Drama Starts Early in Israeli Elections

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  

Israel: A Middle Eastern State

by Paul R. Pillar Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a “defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the annals of the state of Israel” when the Knesset enacted earlier this month a basic law (having constitutional status in… Continue Reading  

The Annexation of Palestine Could Be Closer Than You Think

by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man Senior Israeli government minister Naftali Bennett announced on Sunday that he will introduce legislation to effectively annex Israel’s third-largest settlement in the West Bank, Ma’ale Adumim, by the end of January. It is safe to assume, that… Continue Reading  

Israel’s “Formalization” Law

by Mitchell Plitnick On Sunday the Israeli cabinet unanimously passed a bill that would legalize settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank that were built on privately owned Palestinian land. If passed by the Knesset, the law could potentially be… Continue Reading  

Let’s Take A Deep Breath on BDS

by Mitchell Plitnick Yair Lapid, Israel’s former Finance Minister, told a hawkish “pro-Israel” gathering in New York that the leaders of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement (BDS) are anti-Semites and their followers are “bleeding heart, so-called intellectuals.” Lapid went… Continue Reading