How Politics Are Compounding Israel’s COVID-19 Crisis
Bibi succumbs to pressure from religious factions even as he imposes a second nationwide lockdown.
Don’t Politicize Water
Despite deteriorating relations in recent years, Israel and Jordan should return to a history of cooperation on water resources.
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.
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.
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.
Israel’s Peace Deals Are a Strategic Nightmare for Iran
The Abraham Accord is threatening decades of foreign-policy planning in Tehran.
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.
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.
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.
Peace for Warplanes?
How a dispute over an arms deal complicates normalization between Israel and the UAE.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.