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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.

Israel's former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media at the Knesset in Jerusalem.
Israel's former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the media at the Knesset in Jerusalem.

Bibi Sees a Path Back to Leadership After Israeli Government Dissolves

But a fifth election in less than four years is more likely to produce deadlock—again.

Blinken puts his hand on Bennett's upper back in a friendly gesture as the two men stand behind a podium with a placard that reads "Prime Minister's Office"
Blinken puts his hand on Bennett's upper back in a friendly gesture as the two men stand behind a podium with a placard that reads "Prime Minister's Office"

Why Biden Is Trying to Keep Naftali Bennett Afloat

The right-wing Israeli leader’s fragile coalition is vastly preferable to a return of Netanyahu.

Funeral in Sinai after terrorist attack
Funeral in Sinai after terrorist attack

Egypt’s Remilitarized Sinai Is a Future Powder Keg

Egypt and Israel are undermining their peace treaty—and it needs to be stopped.

Hollywood star Paul Newman on the set of Exodus in Israel
Hollywood star Paul Newman on the set of Exodus in Israel

Has Hollywood Fallen Out of Love With Israel?

A recent book examines the origins and end of an affair between the film industry and the Jewish state.

People hold up a coffin and wave flags.
People hold up a coffin and wave flags.

Why Israel Is Afraid of Palestinian Funerals

Shireen Abu Akleh was neither a terrorist nor a dissident. But Israeli authorities treated the journalist’s funeral as a threat to their security.

A view of Givat Zeev, an Israeli settlement near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on Nov. 19, 2019.
A view of Givat Zeev, an Israeli settlement near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on Nov. 19, 2019.

Blasting Israeli Settlement Construction Will Get Biden Nowhere

Settlement growth in the West Bank is a product of population pressure, not policy.

Israeli security forces keep watch as Palestinians cross a checkpoint to reach Jerusalem to attend the last Friday prayers of Ramadan at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, on Apr. 29, 2022 in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli security forces keep watch as Palestinians cross a checkpoint to reach Jerusalem to attend the last Friday prayers of Ramadan at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, on Apr. 29, 2022 in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

An Israeli-Palestinian Confederation Is the Best Path to Peace

The plan would satisfy concerns across the political spectrum by tackling the thorniest issues in new ways.

Demonstrators hold a placard that reads "EU, UN and US it is time for B.D.S."
Demonstrators hold a placard that reads "EU, UN and US it is time for B.D.S."

The BDS Movement Has Already Lost

Where it counts—in the halls of government and boardrooms—the effort to boycott Israel doesn’t even register.

An Iranian flag flies next to a ground-to-ground Sejjil missile at an undisclosed location in Iran.
An Iranian flag flies next to a ground-to-ground Sejjil missile at an undisclosed location in Iran.

The Little Iran Nuclear Deal That Couldn’t

A revived nuclear pact could benefit Washington and Tehran but is proving a hard sell.

Palestinians lift placards as they protest the meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Committee in Ramallah, West Bank, on Feb. 6.
Palestinians lift placards as they protest the meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Committee in Ramallah, West Bank, on Feb. 6.

Abbas Is Destroying Democracy to Ensure His Successor Supports Israel

The status quo of military occupation is working well for those at the top of the PLO.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Why Naftali Bennett Went to Moscow

Israel says it’s well positioned to mediate a truce between Russia and Ukraine. It also has interests to protect.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert poses.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert poses.

Former Israeli Prime Minister: Israel Should Stand Up for Ukraine

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said it’s “inconceivable” that Israel doesn’t stand by its allies and clearly denounce Russia’s invasion.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during their meeting, in Sochi, on Oct. 22, 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during their meeting, in Sochi, on Oct. 22, 2021.

Israel Needs to Make Up Its Mind on Ukraine

The Israeli government is feigning neutrality—but its long-term national interests mean it has no choice but to side with the West.

A new closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed on the roof of a private Palestinian home in Hebron’s Tel Rumeida neighborhood is seen in the occupied West Bank on Dec. 4, 2021.
A new closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed on the roof of a private Palestinian home in Hebron’s Tel Rumeida neighborhood is seen in the occupied West Bank on Dec. 4, 2021.

How the Occupation Fuels Tel Aviv’s Booming AI Sector

Israel hones invasive surveillance technology on Palestinians before it is exported abroad.

An Iranian flag flies next to a ground-to-ground Sejjil missile at an undisclosed location in Iran.
An Iranian flag flies next to a ground-to-ground Sejjil missile at an undisclosed location in Iran.

A New Iran Deal Means Old Chaos

Rekindling the nuclear deal with Tehran will solve one regional problem—and cause others.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Embattled Erdogan Signals Turkish-Israeli Thaw

The ground in the Middle East is shifting yet again.

Bahraini, Emirati, and U.S. leaders sign the Abraham Accords.
Bahraini, Emirati, and U.S. leaders sign the Abraham Accords.

Israel’s Rewarding Road to Normalization

A little over a year after the Abraham Accords, Israel and its new Arab partners are seeing dividends.

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