Netanyahu Reaches for the Extreme

Otzma Yehudit

by Paul R. Pillar The direct, and still extreme, descendant of a U.S.-listed foreign terrorist organization is in position to become part of the next ruling coalition of Israel, and it has been put in that position at the urging… Continue Reading  

The Attack on Iran that Wasn’t

Ehud Barak (ChameleonsEye via Shutterstock)

by Shemuel Meir The title of Ehud Barak’s recently published autobiography My Country, My Life declares that it is a book not just about Barak’s life, but also a first person account of some the most important moments in Israeli… Continue Reading  

Drama Starts Early in Israeli Elections

Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett (Roman Yanushevsky via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick Israeli elections always feature a lot of political drama. But when the Knesset was dissolved on December 24, it set off a flurry of action that was furious even by Israeli standards. The drama is likely to… Continue Reading  

The IDF Doesn’t Investigate Palestinian Deaths — It Whitewashes Them

IDF soldiers in the West Bank (Wikimedia Commons)

by Hagai El-Ad A little over a year ago, on the last day of October 2017, Muhammad Musa and his sister Latifah drove to Ramallah to run some errands. Shortly after the two filmed a short selfie video during the ride, soldiers opened… Continue Reading  

Don’t Believe the Hype: The Israeli Right Is Weaker than It Seems

Naftali Bennett

by Meron Rapoport The past decade belonged to the Israeli right. Since 2009, the right-wing bloc easily defeated its opponents and won elections, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu became its undisputed leader and the most important political figure in Israel.… Continue Reading