Israel/Palestine

A sign shows a new neighborhood project near the Israeli settlement of Shavei Shomron on Nov. 19.

Recognizing Israeli Settlements Marks the Final Collapse of Pax Americana

From now on, the United States will have trouble fending off other territorial claims.

A view of houses in the Israeli settlement of Kedumim in the West Bank.

U.S. Recognition of Settlements Will Harm Israel More Than It Helps

The Trump administration’s disdain for international consensus on the West Bank will encourage previously cautious governments to support BDS and Palestinian statehood.

A Palestinian boy sits on a chair as Israeli authorities demolish and relocate a school site

Trump Crushes Palestinian Hopes Again

The U.S. Middle East peace plan may be in a coma. But that hasn’t stopped Washington from handing major diplomatic victories to Israel.

A crowd gathering for a demonstration organized by the Campaign Against Antisemitism outside the head office of the British opposition Labour Party

The Hard Left Is Hurting Palestine

When real solutions are left out because of hatred of Israel, Palestinians lose.

Pierre Krähenbühl, the commissioner-general for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency

U.N. Aid Chief Quits Amid Probe Into Palestinian Refugee Program

Trump’s aid cuts posed an existential threat to the U.N. agency charged with caring for millions of Palestinians. Now, the agency is grappling with its own management crisis.

A tent orphanage for Jewish refugees in Tehran, 1942.

When Iran Welcomed Jewish Refugees

In the middle of World War II, Tehran became a haven for both Jewish and Catholic Polish refugees who were welcomed as they arrived from Soviet Central Asia.

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.

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