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Is This the Dawn of a New Day in Israel?

Is This the Dawn of a New Day in Israel?

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...

Is Israel’s Bite as Strong as Its Bark?

Is Israel’s Bite as Strong as Its Bark?

At the end of April, days before the latest conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians surged into the headlines, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a meeting in Washington with two Israelis: the head of Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, and the Israeli ambassador to the United States. The...

For the US, Rules Don’t Exist

For the US, Rules Don’t Exist

The world is reeling in horror at the latest Israeli bombardment of Gaza. Much of the world is also shocked by the role of the United States in the crisis, as it keeps providing Israel with weapons to kill Palestinians, including women and children, in violation of US and international law. The US...

Is Lebanon at Risk in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

Is Lebanon at Risk in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

Media attention has focused on the loss of life and property in the bombardment of Gaza, the domestic skirmishes between Jewish and Arab Israelis, and Hamas’ rocket attacks on Israel. Yet there are unique implications for Palestinian communities in Lebanon, too. In Lebanon, more than 470,000...

Biden Invests His Capital in Israel

Biden Invests His Capital in Israel

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...

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Nine Political Lives

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Nine Political Lives

When Benjamin Netanyahu became prime minister for the second time in March 2009, it was not long after Israel had conducted three weeks of sustained air attacks on the enclave of Gaza. More than 1,100 Palestinians died in that campaign. About a dozen Israelis also perished, four from friendly...

Biden Washes His Hands of the Israel-Palestine Affair

Biden Washes His Hands of the Israel-Palestine Affair

Faced with a serious clash in Jerusalem between two communities divided on the subject of religion, the Roman Empire’s man of the hour, its colonial governor Pontius Pilate made the bold decision to suppress his own opinion and not to intervene in the debate. As a patriotic polytheist, he had no...

White America’s Burden in the Holy Land

White America’s Burden in the Holy Land

Earlier this week, an Israeli military official evoked “a worst-case scenario” conducted by three Israeli infantry brigades that would amount to crushing Gaza on the ground rather than just bombarding it. Some observers have noticed that the current...

The Future of Jerusalem Matters to Us All

The Future of Jerusalem Matters to Us All

No city in the world has seized the imagination or captivated the soul in the way that Jerusalem has. Revered by more than half the world's population, Jerusalem is the beating heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is a city widely held to have been inhabited by the Jebusites, long before...

Israel Must Accept ICC Jurisdiction Over Palestine

Israel Must Accept ICC Jurisdiction Over Palestine

On February 5, the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled that it has jurisdiction over the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967. Seven years after the 2014 Gaza conflict, in which war crimes were committed by both Israel and armed Palestinian groups according to the United...

The ICC Has Stepped on a Political Minefield in Palestine

The ICC Has Stepped on a Political Minefield in Palestine

The rapidly-evolving geopolitical equation in the Middle East just got another layer of complexity added to it. Earlier this month, Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), announced the launch of an investigation into alleged war crimes committed in the...

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