The Hamas-Likud Double Standard


by Mitchell Plitnick The Palestinian Authority installed its unity government today. The responses have been as telling as they were expected. For Palestinians, the development is welcomed news, but it’s being greeted with caution. Palestinians have seen unity proposals collapse before and,… Continue Reading  

Reconciliation and Peace: The Latest Hamas-Fatah Deal


by Mitchell Plitnick The collapse of the U.S.-led talks between Israel and the Palestinians is now complete. In the wake of the latest deal between the Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, Israel has terminated the talks. The United States, true… Continue Reading  

Early Reaction: Winners and Losers in Israel’s 2013 Elections


Well, here it is, the day after. The Israeli elections are over, but the form of the next government is not at all clear. Most likely, Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Beiteinu party will form a government with Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party being… Continue Reading  

Is there an honest discourse about Iran in Israel?

Last month I did a piece on LobeLog about a talk given by Richard Bulliet, a Columbia University professor, who’d gone to Israel and was surprised at the dearth of serious academic discussion on Iran. He wondered if this didn’t contribute… Continue Reading