Nine Thoughts on the Latest Gaza Flare-Up

Avigdor Lieberman (ChameleonsEye via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick Now that the latest flare-up of fighting between Israel and Gaza has subsided, at least for the moment, here are nine thoughts on the clash, the outcomes, and the implications.

Trump’s Two-State Solution: News That Was No News

Donald Trump in Israel (White House)

by James J. Zogby If we’ve learned anything about President Donald Trump it’s that for him words have no meaning, or at least not their obvious meaning. Because he’s a performer/salesman, he loves being on stage, knowing that the things… Continue Reading  

Camp David and Oslo, 40 and 25 Years On

The Nobel prize laureates for 1994: PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

by Paul R. Pillar This month marks anniversaries of two major agreements signed at the White House that appeared to be major steps toward a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace but never produced such a peace. On September 17, 1978, Israeli Prime… Continue Reading  

Averting War in Gaza

Image from Shutterstock

by International Crisis Group The recent escalation between Israel and Hamas was the most intense since the 2014 war. Although there are solid reasons why neither wishes to see another full-scale confrontation, the fact that nothing has been resolved in… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan: Doomed to Failure

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman with Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt (U.S. Embassy Jerusalem via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick The regional tour of Donald Trump’s primary Middle East envoys—his lawyer, Jason Greenblatt, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner—has concluded. So, it’s an appropriate time to take stock of the peace plan the Trump team seems to be… Continue Reading