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A Defense of Obama’s Middle East ‘Balancing Act’

From the Iraq drawdown to chemical weapons red lines to Russia’s war in Syria, a conversation with Robert Malley, the president’s top Middle East policy official.

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Israel’s ‘Fascist’ Defense Minister Is a Pragmatist

Avigdor Lieberman is combining tough talk with measured deeds. Could that be a recipe for becoming prime minister?

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Can Natural Gas Put Cyprus Back Together Again?

As Cyprus ramps up its own energy exploration, and hopes prevail of an Israel-Turkey pipeline, there is growing optimism that natural gas will help finally unify the divided island.

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Hezbollah’s Crucible of War

Joining Syria’s civil war has made Hezbollah much more powerful, but much less popular, in the Middle East.

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How Donald Trump and the GOP Dropped the Two-State Solution for Mideast Peace

Days before the Cleveland convention, Republicans have just abandoned Washington’s decades-long call for an independent Palestine.

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Families of Americans Killed in Israel Sue Facebook For $1 Billion

In March, an American graduate student and military veteran named Taylor Force was walking through the ancient Israeli port city of Jaffa when a knife-wielding Palestinian stabbed him to death and wounded 10 others.

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Netanyahu: No, I Was Not Almost Assassinated in Kenya

The Israeli prime minister claims to know nothing at all about reports he was almost assassinated in Kenya.

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