Israel/Palestine

Assistants await patients at a check-in counter for vaccinations against COVID-19 at the converted Merkur-Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany on Dec. 1.

Where Do Things Stand With the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout?

The U.K.’s quick approval of the Pfizer vaccine means some Britons will get shots starting next week—but in the rest of the world, it’s going to take a while for regular people to get inoculated.

Ethiopian soldiers and thousands of mourners attend the official state funeral of Ethiopia's late prime minister, Meles Zenawi

Our Top Weekend Reads

The real grievances behind the Ethiopian conflict, Pompeo acknowledges that the two-state solution is dead, and a look at a possible Pentagon pick.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden holds a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on March 10, 2010.

Biden Can’t Free Palestine

The Oslo paradigm has proved dangerous for Palestinians. It’s time to look beyond it.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House in Washington, DC, on Sept. 15.

Trump’s Parting Gift to Biden: A More Stable Middle East

He was successful because only an iconoclastic president could have rejected false assumptions and failed strategies.

Saeb Erekat, secretary of the Palestine Liberation Organization, speaks during a press conference in the West Bank city Ramallah on April 10, 2019

What Saeb Erekat’s Death Means for Palestinians of My Generation

We worked hard for a state of our own but may not live to see it.

A Palestinian demonstrator throws an old shoe at a poster of U.S. President Donald Trump near a Jewish settler enclave in the heart of the West Bank city of Hebron on Feb. 24, 2017.

What Israeli Politicians Really Think About the U.S. Election

Settler leaders are openly praying for Trump, but Netanyahu is more cagey.

Mohammed Dahlan, a former Fatah security chief, in his office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Oct. 18, 2016.

The UAE’s Invisible Palestinian Hand

An exiled foe of Mahmoud Abbas helped engineer the Arab peace deals with Israel that are infuriating the aging Palestinian president.

Lebanese, Palestinian, and Iraqi Americans form a human chain during an Arab unity rally in front of Dearborn City Hall in Dearborn, Michigan, on June 6, 2007.

‘Tired of the Game’: Palestinian Americans Want Trump Out but Have Issues With Biden

In a crucial state like Michigan, Joe Biden will have to convince skeptical Palestinians that he won’t leave them in the lurch—again.

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Foreign Affairs Minister of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan participate in the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords on the South Lawn of the White House on Sept. 15.

Palestinians Can’t Stand In the Way of Israel’s Regional Integration

Deals with the UAE and Bahrain demonstrate the Palestinian issue is no longer a barrier to Israeli-Arab cooperation.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Trump Extends Arab Push to Normalize Ties With Israel

With Bahrain also recognizing Israel, Washington hopes for a new era of Arab rapprochement with Israel—but that may prove more elusive.

A mural on Israel's controversial separation wall between Jerusalem and Ramallah depicts the former chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Yasser Arafat, in 2017.

Why Palestinians Need to Reclaim the PLO

The Palestinian Authority has failed to deliver democracy or sovereignty to the Palestinian people. It’s time for a new generation of leaders to deliver accountable governance and freedom.

U.S. President Donald Trump announces an agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel

Normalization Deal Between Israel and the UAE Signals a Shift in the Region

The agreement requires Israel to put West Bank annexation on hold, but Netanyahu says it’s temporary.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference in the White House in Washington, DC, on Jan. 28.

Annexation Isn’t Dead. A Desperate Trump Could Bring It Back to Life.

Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank seems off the agenda for now, but Trump might push Netanyahu to proceed anyway.

Hassan Ayad sticks his hand through concrete blocks as he is congratulated by a friend on his recent engagement while the two Palestinian men stand on opposite sides of Israel's security wall in East Jerusalem on September 23, 2003.

Oslo Is Dead, the Two-State Solution Isn’t

A two-state solution remains the only politically viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and, with the right Israeli and U.S. leaders, it can be achieved outside the Oslo framework.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks past then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as he prepares to sign the guest book at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem on March 9, 2010.

Biden Bucks Progressives, Won’t Denounce Israeli Occupation

The Sanders wing has scored a lot of victories in the Democratic platform—but didn’t get all it wanted on Israel.

The Qatar flag seen at the Opening Ceremony of the 15th Asian Games at the Khalifa stadium in Doha on Dec. 1, 2006.

How Israel Emerged as an Unlikely Peacemaker in the Middle East

By playing a productive role mediating between Qatar and its foes, the country has carved out a position as the one actor that could ease regional tensions.

A satellite image shows Gaza City and the Jabalia Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip on July 10, 2018.

Israel Can’t Hide Evidence of Its Occupation Anymore

For more than 20 years, an obscure U.S. law concealed satellite imagery of Israel’s activities in the occupied territories. Because of an abrupt reversal, satellite technology can now be used to defend Palestinians’ human rights.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Jerusalem on March 9, 2016.

Democrats Can’t Allow Israel to Pursue Annexation Without Consequences

Israel could finally become a partisan issue in Washington—but only if Democrats put their money where their mouth is.

Israeli activists protest against the U.S. peace plan for the Middle East, in Jerusalem on May 15.

Annexation Will Probably Go Smoothly. The Problems Will Come Later.

Israel’s annexation of Palestinian territory won’t trigger a disaster. But the aftermath will be toxic for the Jewish state.

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