Is There a Future For Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations?

December 21, 2015

After two failures by the Obama administration to broker peace, will the Israelis and Palestinians go back to the bargaining table? In early December, US Secretary of State John Kerry issued a stark warning to the leaderships of Israel and Palestine on the urgency of resuming face-to-face...

Religious Warfare in Jerusalem… and It’s Getting Dangerous

October 25, 2015

With yet more unrest between Palestinians and Israelis, both sides are stuck in limbo, says Josef Olmert. Alphonse de Lamartine, a 19th century intellectual, politician and a noted scholar of the Middle East, said the French Revolution of 1848 occurred because his countrymen “were...

Steering Clear of Sordid Realism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

October 22, 2015

Despite Washington’s move toward détente with Iran, other regional conflicts—especially in Israel-Palestine, where an “intifada of knives” is underway—are looking as volatile as ever. In his new film, Taxi, Iranian director Jafar Panahi is having a conversation with his young niece....

Storm Clouds Over Jerusalem: International Initiative Needed Now

October 22, 2015

With Netanyahu and Abbas in charge, it is clear that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be generated from within. It’s been over three weeks since the current round of Israeli-Palestinian violence began. Fifty two Palestinians and eight Israelis have been killed, so far, and...

Palestinians Must Launch a Third Intifada, But Not Against Israel

May 02, 2015

After a failed statehood bid at the UN, the tragic Gaza debacle and Netanyahu’s re-election, what now for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza? First, there was the disastrous Gaza campaign launched last August by Hamas against Israel. That resulted in the deaths of more than 2,000 Gazans...

The Case for War and Peace in the Middle East

August 20, 2014

The latest violence in Gaza could lead to a positive outcome, if all sides are willing to make painful compromises. The confrontation between Israel and Hamas in Gaza again raises the nagging question of how to settle the Middle East’s most enduring conflict. As Israelis, Palestinians...

Who Wins and Who Loses in Gaza?

July 30, 2014

It is important to look ahead at the possible consequences of the current round of violence between Israel and Hamas. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is likely to lose the trust of his Palestinian constituency, and possibly Israeli lawmakers, while Hamas will not only emerge...

Middle East Conflict: Need for Credible Mediator

July 27, 2014

The need for a credible, universally-accepted mediator between Israelis and Palestinians has never been greater. Amid the death and destruction raining down on the Gaza Strip, there is a sliver of hope. Seldom have the makings for a mutually-agreed long-term arrangement — which would give both...

Time for a Shift in the Middle East Peace Paradigm

July 24, 2014

Israelis and Palestinians must dramatically overhaul their approach to reaching peace. As we gaze in frustration and helpless shock on yet another fruitless and tragic confrontation between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, it is important to consider not only the internal Israeli-Palestinian dynamic,...

Israeli Settlements: Violation of International Law or Rightful Return?

May 25, 2014

Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory are one of the most crucial issues in the conflict. Background Immigration, population transfer and the control of land have been core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the arrival of the first Zionist settlers in the late 1800s....

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