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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...

Why Kuwait Rejects Normalization With Israel

Why Kuwait Rejects Normalization With Israel

On August 13, the United Arab Emirates agreed in principle to normalize relations with Israel in exchange for suspending the annexation of portions of the West Bank. This US-brokered deal reflects years of growing ties between Israel and Gulf states that have long rested just below the surface of...

The UAE’s Deal With Israel Is a Sham

The UAE’s Deal With Israel Is a Sham

Gary Grappo, the chairman of Fair Observer, has commented in these columns on the deal between Israel and the UAE that has shocked many in the Arab and Muslim world. As a former US diplomat, Grappo expresses his satisfaction, or perhaps simply his relief, at the idea “that Arab states will no...

Israel Is Making New Friends in Europe

Israel Is Making New Friends in Europe

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

Trump’s Ambiguous Battle Against Middle East Turmoil

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...

Will Israel’s Next Annexation Be the Big One?

Will Israel’s Next Annexation Be the Big One?

When assessing the geopolitical damage done by US President Donald Trump’s during his initial term in office, Palestine and the fate of the Palestinian people must be given a prominent place. In recent decades, US governments have not only declared their uncompromising fealty to Israel but, to a...

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

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

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...

US Position on Legality of Israeli Settlements Not Good for Peace

US Position on Legality of Israeli Settlements Not Good for Peace

On November 18, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US would no longer view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The decision breaks with a 1978 State Department finding that settlements were “inconsistent with international law.” The new policy is also...

The Delicate Dance of Democracy

The Delicate Dance of Democracy

Amid all the gloom and doom over the slow retreat of democracy, the past few weeks have come as a welcome relief for proponents of the liberal world order. Since the late 2000s, the election of right-wing, xenophobic and authoritarian leaders and the consolidation of power by Vladimir Putin in...

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