The Demise of USAID Efforts in the West Bank and Gaza

Osamah Abu Al-Rub, a strawberry farmer in the West Bank, began receiving USAID assistance in 2014 (USAID via Flickr)

by Larry Garber Twenty years ago, I was assigned to manage the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) program in the West Bank and Gaza. At the time, the region was awash with optimism. Peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians… Continue Reading  

A Weakly Inflated Trial Balloon for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Billboard in Jeruslame (NOWAK LUKASZ via Shutterstock)

by James J. Zogby This week a well-known Israeli journalist revealed what he said were “new details about the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.” His report, he said, came from notes he had obtained from an American Jewish leader who… Continue Reading  

Israel Spraying Herbicides Inside Gaza Violates International Law

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by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man The Israeli army is continuing to spray dangerous herbicides on agricultural fields inside the Gaza Strip, three years since +972 Magazine first reported on the practice. This week, three Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups sent… Continue Reading  

The Obsolete Palestinian Authority

Mahmoud Abbas ( a katz via Shutterstock)

by Paul R. Pillar The unique entity known as the Palestinian Authority (PA), created 25 years ago as a supposedly transitional structure, is well past its sell-by date. The anniversary earlier this year of the Oslo Accords, which established the… Continue Reading  

Israeli Army Puts Humanitarian Workers at Risk in Gaza

Supplies being prepared for shipment into Gaza (ChameleonsEye via Shutterstock)

by Yael Marom Israeli troops impersonated humanitarian workers in order to carry out an intelligence operation deep inside the Gaza Strip, according to details of the botched operation leaked by Hamas and reported by the Israeli media. If true, the… Continue Reading