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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...

Israel Secretly Surveils Donald Trump

Israel Secretly Surveils Donald Trump

Perhaps the most surprising news story of the past week was Politico’s revelation that Israel had successfully planted cellphone surveillance devices in strategic locations close to the White House. The purpose was to monitor the thinking and decision-making of US President Donald Trump, despite...

Can Benjamin Netanyahu Be Defeated?

Can Benjamin Netanyahu Be Defeated?

There is barely a week left until the most fateful elections in Israeli history. Will we continue down the road toward joining the troubled illiberal democracies that are proliferating around the world, like Viktor Orban’s Hungary, Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil, Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippines,...

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Struggle with Time

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Struggle with Time

Before the courts decide whether Benjamin Netanyahu will have to do time for corruption and fraud, the Israeli president has mercifully given him “more time” to build a coalition for a new government. Following the very close outcome of Israel’s recent election that gave no party a...

Clash of Old and New Complicates Middle East Peace

Clash of Old and New Complicates Middle East Peace

Settlements and recognizing Israel as a Jewish state are symbolic of the distrust between Israelis and Palestinians. The older of these two challenges resurfaced only recently in the now “suspended” negotiations between the two sides but, in fact, has been at the core of Israeli aspirations...

Jewish Settlements and the Peace Talks (Part 1/2)

Jewish Settlements and the Peace Talks (Part 1/2)

In order to solve the issue of Jewish settlements, the primacy of the narrative has to be overcome. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a multi-faceted and historically protracted conflict, the origins of which can be traced back to the late 19th century. It can be argued that such a complicated...

Middle East Peace Only Gets Harder

Middle East Peace Only Gets Harder

Circumstances for reaching peace are significantly more complicated than ever. In fact, the environment today may be the worst in the entire history of the 65-year conflict, and certainly more so than the high-water mark of the 1993 Oslo Accords or even the ill-fated 2007-2008 negotiations between...

US-Iran Relations: Changing the Discourse

US-Iran Relations: Changing the Discourse

The time is ripe for restructuring American discourse on Iran. The landmark interim accord between the P5+1 and Iran has generated a storm of speculation. Critics have voiced outrage, echoing Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s claim that the agreement marks a “historic...

The Iran Deal: Real Progress or a Historic Mistake?

The Iran Deal: Real Progress or a Historic Mistake?

The nuclear deal has to be seen by its wider regional context. Background In the early hours of November 24, 2013, Iran and the P5+1 countries – the US, UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany – signed an interim agreement for six months on Iran’s nuclear program. Ever since the...

A Victory for the Israeli Occupation

A Victory for the Israeli Occupation

The real winner of the recent parliamentary elections is the Israeli military occupation of Palestine, argues Bilal Ahmed. The Israeli elections on January 22, 2013 have surprised many analysts. Results point to a polarized electorate, with the Knesset split between centre-left and right-wing...

How to Understand the Israeli Elections

How to Understand the Israeli Elections

Following Israel's elections, Josef Olmert, former Israeli peace negotiator and advisor to Yitzhak Shamir, discusses the role of Israeli-Arabs, right and left wing parties, Netanyahu, and Yair Lapid. It is arguably the case that Israeli politics, including Israeli parliamentary elections,...

Israelis Voted for Change and a Normal Life

Israelis Voted for Change and a Normal Life

The Israeli people voted for change and a normal life. An end to the occupation over the Palestinians and peace with their neighbors is a key to the possibility of living that normal life, argues Hillel Schenker. There is definitely an atmosphere of hope and possible change in the Israeli air,...

Testing Times for Netanyahu

Testing Times for Netanyahu

The 19th Israeli parliamentary election takes place today, while opinion polls indicate the possible re-election of incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Regardless of the outcome, there are several simmering issues the winner will have to address upon assumption of the office. By...

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