Ben Birnbaum

John Kerry faced nearly universal skepticism when he set out to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table after five years of shuttle diplomacy.

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Netanyahu Could Save the Two-State Solution

His political future might depend on it

His political future might depend on it.

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"It's Just a Matter of Time"

A conversation with former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert about the two-state solution

A conversation with former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert about the two-state solution.

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The End of the Two-State Solution

Why the window is closing on Middle-East peace

We're on the cusp of a generational shift that will make the dream of peace not just implausible but impossible.

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The biggest loser? The peace process.

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What could still go wrong for Israel's prime minister.

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The prime minister will still win the election but could have trouble forming a new coalition.

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The former foreign minister returns to politics by forming a new centrist party.

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Pundits in Israel are still struggling to make sense of Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s surprise announcement yesterday that, at age 70, he is retiring from politics. The move, like Barak’s January 2011 decision to leave Labor and start his own political party, caught everyone off guard.

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The Visionary

If you were to pinpoint one moment when it looked as if things just might work out for Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian prime minister, it would probably be February 2, 2010. That day, Fayyad addressed the annual Herzliya Conference, a sort of Israeli version of Davos featuring high-powered policymakers and intellectuals. It is not a typical speaking venue for Palestinians; yet Fayyad was warmly received.

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