Palestine

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, left, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press before a meeting at the Pentagon on Jan. 18, in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Pence’s Visit to the Middle East Serves No Purpose

The vice president should stay home rather than inflame an already bad situation.

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at U.N. Security Council meeting, where she vetoed a resolution seeking to rescind U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. December 18, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.N. Security Council Takes Aim at U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem

The U.S. vetoed the resolution, which Nikki Haley called an “insult” to America that “won’t be forgotten.”

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on May 23 (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Israel Should Be Worried About Getting Into Bed with Trump

There’s long been a bipartisan consensus on support for Israel. That may soon be history.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque is seen in front of  buildings in the Old City on Dec. 10,  in Jerusalem, Israel. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Why Recognizing Jerusalem Is Good for Peace

Until the Palestinians realize that Israel is here to stay and start negotiating in earnest, it behooves Washington to signal that they are losing ground.

Graffiti depicting U.S. President Donald Trump on the Israeli separation barrier between the West Bank town of Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Aug. 25. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Jerusalem: After 30 Years of Hope and Failure, What’s Next for Israel/Palestine?

The United States has forfeited its authority as a neutral broker. It may be time for the Palestinian street to have its say.

U.S. President Donald Trump with a proclaimation that the U.S. government will formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s Jerusalem Policy Is More Ambiguous Than It Seems

And that's going to lead to even bigger problems down the road.

A giant US flag screened alongside Israel's national flag by the Jerusalem municipality on the walls of the old city on Dec. 6.
(AFP photo / Ahmad Gharabali)

Trump Just Sabotaged His Own Peace Process

The president has ended any hope that the United States can broker a diplomatic solution in the Holy Land.

The Israeli flag flies in front of the Dome of the Rock and the city of Jerusalem on Dec. 1.
(Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Will the U.S. Embassy’s Move to Jerusalem Matter?

Israel currently sits athwart two countervailing strategic trends.

The Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on November 27, 2014. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump to Announce Recognition of Jerusalem

The administration risks riling the region to fulfill a campaign promise.

Fatah's Azzam al-Ahmad (right) and Saleh al-Aruri (left) of Hamas shake hands after signing a reconciliation deal in Cairo on Oct. 12. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Anyone End the Palestinian Civil War?

A new agreement aims to mend the rift between Fatah and Hamas — but the wounds may run too deep.

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Edgar on Strategy (VI): Speaking of Israel and Palestine, it’s time to consider social strategies and technical solutions  

As a strategic planner in the Israel Defense Forces specializing in the Palestinian arena, I was privileged to play a role in the 2013 Israeli-Palestinian security dialogue, conducted by General John R. Allen.

The Palestinian Rehabilitation Committee raised the UNESCO flag next to the national Palestinian flag in front of Hebron's Ibrahimi Mosque or the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the southern West Bank city's old quarter on December 13, 2011, as the Palestinian flag was hoisted at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, a month after the Palestinians' admission to the UN cultural agency sparked anger and reprisals from the United States and Israel. AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER (Photo credit should read HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel to Withdraw from UNESCO, Following United States

Tensions have built since the U.N. agency recognized Palestine in 2011.

BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) with Secretary General Interpol Jurgen Stock (Center-R) and Meng Hongwei (Center-L), president of Interpol pose for a group photo before the 86th INTERPOL General Assembly at Beijing National Convention Center on September 26, 2017 in Beijing, China. The General Assembly, themed 'Connecting Police for a Safer World',  will take place in Beijing from September 26-29. (Photo by Lintao Zhang - Pool/Getty Images)

Palestine Just Joined Interpol. Is That Bad for Israel?

It’s easy to abuse Interpol’s red notice system. That doesn’t mean Palestine will.

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