Time to Take Trump at His Word on Israel-Palestine

Donald_Trump_in_Manchester_NH_February_8,_2016_Cropped

by Lara Friedman Since well before Election Day, Donald Trump and his key advisors made clear that a Trump administration would blow-up longstanding U.S. policy on Israel-Palestine. Whether talking about moving the U.S. embassy, renouncing any commitment to the two-state… Continue Reading  

Abbas: Stuck between Trump and Netanyahu

IPKz3skJYkCOcK1dhq0V8y4eYzFPvrFw

by Dalia Hatuqa It would have been a startling assertion had it not been heard before. Last week, Benjamin Netanyahu declared that he would not be evacuating any settlements in the West Bank. “We are here to stay, forever,” the… Continue Reading  

Netanyahu’s Predictable Traps to Sabotage Peace

58a4a4cb25000029000b936d

by Lara Friedman In the weeks leading up to President Trump’s first planned trip to Israel, many observers have been waxing cautiously hopeful that, based on what Trump and officials like Jason Greenblatt have said and done thus far, the… Continue Reading  

Palestine and the New Peacemakers

Jason-Greenblat-negociador-Trump-Cuba-758x398

by Paul R. Pillar President Trump’s expressed desire to resolve, somehow, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is welcome, but the grounds for skepticism about this outweigh the reasons for hope.  The principal reason for skepticism is the lack of evidence that Trump… Continue Reading  

Netanyahu’s Settlement Scam

Prime_Minister_of_Israel_Benjamin_Netanyahu (1)

by Mitchell Plitnick On March 30, the Israeli government announced that it had approved the first new settlement in 20 years. The new settlement is part of the government’s compensation package to the settlers of the recently evacuated outpost named… Continue Reading