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It’s probably too early to be thinking about Valentine’s Day. But here’s a half-serious romantic musing for you: Is U.S. President Barack Obama sweet on Tehran? L...(full article)

US says PM to pay a price for spat over Congress address; sources close to Kerry say his enthusiasm for defending Israel is waning....(full article)

House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress in February, on the topic of Iran. On the surface, this mig...(full article)

In the wake of the terrorist attack on a kosher market in Paris, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked French Jews to come home. I don’t particularly like that advi...(full article)

One noteworthy coupling somehow evaded detection: Netanyahu walking arm-in-arm with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, a country that does not have diplomatic relations wi...(full article)

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Israel's Election Could Leave It Isolated - Paul Scham, Middle East Institute

Israel’s politics are always full of paradoxes. In the upcoming March 17 election, the central one is that the likely winner is perhaps the most disliked man in the country’s p...

Netanyahu and Europe's Far Right - J Cook, The National

Israel has been having its own internal debate about the significance of the Paris killings this month, with concerns quite separate from those being expressed in Europe....

Time for the Truth on Israel-Iran Pipeline - Haaretz

Do Jerusalem's efforts to impose international sanctions on Tehran also stem from financial considerations?...

Mourning the Paris Victims in Jerusalem - Sheera Frenkel, BuzzFeed

“I’m not making any kind of political statement … I’m just sad about my friend.”...

Israel's Genuine Threat to Freeze Funds - Dani Rubinstein, Worldcrunch

TEL AVIV — After Israel announced plans to freeze the transfer of $126 million in taxes it collected for the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah ...

Activists Gear Up to Protect Parisian Jews - Markham Nolan, Vocativ

Betar militants gear up for action as Paris closes Jewish market after hostage situation in kosher supermarket....

Netanyahu's Distorted Vision - Carolina Landsmann, Haaretz

The decision to freeze the PA’s funds is part of the cynical policy of fulfilling Netanyahu’s vision of a new Middle East – one where Islamic State, not democracy...

France Imports Middle Eastern Problems - M. Gerstenfeld, Jerusalem Post

The local anti-Semitic incidents largely began to manifest after the year 2000, almost immediately after the beginning of the second intifada....

Corruption Will Destroy Israel - Chemi Shalev, Haaretz

The State Attorney’s office announced this week that it would indict former Labor Party leader and Defense Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer for bribery and corruption. On the same d...

Hezbollah Is Having a Mid-Life Crisis - Thanassis Cambanis, Time

For five years, Hezbollah has vowed in fiery speeches to exact revenge for Israel’s assassination of its top military strategist in 2010. Each anniversary passed with Hezbol...

Palestinians' Persistently Poor Choices - Jerusalem Post

The PA should be denouncing – or at the very least recognizing – Hamas’s responsibility for ruining Palestinians’ lives in the Gaza Strip, not delegitimizing Israel. Hamas ...

The Year of Tenuous Ties - Patrick Smith, Fiscal Times

World leaders find themselves amid a complex series of fragile international relationships. Some of these are troublesome, some potentially costly for Americans, others run to dang...

Start Holding Palestinians Accountable - Dennis Ross, New York Times

A European official I met recently expressed sympathy for the Palestinians’ pursuit of a Security Council resolution. I responded by saying that if he favors Palestinian stat...

It's Israel that Is not Held to Account - Robert Fisk, Independent

If Palestine's request is 'entirely counterproductive', what does that make Israel's slaughtering of civilians last summer?...

The Age of Netanyahu - David Brooks, New York Times

METULA, Israel — If I were a political novelist, I’d try to write a novel about Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel....

The U.S. Still Has Israel's Back - Joshua Keating, Slate

Palestinians Continue to Pursue Statehood. Israel Continues to Rely on the U.S. to Stop Them....

Gaza Is Nowhere - Roger Cohen, New York Times

Gaza is nowhere. Very few people go in or out of the 140-square-mile enclave. Most people want to forget about it. The border with Egypt was closed in October. A handful of travele...

Palestinians Show Yet Again They Want no State - Roger Simon, PJ Media

Everyone with half a brain (and not silenced by diplo speak) knows the Palestinians don’t really want a two-state solution — the vast majority of them anyway. If they ...

The U.S. Mocks Palestinian Aspirations Again - M. Bishara, Al Jazeera

How the US outmanoeuvred Palestine and used Nigeria to avoid using its veto at the UN Security Council....

Ariel Sharon's Great Mistake - Shia Altman, Times of Israel

In the summer of 2005, Jews who created industry and life in the desert and by the shore of the Gaza Strip, away from Gaza City, were forcibly removed from their homes and synagogu...

Why Palestinians Insist on "Occupation" - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Today, the Hamas terrorists who rule the Palestinian state in all but name in Gaza once again demonstrated their lack of concern for the subjects by denying a group of war orphans ...

