"It's Just a Matter of Time"
March 19, 2013

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

How the Palestinian Leadership Is Ignoring History
September 28, 2011

The Palestinians are in the process of seeking sovereignty from the United Nations, but in doing so, they are asking for more than what was offered them in any prior negotiation with Israel—including during the talks involving President Clinton and Ehud Barak in 2000 and 2001. Rather than more, it is imperative that the Palestinians get less. It is imperative to world peace that the Palestinians pay a price—even if it’s only a symbolic price—for rejecting the generous Clinton/Barak offer and responding to it with a second intifada in which 4,000 people were killed.

Netanyahu at the U.N.: A Speech Worth Reading
September 24, 2011

I take the liberty of suggesting that you read a speech given yesterday by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the U.N. General Assembly. Netanyahu has been unlucky in the treatment of his remarks for a quarter century. He has been even more unlucky in the treatment of his offers to the Palestinian people to start the peace process which they, alas, have refused to do. An article by Neil MacFarquhar and Steven Lee Myers in the Times projects Dame Catherine Ashton, the “foreign minister” of the European Union, as the leading light in the diplomacy of Europe towards Israel/Palestine.

There Are Idiots. Look Around.
June 09, 2010

In response to my lauding of Gadi Taub's great TNR piece, Matt Yglesias replies that I'm a dupe and so is Taub: I think Chait’s enthusiasm for the analysis reflects the main pathology of mainstream American Jewish thinking on the subject—a bizarre willingness to believe that Israeli politicians are bafflingly stupid. I confess to believing that the current Israeli government is bafflingly stupid. I don't understand why such a belief is necessarily "bizarre." The United States recently finished eight years of being governed by a bafflingly stupid administration.

North Korea, Nuclear Proliferator… And China Does Nothing
May 28, 2010

A seven-member United Nations panel—yes, even a U.N. panel—without stammer and without dodging yesterday accused North Korea of providing banned nuclear and ballistic missile technology to Iran and Syria. The news was reported by the Associated Press, Ha'aretz, the Global Security Newswire of the NTI (an outfit founded by Sen. Richard Lugar and former senator Sam Nunn) and Reuters. The U.N.

American Intellectuals Don't Need To Be Brave
May 21, 2010

Whenever somebody gets attention for an opinion that has a heterodox quality to it, inevitably admirers will describe it as "brave." The perception of ideological "bravery" has a relentlessly partisan cast. Conservatives never consider it brave when one of their own attacks a conservative, and liberals never think it's brave for a liberal to do the reverse.

Yossi Klein Halevi On The Nine Lives Of Ehud Olmert
July 30, 2008

Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert announced today that he will resign his post after his party elects a new leader in September. We asked TNR contributing editor Yossi Klein Halevi for his take from Jerusalem:    Is it really time for eulogies? Is the abyss known as the "Olmert era" closing? Ehud Olmert has been eulogized so often that, even now, after announcing his intention to resign as Israeli prime minister when the Kadima party holds primaries for a new leader in mid-September, some Israelis don't quite believe it.

A Small Glob Of Land
November 04, 2007

The common wisdom is that the Annapolis talks will fail because neither the Israeli government under Ehud Olmert nor the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas is strong enough to make serious concessions to the other.  There the symmetry ends.The Olmert government has all of the deficiencies of a multi-party parliamentary democracy dependent on a fragile coalition.  But, if the P.A.