How Will This War End? How Can the Next One be Prevented?
FP asks experts two questions about the fighting between Israelis and Palestinians.
What You Need to Know
The World Won’t Be the Same After the Israel-Hamas War
The Middle East’s latest war will have widespread geopolitical effects.
How Israel Plans to Defeat Hamas in Gaza
The IDF hopes to eliminate the group’s commanders and infrastructure without fighting block by block or in the tunnels.
The Future of Hamas Passes Through Tehran
Clarity about Gaza’s postwar rule requires addressing the role of Iran.
The World Reacts
How Iran Really Sees the Israel-Hamas War
Tehran’s relationship to the conflict is not nearly as straightforward as its rhetoric suggests.
The Israel-Hamas War Is Dividing Europe’s Left
A political hot potato singes progressives across the continent.
Will There Be a Wider War in the Middle East?
How Lebanon, Iran, Egypt, Qatar, and other countries in the region are watching Israel’s war on Hamas.
Saudi Arabia Is Mysteriously Absent in the Israel-Hamas War
Mohammed bin Salman has pitched the kingdom as the most influential country in the Middle East, yet he has dropped the ball on actual diplomacy.
What Comes Next?
What Happens to Gaza After the War?
A set of grim scenarios emerge for the enclave’s Palestinian residents.
Is the U.S. Using All Its Leverage in Gaza?
Washington has influence and, with its allies, could shape an endgame that serves long-term U.S. interests.
Lebanon’s Half-Formed Peace Plan May Be Gaza’s Best Chance
Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s tentative proposal needs Western backers.
The Road to Middle East Peace Runs Through Doha
Bringing together Qatar, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to administer postwar Gaza could weaken Iranian and Russian regional influence.
The Failed Peace Process
The Palestinian Leader Who Survived the Death of Palestine
What would it mean for Hussein al-Sheikh to lead a people whose dream of independence is no longer alive?
‘Negotiation Is the Only Solution’
Why Aaron David Miller still believes in a Middle East peace process.
U.N. Security Council Fails to Approve Cease-Fire in Gaza
Rights officials warn of a rapidly deteriorating humanitarian system for Palestinians.
It’s Time to Reconsider U.S. Military Aid
As Congress stalls, the U.S. public has good reason to demand more transparency on Biden’s funding for Ukraine and Israel.
U.N. Chief Demands Immediate Cease-Fire in Gaza
António Guterres warned that Gaza’s humanitarian system will collapse if fighting continues.
Why Israel Needs America’s Tough Love
An argument for making U.S. aid conditional on steps toward Palestinian statehood.
Israel Launches Ground Offensive in Southern Gaza
Mass evacuations aren’t enough to secure Palestinians’ safety from Israeli bombardments, though.
Rashid Khalidi: Biden Deserves an “F” on the Middle East
The Palestinian-American historian and professor on the road ahead after Oct. 7.
Israel Renews Strikes on Gaza After Weeklong Truce
Negotiators are still working to restore the cease-fire, but Israel remains committed to destroying Hamas.
Israel, Hamas Agree to 24-Hour Cease-Fire Extension
But top Israeli officials remain committed to destroying Hamas militarily.
Israel Weighing Special Court for Palestinian Suspects in Oct. 7 Massacre
Hamas defendants would potentially have fewer rights and could face the death penalty.
CIA Director Heads to Qatar for Hostage Negotiations
William Burns is in Doha to build on the tenuous Israel-Hamas truce.
Hamas’s Political Leaders Aren’t in Charge
The group’s leadership in exile has taken a back seat to its officials in Gaza.
Israel-Hamas Hostage Deal Extended by Two Days
Negotiators have agreed to add two more days to the fighting pause that has brought temporary relief to civilians in Gaza.
What’s Stopping Egypt From Stepping Up in Gaza?
Internal dynamics restrict Cairo’s options for involvement in a post-Hamas Gaza.
How Netanyahu Plans to Hold on to Power
The Hamas attack demolished his political standing, but Bibi has a survival strategy.
