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West German schoolchildren on the way to school peer at East German border guards at a new opening in the Berlin Wall

Our Top Weekend Reads

The world marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Hezbollah is stuck between the establishment and the protesters, and Palestinian Israelis wield newfound political power.

Smoke rises from an Israeli army post blown away by army engineers near the town of Zarit on the Israeli-Lebanese border on May 16, 2000, as part of the preparation for an Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.

Israel’s Occupation of Lebanon Failed. Turkey’s Invasion of Syria Probably Will, Too.

Safe zones rarely bring security benefits, and the Turkish incursion in northern Syria risks ending the same way as Israel’s disastrous occupation of southern Lebanon.

An election banner with a portrait of Arab Israeli candidate Waleed Taha

Amid Political Chaos, a Chance for Israel’s Arab Minority

Seeking to form a government, Benny Gantz is meeting with the Arab Joint List. What does that mean for the political future of its constituency?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with his Lithuanian counterpart, Saulius Skvernelis.

Lithuania Is Forming a New Relationship With Its Past—and With Israel

As political ties flourish, the country is taking tenuous steps to confront its Holocaust history. But it hasn’t gone far enough.

Shoes of Venezuelan migrants are displayed at Plaza Bolívar in Bogotá on Sept. 13.

Venezuelan Refugees May Help Liberalize Latin America’s Closed Economies

As the cases of Israel and Jordan show, an influx of migrants can prompt lasting economic reform.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) greets Benny Gantz, the leader of Blue and White party, at a memorial ceremony for late Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem on Sept. 19.

Why Bibi’s on Borrowed Time

If the election hasn’t killed the Israeli leader’s political career, the indictments probably will.

vela-incident-nuclear-test-1979-illustration

Blast From the Past

Forty years ago, a U.S. satellite detected the telltale signs of a nuclear explosion. An analysis of the evidence today points to a clandestine nuclear test, a Carter administration cover-up, and only one country that was willing and able to carry it out: Israel.

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend the Israeli Innovation Summit in Jerusalem on Oct. 24, 2018.

Israel Shouldn’t Worry About Ilhan Omar. It Should Worry About Xi Jinping.

China risks becoming a point of chronic contention between the United States and Israel.

Joint List candidates join hands in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth on Sept. 17, as exit poll results are announced.

An Unlikely Winner in Israel’s Election

For the first time, the country’s Arab minority could wield some leverage in the political process.

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in Ramat Gan, Israel, on Sept. 10.

Israeli Election Deadlock Could Mean No New Government for Months

Netanyahu vows to fight on after failing to secure a majority.

A picture taken on September 27, 2018 shows the Israeli settlement of Neve Yaakov (foreground) in the northern area of east Jerusalem and the Palestinian neighborhood of al-Ram (background) in the West Bank.

Annexing the West Bank Will Destabilize Jordan

Netanyahu’s election promise won’t just hurt Israel, it will create chaos for its eastern neighbor and a diplomatic backlash too.

Local and international peace activists stand on a concrete block, part of Israel's controversial separation barrier, after pulling it down during a protest near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Nov. 9, 2009 to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany.

Last Time a Jewish State Annexed Its Neighbors, It Disappeared for 2,000 Years

Benjamin Netanyahu scores points by promising to annex the West Bank. If he does, Israel faces a long transformative struggle between apartheid and multinational democracy—and democracy  will win.

Ballot boxes lie ready at a voting committee center in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sept. 11, ahead of the Israeli legislative election set to take place on Sept. 17.

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Netanyahu is going after the West Bank ahead of Tuesday’s election, Bolton is out as U.S. national security advisor, and the unraveling of Taliban peace talks.

Thousands of demonstrators in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba protest against rising housing prices and social inequality on Aug. 13, 2011.

Israeli Voters Don’t Care About the Economy. They Should.

Despite high inequality, lagging productivity, and serious long-term challenges, the current election campaign has barely mentioned economic policy.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton in the Jordan Valley between the Israeli city of Beit Shean and the West Bank city of Jericho on June 23.

What Bolton’s Departure Means for Israel

Some Israelis are worried it will leave them alone to confront Iran in the region.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the West Bank city of Hebron on Sept 4.

How Bibi Could Win the Vote and Lose the Election

The Israeli leader has no clear path to a governing coalition.

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