Palestine

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.

Palestinian protesters prepare to burn images of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and U.S. President Donald Trump, during a demonstration in Nablus in the occupied West Bank on August 14 against a U.S.-brokered deal between Israel and the UAE to normalize relations.

The UAE-Israel Agreement Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

The deal defers the idea of annexation rather than burying it, and could exacerbate tensions between Iran and the Gulf States.

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.

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.

Jordan's King Abdullah II and Crown Prince Hussein (R) arrive for the opening session of the fourth ordinary parliamentary session  in the capital Amman on Nov. 10, 2019.

Washington Needs to Get to Know Jordan’s Next King

King Abdullah is young and healthy, but it’s never too early to introduce the country’s next ruler, Crown Prince Hussein, to key U.S. officials.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets with Sultan of Oman Sayyid Qaboos bin Said Al Said in Muscat, on Oct. 26, 2018.

Why Israel’s Warming Gulf Ties Will Survive Annexation

Some Arab countries now value good relations with Israel over the Palestinian cause—and not just for strategic reasons.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points at a map of the Jordan Valley in Ramat Gan, on Sept. 10, 2019.

Europeans Pushing to Boycott Israel Over Annexation Should Think Twice

Calls for economic sanctions against Israel risk a costly collision with U.S. anti-boycott laws, as companies such as Airbnb can attest.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wears a protective face mask inside a courtroom at the district court of Jerusalem on May 24, during the first day of his corruption trial.

Netanyahu Could Be a Statesman, but He Prefers to Be a Provocateur

Israel’s prime minister has always been Janus-faced. Any hope that his good side would emerge in a unity government is quickly evaporating.

Israeli activist with banner protesting Trump's Middle East peace plan

How Israeli Annexation Talk Is Already Reshaping the Middle East

Palestinians withdraw from peace deals, and Jordan could be next, as Israel edges closer to appropriating land outright.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points at a map of the Jordan Valley.

Netanyahu’s Annexation Plan Is a Threat to Israel’s National Security

Annexing the West Bank would threaten Israel’s peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, anger allies in the Gulf, undermine the Palestinian Authority, and endanger Israel as a Jewish democracy.

Palestinian painters work on a mural to draw attention to the novel coronavirus pandemic in Khan Yunis, Gaza, on March 28.

It’s Up to Israel to Stop a Coronavirus Catastrophe Among Palestinians

The Palestinian health care system has been held back by military occupation and is unprepared for the coronavirus onslaught. Israel must act swiftly.

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 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu point to a map of the Jordan Valley as he gives a speech in Ramat Gan on Sept. 10, 2019.

A Netanyahu Victory Would Be Bad News for Peace and the Rule of Law

If he leads the next government, the prime minister is likely to annex much of the West Bank and deepen attacks on judicial independence.

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.

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.

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 portion of the 1979 Drobles plan map.

Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan Isn’t New. It Plagiarized a 40-Year-Old Israeli Initiative.

The White House likes to pretend it’s breaking with tradition. In fact, it’s recycling old maps and ideas. 

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