Takeaways from the Israeli Election

by Mitchell Plitnick The Israeli elections are over, and the outcome largely matched the predictions. The Blue and White coalition amassed enough votes to match Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, but only Likud has a path to assembling a governing coalition. Many… Continue Reading  

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  

Nine Thoughts on the Latest Gaza Flare-Up

by Mitchell Plitnick Now that the latest flare-up of fighting between Israel and Gaza has subsided, at least for the moment, here are nine thoughts on the clash, the outcomes, and the implications.

Netanyahu Chooses Trump over U.S. Jews…Again

by Mitchell Plitnick On Saturday, Robert Bowers, a right-wing gunman strode into a synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh and began shooting. When he was finished, he’d murdered 11 people. Donald Trump led the quick march to bizarrely… Continue Reading  

Pence Goes Over the Water’s Edge

by Paul R. Pillar As recently as a generation or two ago, the mainstream of American politics observed an important limit whereby domestic politics did not operate beyond the nation’s boundaries. This did not mean that there weren’t sharp differences… Continue Reading