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Arafat’s Nephew Is Coming for Abbas

Veteran diplomat Nasser al-Qudwa could prompt a realignment within Palestinian politics.

Israel's controversial separation wall runs between the Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev (left), built in a suburb of East Jerusalem, and the Palestinian Shuafat refugee camp (right) on Feb. 11.

The ICC’s Israel Investigation Could Backfire

It’s more likely to inflame nationalist sentiments than change anything on the ground.

A car drives past a campaign billboard of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel’s Government Has Nobody at the Wheel

A cycle of deadlocked elections has left the country without a functioning administration—and a foreign policy set on autopilot.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves the Muni World conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Feb. 14, 2018.

Israel’s Osirak Option

As Netanyahu forms his government, the parallels between the politics that led to a strike on Iraq’s nuclear facility and those that could result in targeting Iran today are clear.

Mansour Abbas, head of the Israeli party Raam.

An Arab Kingmaker in Israeli Politics?

With election results deadlocked, an Arab-led party is seen as a possible swing faction.

Gabi Ashkenazi gives a statement at the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Has Israel Pushed Realpolitik to Its Limits?

Two new books examine how an isolated state managed to expand its diplomatic horizons.

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Did Israel’s Security State Fail the COVID Test?

Netanyahu’s focus on maintaining ultra-Orthodox support as the pandemic raged didn’t help him win, but it has left deep scars.

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How Liberals Lost in Israel

The decline of Israeli democracy holds lessons for the United States.

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man walks past a billboard of Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu.

Exit Polls Put Netanyahu on Track to Win Israeli Election

He appears to have beaten back challengers who include defectors from his own party.

Gantz and Netanyahu on an election billboard in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu Stumbles Before Election as UAE Deal-Signing Blocked

$10 billion for trains, ports, and pipelines was supposed to show off his peacemaking prowess.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech in front of a picture of Zeev Jabotinsky.

Israel’s Likud Isn’t the Party of Law and Order Anymore

In his constant quest for power, Benjamin Netanyahu is abandoning the Israeli right’s legalist traditions.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump.

How Do You Say ‘Stop the Steal’ in Hebrew?

As another Israeli election nears, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s surrogates take a page from Trump’s playbook.

Israelis clean oil spill off Haifa’s coast.

Will Oil Spill Conspiracy Theories Help Netanyahu Win?

Israeli voters face a toxic sludge and dubious propaganda about Libya and Iran as they head to the polls.

Israeli lawmaker and leader of centrist Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid, speaks at a press conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 2, 2015.

How a Journalist-Turned-Politician Became the Best Hope for Israel’s Anyone-but-Bibi Camp

Centrist Yair Lapid refused to join Netanyahu’s coalition last year. Now the decision is paying off.

Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court’s head prosecutor, speaks during the Assembly of States Parties at The Hague, Netherlands, on Dec. 2, 2019.

Biden Can’t Claim ‘Moral Leadership’ While Sanctioning the ICC

Washington’s aversion to the court’s recent decision on Palestine is emblematic of a fundamental disconnect in U.S. foreign policy.

The United Nations Human Rights Council during a debate about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Geneva on June 26, 2019.

Can Biden Fix the U.N. Human Rights Council?

The administration insists it can succeed where two U.S. presidents already tried and failed.

Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (L) is greeted upon her arrival in the Blue Room of the White House by U.S. President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat  on Oct. 24, 1970.

Biden Should End U.S. Hypocrisy on Israeli Nukes

For decades, U.S. presidents have pledged not to talk about Israel’s nuclear arsenal despite pushing for nonproliferation in the region. It’s time for Washington to end the double standard.

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