Israel/Palestine

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.

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to the media following a closed-door briefing on Iran at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on May 21, 2019.

How America’s First Jewish President Could Be Tougher on Israel Than His Predecessors

Bernie Sanders, if he wins the White House, could be the first U.S. leader in more than 40 years to declare Jewish settlements illegal.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting with journalists in the Palestinian Authority headquarters in Ramallah on July 3, 2019.

The Oslo Accords Are Dead. Should the Palestinian Authority Live On?

Trump’s peace plan killed any hope of a negotiated settlement. Rather than empty rhetoric, Palestinian leaders owe their people a new approach—even if it means disbanding the PA.

Sections of the U.S.-Mexico border wall

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Funding for Trump’s border wall, populism in Ireland, and a repurposed Middle East peace plan.

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Why Does the White House Object to a ‘Sovereign’ Palestinian State?

The United States seeks to rewrite the history of international peace efforts in the Middle East.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Trump Pressures Palestinians and Allies Over Peace Plan

The White House blocks a U.N. resolution and threatens to withhold aid to the Palestinians.

A Palestinian protester

Tunisia Sacks U.N. Ambassador for Opposing Trump’s Peace Plan

The country’s newly elected president seeks to maintain good relations with Washington as opposition to the Israeli-Palestinian scheme builds.

A Palestinian farmer

The Big Missing Piece of the Kushner Plan: Water

One reason the Palestinians swiftly rejected the flawed U.S. peace plan was that it does nothing to address their claims for water rights.

Palestinian demonstrators burn portraits of U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the slogan in Arabic "Down with the Deal of the Century" during a protest in Gaza's Jabalia refugee camp on Jan. 31.

The Trump-Netanyahu Alliance Is Endangering Americans and Israelis

The corrupt bond between Israel’s prime minister and the U.S. president might help them win elections, but it doesn’t keep their citizens safe.

A passenger receives a temperature check before taking a flight bound for Wuhan, China, at Haneda airport on Jan. 31, 2020, in Tokyo, Japan.

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Wuhan virus continues to spread, Trump's Middle East peace plan is unveiled, and calls for Scottish independence grow.

Palestinian demonstrators burn portraits of U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against Trump’s proposed peace plan in Gaza’s Jabalia refugee camp on Jan. 31.

Trump’s Peace Plan Is Palestinians’ Worst Nightmare

Arab states might accept Trump’s one-sided initiative, but an increasingly vocal new generation of Palestinians won’t allow regional leaders to sign away their right to a sovereign homeland.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participate in a joint statement in the East Room of the White House.

Trump’s Peace Plan Aims to Make Israeli Occupation Permanent

The administration's goal is not peace but the normalization of Israel’s military rule over millions of Palestinians.

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