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Israel’s frantic cocoon-weaving entered a new phase last week, as Benjamin Netanyahu’s government stepped up efforts to stifle the last vestiges of dissent....(full article)

With the Middle East ablaze, new opportunities have emerged for regional cooperation. In fact, partnerships have formed in the most unlikely of places, as Israel and some of its Ar...(full article)

Rand's report describes the problems that faced the NATO team in its war games. The Baltic countries could be easily surrounded. They have no serious air defenses, no tanks and no ...(full article)

Having first achieved notoriety with the violent Jewish Defense League, terrorizing Soviet emissaries to protest the persecution of Jews in the USSR, the Brooklyn-born Kahane emigr...(full article)

The relentless Palestinian attacks are beginning to evoke policy disagreements inside Israel’s leadership. Netanyahu continues to blame Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas fo...(full article)

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Difficult Freedoms - Jerusalem Post

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has polarized the political climate inside Israel. There are few issues on which Jews and Arabs of Israel reach consensus....

When an Anti-Zionist Rabbi Visits Israel - Mordechai Goldman, Al-Monitor

There is no doubt that today the Satmar Hasidic sect is the group leading the opposition to Zionism among the ultra-Orthodox. But verbal and written opposition to the state and to ...

Who Are the True Heirs of Zionism? - Steven Erlanger, New York Times

The real danger to religious Zionism comes not from the Palestinians or from abroad, nor even from the dwindling Israeli left. What settlers are really afraid of, Mr. Halevi said, ...

A Power Caught Between Allies and Adversaries - A.D. Miller, RCWorld

This is not your grandfather's Middle East....

Eisenhower's Middle East Is No More - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Elections would be the least of Eisenhower's troubles in 1956, however. Amid an ever-evolving Cold War against the communist Soviet Union, the United States found itself increasing...

Obama's Israeli-Palestinian Failure - Uri Savir, Al-Monitor

With one year left in office, President Barack Obama should hurry up and join the French in promoting an international conference on a two-state solution....

Fighting for an Open Israel - Carlo Strenger, Haaretz

The long-term goal of Israel’s new political right is to turn Israel into an illiberal, closed society. Their tactic was already described by George Orwell long ago: To take ...

Has Netanyahu Gone Crazy? - Robert Fisk, Independent

You might think he was talking about the old Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But no. Prime Minister Netanyahu – ever more out of tune with the rest of the world, with ...

Diplomacy Is Not a Threat to Israel - Haaretz

Israeli officials have offered nothing by scorn for France's new peace initiative when they should be hoping the U.S. will get on board as well....

Don't Shoot the Messenger, Israel - Ban Ki-moon, New York Times

United Nations — IN Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, 2016 has begun much as 2015 ended — with unacceptable levels of violence and a polarized public dis...

Playing 'Blame Israel' With the New York Times - S. Flatow, Times of Israel

Following The New York Times’s tortured search for the reasons behind the “anger” that causes Palestinian violence is like watching an episode of “Finding B...

Why Iran's Leader Questions the Holocaust - Meir Javedanfar, Mideast Eye

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is bringing up the issue of the Holocaust – again. On Wednesday, as the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a video...

The West Forgets the Jews and Embraces Iran - J. Tobin, Commentary

After nearly ten years in office, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was finally defeated last November by Justin Trudeau. The election was largely decided on domestic issues a...

The Next Gaza Operation - Yom-Tov Samia, Jerusalem Post

If the State of Israel would like to continue to exist, the IDF and the Israeli leadership must carry out military preparations for an operation that is fundamentally different fro...

Why Israel Is so Cautious on ISIS - David Ignatius, Washington Post

Let’s say Islamic State fighters attack an Israeli military patrol along the Syrian border. They try unsuccessfully to kidnap an Israeli soldier, and they kill four others. A...

The 'Last Chance for Peace' Fantasy - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Abbas’s actions always spoke louder than his words. This is not only the man who was Arafat’s able assistant throughout his terrorist career. Abbas is also the man who ...

This Is Not Your Father's Intifada - Shlomi Eldar, Al-Monitor

A member of the Palestinian security forces told Al-Monitor that Israel’s mistake is that it does not realize that deterrence will only be achieved once it prevents young Pal...

Prepare for an Earthquake in the Jewish World - Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz

A wide range of personal, ideological and professional motives are at play and the manifestations of the ferment are evident in many areas and often contradicting directions, but t...

Bernie and Israel: It's Complicated - Michael Crowley, Politico

ver his career Sanders has cast some votes and made critical statements about Israel that unnerve some in the pro-Israel community. That's all the more puzzling, some say, given hi...

Israel's Asia Pivot - Frida Ghitis, World Politics Review

Since Modi became prime minister, India is no longer bashful about its ties to Israel....

Is the U.S. Giving Up on Israel? - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

The unusually sharp tone of U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro's criticisms of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians has many wondering what it means for the future....

Turkey Needs to Reset Its Relations With Israel - R. Cutler, National Post

Israel might sell gas to Turkey but would be unlikely to rely on Turkey for gas transit to Europe. Turkey’s “ship of state” is being tossed on the seas of social,...

Iran Votes, Israel Watches - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

Unlike Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, some Israeli security officials share President Barack Obama's view that satisfactory progress has been made in blocking Iran's nuclear pr...

Israel's Divisive Diplomacy - The National

The final months of 2015 were anything but easy for Israel’s foreign ministry. Having failed to block the US deal with Iran over the country’s nuclear weapons programme...

Does Sweden's Foreign Minister Understand the Law? - N. Feldman, BV

This is more than the usual international diplomatic incident. Wallström’s response poses core questions about the nature and uses of international law itself: to what e...

Sweden's Absurd Swipe at Israel - Liat Collins, Jerusalem Post

Standard wisdom has it that you can't beat opening a column or a talk with a joke. Last week I came across a whole "banta" of jokes (along with that wonderful suggestion for a coll...

Will Turkey and Israel Make Up? - Asli Aydintasbas, ECFR

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...

A Sectarian Divide in Mideast on Saudi Arabia and Iran - Pew Research

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 ...

What Happened to the Mighty Shin Bet? - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

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...

Erdogan's Hitler Problem - Steven A. Cook, Council on Foreign Relations

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...

Release the Obama-Bibi Surveillance Transcripts - Seth Lipsky, Haaretz

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?...

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...

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