What to Know About the Israel-Hamas Hostage Deal
If all goes to plan, the agreement is expected to bring a brief respite to suffering civilians in Gaza.
Israel’s Hostage Deal Means Truce, Not Cease-Fire
Pressure may increase at home and abroad, but Israel has no interest in stopping its war on Hamas.
What Was Hamas Thinking?
The Oct. 7 attack was the culmination of a strategic shift to challenge the movement’s containment.
Biden Says an Israel-Hamas Hostage Deal Is ‘Very Close’
Hope for a deal comes as civilians continue to pay the price of a deadly war.
Why Al Qaeda’s Letter Went Viral on TikTok
Some Gen Z users did sympathize with cherry-picked parts of the letter, but the media also amplified what had been a minor blip.
Russia Is the Loser in the Israel-Hamas War
Moscow’s decade as the arbiter of the Middle East is coming to an end.
U.N. Suspends Aid Shipments Into Gaza
Meanwhile, residents of southern Gaza evacuate ahead of anticipated Israeli offensive.
Where Is the West’s Moral Courage on Israel?
Eliminating Hamas doesn’t justify the destruction Israel is inflicting on Gaza.
Macron Breaks Ranks With the West on Israel-Hamas War
Amid deepening internal rifts, France is trying again to punch above its weight on the world stage.
Mahmoud Abbas’s Last Chance Has Finally Arrived
The Palestinian Authority president may be postwar Gaza's only option—if he’s not too unpopular for the job.
Israel Touts Military Success Against Hamas
Yet only one major medical center is now functioning in northern Gaza.
Biden Owns the Israel-Palestine Conflict Now
In tying Washington to Israel’s war in Gaza, the U.S. president now shares responsibility for the broader conflict’s fate.
Hundreds Trapped in Gaza’s Largest Hospital Amid Intense Fighting
Doctors are struggling to aid patients as Al-Shifa’s fuel supplies run out.
The Middle East Has Locked Itself in a Slaughterhouse
The region is suffering from a precipitously brutal coarsening of its politics.
This War Won’t Solve the Israel-Palestine Conflict
After all the death and destruction, the situation will be no closer to a resolution than it was before Oct. 7.
Heavy Fighting Imperils Gaza’s Beleaguered Hospitals
Medical facilities are caught in the crossfire between Israeli forces and Hamas militants.
Iran’s Proxies in Syria Move Toward Escalation With Israel
As Israel advances in Gaza, the intensity of the response by Tehran’s so-called axis of resistance will increase.
Israelis Struggle to Imagine a Possible Peace
A wounded activist movement tries to come to terms with war.
Israel, Hamas Negotiate Hostage Release for Halt in Fighting
But as talks for short-term humanitarian pauses progress, tensions spread beyond Israeli-Palestinian borders.
Lines Increasingly Blurred Between Soldiers and Settlers in the West Bank
Israeli attacks on Palestinians there have surged since the Israel-Hamas war began.
Palestinians Evacuate Northern Gaza Amid Israeli Strikes
Arab leaders and G-7 nations clash over calls for an Israeli cease-fire.
On the War’s Other Front, Palestinians Face Violence and Expulsion
Some Israeli settlers are exploiting the conflict to try to redraw the map in the West Bank.
Netanyahu: Israel to Take Indefinite ‘Security Responsibility’ of Gaza
As the Israel-Hamas war reaches the one-month mark, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hints at possible pauses in fighting.
‘Too Israeli for the Palestinians and too Palestinian for the Israelis’
How the war in Gaza is squeezing Arab Israelis.
Blinken’s Whirlwind Shuttle Diplomacy Weekend
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken continues to butt heads with key regional leaders on calls for an Israel-Hamas cease-fire.
Can Our Leaders Avoid the Terrorism Trap?
For Israel and Palestine, the only way to break the cycle of violence is to understand the difference between justice and vengeance.
Blinken, Nasrallah Address Israel-Hamas War
In dueling speeches, the U.S. urged Israel to protect Palestinian civilians while Hezbollah celebrated Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack.
