Erasing Occupation: The Pernicious Role of Congress

by Lara Friedman The past two years have seen a wholesale shift in U.S. policy aimed at erasing the foundations on which the peace process was built—mutual recognition, agreement to resolve core issues only through negotiations, acceptance of Israel’s right… Continue Reading  

Not Breaking News: Trump Administration Does Not Believe in Occupation

by Lara Friedman Starting from virtually the moment President Trump took office in January 2017, he and his Middle East team began implementing a far-reaching transformation of U.S. policy vis-à-vis Israel and the Palestinians. Their intention: to erase the very… Continue Reading  

Connecting Palestinian Rights to U.S. Civil Rights

by Mitchell Plitnick Earlier this month, New York Times columnist Michelle Alexander ignited a controversy by stating her support for Palestinian rights. In her piece, “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine,” Alexander used the act of confronting her own… Continue Reading  

The Demise of USAID Efforts in the West Bank and Gaza

by Larry Garber Twenty years ago, I was assigned to manage the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) program in the West Bank and Gaza. At the time, the region was awash with optimism. Peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians… Continue Reading  

Israel’s New “Apartheid Road” Is about More than Just Segregation

by Edo Konrad Israel unveiled a new segregated highway in the occupied West Bank last week, with a giant eight-meter concrete wall separating Palestinian and Israeli drivers on either side. Labeled the apartheid road by critics, Route 4370’s official reasoning… Continue Reading