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Did the U.S. Even Have the Authority to Bar Iranian Leaders From U.N. Summit?

The United Nations has long disputed that Washington has a right to block people from the New York headquarters—going back to Yasser Arafat in 1988.

A picture taken on September 27, 2018 shows the Israeli settlement of Neve Yaakov (foreground) in the northern area of east Jerusalem and the Palestinian neighborhood of al-Ram (background) in the West Bank.

Annexing the West Bank Will Destabilize Jordan

Netanyahu’s election promise won’t just hurt Israel, it will create chaos for its eastern neighbor and a diplomatic backlash too.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Israeli far-right demonstrators hold a placard that reads in Hebrew "The Jewish blood will not be abandoned" and a poster of the late Meir Kahane, at the scene of an attack in the Israeli city Rishon LeZion on November 2, 2015. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Netanyahu’s Far-Right Partners Were Birthed by U.S. Terrorists

Brooklyn-born militant Meir Kahane's ideas are becoming dangerously acceptable in Israel.

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni speaks on the phone to constituents in Tel Aviv on March 15, 2015. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Netanyahu Delegitimized Me’

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni discusses the upcoming Israeli election and why she bowed out.

Retired Israeli Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz in the city of Rishon LeZion, south of  Tel Aviv, on Feb 1. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

The Bibi Slayer?

By advocating clean and courteous politics, a retired general is giving Netanyahu a run for his money.

Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Arafat addresses delegates of the Organization of African Unity in July 1972 in Kampala, Uganda.

Theresa May Is Negotiating Like Yasser Arafat

The late Palestinian leader was legendary for forsaking promising opportunities, caving to extremists, and failing to appreciate the challenges of negotiating against a stronger opponent. Britain’s prime minister has perfected his diplomatic style.

Yahya Sinwar (C-R), the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Ismail Haniyeh (C-L), the senior leader of the movement's political bureau, attend the funeral of a Hamas official in Gaza City on March 25, 2017.

Can Israel’s Iron Wall Contain Hamas?

Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has tried to keep the Islamist group in check, but the situation in Gaza is as unstable as ever.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks to the head of Israel's Arab parliamentary bloc, Ayman Odeh, during a discussion to vote on the dissolution of the Israeli parliament in the Knesset in Jerusalem on Dec. 26, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

How the Jewish Left and Palestinian Arabs Can Remake Israeli Politics

A political alliance between Israel’s left wing and Arab parties could topple Benjamin Netanyahu.

Arab-Israelis—also known as Palestinian citizens in Israel—wave Palestinian flags at a Land Day demonstration in the village of Araba in the Galilee on March 30, 2018. (Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian in Israel

The population the government refers to as "Arab-Israeli" is increasingly embracing the term "Palestinian."

A Greek Orthodox altar boy carries a cross before participating in a procession, during the community's Christmas celebrations, outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on Jan. 6. (Musa al-Shaer/AFP/Getty Images)

Holy Land for Sale

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate is selling church land that’s ending up in the hands of Israeli settler groups. Its Palestinian Christian congregants are furious.

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