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Indian Muslims carry Indian flags during a protest against a new citizenship law, in Bengaluru on Jan. 20, 2020.

For Modi, Courting the Arab World Begins With India’s Muslims

India’s tricky regional balance of power isn’t made any easier by sectarian tensions.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani pose before they participate in the signing of the Abraham Accords where the countries of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recognize Israel, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Sept. 15, 2020.

Israel and the Emirates Are the Middle East’s New Best Friends

The Abraham Accords didn’t just seal a wary detente. It cemented Israel’s first regional partnership.

Fans of the Israeli Beitar Jerusalem Football Club show their support during the team's training in Jerusalem on Dec. 11, 2020.

Red Card for Emirati Royal’s Soccer Diplomacy?

A peculiar deal that symbolized the entente between Israel and the UAE could get nixed.

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The Best of 2020 to Read, Watch, or Listen To

With much of the world in lockdown again, here are some of this year’s highlights to help you pass the time.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The End of the Road for Bibi?

Another Israeli election and a rebellion in the ruling Likud party spell trouble for Netanyahu.

An Israeli man wears a hat supporting U.S. President Donald Trump while holding the Israeli flag in the settlement of Givat Hamatos on Nov. 16, 2020 near Jerusalem.

If Biden Wants Israeli-Palestinian Peace, He Must Break With the Past

The new administration should not simply undo Trump’s toxic legacy and return to the dead-end Oslo peace process. It must pressure Israel to accept the Arab Peace Initiative.

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas delivers a speech in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Jan. 28, 2020.

Palestinians Place Their Bets on Biden Undoing Trump’s Snubs

The shifting ground in the Middle East is creating new options for breaking the stalemate.

An airplane from Israel's El Al airline arrives in Abu Dhabi

How Arab Ties With Israel Became the Middle East’s New Normal

Though Israel remains opposed to Palestinian independence, 2020 marked the year of its acceptance in the region.

A Sudanese asylum-seeker talks during an interview in the southern part of Tel Aviv where thousands of them live, on Oct. 25.

The Kafkaesque World of Sudanese Refugees in Israel

Aid organizations fear that Israel is about to deport thousands of asylum-seekers to Sudan now that the two countries have made peace.

President-elect Joe Biden departs after delivering a Thanksgiving address at the Queen Theatre on Nov. 25 in Wilmington, Delaware. 

Will Biden’s National Security Team Include Members of the Democratic Party’s Progressive Wing?

The president-elect’s picks have deep experience in the Washington establishment. It’s unclear whether the party’s left can make its voice heard in the new administration.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and alternative Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz

Election Déjà Vu for Israelis

A move to dissolve parliament could mean a fourth ballot in less than two years.

A cutout of an Israeli soldier

Israel Is the Wrench in Biden’s Iran Policy

The U.S. president-elect wants to reengage with Iran, but Israel has other plans.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his way to a meeting with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia in Algiers on Dec. 2, 2018.

Note to Mohammed bin Salman: Stop Digging Yourself Deeper

The Saudis need to get on Biden’s good side. Obvious places to start include releasing women’s rights activists.

Members of the Iranian armed forces pray around the coffin of slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during the burial ceremony in Tehran, on Nov. 30.

How Will Iran React to Another High-Profile Assassination?

The killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top nuclear scientist, will complicate the incoming Biden administration’s efforts to renew the nuclear deal—and could lead to escalation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) speaks with then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden March 23, 2010 in Washington.

How Israel Should Prepare for Biden’s New Approach to Iran

Israeli officials should urge the new administration to maintain U.S. economic leverage over Iran while avoiding the personal vendettas and public policy feuds of the Obama era.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Secret Flight Shows Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Salman Joining to Face Biden

One thing is clear: The two leaders are bracing for an ill wind emanating from the new White House.

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