The Great Debate

The real reason nobody minds that American money deeply influences Israeli politics

February 27, 2015
Israel's PM Netanyahu speaks at a conference, launching the Likud party's campaign in Russian, at Bar Ilan University near Tel Aviv

Irael’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a conference launching the Likud Party’s campaign in Russian, at Bar Ilan University near Tel Aviv, February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Israel’s dangerous new game playing out in Washington’s corridors of power

January 27, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in Washington

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Barack Obama (R) speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, October 1, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu in the top 10 most admired in U.S. Why?

January 9, 2015

Vladimir Putin rides with enthusiasts during his visit to a bike festival in the southern Russian city of Novorossiisk

When Gallup issued its annual poll of the men Americans most admired in 2014, it featured two improbable names at No. 10: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. All things considered, 2014 wasn’t a terribly good year for either.

Why the Palestinian Authority may never take Israel to court

January 6, 2015

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he speaks during the opening ceremony of "Jerusalem in Memory" exhibition in the West Bank city of Ramallah

The Palestinian Authority has finally applied to join the International Criminal Court, after months of threatening to do so. But will the PA use the court to hold Israel to account for potential war crimes?

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The problem(s) with Israel

November 20, 2014

Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Jews carry the body of Rabbi Mosheh Twersky onto a vehicle during his funeral in Jerusalem

Israel had grown accustomed to an absence of terrorist attacks in its cities: so the bloody murder of four worshippers and wounding of eight more at a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday was a shock. It illuminates the fragile, fractious state of the country, including the fact that the cabinet is riven, and may collapse soon.

A one-state solution: Israel’s settlements aren’t going away

November 13, 2014

Jewish youth hold Israeli flags at the beginning of a rally march in the West Bank settlement of Itamar, near Nablus

Bursts of Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, once the subject of intense news coverage, have become almost routine.

Israel’s prime minister is obsessed with Iran. The rest of Israel? Not so much.

October 2, 2014

Israel's PM Netanyahu addresses the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York

For Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran and the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, are essentially the same thing.

Israel appropriated 1,000 acres of the West Bank. Why now?

September 8, 2014


Last week, Israel announced that it was appropriating nearly 1,000 acres of private Palestinian land near Bethlehem. The seizure, which one anti-settlement group called the largest in 30 years, was condemned by Palestinians, the United Nations, and criticized by the United States.

Peace may be the true threat to Hamas, Israel’s leaders

August 18, 2014

Relatives of a Palestinian woman, who medics said was killed in an Israeli air strike, mourn during her funeral in Khan Younis

It’s time to wonder whether Israel and Palestine will ever be able to move out of the moral abyss into which they’ve plunged themselves, and address the threat of peace.

The war in Gaza threatens Egypt too

July 22, 2014

A Palestinian woman wearing clothes stained with the blood of other relatives, who medics said were wounded in Israeli shelling, cries at a hospital in Gaza City

Cairo’s efforts to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, according to conventional wisdom, have largely been dictated by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s animosity toward Hamas. After all, Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Sisi’s government has declared a terrorist organization and regards as a serious threat.