there is a good reason....

Bibi's Fertilizer - Harold Meyerson, American Prospect

If Netanyahu has trouble envisioning the Israeli-Palestinian future, he has no trouble calling up the low-points of the Palestinian past. Bibi met questions about how to move towar...

The Mayor of London in Israel - Wall Street Journal

Boris Johnson got himself disinvited from several events in the West Bank this week. More’s the pity in a region that needs the sort of truth-telling with which the London ma...

Is Israel Isolating Itself? - Uri Savir, Al-Monitor

Israel is too focused on promoting its struggle against the Arab world to formulate a foreign policy toward peace and regional integration....

Progressives Cry Bully at Bibi - Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

So what is so special about Netanyahu and Israel to be singled out for this kind of scorn? The answer many progressives would give would be the expansion of Jewish settlements in t...

Europe Steps Up Pressure on Israel Over Settlements - Economist

Whatever the moral justification of this step, it is unlikely to amount to more than an exercise in gesture politics. Israel’s Economics Ministry reckons that it could cause ...

Hebron, 'Capital of the Intifada?' - Adnan Abu Amer, Al-Monitor

Hebron, the largest West Bank city, might be just a few steps away from conducting armed confrontations against the Israeli army....

Remembering a Man of the People - Jerusalem Post

He connected to both secular and religious (he was a descendant of Rabbi Haim Atar, the author of Or Ha’chaim, a kabbala inspired exegesis of the Pentateuch). His Sephardi ba...

Could Barghouti Lead Fatah from Behind Bars? - Daoud Kuttab, ALM

Family and friends say imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti is in good spirits as talk swirls about the possibility of his leading Fatah, yet some question how effective ...

How I Would Reaffirm Our Bond With Israel - Hillary Clinton, Forward

The alliance between our two nations transcends politics. It is and should always be a commitment that unites us, not a wedge that divides us....

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