More U.S. Officials Are Anonymously Calling for a Gaza Cease-Fire
USAID open letter joins growing chorus of internal dissent over Biden’s Israel policy.
Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Tries to Walk a Fine Line on Israel-Hamas War
In his long-awaited speech, the Lebanese militant leader avoided committing Hezbollah to a bigger role in the conflict.
Israeli Troops Advance Into Gaza City
The IDF also struck a refugee camp for a second time, killing another Hamas commander and dozens of Palestinian civilians.
Israel’s Gaza Campaign Is Entering a Moral Abyss
The country must be held to the laws and conventions that regulate warfare.
Iran Can’t Afford a Regional War
Leaders in Tehran can either seize the diplomatic opportunity—or face a potential threat to their own power.
I Worked With Netanyahu. It’s Time for Him to Step Down.
A former U.S. ambassador to Israel on why Bibi has lost his mandate—and the confidence of his country’s closest allies.
Why the Global South Is Accusing America of Hypocrisy
Many countries perceive a double standard in the West’s contrasting responses to Gaza and Ukraine.
First Civilian Convoy Evacuates Gaza
But Israel faces diplomatic backlash in Latin America for refusing calls for a cease-fire.
The Storm of Dissent Brewing in the State Department
U.S. diplomats are split over Biden’s perceived blank-check support for Israel.
Egyptian Dissidents Are the Collateral Damage of U.S. Support for Israel
Washington ignores Sisi’s human rights abuses in exchange for his enforcement of Gaza’s blockade.
Ehud Barak on Israel’s Next Steps
The former Israeli army chief and prime minister says: “We will probably lose the support of public opinion in many parts of the free world.”
Israel Thwarts Houthi Missile Attack
The Iranian-backed militant group pledged more strikes if Israel continues its ground offensive in Gaza.
On Gaza, the U.N. Struggles for Relevance
As on Ukraine and other critical issues, the multilateral body is trapped in political theater.
Universities Shouldn’t Ever Take Sides in a War
Why academic institutions should always avoid taking sides.
Israel Attacks Gaza City in ‘Second Stage’ of War Against Hamas
U.N. officials fear that Palestinian civilians sheltering in hospitals could be caught in the crossfire.
Israel’s High-Tech Surveillance Was Never Going to Bring Peace
Leaders used technology to insulate Israelis from conflict rather than addressing its root causes.
The Israel-Hamas War Has Entered a ‘New Phase.’ Here’s What to Expect.
As Israel shifts from an air-only approach to one involving its ground forces in Gaza, it will face new challenges and dilemmas.
How Qatar Became the Middle East’s Indispensable Mediator
Doha’s critical role in the race to free the hostages trapped in Gaza.
U.S. Strikes Targets in Syria as Israel-Hamas War Escalates
While Israeli forces launch a new ground raid into Gaza, the United States goes after Iranian-backed militias.
‘We Will Never Forgive Netanyahu for What He Did to Us’
Israeli journalist and Hamas attack survivor Amir Tibon on how his community is coping.
How Many Wars Can America Fight at the Same Time?
The country’s adversaries around the world may sense Washington is stretched too thin.
Israel Launches Overnight Raid Into Gaza
The Israeli military said its troops killed fighters and razed land to prepare for a larger operation into the region.
Israel’s Military Tech Fetish Is a Failed Strategy
A fixation on technology created an illusion of safety—and an excuse to avoid hard choices.
U.N. Agencies Fear Aid Closures in Gaza Within 24 Hours
Israel spurns the secretary-general as calls for a humanitarian cease-fire rise.
U.S. to Bolster Israel’s Missile Defenses
The Iron Dome may not be so ironclad if Hezbollah joins the war.
Israel Strikes Gaza Ahead of Macron’s Visit to Jerusalem
Hundreds of Palestinian civilians are feared dead, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry.
The War With Hamas Could Threaten Israel’s Imports
If shipping companies decide Israeli ports are too risky, the country could soon find itself running out of food.
The World Can’t Solve the Israel-Hamas War Without Egypt
Although it will prove a challenging partner, Cairo has critical interests and strong leverage in Gaza.
