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Normalization And Annexation — A Clash Of Ideas

The United Arab Emirates, a conservative, pro-American Arab state, regards Israel as a potential partner, but its willingness to establish formal diplomatic relations with it is constrained by one overwhelming obstacle, the Arab-Israeli dispute. A federation of seven emirates, including Dubai, the UAE has cozied up to Israel in recent years. Two factors account for … Read More

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Annexation — A Disastrous Choice For Israel

As Israel mulls the possibility of unilaterally annexing parts of the West Bank, a process that was short-sightedly sanctioned by President Donald Trump under his misbegotten Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, Israel’s friends in the United States are warning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he should seriously reconsider the matter. A few days ago, three of its … Read More

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Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan Lacks Credibility

The European Union, having rejected President Donald Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, recently invited the United States to seriously consider its own peace proposal. One can safely assume that the Trump administration is not in the least interested. Nonetheless, the U.S. should take a long, hard look at the European proposal, which conforms to internationally agreed … Read More

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Palestinian Terrorist Should Be Extradited

Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi, a resident of Jordan, should be extradited to the United States to face justice for having planned and implemented one of the most atrocious attacks ever mounted by Palestinian terrorists in Israel. The Trump administration is reportedly weighing “all options”  to decide whether it should exert pressure on King Abdullah II … Read More

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Israel’s Supreme Court Strikes Down An Unjust Law

By an overwhelming margin of 8-1, Israel’s Supreme Court on June 9 wisely struck down a misbegotten law that would have enabled the Israeli government to expropriate privately-owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank at its convenience and pleasure. The justices ruled that the Regulation Law, passed by the Knesset in 2017 by a … Read More

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Pressure Is Mounting On Netanyahu To Cancel Annexation

International and regional pressure is building on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to walk back his controversial plan to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank. On June 12, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the United States, Yousef al-Otaiba, in an op-ed piece for the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, warned Israel that unilateral … Read More

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Netanyahu’s Annexation Plan Runs Into Turbulence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently voiced optimism that his proposal to annex the Jordan Valley and Jewish settlements and outposts in the West Bank was virtually a fait accompli. Expressing confidence that the United States would recognize his plan, which would give Israel a permanent eastern border for the first time in its history, … Read More

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Security Cooperation Is At Risk

Israel’s decision to annex the Jordan Valley later this year has drawn widespread condemnation, particularly in the Middle East. The Arab League has said that annexation would be considered a “new war crime.” King Abdullah of Jordan has warned it would lead to a “massive conflict” with his country, while Jordanian Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz has … Read More

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A Jewish Terrorist Pays The Price

On July 31, 2015, an Israeli settler in the West Bank named Amiram Ben-Uliel walked into the Palestinian village of Duma under the cover of night and proceeded to carry out a macabre  plan. Intent on seeking vigilante vengeance against Palestinians for the fatal driveby shooting of Israeli civilian Malachy Rosenfeld one  month earlier, Ben-Uliel, … Read More

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The State Of Israel Vs. Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel finds itself in uncharted territory. For the first time in its history, Israel faces an unprecedented situation in which the state is pressing criminal charges against an incumbent prime minister. On May 24, Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in the Jerusalem District Court, charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Much to his chagrin, he … Read More