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Israel And The Palestinians Not Ready For Peace

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Israel And The Palestinians Not Ready For Peace

Neither Israel nor the Palestinians are ready to engage in full-fledged peace talks, but in the meantime, the Israeli government should implement a series of unilateral interim measures to preserve the option of a two-state solution, Michael Koplow, the policy director of the U.S.-based Israel Policy Forum, told a luncheon in Toronto on May 17 hosted […]

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Turkey And The U.S. Agree To Disagree

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Turkey And The U.S. Agree To Disagree

Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdogan conferred at the White House on May 16 to discuss what is surely the most contentious irritant in the prickly U.S.-Turkish bilateral relationship — the arming of Syrian Kurdish rebels by the United States. Turkey, a key U.S. ally and a member of NATO that shares a volatile border […]

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Islamic State Resorts To Chemical Weapons

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Islamic State Resorts To Chemical Weapons

Islamic State, the jihadist organization whose fighters are under currently siege in the Iraqi and Syrian cities of Mosul and Raqqa, has repeatedly broken international norms and conventions since it established a caliphate in 2014. IS has imposed a reign of terror on captive populations, harassed and persecuted Christian and Yazidi minorities and plundered priceless […]

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Long On Rhetoric, Short On Substance

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Long On Rhetoric, Short On Substance

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House on May 3 to discuss the prospects of settling the intractable Arab-Israeli conflict, but their talks were little more than a photo op. Abbas arrived in the United States two and a half months after Trump conferred with Israeli Prime Minister […]

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The Limits Of Hamas’ Pragmatism

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The Limits Of Hamas’ Pragmatism

On May 1, Hamas — the Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist group that has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007 — released a new document of principles aimed at softening its extremist image and presenting itself as a pragmatic organization grounded in realism. It was a step in the right direction, but it was only a baby […]

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German Foreign Minister Breaks The Silence

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German Foreign Minister Breaks The Silence

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to snub German Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel during his visit to Israel this week was impolitic. How wise was it to boycott an important dignitary from a country that has special and unique ties with Israel? Certainly, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin did not make the same mistake, choosing […]

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Pie-In-The-Sky Peace Plan

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Pie-In-The-Sky Peace Plan

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz recently unveiled a Middle East peace plan predicated on two practical public works projects. He claims they can be “game changers” in terms of Israel’s future relationship with the Palestinians and neighbouring Arab countries. Katz’s proposal, while innovative, suffers from a fatal flaw. Katz wants to build a seaport on […]

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Russia Reinforces Its Alliance With Syria

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Russia Reinforces Its Alliance With Syria

Russia, Syria’s chief ally and protector, faced a moment of truth following last week’s military strike and counter-strike in the Middle East. On April 6, the United States fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles into a Syrian air force base in retaliation for a bombing raid launched by Syria on April 4 that killed 87 civilians in […]

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Palestinian School Texts Poison Minds

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Palestinian School Texts Poison Minds

The Palestinian Authority, led by President Mahmoud Abbas, keeps harping on its intention to end the Palestinians’ protracted dispute with Israel through a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 border and land swaps. Abbas’ assertions are a bold repudiation of the Israeli government’s flimsy claim that the PA is not a negotiating partner. This line […]

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Trump Turns Against Assad

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Trump Turns Against Assad

The burning question following the United States’ cruise missile strike against the Al Shayrat air force base in Syria on April 6 is whether the Trump administration has fundamentally changed its policy toward the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Less than a week before two U.S. destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea fired 59 […]

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