U.S. Urges Israel to Delay Ground Invasion
Israel prepares for a ground invasion as Washington argues that postponing it would buy more time for hostage negotiations.
After Hamas Attacks, Terror Threats Are on the Rise
Terror groups compete for funds and thrive on attention. That makes the world a much more dangerous place after Oct. 7.
Biden Asks Congress for $105 Billion to Back Israel, Ukraine
Continued support for both wars is a matter of U.S. national security, the president said.
Why Erdogan Is Unlikely to Cut Ties With Hamas
It seems that the Turkish president is once again ready to burn bridges with Israel.
Cairo Needs Cash and Gazans Need Shelter. Can a Deal Be Brokered?
The war has put Egypt in the spotlight—but taking in Palestinian refugees is fraught.
Israel’s Hostage Families Feel Abandoned by Israel
They feel trapped in a nightmare—and ignored by their government.
Biden’s Unquestioning Support for Israel Could Be a Costly Error
Washington’s tunnel vision risks eroding U.S. standing in the global south.
Egypt Agrees to Allow Aid Convoys Into Gaza
But Cairo’s efforts may be too little, too late for a quickly worsening humanitarian crisis.
What the Use of White Phosphorus Means in Warfare
Israel’s use of the deadly chemical would violate international norms.
Where Does Russia Stand on the Israel-Hamas War?
Moscow may temporarily profit from the West’s focus on the Middle East, but navigating its ties in the region will be tricky.
How Israel’s Spies Failed—and Why Escalation Could Be Catastrophic
The culture of intelligence agencies paved the way for disaster. Regional war could revive the nuclear specter that haunted the world in 1973.
The End of Biden’s Middle East Mirage
The administration’s regional security concept has collapsed. Does the president know it?
Biden Urges Israel Not to ‘Be Consumed’ by Rage During Visit
The White House is trying to balance its commitment to Israel with the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza.
What Can the U.N. Do Now?
The president of the General Assembly talks about the organization's possible next steps in the Israel-Hamas war.
This War Is Wrought With Historical Trauma
For both Israelis and Palestinians, the past 10 days have evoked memories of their worst suffering.
America Is a Root Cause of Israel and Palestine’s Latest War
How 30 years of U.S. policy ended in disaster.
David Petraeus: Why 9/11 Is a Cautionary Tale for Israel
The retired U.S. general and former CIA director on lessons from the war on terrorism and why military action is necessary—but not sufficient.
Lebanon Knows It Is on the Edge of the Abyss
The war in Gaza could soon spread to a country that can’t afford it in any way.
Deadly Gaza Hospital Bombing Kills Hundreds
Hamas blames Israel, but the Israeli military says it was a failed rocket launched by Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
The Israel-Hamas War Is Testing China’s Diplomatic Strategy
Beijing’s “pro-Palestinian neutrality” could help in mediating the conflict.
What Putin Stands to Gain From Israel-Hamas War
Conflict in the Middle East comes as a long-awaited distraction from Ukraine.
Why the U.S. Tolerates Qatar’s Hamas Ties
Washington’s conflicting views of Qatar reflect the constraints of U.S.-Middle East policy.
Netanyahu Hasn’t Just Lost His Credibility on Security
The prime minister’s image has long depended on keeping Israelis safe and promoting economic growth. Polls show he’s in trouble.
Israel Estimates 199 Hostages Held by Hamas
The Israeli military says there is no cease-fire agreement imminent.
Will Hezbollah Hold Back or Escalate?
The militant group must consider domestic Lebanese politics as well as relations with its patrons in Iran.
How Congressional Chaos Hampers U.S. Aid to Israel, Ukraine
Republican infighting continues as emergency crisis response funding is put on ice.
What a Ground Invasion Means for Israeli Hostages
A former White House official who oversaw the Iran hostage crisis weighs in.
What the Israel-Hamas War Means for the World Economy
Palestinians are already reeling, but a wider conflict could trigger a surge in oil prices.
Can Israel Handle a War on 2 Fronts?
Tamir Hayman, a former head of Israeli intelligence, assesses the government's capabilities.
