Israel/Palestine

The head of the Joint List alliance, Ayman Odeh, gestures to supporters during an electoral campaign rally in the northern Arab-Israeli town of Sakhnin on Sept. 15, two days before the Israeli general election.

Backing Benny Gantz Won’t Help Palestinians

Arab voters are simply used as pawns in Israeli politics. The Joint List’s leaders are naive to think any Israeli prime minister will ever address their concerns.

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

Why Bibi’s on Borrowed Time

If the election hasn’t killed the Israeli leader’s political career, the indictments probably will.

Joint List candidates join hands in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth on Sept. 17, as exit poll results are announced.

An Unlikely Winner in Israel’s Election

For the first time, the country’s Arab minority could wield some leverage in the political process.

Local and international peace activists stand on a concrete block, part of Israel's controversial separation barrier, after pulling it down during a protest near the West Bank city of Ramallah, on Nov. 9, 2009 to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany.

Last Time a Jewish State Annexed Its Neighbors, It Disappeared for 2,000 Years

Benjamin Netanyahu scores points by promising to annex the West Bank. If he does, Israel faces a long transformative struggle between apartheid and multinational democracy—and democracy  will win.

U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) hold a news conference on August 19 in St. Paul, Minnesota after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blocked a planned trip by Omar and Tlaib to visit Israel and the West Bank.

Trump Doesn’t Care About Israel. He Cares About Reelection.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s capitulation to the White House over Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib’s visit has harmed his country’s image and profoundly endangered bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Berlin on June 30, 2014.

Meet Israel’s New Kingmaker

Avigdor Lieberman could determine whether Benjamin Netanyahu gets another term. What does he want?   

Israel's Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz (L) speaks as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) and Noble Energy's Vice President for Major Projects George Hatfield (R) stand by during the inauguration of the newly-arrived foundation platform for the Leviathan natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, about 80 miles west of the Israeli city of Haifa, on January 31.

Will an Israeli Energy Boom Make the EU Pro-Israel?

Future dependency on Israeli natural gas could change the political equation for many European countries that are currently critical of Israeli policies toward Palestinians.

Benjamin Netanyahu attends a memorial ceremony for Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, in Sde Boker, Israel on Nov. 14, 2010.

Netanyahu Keeps Winning Because He’s an Effective Leader

Israel’s prime minister has now served in the role for as long as the country’s founding father. Voters support him because they’re convinced he keeps them safe and reduces their international isolation.

Saudi Minister of State Mohammed al-Shaikh arrives for the second day of a U.S.-sponsored Middle East economic conference in Bahrain on June 26.

Gulf-Israel Ties Might Not Survive Trump’s Peace Plan

A political program that does not envision statehood for the Palestinians could reverse the Gulf Arab states’ tentative warming toward Israel.

Palestinian demonstrators carry caricatures during a protest against the  U.S.-led peace plan in Ramallah on June 24.

Wedge Politics Won’t Bring Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Kushner’s plan aims to divide Palestinians from their leaders but fails to recognize that the people already resent their corrupt leadership—while failing to place any similar pressure on an Israeli prime minister under indictment.

A Palestinian policeman stands guard near a banner bearing portrait of Pope Francis and Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas displayed in the Church of Nativity, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on May 19, 2014.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas Need Each Other to Survive

Israel needs the Palestinian Authority’s security cooperation to avoid another intifada—and without security ties to Israel and the funding that comes with it, the PA could cease to exist.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak holds a press conference to announce that he will be running in the upcoming elections at Beit Sokolov in Tel Aviv, Israel, on June 26.

Why Israel’s Generals Are Taking on Netanyahu

Almost all of them believe the prime minister is destroying Israel’s democratic values and sacrificing the Zionist dream by avoiding a two-state solution.

U.S. President Donald Trump fist-bumps Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a meeting at the G-20 summit on in Osaka, Japan, on June 28.

The World This Weekend

World leaders converged at the G-20 summit in Osaka, the Trump administration released its Middle East peace plan, and Democratic presidential contenders took the debate stage.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) meets with White House Advisor Jared Kushner (L), on Aug. 24, 2017 in Ramallah.

Economic Band-Aids Won’t Bring Peace to the Middle East

European leaders should not lend support to a Trump administration plan that dangles economic carrots to Palestinians while entrenching the Israeli occupation.

Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt attend the opening session of a conference on the Middle East on Feb. 14, in Warsaw, Poland.

Don’t Dismiss the Bahrain Conference. It Can Help Palestinians.

Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt’s peace plan may not be the deal of the century, but there are interim steps that U.S. officials and Arab leaders could take to help stabilize the West Bank and Gaza.

Palestinian children inspect a bullet-riddled wall in Gaza City on April 16, 2008, following an Israeli military operation. MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

Shot by Israelis, Healed by Israelis

On the podcast: Yousef Bashir describes growing up in Gaza during the second Palestinian uprising.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right,  shakes hands with Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's senior advisor, in Jerusalem on May 30.

Trump Has Misdiagnosed the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The White House’s economic plan for Gaza and the West Bank should invite skepticism.

Israelis celebrate Jerusalem Day in Jeruslam's Old City on May 13, 2018.

Israel Is at Peace (With Itself)

The country can’t form a government, its peace process is permanently stalled—and things have never been better.

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