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A woman walks past electoral billboards bearing a portrait of Israeli Prime Minister and Likud party chairman Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sept. 4, 2019.

In Israel’s Endless Elections, Female Candidates Have Been the Biggest Losers

Party mergers and other systemic problems have buried the country’s once-vaunted female political leadership.

A Palestinian demonstrator points a toy gun at a cartoon drawing depicting U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest against his Middle East peace plan on Jan. 27.

We Know Peace Plans—This Isn’t One of Them

Here’s why Trump’s latest gambit probably won’t settle the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem on Jan. 23.

For Netanyahu, Trump’s White House Is the Gift That Keeps on Giving

A U.S. peace plan seems designed mainly to get Bibi reelected. The Palestinians aren’t even invited.

People demonstrate in support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel Has a Silent Centrist Majority. Benjamin Netanyahu Is Blocking It.

As long as the prime minister remains in power, the electorate’s true preference—a centrist, secular, national unity government—will remain unfulfilled.

Hasidic Jews shoot selfies under a banner that reads: "Uman Loves Trump", prior to the annual Rosh Hashanah celebration on September 9, 2018 in Uman, Ukraine.

Trump Elevates an Anti-Semitic Slur Into Law

False claims of national origin play into the goals of the Christian and Israeli right.

Supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel’s Election Redux

The best Foreign Policy stories of 2019 on Israel’s electoral crisis.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the White House.

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Members of the U.S. military carry the flags of Israel and the United States before the arrival of then Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman in Washington on April 26, 2018.

Should the United States and Israel Make It Official?

The United States and Israel call themselves allies, but they don’t have a formal defense treaty governing their relationship. Here’s why.

A convoy of U.S. armored vehicles patrols the northeastern town of Qahtaniyah, Syria.

A U.S. Withdrawal Will Cause a Power Struggle in the Middle East

Washington could find itself fighting its way back into the region for the first time since World War II.

The shuttered Israeli embassy  in Moscow on Oct. 30, during an Israeli foreign ministry strike.

Benjamin Netanyahu Is Bleeding Israel’s Foreign Ministry to Death

Deep funding cuts and the gutting of Israel’s diplomatic service is undermining the prime minister’s ambitious foreign-policy agenda.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sen. Bernie Sanders participate in a Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta, Georgia, on Nov. 20.

Democratic Frontrunners Are Wrong About Aid for Israel

Putting America’s annual $3.8 billion of military assistance to Israel on the chopping block makes for good politics. But it makes no sense for U.S. national security.

A sign shows a new neighborhood project near the Israeli settlement of Shavei Shomron on Nov. 19.

Recognizing Israeli Settlements Marks the Final Collapse of Pax Americana

From now on, the United States will have trouble fending off other territorial claims.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Back to the Wall, Netanyahu Fights for His Political Life

Even after a devastating indictment, it may be too soon to count out the Israeli prime minister known as “the magician.”

A view of houses in the Israeli settlement of Kedumim in the West Bank.

U.S. Recognition of Settlements Will Harm Israel More Than It Helps

The Trump administration’s disdain for international consensus on the West Bank will encourage previously cautious governments to support BDS and Palestinian statehood.

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