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Round Two In Gaza

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Round Two In Gaza

Round two of the Palestinians’ March of Return, which took place on April 6, unfolded almost exactly the same as the first one on March 30. Twenty thousand Palestinians Arabs converged on a tent encampment in the Gaza Strip adjacent to Israel’s border fence to protest Israel’s blockade of Gaza and to call for the […]

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Saudi Crown Prince Offers An Olive Branch

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Saudi Crown Prince Offers An Olive Branch

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently surprised and angered millions of Arabs when he implicitly recognized Israel’s existence and indicated that the establishment of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel could be mutually beneficial. Prince Mohammed, the 32-year-old heir to the Saudi throne, made his views known in an interview with The Atlantic while […]

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Gaza’s March of Return

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Gaza’s March of Return

The March of Return, which unfolded on March 30 along Israel’s border fence with the Gaza Strip and resulted in the deaths of 15 Palestinians — the biggest Palestinian death toll in a single day since the 2014 Gaza war — was exploited by Hamas to exert diplomatic pressure on Israel and to highlight the […]

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A Warning To be Heeded

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A Warning To be Heeded

When people like Ronald Lauder publicly worry about the political and social direction in which Israel is heading, it is high time for Israeli leaders, especially Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to pause and take stock. On March 18, The New York Times published a thoughtful op-ed piece by Lauder, the president of the World Jewish […]

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Israel Rebuilding Bilateral Relations With Jordan

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Israel Rebuilding Bilateral Relations With Jordan

Israel’s embassy in Jordan — one of only two Arab countries with which Israel has diplomatic relations —  still remains closed, eight months after the Israeli ambassador and her staff fled Amman following an eruption of shooting during which two Jordanians were killed. This incident brought Israel’s important relationship with Jordan to a virtual standstill […]

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Canada In Ramallah

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Canada In Ramallah

Canada’s only overseas “representative office” is located in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the administrative capital of the Palestinian Authority, and is headed by a Canadian diplomat who joined the Department of External Affairs 31 years ago. Douglas Scott Proudfoot, the Representative of Canada to the PA, has been in charge of the Representative […]

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Gaza’s Humanitarian Crisis

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Gaza’s Humanitarian Crisis

The Gaza Strip, governed by Hamas since its election victory in 2006, may yet drag Israel into another war. Last month, Israel’s chief of staff, General Gadi Eisenkot, warned the Israeli cabinet that deteriorating humanitarian and economic conditions in Gaza — electricity, water and food shortages — are driving Israel and Hamas toward armed conflict […]

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Israel And Lebanon At Odds Over Three Issues

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Israel And Lebanon At Odds Over Three Issues

Israel and its northern neighbor, Lebanon, are embroiled in three disputes that could spill over into violence. On February 12, Lebanese President Michel Aoun warned they could yet trigger a war. Despite the gravity of the situation, major newspapers in North America have virtually ignored the brewing tensions, possibly because they were overshadowed by a sudden […]

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Netanyahu Should Step Down

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Netanyahu Should Step Down

Benjamin Netanyahu, serving his fourth term since first being elected prime minister in 1996, is on course to set an Israeli record for political longevity. If he’s still managing Israel’s affairs of state in July 2019, he will surpass David Ben-Gurion in terms of time served in this position. Netanyahu also may be cruising toward […]

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Russia’s High-Wire Balancing Act In Syria

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Russia’s High-Wire Balancing Act In Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to balance Russia’s conflicting interests in war-ravaged Syria. It’s a devilishly difficult exercise that requires nerves of steel and formidable diplomatic skills. Putin’s competency was put to the test on February 10, following a series of deadly clashes during which Israel downed an Iranian drone in its territory, attacked an […]

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