Does Israel Steal Private Palestinian Land? - Moshe Dann, Jerusalem Post

One of the most serious accusations against Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria is that Israel systematically steals or “seizes” private Palestinian land....

What Really Sabotaged Israeli-Palestinian Talks - H. Ibish, The National

For both politicians and commentators, spin is an occupational hazard. Politicians cannot function without “spinning” realities to suit their purposes thereby putting t...

Copernicus and America's Blame Israel Problem - Gabriel Scheinmann, NI

Prussian astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was a rebel and he knew it. Well aware how theologically radical and politically mutinous his ideas on heliocentrism were, he equivocated as...

Palestinian Christmas Lies - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Just as they did last year and every previous one, opponents of Israel are seeking to exploit the Christmas holiday by claiming Jesus was a Palestinian....

Israel Looks on Europe with Dismay - Barry Shaw, Jerusalem Post

Political tremors are being felt across Europe. In Britain, we see the rise of an emerging independence party, UKIP, which is euroskeptic and takes a corrective line on the UK's un...

ISIS Is Closing in on Israel - Riyadh Mohammed, The Fiscal Times

The war against ISIS is taking a dangerous, perhaps inevitable turn. The terror organization has been keen to expand to southern Syria and the Syrian capital of Damascus. Now it ...

Ah Israeli Photographer on the ISIS Front - Daniel Tchetchik, Haaretz

Eddie Gerald documented the battles between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq....

What Will Israel Become? - Roger Cohen, New York Times

This election constitutes a pivotal moment. Herzog told me, “We are not willing to accept that mothers and fathers on the other side don’t want peace. They also want it...

Israel Should Welcome Palestinian UN Bid on Occupation - Haaretz

The draft resolution submitted to the UN Security Council by Jordan, on behalf of the Palestinians, encountered the expected harsh Israeli response. Israel is still hoping the Unit...

Palestinians Roll the U.N. Dice - Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy

A new Palestinian resolution setting a timeline for an Israeli withdrawal risks a serious rupture with the United States....

The UN Wants to Turn Back the Clock to pre-1948 - Anne Bayefsky, JPost

Apparently, a direct attack on the legitimacy of the UN member state of Israel is now interpreted in UN circles as consistent with the principles of the United Nations....

Mediterranean Gas Is not the Answer for Europe - Michael Leigh, GMF

WASHINGTON - The energy ministers of Israel, Cyprus, and Greece are talking up possible natural gas exports from their countries as a way of diversifying Europe's energy supplies a...

Israeli Elections and American Discomfort - Jonathan Cook, The National

While Europe is finding a voice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, silence reigns across the Atlantic. The White House appears paralysed, afraid to appear out of sync with world ...

What Israel's Energy Boom Cannot Do - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

From the earliest days of the movement that saw the Jews return to their historic homeland, Zionists have dreamed about economic cooperation providing the magic formula that would ...

U.S. Is at Its Wit's End with Israel - Haaretz

Washington has made it clear that rhetorical juggling and slogans are no longer enough to save Israel from the Palestinian initiative....

Can Herzog and Livni Topple Netanyahu? - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The agreement between the Israeli Labor Party led by Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua to form a joint list for the Knesset has, at least for the moment, seemed to change...

Israel Is Still doing America's Dirty Work - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Like those strikes, this past weekend’s attacks were primarily directed by Israel’s own security imperatives. Allowing Russia to transfer arms to terrorists, whether se...

Palestinian Death Is Another Nail in the Coffin of Peace - C. Newton, DB

For the first time, a Palestinian cabinet minister has been killed as a result of clashes with the Israeli military. On Wednesday morning, Ziad Abu Ein, the head of the Anti-Wall a...

Obama's Palestinian Delusions - Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

For reasons we have discussed, the administration presents a grossly distorted view of Israeli building so that it can appear “even-handed.” Israel sticks to a prior ag...

Obama's Coming War with Congress over Iran - Eric Mandel, JPost

Democrats and Republicans alike will challenge the president over future sanctions and a final nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic...

Hamas Is on Alert in Turkey - Adnan Abu Amer, Al-Monitor

Hamas is taking Israel’s complaint to NATO against Turkey for hosting Hamas leaders seriously, concerned that it might be a prelude to a resumption of assassinations of its l...

Remove the Secrecy Surrounding Pipelines in Israel - Haaretz

Residents of southern Israel didn't even know a pipeline was under their feet for 46 years - until it exploded....

The Fading Palestinian Dream - The Week

Could a Palestinian state co-exist peacefully with Israel?...

Palestinians Suffer no Matter Who Leads Israel - S. Nashashibi, National

Every announcement of Israeli elections leads to copious analyses of how potential outcomes will affect the Palestinians and the “peace process”. The election announced...

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