The Winners and Losers of Israel's Election
January 22, 2013
The biggest loser? The peace process.
Netanyahu's Nightmare: How Israel's Elections Could Surprise Us
January 21, 2013
What could still go wrong for Israel's prime minister.
Benjamin Netanyahu's Not Worried About an Agenda. He's Worried About His Coalition.
January 16, 2013
The real drama of Israeli politics will occur after the votes are tallied.
Netanyahu's New Headache: Avigdor Lieberman Is Dragging Him Down
December 31, 2012
The prime minister will still win the election but could have trouble forming a new coalition.
Losing Hope on Israeli-Palestinian Peace
December 06, 2012
LOST CAUSES are not wrong causes, unless winning is the measure of right. The historical victory of an idea reveals nothing about its merit: power has uses for fictions, and the popularity of lies is an ancient feature of human affairs.
The End of the Forty-Year Peace Between Israel and Arab States
December 04, 2012
Yes, Israel just enjoyed 40 years of peace. No longer.
Don’t Expect Tzipi Livni to Shake Up Israel’s Election
November 28, 2012
The former foreign minister returns to politics by forming a new centrist party.
Three Reasons Why the Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Won't Last
November 21, 2012
Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr has announced a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas. It's good news that the fighting will stop. But aside from the immediate cessation of hostilities there's little to cheer about. Here are three reasons why in the absence of considerable outside intervention, it's only a matter of time until war breaks out again. A comprehensive peace agreement is not in sight: Peace in the former Palestine rests not only on a permanent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, but on a comprehensive agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
May 04, 2012
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.
The Lost Art
April 20, 2012
By the standards of contemporary atrocity, Lieutenant Colonel Shalom Eisner’s striking Andreas Ias in the face with the butt of his M-16 was a trifle. Eisner was the deputy commander of the Jordan Valley Brigade of the Israeli army, and Ias was a Dane on a bicycle who supported the Palestinians. The video of the incident depicts Eisner screaming in Hebrew to a group that does not understand Hebrew to go home, and holding his rifle horizontally, like an instrument of crowd control.