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An Israeli flag flies near the Kfar Adumim settlement in the West Bank.

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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets with Sultan of Oman Sayyid Qaboos bin Said Al Said in Muscat, on Oct. 26, 2018.

Why Israel’s Warming Gulf Ties Will Survive Annexation

Some Arab countries now value good relations with Israel over the Palestinian cause—and not just for strategic reasons.

Iranians step on the U.S., Israeli, and British flags during a parade marking al-Quds International Day in Tehran on May 31, 2019.

Israel’s Annexation of the West Bank Would be a Gift to Iran

Beleaguered by regional tensions, the COVID-19 pandemic, and economic woes, Tehran could use anti-Israel sentiment to restore its reputation.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman fly in a helicopter over the Jordan Valley on June 23, 2019.

John Bolton Can Stomach Kim Jong Un’s North Korea, but Not Iran

The real revelation of the former national security advisor’s memoir is that he placed Israeli and Saudi interests ahead of America’s—by successfully undermining any U.S. diplomatic efforts with Iran.

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their tour of the Israeli Innovation Summit in Jerusalem, Oct  24, 2018.

Why the U.S. Can’t Get Israel to Break Up With China

For most Israelis, the deals are enticing and the threat seems remote.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points at a map of the Jordan Valley in Ramat Gan, on Sept. 10, 2019.

Europeans Pushing to Boycott Israel Over Annexation Should Think Twice

Calls for economic sanctions against Israel risk a costly collision with U.S. anti-boycott laws, as companies such as Airbnb can attest.

A woman carries a "Black Lives Matter" sign past U.S. National Guard troops in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, which was damaged during unrest after George Floyd, a black man, was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

Explaining America to the World

How U.S.-based foreign correspondents are covering the Black Lives Matter protests for their audiences back home.

An cybersecurity expert working for the Israeli company Commun.it analyzes networks of fake users in Bnei Brak, Israel, on Jan. 23, 2019.

Israel and Iran Just Showed Us the Future of Cyberwar With Their Unusual Attacks

A shadow war fought largely in secret has reached a new, more open phase.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wears a protective face mask inside a courtroom at the district court of Jerusalem on May 24, during the first day of his corruption trial.

Netanyahu Could Be a Statesman, but He Prefers to Be a Provocateur

Israel’s prime minister has always been Janus-faced. Any hope that his good side would emerge in a unity government is quickly evaporating.

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

U.S. Unable to Monitor Military Aid to Egypt’s Anti-Terrorism Fight

Limits on U.S. visibility come as the Pentagon considers pulling out of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula altogether.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He after announcing a "phase one" trade agreement with China in Washington on Oct. 11, 2019.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) greets Benny Gantz, the leader of Blue and White party, at a memorial ceremony for the late Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem on Sept. 19, 2019.

Israel’s Cease-Fire Government Should Promote Healing, Not Division

Netanyahu and Gantz could use their unity government to speed Israel’s economic recovery rather than entrenching political deadlock.

Israeli activist with banner protesting Trump's Middle East peace plan

How Israeli Annexation Talk Is Already Reshaping the Middle East

Palestinians withdraw from peace deals, and Jordan could be next, as Israel edges closer to appropriating land outright.

Israeli soldiers on the Israeli-Jordanian border

Annexation Could Be the Final Blow to the Israel-Jordan Relationship

Twenty-five years ago, the countries signed a peace agreement based on mutual trust. But anger against Israel’s government is rising among Jordanians.

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu

The United States Doesn’t Get Israel Anymore

It’s not Benjamin Netanyahu’s coming West Bank annexation that’s shocking—it’s Washington’s surprised reaction to it.

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