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Israel’s Labor Party Moves Rightward

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Israel’s Labor Party Moves Rightward

Israel’s next general election is about two years away, but the newly elected leader of the center-left Labor Party, Avi Gabbay, is already maneuvering for advantage. Gabbay, who was elected to his post in July, has moved the Labor Party rightward in the hope of siphoning votes away from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud […]

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Kurdish Gambit For Statehood Fizzles

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Kurdish Gambit For Statehood Fizzles

Massoud Barzani, the longtime president of the semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq, announced his resignation on October 29 in a tacit acknowledgement that his historic gambit for Kurdish statehood had failed spectacularly. In the face of Iraqi and regional animosity, Barzani — the head of the Kurdish Democratic Party — went ahead with […]

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Retired Israeli General Calls for A Two-State Solution

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Retired Israeli General Calls for A Two-State Solution

Conditions are not yet ripe for Israel and the Palestinians to negotiate a peace agreement, but in the meantime, the Israeli government should adopt pragmatic measures to ensure that final-status talks will be possible in the future, says Amnon Reshef, the founder of Commanders for Israel’s Security, a non-partisan Israeli organization that promotes a two-state […]

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The Complex Battlefield In Syria

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The Complex Battlefield In Syria

The recent fall of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa is one more indicator that the days of the Islamic State’s caliphate in Syria are numbered. Raqqa, its self-proclaimed capital since 2014, was captured by U.S.-backed Arab and Kurdish forces on October 17 after four months of intense battles, which reduced much of it to rubble […]

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Donald Trump May Be Playing With Fire

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Donald Trump May Be Playing With Fire

President Donald Trump’s risky decision on October 13 not to certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement raises several troubling questions. Is he recklessly playing with fire by jeopardizing an accord that placed strict and verifiable limits on Iran’s budding nuclear program? Is he giving Iran a pretext to resume its quest for a nuclear arsenal? […]

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Palestinians Reconcile Yet Again

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Palestinians Reconcile Yet Again

The Palestinians have signed yet another reconciliation agreement, but will it last? In the past decade, the two rival factions of the Palestinian national movement, Fatah and Hamas, have reached multiple unity agreements, only to see them dissolve in mutual acrimony within weeks or months. Can the latest one, brokered by Egypt’s General Intelligence Service […]

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The Land Is Full

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The Land Is Full

Israel is emerging as the most crowded country in the Western world, according to one of its leading environmentalists. “The elephant in the room is over-population,” says Alon Tal, the former chairman of Israel’s Green Party and the founder of the Israeli Union for Environmental Defence and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Tal, the […]

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The Kurds Deserve Statehood

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The Kurds Deserve Statehood

Kurdish independence is long overdue, as U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (New York) declared the other day in hailing the outcome of the September 25th referendum on Kurdish independence in the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq. As he put it, “The historic vote in Iraqi Kurdistan should be recognized and respected by the world, and the Kurdish […]

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U.S. Ambassador To Israel Stirs Controversy

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U.S. Ambassador To Israel Stirs Controversy

David Friedman, the new U.S. ambassador to Israel, has been shooting off his mouth again, issuing statements at odds with American policy. An outspoken supporter of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, he recently claimed that “settlements are a part of Israel,” a loaded comment that surely embarrasses the United States. “I think that was […]

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Trump Could Walk Away From The Iran Nuclear Accord

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Trump Could Walk Away From The Iran Nuclear Accord

The Iran nuclear agreement, the object of Donald Trump’s withering wrath, could well be in jeopardy. The U.S. president has denigrated the accord, signed by Iran and six major powers in Geneva in the summer of 2015, as “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen.” Furthermore, he has threatened to abandon it unless it is […]

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