Is This the Dawn of a New Day in Israel?

June 22, 2021

On May 19, 1999, when Ehud Barak defeated Benjamin Netanyahu in the general election, tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to celebrate. Barak, the new prime minister, declared that it was the "dawn of a new day." He also had plans in mind: withdraw Israeli troops...

Biden Invests His Capital in Israel

May 24, 2021

Though the stale expression “political capital” has become a handy item in every pundit’s vocabulary, there was a time when the financial metaphor would have seemed jarring and paradoxical in the context of democracy. Its popularity today reflects a disturbing trend in the reasoning that...

Netanyahu and Hamas Are Playing a Deadly Game

May 18, 2021

In March, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was unable to achieve a parliamentary majority in the Knesset after a fourth Israeli election in two years. As a result, he needed a national crisis to prevent the establishment of an alternative government by the opposition. Such a coalition would...

Israel Will Continue Disregarding International Law

November 03, 2020

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is now in its 72nd year. Israel has been given renewed impetus after agreeing to the Abraham Accords with the United Arab Emirates on August 13, when the two states announced the normalization of diplomatic relations. Bahrain soon followed in Abu...

Israel Is Making New Friends in Europe

July 28, 2020

Israel has been developing close relations with right-wing central European governments. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sought to integrate his country into the Visegrad states, where populism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and even anti-Semitism find fertile ground.

Trump’s Ambiguous Battle Against Middle East Turmoil

July 03, 2020

On June 24, Al Jazeera’s reporter at the White House attempted to determine President Donald Trump’s position on the Israeli plan to begin illegally annexing occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had promised to begin operations on July...

What’s Annexed on Netanyahu’s July Agenda?

July 02, 2020

Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, dispenses with illusions in his reading of the likely historical consequences of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s move to annex up to 30% of the occupied West Bank. Israel is expected to unilaterally proceed with the announced...

Democracy Didn’t Need COVID-19 to Begin Its Decline

April 02, 2020

Middle East Monitor features an article by American-Palestinian journalist Ramzy Baroud, who celebrates Tunisia’s progress as a democracy. The author cites recent data produced by two independent agencies that monitor the state of democracy in the world. He makes a point of comparing the North...

The Politics of the Coronavirus

March 27, 2020

The far right thrives on fear. It’s no surprise, then, that it would use the latest pandemic, which has generated widespread panic, to bolster its own agenda. All of the hallmarks of the far right are in play during the coronavirus crisis. It has pushed to close borders. It has demonized...

What the “Deal of the Century” Means for Israel and Palestine

March 26, 2020

On January 28, US President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he hailed as the “deal of the century.” This is the latest attempt by the US to mediate between the Israelis and Palestinians and end the seven-decade-old...

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