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A view of Givat Zeev, an Israeli settlement near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on Nov. 19, 2019.
A view of Givat Zeev, an Israeli settlement near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on Nov. 19, 2019.

Blasting Israeli Settlement Construction Will Get Biden Nowhere

Settlement growth in the West Bank is a product of population pressure, not policy.

Israeli security forces keep watch as Palestinians cross a checkpoint to reach Jerusalem to attend the last Friday prayers of Ramadan at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, on Apr. 29, 2022 in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli security forces keep watch as Palestinians cross a checkpoint to reach Jerusalem to attend the last Friday prayers of Ramadan at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, on Apr. 29, 2022 in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

An Israeli-Palestinian Confederation Is the Best Path to Peace

The plan would satisfy concerns across the political spectrum by tackling the thorniest issues in new ways.

Demonstrators hold a placard that reads "EU, UN and US it is time for B.D.S."
Demonstrators hold a placard that reads "EU, UN and US it is time for B.D.S."

The BDS Movement Has Already Lost

Where it counts—in the halls of government and boardrooms—the effort to boycott Israel doesn’t even register.

A Palestinian loads a cart with food.
A Palestinian loads a cart with food.

Palestinians Feel Economic Pain From the War in Ukraine

A food crisis looms as the price of wheat and other staples surges.

Palestinians lift placards as they protest the meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Committee in Ramallah, West Bank, on Feb. 6.
Palestinians lift placards as they protest the meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Committee in Ramallah, West Bank, on Feb. 6.

Abbas Is Destroying Democracy to Ensure His Successor Supports Israel

The status quo of military occupation is working well for those at the top of the PLO.

A new closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed on the roof of a private Palestinian home in Hebron’s Tel Rumeida neighborhood is seen in the occupied West Bank on Dec. 4, 2021.
A new closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed on the roof of a private Palestinian home in Hebron’s Tel Rumeida neighborhood is seen in the occupied West Bank on Dec. 4, 2021.

How the Occupation Fuels Tel Aviv’s Booming AI Sector

Israel hones invasive surveillance technology on Palestinians before it is exported abroad.

The cross for Christianity, the Star of David for Judaism and the crescent moon for Islam
The cross for Christianity, the Star of David for Judaism and the crescent moon for Islam

The Two-State Solution Is Dead—and Liberal Zionists Can’t Save It

The book “Haifa Republic” is a noble effort to salvage a worldview that no longer has anything to offer.

A Ukrainian serviceman fires at a drone.
A Ukrainian serviceman fires at a drone.

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2022

Battle deaths may be down, but regional wars continue to rage as great-power confrontations loom, from Ukraine to Taiwan, amid declining U.S. influence.

Israeli ultra-nationalists during a demonstration in Jerusalem on March 16, 2008.
Israeli ultra-nationalists during a demonstration in Jerusalem on March 16, 2008.

Why Israel Hates Gaza

Israel’s leaders have always shown contempt for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip because their past—and ongoing presence—pose a direct challenge to Israel’s founding myth.

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Palestinian-Youth-Sports-Honey-Thaljieh-The-Long-Game-episode-3-2-site

The Long Game Podcast: How A Palestinian Female Footballer Started a Movement

Honey Thalijeh grew up under Israeli military occupation but found a way forward through football.

Israel's controversial separation wall runs between the Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev (left), built in a suburb of East Jerusalem, and the Palestinian Shuafat refugee camp (right) on Feb. 11.
Israel's controversial separation wall runs between the Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev (left), built in a suburb of East Jerusalem, and the Palestinian Shuafat refugee camp (right) on Feb. 11.

After a Dramatic Year, What’s Next for Israelis and Palestinians?

War in Gaza, intercommunal violence, and a new government have not led to any breakthroughs when it comes to peace.

A Palestinian woman and a member of the Israeli security forces take photos of each other
A Palestinian woman and a member of the Israeli security forces take photos of each other

How to End Israel’s Digital Occupation

Silicon Valley executives should recognize Palestinian statehood in line with U.N. norms.

City of David National Park
City of David National Park

Israel Is Enlisting King David to Sell the Abraham Accords

The government wants to boost Arab tourism, and it’s sending visitors to an archeological park in East Jerusalem with a particular twist.

King Abdullah of Jordan arrives for his meeting with Austrian chancellor Alexander Schallenberg on Oct. 25 in Vienna, Austria.
King Abdullah of Jordan arrives for his meeting with Austrian chancellor Alexander Schallenberg on Oct. 25 in Vienna, Austria.

Why Jordan Will Not Reannex the West Bank

An FP essay provoked a strong response because it brought international attention to a controversial issue that has historically only been debated internally.

Palestinians extinguish a fire set by settlers in a field near Burin, West Bank.
Palestinians extinguish a fire set by settlers in a field near Burin, West Bank.

Israeli Settlers Escalate Violence in West Bank

“They will certainly come again,” 21-year-old Asil Eid said. They did.

Palestinians collect food aid at a U.N. distribution center.
Palestinians collect food aid at a U.N. distribution center.

Palestinian Schools Have a Problem—and Are Running Out of Time

The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees has failed to fulfill demands for reform—and may soon face the consequences.

Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left), looks on while behind him sits incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (right)
Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left), looks on while behind him sits incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (right)

Why a Political Comeback for Israel’s Netanyahu Just Became a Lot Less Likely

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett passes a budget bill and signals stable leadership.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz arrives for a cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem on Aug. 1.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz arrives for a cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem on Aug. 1.

The Long Arm of Israeli Repression

Israel’s decision to designate human rights groups as terrorist organizations puts it in league with Russia and China.

Foreign leaders are seen after signing the Abraham Accords.
Foreign leaders are seen after signing the Abraham Accords.

Why the Abraham Accords Won’t Bring Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Regional cooperation didn’t lead to peace at the 1991 Madrid Conference—and it won’t today.

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