The Chinese Initiative on Syria: Beyond the Immediate Crisis

http://www.inss.org.il/publications.php?cat=21&incat=&read=10555 On October 31, 2012, China deviated from its traditional posture of shunning involvement in Middle East politics, and announced a four-step program to resolve the crisis in Syria. The initiative, however, does not include...

Abbas is coming to Washington. Will Prez finally get tough with him?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet President Bush in Washington May 26. He is getting this meeting because the Bush Administration has concluded that Abbas has done more than his predecessor, Yasser...

Palestinian Arab Refugees as “Peripheral” to the Peace Process

A commonly held assumption is that the entire matter of Palestinian Arab refugees is "peripheral" to the progress of the peace process. This view is shared on all sides of the Israeli political spectrum...

“Fighting That Persistent Lie”

We might have expected WikiLeaks exposure to kill it: the Obama claim that cooperation with Arab states was dependent upon an Israeli-Palestinian negotiated peace. But here we have it again, in somewhat different, and more...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at the Knesset, on June 13, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Yair Lapid’s foreign-policy follies

(JNS) When Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid received the mandate from then-President Reuven Rivlin to form a government after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was once again unable to form a parliamentary majority, he succeeded...

Commentary: Saudi Plans…

The Saudi government seems to be ever so quietly knifing the Bush administration in the back. I wrote last week about a piece by Dore Gold in which he said that the Saudis have...

Waiting for the Palestinian Godot

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.586945 There are some moments a journalist will never forget. In early 1997, Yossi Beilin decided to trust me, and show me the document that proved that peace was within reach. The then-prominent and creative...

THANK YOU, KAREN ABU ZAYD – Palestinian response to UNRWA Head

There is so much in our Palestinian reality that requires writing about, particularly the political behavior-which can only be understood through the science of psychology and not the science of politics-relating to the formation...

Unseen Consequences of a Palestinian Arab State

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/unseen-consequences-of-a-palestinian-arab-state/ On my first night in Israel, August 31, 1970, my 20th birthday, I arrived at the campus of Hebrew University, to participate in a study group that met every Thursday night at the Lauterman...

Israel’s Arabs’ Support Of Iran Creates Worries

Among the Arab citizens of Israel, who constitute more than 1 million Israeli citizens and more than 15 percent of Israel's population, there is a widespread support for Iran. This has begun to worry the...