New Israeli Elections Offer Little Hope For Change

by Mitchell Plitnick The Israeli government is headed for yet another round of elections. Although the official election date for the next Knesset is November 7, 2017, no one ever expected this government to last that long. The voting will likely… Continue Reading  

Netanyahu’s Rush to Russia: A Pre-Emptive Strike

by Marsha B. Cohen After a lovefest in Israel with French President Francois Hollande from Sunday to Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  took a shower, packed his suitcase and headed for Moscow, ostensibly to lobby against Russian support for a deal with Iran.… Continue Reading  

Smoke and Mirrors: The “New” Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

by Mitchell Plitnick The so-called “renewed” Israel-Palestine peace process is turning out to be nothing more than an illusion, as many observers from across the political spectrum expected. But the United States is apparently intent on blowing more smoke to… Continue Reading  

Israeli-Palestinian Talks Are Quietly Foundering

by Mitchell Plitnick If John Kerry wants to find a silver lining in the heavy criticism US foreign policy has faced due to the events in both Egypt and Syria, he might find it in, of all places, the Israeli-Palestinian… Continue Reading  

Israeli Leaders Respond with Scowls to Rouhani’s Election

by Marsha B. Cohen For most Israeli politicians, the news of the election of moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani as president of Iran, is not good. That it is considered good news by anyone else makes it that much worse. In… Continue Reading