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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Why Bibi’s on Borrowed Time
If the election hasn’t killed the Israeli leader’s political career, the indictments probably will.
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.
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.
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 Election Deadlock Could Mean No New Government for Months
Netanyahu vows to fight on after failing to secure a majority.
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.
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.
Our Top Weekend Reads
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.
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.
What Bolton’s Departure Means for Israel
Some Israelis are worried it will leave them alone to confront Iran in the region.
How Bibi Could Win the Vote and Lose the Election
The Israeli leader has no clear path to a governing coalition.