Israel/Palestine

Demonstrators wear masks of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz as they protest against plans to annex parts of the West Bank, on June 23 in Tel Aviv.

Corporations Will Be Complicit if Israel Goes Through With Annexation

Annexation will raise their legal risk of being held accountable for human rights violations and war crimes.

Israeli settlers gather on a hill next to the Palestinian town of Halhul, in the occupied West Bank, on June 30 as they attend a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump's peace plan.

The Two-State Solution Is Dead. What Comes Next Is Worse.

Annexation of the West Bank would cement a one-state reality on the ground, enshrining Israeli rights over Palestinians.

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.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Swiss President Alain Berset attend a joint press conference.

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The coronavirus brings additional health concerns, Israeli democracy is threatened by the West Bank annexation, and protests in Europe bring issues of racism to the fore.

A young Palestinian walks along Israel's controversial wall in the occupied West Bank Palestinian village of Abu Dis on Jan. 29.

Stop Calling Israel a Jewish Democracy

The looming annexation of the West Bank will create a one-state reality, forcing American elites to choose between a commitment to the country’s Jewishness and democratic values.

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.

Children welcome a convoy of settlers to the Israeli settlement of Mehola in the Jordan Valley, in the occupied West Bank, on Feb. 3.

Biden Must Speak Out Against Israeli Annexation Plans Before It’s Too Late

With Trump’s blessing, Israel is getting ready to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank as soon as July. Biden shouldn’t go along.

An Israeli woman wearing a face mask with "crime minister" written on it

How the Coronavirus Saved Netanyahu’s Political Career

For an Israeli leader who stokes fear to fuel his power, the pandemic came as opportunity.

Benny Gantz attends a press conference in Tel Aviv on Nov. 20, 2019.

Benny Gantz Did the Right Thing by Putting His Country First

The Blue and White leader’s colleagues and former allies have denounced him for caving to Benjamin Netanyahu—but his conciliatory gesture is a sign of statesmanship, not weakness.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The Political Wizardry of Benjamin Netanyahu

In one stroke, the Israeli leader has extended his term and weakened an opponent.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz in Jerusalem on Sept 19, 2019.

Israel’s Double Curse: Politics and the Pandemic

A Supreme Court decision threatens Netanyahu’s grip on power and augurs a constitutional crisis.

A man wearing a face mask prays during a mass prayer at the Western Wall

Israel’s War Footing Against the Coronavirus

In the fight against the pandemic, some familiar tactics are deployed.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak (L), and U.S. Defense Secretary (R) Leon Panetta walk to the podium to speak to the media at a joint press conference while they visit the Iron Dome defense system launch site on August 1, 2012 in Ashkelon, Israel.

Annexation Would Threaten U.S. Military Support for Israel

Netanyahu's planned land grab in the West Bank will undermine bipartisan support for U.S.-Israel defense ties—endangering the special relationship and Israelis’ security.

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara Netanyahu, greet supporters following elections in Tel Aviv on April 10, 2019.

Netanyahu Surges in Israeli Election

Exit polls give the prime minister a solid chance at forming the next government, despite corruption charges.

Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally.

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Bernie Sanders’s stance on Israeli settlements, Emmanuel Macron’s fight against Islamism, and elections in Slovakia.

An Israeli settler walks past a Palestinian house with verandas covered in meshing along the Israeli-controlled Shuhada street in the West Bank city of Hebron on Jan. 28.

Trump’s Plan for Palestine Looks a Lot Like Apartheid

Israel has long resisted the South Africa analogy, but the U.S. government’s support for annexation is making it a reality.

Israeli children accompany their father during Israel's parliamentary election at a polling station in Rosh Haayin on Sept. 17, 2019.

Why Israel’s Political System Is Broken and How It Can Be Fixed

Do-over elections and political paralysis are undermining faith in the system.

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