Ben Birnbaum

Ariel Sharon, 1928-2014

He ultimately confronted the right wing. Will Netanyahu do the same?

Peace in Israel will depend on whether Netanyahu is prepared to follow in Sharon’s footsteps.

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Uncertain about the deal they struck in Geneva? Compare it to a scenario in which they achieved nothing.

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On Friday morning, as Iran appeared to be on the verge of a preliminary deal over its nuclear program with the P5+1, John Kerry flew to Israel to brief Benjamin Netanyahu on the details of the talks. According to Ha’aretz, the two were both supposed to present statements to the media, but in light of the developing rift between Israel and the U.S. on the issue, Kerry decided to skip his. The prime minister went ahead.

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It was a busy day in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, with John Kerry shuttling between Jerusalem and the West Bank to avert a full-blown crisis in the negotiations.

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The Ted Cruz of Israel

Danny Danon is driving Bibi—and just about everyone else—crazy

Danny Danon is Driving Bibi—and Just About Everyone Else—Crazy

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"Israel Doesn’t Need America on D-Day"

A leading voice of restraint is starting to worry about Iran

"I supported [Netanyahu and Barak] on the notion that if we come to the fork in the road [on Iran], where we have to choose between very tough alternatives—the ‘bomb’ or the ‘bombing’—I’m with the prime minister, for the bombing,” former Israeli defense-intelligence chief Amos Yadlin told me on a recent evening on the porch of his home in the small town of Carmay Yosef. It was a bold statement coming from a man who in 2010 reportedly helped persuade Netanyahu and then-Defense Minister Ehud Barak not to strike Iran.

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The Israeli Prime Minister has stopped mentioning Jerusalem. This could be huge for peace.

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John Kerry’s accidental diplomacy may have saved President Obama in Washington, but here in Israel, the White House’s indecisiveness of the last few weeks will cast a long shadow. Israel has kept a low profile in the Syrian civil war, launching anonymous strikes periodically to prevent the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah, but otherwise keeping mum—and with good reason.

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The four issues that will determine an Israeli-Palestinian deal.

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A Socialist Woman Could Dethrone Netanyahu

Four ways Shelly Yacimovich could become Israel's next prime minister

Four ways Shelly Yacimovich could become Israel's next prime minister.

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