Israel & Palestine

The E.U.’s New Guidelines on Israel Are Not a Boycott

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
July 19, 2013 |

Obama's Visit: Embrace the Victory of Politics Over Substance

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
March 18, 2013 |

It was not always thus. Despite the characteristic sense of entitlement conveyed by many in the Israeli elite in advance of Barack Obama’s first presidential visit: “You finally made it, what took you so long?” the must-go-to-Israel clause in the U.S. presidential contract is of surprisingly recent vintage. Next week marks the ninth visit by a sitting U.S .President. But half of those previous eight trips were notched-up by Bill Clinton alone, and another two by George W. Bush in his very last year in office (yes, he waited eight years to say "Hi" in person).

Obama’s Silver Lining in Israel: Elections Weaken Netanyahu

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
January 23, 2013 |

When most Americans hear the results of yesterday’s Israeli elections, they’ll be confused. When Barack Obama hears them, however, he should feel at least a little hope.

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Lost Tribes

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
January 15, 2013 |

Israelis will go to the polls on Jan. 22 to elect a new parliament and, by extension, government -- an event that has so far attracted relatively little international attention. Understandably so: Benjamin Netanyahu just came closer than any Israeli prime minister in more than two decades to serving out a full parliamentary term, and nobody expects him to lose. His putative challengers from the center have been unable to find, coalesce around, or attract enough support for a credible alternative candidate.

The Conversation Israel and Palestine Needs to Have

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Alan M. Dershowitz
December 3, 2012 |

From the Gaza war and the upgrading of Palestine at the U.N. to Israel’s announcement that it will likely build new settlements, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is spiraling out of control. We as coauthors disagree on the Palestinian U.N. bid, as on other important aspects of Middle Eastern politics. But on this we profoundly agree: negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority must resume, and fast.

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On Pilgrims and Zionists

  • By
  • Rosa Brooks,
  • New America Foundation
November 21, 2012 |

It's Thanksgiving, which means it's time to think about Israel.

That's not as nonsensical as it may sound. The Pilgrims who established our American Thanksgiving ritual thought about Israel a great deal: both they and the larger group of Puritan settlers who followed them a decade later saw themselves as New Israelites, forced into the wilderness by religious persecution.

From Confusion to Kardashian: Misreading the Middle East

  • By
  • Haroon Moghul,
  • New America Foundation
December 4, 2012 |

On the one hand, anything Kim Kardashian does shouldn’t be news. On the other hand, it usually is, so why not use her celebrity to push another point? I’m writing about Kardashian’s recent tweets on Israel and from Bahrain, and what the ensuing teapot-sized tempest tell us about elites, Arabs, and the magic of social media. 

The Sidebar: The National Security Gender Gap and the Truth About Egypt

November 30, 2012
Tara Maller explains why the next CIA director should be a woman and Jonathan Guyer joins from Cairo to discuss what's really going on in Egypt. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

Is the Two-State Solution Still Relevant?

  • By
  • Leila Hilal,
  • New America Foundation
November 5, 2012 |

The apparent political dead-end in the Middle East Peace Process combined with a deepening apartheid-like reality on the ground, has reached a degree where many Palestinians and Israelis are asking not can the two-state solution be salvaged but should it? And, perhaps more urgently, what may be the alternatives? Khaled Elgindy, Fellow at the Brookings Saban Center for Middle East Policy and Leila Hilal, Director of New America’s Middle East Task Force, moderated a discussion on this critical question with Omar Dajani at the New America Foundation.

Seven Lean Years of Peacemaking

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
September 11, 2012 |

Seven years ago today, the Israeli flag was lowered over the Gaza Strip after approximately 7,500 Israeli settlers left or were forcibly removed.

We cannot know with certainty what Ariel Sharon, Israel’s prime minister at the time and the architect of the Gaza disengagement, had in mind: A dramatic step toward peace? The first of several removals of Israeli settlements from Palestinian land? Or a tactical and minimalist retreat — giving a little (Gaza) to keep a lot (the West Bank)?

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