Israel/Palestine

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Jared Kushner in Jerusalem on June 21, 2017.

New Vote in Israel Puts Trump’s Deal of the Century on Ice

Parliament votes to dissolves itself after Netanyahu failed to form a majority coalition.

Palestinian amputees break their fast at a community center that was destroyed during the two-day escalation, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on May 8.

The Next Round in Gaza Will Be Deadlier

An Israeli-Palestinian truce ended the fighting but didn’t address the issues driving it.

Female Palestinian shepherds complain to an Israeli soldier after Israeli settlers harassed them and their sheep near the village of Umm el-Kheir in the southern hills of the West Bank near Hebron on January 25, 2014.

The False Promise of Protest

David Shulman’s diaries of resisting the Israeli occupation show the limits of activism in the face of rampant dispossession and despair.

Cars drive on a new Israeli road divided by a wall to separate it for Palestinians (L) and the side to be used exclusively by Israelis and settlers (R) in East Jerusalem, on January 10, 2019. Route 4370 connects the settlement of Geva Binyamin to the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway. The road, which has been called the Apartheid Road, is divided in the middle by a 25-foot wall.

Separation and a Two-State Solution Aren’t the Same

Netanyahu is not the only one who opposes basic Palestinian rights. Almost all Israeli leaders reject the fundamental tenets of sovereignty that would make a Palestinian state genuine and viable.

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