Taking Issues “Off the Table”–First Jerusalem, Now Refugees

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by Lara Friedman Last month, President Donald Trump granted a cherished wish of American and Israeli hardliners, taking Jerusalem—an issue that the Oslo Agreement stipulated would be resolved only in permanent status negotiations—“off the table.” Now, only weeks later, American… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Threats against the Palestinians Should Worry Israel

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by Haggai Mattar The Trump Administration on Tuesday threatened to withhold millions of dollars in aid that it sends to the Palestinians each year, accusing them of not wanting to negotiate a peace deal with Israel. Nikki Haley, the U.S.… Continue Reading  

Occupation of Palestine Continues to Fuel Conflict in Middle East

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by Mina Al-Oraibi The Arab world is aflame with war, and most Arab countries struggle with sectarianism and authoritarianism. As a result, the Israeli occupation of Palestine often gets lost against the backdrop of these pressing issues. Arab officials themselves… Continue Reading  

Netanyahu Loses an Important Canadian Ally

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by Jim Lobe Coming up soon in LobeLog, an actual Canadian will analyze the implications for Canada’s Middle East policy of Monday’s victory of the Liberal Party’s Justin Trudeau over Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the parliamentary elections. For now,… Continue Reading  

Gaza and the Bipartisan War on Human Rights

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by Stephen Zunes Israel’s seven weeks of attacks this summer on heavily populated civilian neighborhoods in Gaza has led to unprecedented concern among Americans who, while still broadly supportive of Israel, found the attacks to be disproportionate and unnecessary. Close to 1,500… Continue Reading