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The Iron Dome and Progressive Democrats

Progressives in the Democratic Party in the United States are turning out to be a real thorn in Israel’s side. In the past few years, this pro-Palestinian group has lambasted Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and denounced Israel as an apartheid state. Of late, they have escalated their campaign by trying to deny military aid […]

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Naftali Bennett Hews To The Status Quo

With a little more than 100 days having elapsed since he succeeded Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s prime minister, Naftali Bennett has hewed to the status quo with respect to two major interrelated issues — the Palestinians and Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Bennett leads an extremely diverse coalition consisting of eight of the 13 […]

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The Abraham Accords One Year On

A few days ago, at a Zoom event marking the first anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House in Washington, D.C., Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid invited yet more Arab nations to normalize relations with Israel. “The Abraham Accords club is open for new members as well,” said Lapid in […]

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Israel’s Relations With Egypt Are Improving

Judging by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s meeting yesterday with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi in the Sinai Peninsula resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, Israel’s mercurial relations with Egypt are improving. Describing it as an “important and very good meeting,” Bennett said it “laid the foundation for deep ties” in the future. He did not elaborate, but the […]

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Israel May Be Turning A New Page With The Palestinians

Judging by Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on August 29, Israel may well be turning a new page in its often troubled and tumultuous relationship with the Palestinians. In the first high-level face-to-face between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in 12 years, they discussed a wide range […]

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Iran Dominates Bennett’s Discussion With Biden

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, in his first direct meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House on August 27, predictably advanced a hardline approach toward Israel’s most deadly enemy, Iran. Like his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bennett tried to convince Biden that the best way forward is to impose a credible military threat […]

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Two Issues Will Dominate Bennett’s Meeting With Biden

A little more than two months after succeeding Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister, Naftali Bennett will have his first opportunity to meet U.S. President Joe Biden. They will confer at the White House on August 26. Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, said the visit would “strengthen the enduring partnership between the United States and Israel, reflect […]

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Hamas Committed War Crimes Yet Again

A report released by Human Rights Watch on August 12 reinforces the widely-held perception/belief that Hamas committed war crimes during the Gaza border war with Israel this past May. Hamas, the governing authority in the Gaza Strip since 2006, fired 4,360 unguided rockets and mortars at Israel during the hostilities. Ninety percent were downed by […]

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Israel’s Ties With Morocco Lift Off

Israel’s relationship with Morocco is growing. Israel renewed bilateral relations with Morocco last December, following its normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan, all of which were brokered by the United States. The Israeli government initially compared its rapprochement with Morocco with that of the United Arab Emirates or Bahrain.  Morocco, however, presented the […]

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Israel’s Relations With The United Arab Emirates Are Thriving

“This is an important milestone in Arab-Israeli relations,” said Anwar Gargash, the then United Arab Emirates’ minister of state for foreign affairs, last August, just a day after Israel and the UAE reached a historic normalization agreement. He was absolutely right. Israel’s accord with the UAE, its third peace treaty with an Arab state in […]