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Artist Solomon Souza paints a portrait of Israeli-Arab news anchor Lucy Aharish over a closed shutter at the Mahane Yehuda Market on Feb. 24, 2016, in Jerusalem. (David Vaaknin/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

When Lucy Met Tzachi

The complicated lives of Jews and Arabs who fall in love in Israel.

Omani Leader Sultan Qaboos bin Said addresses the annual session of the Council of Oman in Muscat on Nov. 12, 2012. (Mohammed Mahjoud/AFP/Getty Images)

Oman Just Bought Israeli Insurance

Why is Sultan Qaboos cozying up to Benjamin Netanyahu? The answer is in Washington.

A member of the Metropolitan Police SWAT team patrols a movie theater before a showing of the film "The Interview" on December 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

In Cyberwar, There Are Some (Unspoken) Rules

A recent article argues that the lack of legal norms invites cyberconflict. But governments know the price of overreach and are refraining from unleashing their full capabilities.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump prior to the president's departure from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 23, 2017.

Trump First, Jews Later

Israeli government officials are helping to normalize the violent anti-Semitism of the Christian right.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on May 23, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

Netanyahu Envoy Throws Midterm Lifeline to Republicans

The Israeli prime minister is riling Democrats by bedding down with Trump.

A woman votes in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2013. (NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Tel Aviv’s One-State Reality

Palestinians running in municipal elections offer a glimpse of a shared future.

Palestinian activists outside the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem on Sept. 21, 2011. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

Merging the U.S. Consulate and Embassy in Jerusalem Is a Mistake

Trump is pushing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict toward a one-state solution.

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin shakes hands with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the start of the second trilateral meeting with U.S. President Jimmy Carter at Camp David on Sept. 7, 1978. The talks led to the Camp David Accords.(Bettmann Archives via Getty Images)

Did Camp David Doom the Palestinians?

A new diplomatic history argues that the United States, Egypt, and Israel prevented a Palestinian state from emerging. But leaders such as Yasser Arafat bear much of the blame.

Jordanian protesters wave their national flags and Palestinian flags during a demonstration against the U.S. president's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, on December 15, 2017, in the Jordanian capital Amman.

Jared Kushner’s Peace Plan Would Turn Jordan Upside Down

If the Trump administration seeks to strip Palestinian refugees of their status, it will destabilize one of America’s closest allies in the region.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting with the Palestinian Central Council in Ramallah on Aug. 15. (Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images)

The Taming of the Palestinian Authority

Israeli influence over Palestinian finances has driven a wedge between PA leaders and their supporters.

(Illustration by Matt Chase for Foreign Policy)

The Future of War Will Be ‘Liked’

In the social media age, what you share is deciding what happens on the battlefield.

U.S. President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat shake hands before a meeting in Oslo to discuss the Mideast peace process on Nov. 2, 1999. (Lise Aserud/AFP/Getty Images)

If Trump Wants the Ultimate Deal, He Must Not Repeat These Mistakes

Israeli-Palestinian peace is elusive because both sides—and the United States—have made a series of damaging but preventable errors.

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner meet with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) at the King David Hotel May 22, 2017 in Jerusalem, Israel.

For Palestinians, America Was Never an Honest Broker

The Trump administration’s policies don’t represent a radical shift. The White House has simply abandoned the facade of neutrality and rubber-stamped the Israeli government’s agenda.

U.S. President Bill Clinton, center, prepares to give the opening address of the historic Israel-PLO Oslo Accords signing ceremony on Sept. 13, 1993 at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat at his side. (Luke Frazza/AFP/Getty Images)

The Oslo Accords Are Dead, but There Is Still a Path to Peace

On the 25th anniversary of the landmark Israeli-Palestinian deal, activists and diplomats should focus on recreating the conditions that made it possible.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shakes hands with soldiers October 15, 2013 in the Israeli-occupied territory of Golan Heights. (Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images)

Israel’s Secret War Against Iran Is Widening

Israel has fully joined the battle in Syria—but it's not clear it can achieve any of its goals there.

Israeli soldiers near the Syrian border in the Israel-occupied Golan Heights on May 10. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Back Syrian Rebels

Fighters were armed and paid to keep Iranian-linked forces away from Israel’s border.

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The Rise of the Cyber-Mercenaries

What happens when private firms have cyberweapons as powerful as those owned by governments?

Palestinian students at a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency on Aug. 29. (Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Trump Wants to Help Israel by Cutting Aid to Palestinians. Why are Some Israelis Worried?

Cuts could deepen economic crisis in the West Bank and Gaza and lead to violence.

A security camera outside the FBI headquarters in Washington on Feb. 2. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Why Did an Israeli Intelligence Firm Spy on a Former Obama Official?

On our podcast: Colin Kahl was targeted by Black Cube, the same company Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein hired to discredit his accusers.

Pierre Krähenbühl, left, the commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, meets with Palestinian students at a U.N.-run school in the southern Gaza Strip. (Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images)

‘One Cannot Simply Wish Away 5 Million People’

The U.N. agency chief for Palestinian refugees warns funding cuts risk undermining Middle East stability.

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