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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man wearing a protective mask and shield against the coronavirus,  walks along a street in Jerusalem on Sept 11.

How Politics Are Compounding Israel’s COVID-19 Crisis

Bibi succumbs to pressure from religious factions even as he imposes a second nationwide lockdown.

Israeli soldiers patrol the border area known as Naharayim in Hebrew and Baqura in Arabic, on Oct. 18, 2019.

Don’t Politicize Water

Despite deteriorating relations in recent years, Israel and Jordan should return to a history of cooperation on water resources.

Employees work at the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in the United Arab Emirates

Why Israel Should Worry About the Saudi and Emirati Nuclear Programs

Today’s ally can become tomorrow’s enemy, as Israel’s history of friendship with pre-revolutionary Iran and pre-Erdogan Turkey illustrates.

An art installation including a balloon with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s image on it is seen in Habima Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sept. 15.

Netanyahu Can’t Catch a Break

The Israeli prime minister is trying to coast on his reputation as a grandmaster of national security, diplomacy, and economics—but it isn’t working.

Bahrain Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and United Arab Emirates Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan at the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords at the White House on Sept. 15.

For Netanyahu, Normalization Deals Are a Long-Awaited Vindication

But the White House ceremony is marred by events back in Israel, including his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Iran's Navy Commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari points at a map during a press conference in Tehran on Dec. 22, 2010.

Israel’s Peace Deals Are a Strategic Nightmare for Iran

The Abraham Accord is threatening decades of foreign-policy planning in Tehran.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Trump Extends Arab Push to Normalize Ties With Israel

With Bahrain also recognizing Israel, Washington hopes for a new era of Arab rapprochement with Israel—but that may prove more elusive.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greet during the India-Israel Business Summit in New Delhi on January 15, 2018.

India’s Alliance With Israel Is a Model for the World’s Illiberal Leaders

From arms deals to occupation in Kashmir and the West Bank, Modi and Netanyahu increasingly share the same ethnonationalist worldview.

A dhow sails past a crude oil tanker near the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, on Oct. 22, 2019.

UAE Deal Boosts Israeli Oil Pipeline Secretly Built With Iran

The Jewish state is about to play a much bigger role in the region’s energy trade and petroleum politics.

An Israeli F-35I fighter jet takes part in a multinational air defense exercise at the Ovda Air Force Base, north of the Israeli city of Eilat, on Nov. 11, 2019.

Peace for Warplanes?

How a dispute over an arms deal complicates normalization between Israel and the UAE.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses the virtual Republican convention in a pre-recorded video from Jerusalem, Israel, on Aug. 25.

Is Trump Touting His Diplomatic Achievements to Get Reelected?

Both parties have featured speeches from key diplomats at their conventions, with Mike Pompeo making a controversial cameo at the RNC—but they aren’t proposing much that’s new.

Fighters loyal to the U.N.-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord

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Fighters loyal to the U.N.-recognized Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) secure the area of Abu Qurain, halfway between the capital Tripoli and Libya's second city Benghazi, against forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar, who is backed by the United Arab Emirates and Russia, on July 20.

The Israel-UAE Deal Won’t Bring Peace, but It Will Prolong the War in Libya

The much-touted agreement cements the regional divide between traditionalist monarchies and their rivals, while their respective proxies fight over the spoils from Libya to Yemen.

An explosion rocks Syrian city of Kobani during a reported suicide car bomb attack by the militants of Islamic State (ISIS) group on a People's Protection Unit (YPG) position in the city center of Kobani, as seen from the outskirts of Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border, Oct. 20, 2014.

It’s Not a Peace Deal. It’s a Powder Keg.

Not all diplomatic deals are preludes to peace—and the Israel-UAE agreement fits an inauspicious pattern.

Palestinian protesters

The Middle East Plays Hardball, and the Palestinians Always Lose

Last week’s deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is the latest reminder that countries are always out for their own interests—and the weak suffer what they must.

A mural on Israel's controversial separation wall between Jerusalem and Ramallah depicts the former chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Yasser Arafat, in 2017.

Why Palestinians Need to Reclaim the PLO

The Palestinian Authority has failed to deliver democracy or sovereignty to the Palestinian people. It’s time for a new generation of leaders to deliver accountable governance and freedom.

Sailors standing on the deck of a warship at a parade during the Turkish International Ceremony at Mehmetcik Abidesi Martyrs Memorial near Seddulbahir Turkey on April 24, 2015.

How Did the Eastern Mediterranean Become the Eye of a Geopolitical Storm?

The region’s powers and the West are facing off against Turkey—and Turkey is not going down without a fight.

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