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An Israeli flag is seen placed on Mount Bental in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on May 10, 2018.
An Israeli flag is seen placed on Mount Bental in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on May 10, 2018.

Biden Can’t Denounce Russia’s Annexations and Ignore Israel’s

From the Baltic Republics to Crimea, Washington has opposed forcible annexation—and the Golan Heights should be no exception.

Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich sit next to each other, both smiling.
Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich sit next to each other, both smiling.

Netanyahu’s Coalition From Hell Won’t Shake Biden

The last thing either leader wants right now is a major confrontation.

Israeli far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir speaks during a rally with supporters in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Oct 26.
Israeli far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir speaks during a rally with supporters in the southern Israeli city of Sderot on Oct 26.

Far-Right Party Will Push Anti-Arab Agenda in New Israeli Government

With most votes counted, Benjamin Netanyahu and ultranationalists look like big winners.

Itamar Ben-Gvir (C), member of Israel's Knesset (parliament) and head of the far right "Jewish Power" (Otzma Yehudit) party, takes part in a  protest outside the District court in Jerusalem on Feb. 27 in support of the officer accused of shooting Iyad Hallak, a disabled Palestinian man who was shot dead by Israeli police in May 2020.
Itamar Ben-Gvir (C), member of Israel's Knesset (parliament) and head of the far right "Jewish Power" (Otzma Yehudit) party, takes part in a protest outside the District court in Jerusalem on Feb. 27 in support of the officer accused of shooting Iyad Hallak, a disabled Palestinian man who was shot dead by Israeli police in May 2020.

Is Israel’s Political Virtuoso in Denial?

Benjamin Netanyahu ignores mounting criticism of his closest running mates’ agendas at his own peril.

An Israeli man walks past an electoral billboard bearing portraits of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flanked by far-right politicians Itamar Ben Gvir, Bezalel Smotrich and Michael Ben Ari, with a caption in Hebrew reading "Kahane Lives" in a reference to a banned ultranationalist party in Jerusalem, on March 29, 2019.
An Israeli man walks past an electoral billboard bearing portraits of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flanked by far-right politicians Itamar Ben Gvir, Bezalel Smotrich and Michael Ben Ari, with a caption in Hebrew reading "Kahane Lives" in a reference to a banned ultranationalist party in Jerusalem, on March 29, 2019.

What Makes Israel’s Far Right Different

The Religious Zionist Party’s rise isn’t about immigration, crime, or populist economics—it’s driven by Jewish supremacy and anti-Arab racism.

Alon Liel introduces his Syrian-American counterpart.
Alon Liel introduces his Syrian-American counterpart.

Veteran Israeli Diplomat: ‘We Are Only Part of the West When It Suits Us’

Alon Liel discusses the lack of arms for Ukraine and the long-term damage accommodating Moscow could do.

Trump waves as Netanyahu stands next to him. U.S. and Israeli flags can be seen in the background.
Trump waves as Netanyahu stands next to him. U.S. and Israeli flags can be seen in the background.

Trump Was Far From the Most Pro-Israel U.S. President Ever

In many ways, Trump’s actions weakened both Israel’s security and that of the Jewish community in the United States.

A Palestinian flag is seen above an electoral billboard.
A Palestinian flag is seen above an electoral billboard.

Arab Citizens of Israel Hold the Key to Next Month’s Election

Low Arab turnout would pave the way for Benjamin Netanyahu and the far right.

An offshore natural gas production platform is seen from Dor, a coastal town in northern Israel, on Dec. 31, 2019.
An offshore natural gas production platform is seen from Dor, a coastal town in northern Israel, on Dec. 31, 2019.

Don’t Let Politics Kill the Lebanon-Israel Gas Deal

A U.S.-brokered maritime border agreement could have profound effects on the entire Middle East.

A reporter wearing a flak jacket with the hashtag in Arabic, "#Shireen Abu Akleh"  takes a picture in the West Bank city of Jenin, on May 13.
A reporter wearing a flak jacket with the hashtag in Arabic, "#Shireen Abu Akleh" takes a picture in the West Bank city of Jenin, on May 13.

Will Open-Source Intelligence Liberate Palestine From Digital Occupation?

Israeli analysts have transformed a tool of objectivity to one of distortion.

A child points at a mural depicting Palestinian fighters and a captured Israeli soldier in Gaza, on Dec. 11, 2021.
A child points at a mural depicting Palestinian fighters and a captured Israeli soldier in Gaza, on Dec. 11, 2021.

Iran-Hezbollah Intelligence Center May Help Hamas Target Israel

Growing evidence points to a joint communication center in Beirut that coordinates activities in the region.

A woman watches United Arab Emirates Armed Forces helicopters during a military demonstration in Dubai, UAE, on March 5.
A woman watches United Arab Emirates Armed Forces helicopters during a military demonstration in Dubai, UAE, on March 5.

Gulf States and Israel Should Form a Rapid Response Force

Modeled on NATO and enabled by the Abraham Accords, a joint force would foster deterrence and security in the region.

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14, 2021.
The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14, 2021.

Russia and Iran Threats Put Missile Defense Back on the Agenda

In Europe and the Middle East, plans for missile defense are a mixed blessing.

Mohammed bin Salman gestures in front of himself as he walks with Biden.
Mohammed bin Salman gestures in front of himself as he walks with Biden.

Biden’s Brief Middle East Pivot Won’t Last

The U.S. president’s trip was an immediate and time-limited response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, domestic economic woes, and Iran.

Then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter (right) talks with Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia and one of his ministers at the White House in Washington in 1977.
Then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter (right) talks with Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia and one of his ministers at the White House in Washington in 1977.

Biden Should Revive the Carter Doctrine for the Middle East

In a new era of superpower conflict, Washington needs to recommit to the region.

U.S. President Joe Biden boards Air Force One.
U.S. President Joe Biden boards Air Force One.

What to Expect From Biden’s Big Middle East Trip

The U.S. president’s upcoming trip to the region is being driven largely by a domestic political crisis linked to the price of oil.

Three women hold up portraits of a man while crying in a crowd.
Three women hold up portraits of a man while crying in a crowd.

Why Iran Is Downplaying Israel Assassinating Its Officials

As Israel ups the ante of covert warfare, Iran scrambles to respond.

Men in military dress kneel around a coffin decorated with the Iranian flag.
Men in military dress kneel around a coffin decorated with the Iranian flag.

Why Does Israel Keep Assassinating Iranian Officials? Because It Works.

Targeting senior leaders critical to an enemy program makes strategic sense from Israel’s perspective.

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