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Israel’s Nationality Law Should Be Amended

Israel’s discriminatory Nation State Law, or Nationality Law, needs to be drastically amended or replaced with equitable legislation that pays due respect to its Arab and Druze citizens, who comprise one-fifth of its population. Passed in July 2018 at the initiation of Israel’s former prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, this controversial law is weighed heavily in […]

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A Needless Provocation

Israeli Public Security Minister Omer Barlev recently announced that the Jerusalem Day Flag March, an event celebrated annually by right-wing secular and religious nationalists marking Israel’s conquest of East Jerusalem during the Six Day War, will take place as usual on May 29. In accordance with Barlev’s plan, the marchers will enter the Muslim Quarter […]

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Hezbollah Loses Ground In Lebanon’s Election

Hezbollah and its allies lost their parliamentary majority in Lebanon’s May 15 election, but Hezbollah remains a potent and potentially destabilizing force in Lebanese politics as well as a major threat to Israel. Four years after the last election, Hezbollah, backed by Iran and largely supported by the Lebanese Shi’a population, managed to regain its […]

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Israel’s Relations With Russia Grow Tense

On May 13, in what may have been a significant shift in Russia’s policy, Russian forces manning an S-300 air defence system opened fire on Israeli aircraft striking targets in northwestern Syria. The Israeli jets had just bombed an Iranian base in the Masyaf area when the Russians let loose with a barrage of missiles, […]

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Israel Deepens Its Occupation Of The West Bank

A few days ago, Israel took yet another step to consolidate its problematic occupation of the West Bank. On May 12, the Ministry of Defence advanced plans to build 4,427 new homes in Jewish settlements there. In addition, the ministry retroactively legalized two unauthorized outposts, Mitzpeh Dani and Oz V’gaon. It also approved a plan to […]

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Israel’s Bitter Conflict With Hamas Escalates

Hamas, the governing authority in the Gaza Strip for the past 16 years, has escalated its bitter conflict with Israel beyond Gaza’s borders. This is a provocative and potentially dangerous development that bodes well neither for Israel nor Hamas. Since last May’s cross-border war in and around Gaza, the fourth in 13 years, Hamas has […]

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Iran’s Descent Into Antisemitism

The Islamic Republic of Iran continually differentiates between “Jews” and “Zionists” in its insidious campaign to defame and delegitimize the Jewish state of Israel. In Islamic tradition, Jews are designated as the People of the Book and are therefore theoretically the objects of tolerance and respect. In practice, however, this is not necessarily true, judging by a […]

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Ayman Odeh’s Unsurprising Controversial Remark

Ayman Odeh, the leader of the Joint List, a coalition of three Arab political parties with six seats in Israel’s parliament, ignited outrage recently when he posted a video on his Facebook page urging Israeli Arabs in the security forces not to serve in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Standing near the Damascus […]

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Israel’s Normalization With The United Arab Emirates — A Model Of Its Kind

Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed a free trade agreement earlier this month, Israel’s first with an Arab nation. The landmark accord, signed in Jerusalem on April 1, was hailed as a “significant and historic milestone” by the co-signer, Israeli Economy Minister Orna Barbivai. It emerged after five months of negotiations and nearly two […]

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Coalition Crisis Strikes Israel Amid A Wave Of Terrorism

Ten months after being appointed to the highest office in the land, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s eight-party coalition government is wobbling and living on borrowed time, having lost its wafer-thin majority in parliament at a fraught moment when Israel is coping with an upsurge of terrorism. Since March 22, 12 Israelis and two foreign workers, […]