Balfour at 100: Nothing New for Palestinians

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by Thomas W. Lippman In this year of historic anniversaries—50 years since the Six-Day War, 100 since the U.S. entered World War I—another is fast approaching. As autumn comes, those who attempt to keep track of events in the Middle… Continue Reading  

The Fall of Netanyahu: Too Little, Too Late

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by Mitchell Plitnick It seems the long reign of Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to its end. Nothing is certain yet, and there will doubtless be more scenes in this tragedy before the curtain falls. But the prospects of Netanyahu continuing… Continue Reading  

The Lie at the Heart of the Jewish American Consensus

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by Edo Konrad For years, the Jewish American establishment has been able to convince the world, and itself, that it does not directly meddle in internal Israeli affairs — a declaration most commonly used to justify not commenting on the Israeli-Palestinian… Continue Reading  

Costs of the Clenched Fist

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by Paul R. Pillar In his first inaugural address, one of President Barack Obama’s messages to America’s adversaries was that “we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”  A few years later, the unclenching of… Continue Reading  

Trump Wins, Middle East Loses

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by Mitchell Plitnick Donald Trump’s first trip abroad seems to have been a successful one for him. Although controversies continue to rage at home, he seems to be accomplishing what he set out to do, at least in Saudi Arabia… Continue Reading