Israel/Palestine

Dispatch

Prelude to a Demolition

Sadness, mistrust, and house demolitions in the East Jerusalem neighborhood that gave birth to two terrorists.

Dalia Hatuqa |

Dispatch

'It Looked Like a Pogrom'

The grisly murder of four rabbis in Jerusalem marks the latest attack in a wave of violence that Israeli leaders are struggling to contain.

Yardena Schwartz |

COLUMN

The Top 5 Foreign Policy Lessons of the Past 20 Years

From Russia to China to the United States, from hubris to ultimatums to power plays, the good, the bad, and the ugly of (recent) world politics. 

Stephen M. Walt |

Feature

Longform's Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

Argument

Jerusalem, on a Knife's Edge

Stabbing attacks and random acts of Palestinian terror have brought the violence in Gaza and the West Bank into the heart of Israel.

Jonathan Schanzer |

COLUMN

Would Hillary Be Good for the Holy Land?

The 2016 Democratic prospect isn't Bill 2.0, but if anyone could work miracles on the fraught U.S.-Israeli relationship, it might be her.

Aaron David Miller |

COLUMN

Netanyahu's Not Chickenshit, the White House Is

The administration is a coward for not saying what it really thinks about the special relationship with Israel.

Stephen M. Walt |

Dispatch

'A Declaration of War' in Jerusalem

As Mahmoud Abbas rails against the Temple Mount closing, a volatile and divided city is poised to explode.

Gregg Carlstrom |

COLUMN

It's Not Washington's Fault

Not only is it wrong to blame the Islamic State's rise on the U.S. failure to secure a two-state solution -- it's also flat-out dangerous.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Déjà Vu in the West Bank and Gaza

Hamas and Fatah's latest unity agreement is doomed to failure. So why do the Palestinian factions keep trying?

Grant Rumley |

Argument

In the Eye of a Man-Made Storm

As residents of the Gaza Strip try to recover from the worst war in decades, the world -- and Israel -- must understand that the status quo is unsustainable.

Pierre Krähenbühl |

Dept Of Secrets

Don't Like That Israel Has the Bomb? Blame Nixon.

Newly declassified documents reveal how the Nixon White House looked the other way while Israel built the Middle East’s first nukes.

Avner Cohen |

Argument

There Goes the Neighborhood

Al Qaeda’s control of Israel’s northern border has Jerusalem nostalgic for the days of Assad.

Andrew Tabler |

Argument

Everything You Know About Israeli Settlements Is Wrong

Israel’s recent annexation of 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank doesn’t change anything on the ground, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has actually been remarkably constrained in settlement construction.

Elliott Abrams |

Report

Israel's Leviathan Captures Another Gas Deal

With the latest accord to sell natural gas to Jordan, Israel is slowly but surely becoming a linchpin of the region's energy supplies.

Keith Johnson |

Dispatch

Bibi's Next Battle

Forget Hamas. The Israeli prime minister is now facing a war within his own government.

Gregg Carlstrom |

Argument

Take Away Their Guns -- Then We'll Talk

There will never be peace in the Holy Land until Hamas is totally disarmed.

Avigdor Liberman |

Argument

And How Does That Make You Feel, Bibi?

The psychology behind Israel's Gaza war and the truce that followed.

Yael S. Aronoff |

COLUMN

The U.S.-Israel Relationship Arrives at a Moment of Reckoning

An exclusive talk with former U.S. Special Envoy Martin Indyk on Israel’s new allies, the Gaza blowup, and why Washington shrugged when the peace process collapsed.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Mowing the Grass and Taking Out the Trash

Israel doesn't want to wipe out Hamas, and putting it in a corner will only backfire.

Daniel Byman |

Dispatch

The Intifada Comes to Brooklyn

Can 297 victims of Hamas terrorist attacks in the Second Intifada find justice in a New York court?

Batya Ungar-Sargon |

Argument

Lying Down With Dogs

Turkey's support for Hamas agents who tried to topple Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority is putting Erdogan in a pickle.

Jonathan Schanzer |

COLUMN

Is Barack Obama More of a Realist Than I Am?

This president isn't weak and waffling. He's calculating, coldhearted, and decisive when it counts.

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

How Egypt Prolonged the Gaza War

As Israel and the Palestinians struggle to reach yet another cease-fire, the mediators in Cairo are making the conflict worse -- and empowering radicals in the process.​

Michele Dunne |

Dispatch

How Many Tons of Cement Will It Take to Rebuild Gaza?

In the ruins of the Strip, the devastation has spared no one.

David Kenner |

COLUMN

All Heat and No Fire

The U.N. is going to determine if Hamas and Israel committed war crimes in Gaza. Even if they did, what can the U.N. do about it?

David Bosco |

Argument

The Sisi Doctrine

From Gaza to Libya to Iraq, Egypt's new strongman is developing a foreign policy based on repression and stability.

Michael Wahid Hanna |

Dispatch

Victory or Death

For the hard-line brigades in Gaza, a cease-fire is only a temporary reprieve from a battle that never ends.

David Kenner |