Ilhan Omar, AIPAC, and Denial

by Mitchell Plitnick Discussing the role of the pro-Israel lobby in forming US Middle East policy is perilous. I’ve heard hundreds of stories from fellow advocates, colleagues on Capitol Hill, and journalists who have learned that lesson the hard way.… Continue Reading  

Who’s Afraid of BDS?

by Mitchell Plitnick On Saturday, Israel released a blacklist of groups that are part of the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS). Twenty groups appear on the list, including Palestinian diaspora and solidarity groups, the US Campaign for Palestinian… Continue Reading  

Poll Paints Problematic Picture of Israel’s Future

by Jim Lobe The results of the very detailed Pew poll of Israeli citizens tends to confirm that the country is going in a very negative direction, particularly with respect to Arab-Jewish relations.

Some Good Reads on the Israeli Election

by Jim Lobe There’s been a lot of useful commentary on Tuesday’s election in Israel, including by Paul Pillar and Mitchell Plitnick on this site. I certainly agree with both analysts that Netanyahu’s victory represents a clarifying moment for those… Continue Reading  

One State Or Two, A New Peace Process Is Needed

by Mitchell Plitnick In a debate recorded by the Institute for Palestine Studies, human rights lawyer Noura Erakat squares off with Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, about the current peace talks and the… Continue Reading