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Russian Hypocrisy

Regrettably, Russia has cooled its relations with Israel of late. In the past week, the Russian embassy in Cairo and Russia’s Foreign Ministry have issued hypocritical critiques of Israel. Most recently, Russia’s embassy in Cairo posted a screenshot of a tweet Yair Lapid, the Israeli prime minister and foreign minister, posted in April bemoaning the deaths of […]

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Israel’s Pragmatic Policy Toward The Gaza Strip

On August 8, a day after the conclusion of Operation Breaking Dawn, Israel’s three-day preemptive military campaign against Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid offered its two million Palestinian inhabitants a viable path to peace. In a television address from the headquarters of the Israeli armed forces in Tel Aviv, Lapid […]

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Gaza Explodes Yet Again

It was a case of deja vu all over again. The latest outbreak of cross-border fighting in and around the Gaza Strip petered out in the waning hours of August 7 following a ceasefire brokered by Egypt. The three-day conflict was the most intense round of warfare since the fourth Gaza war in May 2021, which […]

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Ayman Al-Zawahri Was Al Qaeda’s Key Strategist

Ayman al-Zawahri, a jihadist writ large, lived and died by the sword. After assuming the leadership of Al Qaeda following Osama bin Laden’s assassination in 2011, he promised to “terrify” the United States with a spate of terrorist attacks. “Blood for blood,” he boasted in a theatrical video released about a month after American commandos killed […]

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Israel’s Relations With Russia Continue To Deteriorate

Israel’s bilateral relations with Russia have been on a downward spiral since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Amid this somber development, Russia has upgraded its relationship with Iran, Israel’s greatest enemy. Annoyed by Israel’s condemnation of its aggression and Israel’s shipment of humanitarian and non-lethal military supplies to Ukraine, Russia has exerted pressure […]

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Hezbollah May Yet Sabotage Maritime Border Talks

American- sponsored talks aimed at finally resolving Israel’s maritime border with Lebanon have been progressing relatively well since the resumption of mediation efforts by U.S. diplomat Amos Hochstein last month. By his estimation, Lebanon has dropped its demand for part of the Karish natural gas field, which is fully claimed by Israel and is recognized […]

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Biden’s Visit To Israel Exposed Policy Differences

U.S. President Joe Biden’s whirlwind visit to Israel, his tenth in nearly 50 years, was a striking reaffirmation of Israel’s deep bonds with the United States and a stark demonstration of their differences over two major issues. The Jerusalem Declaration, a joint statement issued by Israel and the United States, hailed their strategic partnership and […]

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Biden In the Middle East

U.S. President Joe Biden will confront a daunting array of issues during his whirlwind visit to the Middle East from July 13-16. Biden will spend the first leg of his trip in Israel. There he will meet the caretaker prime minister, Yair Lapid, and his predecessor, Naftali Bennett, who met Biden at the White House […]

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Iran Nuclear Agreement Remains In Limbo

Diplomatic efforts to reboot the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement appear to be at an impasse once again following unsuccessful indirect talks between the United States and Iran in Qatar late last month. European Union mediators conducted the negotiations, which ended in a deadlock after two days and left the agreement, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of […]

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Israel Faces Its Fifth Election In Three Years

Israel’s new prime minister, Yair Lapid, faces a multitude of uncertainties as the country heads toward its fifth election since 2019. Lapid, the leader of the centrist Yesh Atid Party, took over as caretaker prime minister after he and his political partner,  Naftali Bennett, dissolved the 24th Knesset after several crises. Lapid will also continue […]