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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 […]

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Israel And Iran Clash In Undeclared Maritime War

Israel is carefully considering its options following the latest attack by Iran on a cargo ship plying the waters of the Middle East. The Israeli government can opt for diplomacy, armed conflict or the status quo to deal with this serious and recurring problem. The Mercer Street, a 600-foot-long oil tanker, was attacked on July 29 […]

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Lebanon’s President Is Out Of Touch With Reality

Lebanese President Michel Aoun is incredibly out of touch with reality. Judging by the comments he made on August 5, following a sudden escalation of tension on Israel’s border with Lebanon, one can only conclude that he inhabits a surreal, topsy-turvy world. On August 4, Palestinian forces in Lebanon fired three rockets at Israel. One […]

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Israeli Air Raids In Syria Trigger Tension With Russia Yet Again

Is Russia running out of patience with Israel’s ongoing air campaign in Syria? Is Russia planning to curb them? These questions bubbled to the surface late last month after two related developments. First, the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, citing a “well-informed” Russian source, claimed that Russia is planning a shift in its current policy […]

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Lebanon Lurches From One Crisis To The Next

Lebanon was once a shining star in a dark constellation, a thriving democracy in an Arab sea of autocracy, but today it is little more than an increasingly dysfunctional state lurching from one crisis to the next. Almost a year ago after a massive and mysterious explosion in the port of Beirut killed more than […]