Israel’s Intelligence Failure Is a Wake-Up Call for NATO
Officials in Brussels are questioning the extent of their reliance on technology.
Israel Orders Mass Evacuation of Northern Gaza
Human rights organizations warn it could have “devastating humanitarian consequences.”
Vengeance Is Not a Policy
Emotionally driven reactions from Washington won’t prevent future violence. Dismantling the Gaza prison could.
Israel Prepares for Block-by-Block Warfare in Gaza
The goal is to destroy Hamas. The human cost will be high.
‘We’re Just Not Able to Function Right Now’
Democratic U.S. Rep. Andy Kim on a dysfunctional Congress amid two wars in Europe and the Middle East.
The 1973 War Analogy Is Deeper Than You Think
The parallels from 50 years ago will shape the region’s battle today.
The Peril in Declaring ‘I Stand With Israel’
Such sentiments stymie discussion of the harder questions around Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
Blinken Visits Israel to Pledge U.S. Military Aid
The White House will send nearly $2 billion to Israel.
Has Washington’s Middle East Policy Failed?
The status quo is unworkable, but no one appears to be offering viable long-term solutions.
Hamas’s Strategy of Failure
Its attack on Israel is likely to set the group back and will prove especially devastating to ordinary Palestinians.
Modi’s Comments on Israel-Gaza War Signal Shift
Forthrightly expressing solidarity with Israel, India steps away from a long-held approach toward the Palestinians.
3 Factors That Will Shape the Israel-Hamas War
The conflict could quickly turn into a military quagmire.
Why the Israeli Hostages Face Grim Prospects
Boaz Ganor, an experienced hostage negotiator, explains the trade-offs confronting Israel’s government.
‘Israel Has No Intention of Giving Hamas a Prize’
A peace activist involved in previous hostage negotiations describes how Netanyahu will handle the release of abducted Israelis.
The View From Ramallah
Palestinians see a double standard in Western support for Ukraine’s fight against occupation.
Israel Retaliates Against Hezbollah Rockets From Lebanon
Tensions are high at Israel’s northern border amid the ongoing war with Hamas.
The Israel-Hamas War Could Upend Global Energy Security
If the conflict worsens, spillover effects could disrupt gas production and major shipping chokepoints.
What Israeli Intelligence Got Wrong About Hamas
Hubris and toxic politics fueled a mistaken belief in containment.
‘Palestinians Live in a State of Despair’
Regional expert Khaled Elgindy on the political future of the Palestinian people.
Israel Pummels Gaza Despite Hamas Threats to Hostages
The airstrikes are part of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “complete siege” of Gaza.
A Guide to Palestinian and Other Anti-Israel Factions
Hamas is not the only group vying to lead the Palestinians—or the fight against Israel.
Laying Siege to Gaza Is No Solution
U.S. support for Israel’s incursion could enable mass atrocities.
Israel Orders Gaza Siege in War Against Hamas
World leaders have denounced the violence on both sides and urged restraint.
The Hamas Attack Has Changed Everything
The starting point for the new Middle East will be an Israeli reoccupation of the Gaza Strip, not an Israeli Embassy in Riyadh.
Will Hezbollah Join the War Against Israel?
If the Lebanese group does more than fire a few missiles in solidarity, it would dramatically escalate the current conflict.
Netanyahu’s Road to War
The Israeli leader sought to sideline the Palestinians while wooing the Arab states. Now he faces a bloody backlash.
What Will Russia Do With Gaza Chaos?
A possible two-front war in the Middle East will have knock-on effects for Europe.
How the Israel-Hamas War Could Spike Oil Prices
A broader conflict involving Iran could lead to attacks on ships in the Strait of Hormuz—disrupting the global energy market.
There’s No American Ambassador in Israel
Dozens of top U.S. national security posts sit empty amid crisis.
Israel Could Win This Gaza Battle and Lose the War
An all-out effort is again underway to maintain an unsustainable regional status quo.
What You Need to Know About the Israel-Hamas War
The situation is chaotic, and the fighting is ongoing. But several observations already stand out.