Yossi Klein Halevi
I Have Two Nightmares About a Palestinian State
August 27, 2014
That there won't be one—and that there will be one.
Israel's Freakout, Explained
November 25, 2013
Israelis worry, again, whether Obama's presidency has made them less safe
Forty years ago this month, at the end of the Yom Kippur War, Israel found itself in a precarious position, confronting increasing Arab strength and hostilities from countries from afar.
Obama's Big Israel Breakthrough
March 21, 2013
Barack Obama came to Jerusalem to win over the Israeli people, and with a single speech he did.
How Obama Can Learn to Speak Israeli
March 20, 2013
If Obama presents a "yes we can" approach to peace, Israelis will tune him out.
Who Won Israel's Latest War?
November 21, 2012
There is a measure of thanksgiving, or at least relief, in the land of Israel. With the ceasefire, Israelis are grateful that their young men waiting on the border—and almost everyone has a husband, son, brother, friend among those 70,000 reservists—will be spared the horrors of fighting in Gaza. They are grateful that the civilians in southern Israel can now emerge from their shelters.
War, and Israel’s Quixotic Search For Normalcy
November 16, 2012
The latest eruption in Gaza has returned Israel to the exceptional reality of old.
Why Israel Still Can’t Trust That Obama Has Its Back
March 07, 2012
When the President of the United States repeatedly says he’s got your back, and in precisely those words, what more can you ask for? Yet as I read Obama’s interview with Jeff Goldberg in The Atlantic, then his speech to the AIPAC convention, and finally reports of his meeting with Netanyahu, I felt increasingly uneasy. True, Obama went farther than he ever has in reassuring Israel of his commitment to stopping a nuclear Iran. He explicitly mentioned the military option. He upheld Israel’s right to defend itself.
Can Israel Trust the United States When It Comes to Iran?
March 02, 2012
When Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Barack Obama on Monday, the main issue will be trust. Obama will ask that Israel trust America’s determination to stop Iran, and trust that when he says all options are on the table he means it. Netanyahu will likely be thinking about May 1967. In late May 1967, Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol dispatched his foreign minister, Abba Eban, to Washington. Egyptian and Syrian troops were pressing on Israel’s borders; Egypt had imposed a naval blockade on the Straits of Tiran, Israel’s shipping route to the east.
How Obama Excelled and Bill Clinton Disappointed During the Palestinian Statehood Showdown
September 28, 2011
For Israelis, this is the time of the return of the lie. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas tells the UN General Assembly that Israel bears sole blame for the origins of the conflict, that Israel is the sole obstacle to resolving it, and that, in effect, the Jews have no connection to the land of Israel. And he receives a standing ovation. This is also a time of inversion of expectations: Barack Obama, Israelis’ least favorite president, emerges as the defender of truth, while Bill Clinton, whom Israelis adored, joins the distorters.