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The Oslo Peace Process 25 Years On

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The Oslo Peace Process 25 Years On

Twenty five years after it was signed in Washington, D.C. by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat, the Oslo peace accord has crumbled and ground to a complete halt. Widely regarded as a diplomatic breakthrough signifying the beginning of the end of Israel’s protracted conflict with the Palestinians, it aroused great […]

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Netanyahu’s Petty Act Of Petulance

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Netanyahu’s Petty Act Of Petulance

In what can only be described as a petty act of petulance, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently recalled Israel’s ambassador in Paraguay and closed the Israeli embassy in Asuncion. He made these rash decisions after Paraguay, in a dramatic reversal, moved its embassy in Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv. “Israel views with the utmost gravity the […]

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Trump’s Peace Plan May Never See The Light Of Day

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Trump’s Peace Plan May Never See The Light Of Day

U.S. President Donald Trump’s much-vaunted Middle East peace plan, the “ultimate deal” to resolve Israel’s protracted conflict with the Palestinians, was supposed to be unveiled this summer. Keenly aware of this timeline, Trump’s representatives in charge of the peace process, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, began distributing a draft of the proposal. They may have […]

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U.S. Alters Policy Toward Palestinian Refugees

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U.S. Alters Policy Toward Palestinian Refugees

The United States has altered its view of the Palestinian refugee problem, which goes to the core of Israel’s protracted, often bloody conflict with the Palestinians. The shift marks a significant break with U.S. policy and may yet affect ordinary Palestinians and the willingness of the Palestinian Authority to engage in peace talks with Israel. […]

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Remembering Israeli Iconoclast Uri Avnery

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Remembering Israeli Iconoclast Uri Avnery

Thirty one years ago, on a bright sunny afternoon in Tel Aviv during the first week of December and only days before the first Palestinian uprising broke out, I found myself in the presence of one of Israel’s most iconoclastic and idealistic figures, Uri Avnery. Avnery, who died on August 20 at the age of […]

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No Easing Of U.S.-Iran Tensions Expected

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No Easing Of U.S.-Iran Tensions Expected

Can the nearly four-decade-long enmity between the United States and Iran be eased? That’s the big question following U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent announcement of his willingness to confer with Iran’s leaders. “I would certainly meet with Iran if they’re ready to meet,” he said during a White House press conference at the end of […]

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Iran In Syria — The Focus Of International Talks

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Iran In Syria — The Focus Of International Talks

Iran’s brash and threatening attempt to establish a military foothold in Syria, its most important Arab ally, has concentrated minds in world capitals. In recent weeks, this topic has topped the agenda in high-level talks between Israel and Russia, Iran and Russia and the United States and Russia. It’s clearly one of the most important unresolved […]

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Israel’s Nation-State Bill Should Be Revised

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Israel’s Nation-State Bill Should Be Revised

On July 24, just days after the Knesset passed legislation officially defining “the land of Israel” as “the historical homeland of the Jewish people” and “the State of Israel as the national home of the Jewish people,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan went ballistic. Responding to the nation-state bill,” Erdogan warned it would cause “blood, […]

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Israel’s “Exceptional Humanitarian Gesture”

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Israel’s “Exceptional Humanitarian Gesture”

Good- news stories rarely emerge from the Middle East these days. Syria is bogged down in a civil war that has cost the country very dearly, and Israel is bombing Iranian bases there. Israel and Hamas are fighting again and might yet go to war for the fourth time in a decade. Iran, Israel’s chief […]

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The Bone In Israel’s Throat

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The Bone In Israel’s Throat

Israel withdrew unilaterally from the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2005, but 13 years on Gaza remains a tinderbox and a bone in Israel’s throat. Israel had hoped that its pullout from Gaza, conceived and implemented by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, would bring a measure of prosperity to its generally impoverished Palestinian inhabitants and […]

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