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Hezbollah’s Arms Buildup In Lebanon

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Hezbollah’s Arms Buildup In Lebanon

As expected, the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon was renewed on August 30 for another year. Renewals have not usually posed serious problems because the presence of peacekeepers in southern Lebanon is in everyone’s interest. That’s understood. This year, however, a potential problem arose. Israel, having complained about Hezbollah’s alarming arms buildup […]

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U.S. Diplomacy Could Well Fail

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U.S. Diplomacy Could Well Fail

U.S. representatives charged with restarting peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and achieving the “ultimate deal” struck a remarkably upbeat note following their trip to the Middle East last week. Why they were so optimistic is most puzzling. Israel and the PA broke off bilateral negotiations three and half years ago after nine […]

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A Punishment That Fits The Crime

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A Punishment That Fits The Crime

On October 11, 2015, Alaa Raed Ahmad Zayoud, an Arab citizen of Israel and a resident of Umm al-Fahm, drove his car into a soldier and gravely injured her. He then stabbed three others in the vicinity, inflicting light to moderate injuries on his victims. The attack took place northeast of the city of Hadera, […]

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A Sobering Lesson For Israel

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A Sobering Lesson For Israel

Israel has learned a sobering lesson from the nearly two week standoff at the Temple Mount: Its sovereignty in East Jerusalem, already widely challenged by the international community, is subject to a panoply of constraints and pressures. Israel possesses sweeping powers in the eastern half of the city, conquered by the Israeli army in the […]

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New Syrian Ceasefire Concerns Israel

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New Syrian Ceasefire Concerns Israel

The new ceasefire in southwestern Syria, brokered recently by the United States, Russia and Jordan, has led to the first public dispute between Israel and the Trump administration. The truce, the culmination of months of negotiations in which Israel was involved, was announced on July 7 following the first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump […]

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The Gaza Strip Remains A Tinderbox

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The Gaza Strip Remains A Tinderbox

Three years years after the eruption of the third Gaza war, the Gaza Strip remains a tinderbox. The Gaza region has been fairly quiet since the end of the war, with relatively little cross-border fighting having broken out, but both sides are acutely aware that a fourth round of hostilities could easily flare up again. […]

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India Fully Normalizes Relations With Israel

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India Fully Normalizes Relations With Israel

It was, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India effusively described it, a “groundbreaking” visit. Modi, the first Indian prime minister to set foot on Israeli soil, was in Israel from July 4-6, visiting Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa and meeting Israeli decision-makers such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, who visited […]

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The Crimes Of Islamic State

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The Crimes Of Islamic State

Three years ago, on July 4, Abu Bakr el-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, ascended a pulpit in Mosul’s historic Al Nuri Grand Mosque and proclaimed himself ruler of its self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria. “I do not promise you, as the kings and rulers promise their followers and congregations, luxury, security and relaxation,” […]

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Israeli Settlements — A Contentious Issue

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Israeli Settlements — A Contentious Issue

Intent on laying the groundwork for a resumption of bilateral peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, U.S. President Donald Trump sent his top Mideast negotiators, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, to Jerusalem and Ramallah last week. Three years after the last round of American-sponsored negotiations broke down in a welter of mutual recriminations, […]

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Impediments To Peace

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Impediments To Peace

If Israel is ever to make peace with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to display a lot more courage and backbone. In recent days, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has reported that Netanyahu was prepared to restart peace talks with the Palestinians, broken off three years ago, in the hope of negotiating a comprehensive […]

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