Israel/Palestine

Reality Check

Present Throughout the Creation

Turning 90, Shimon Peres talks peace, politics, and the limits of leadership.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Palestine's Nothing Man

The new prime minister in Ramallah is a political novice -- and that's exactly why President Mahmoud Abbas chose him.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Dispatch

Political Idol

A new reality television competition is booming in Beirut and Ramallah: democratic politics.

Fernande van Tets |

Christian Caryl

What I Left Out

I wrote a book about 1979, but I left out the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Here’s why.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Dead on Arrival

I co-wrote the Arab Peace Initiative. And I doubt Kerry's good-faith attempt to revive it will succeed.

Marwan Muasher |

Interview

'We Are Not Fanatic Killers'

In an exclusive conversation with Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas chief talks about how Assad should have listened to his advice, and why he’s not “bloodthirsty” or “against” Jews.

David Kenner |

David Rothkopf

You Know It's Bad…

When progress in the Middle East seems more in reach than a Washington that works.

David Rothkopf |

Reality Check

Rudderless in the Desert

Five reasons Obama can’t will his way into fixing the Middle East -- even if he wanted to.

Aaron David Miller |

Reality Check

Stepping Up to the Plate

Can Arab states get the peace process back on track?

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Israel’s Three Gambles

Can Israel get away with its attacks on the Syrian regime?

Daniel Byman |

David Rothkopf

Red-Line Follies

Sorting the mistakes from the fiascos on Syria.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Our Shared Islamist Enemy

From Boston to Israel, radicals are attempting to destroy Western culture.

Yair Shamir |

Terms of Engagement

The One-Man Show

Secretary of State John Kerry thinks he can singlehandedly solve the world's most intractable problems. But will President Obama even let him try?

James Traub |

Argument

The Slow Death of Palestinian Democracy

With Salam Fayyad's forced resignation, President Mahmoud Abbas has eliminated his political rivals in the West Bank.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Argument

Requiem for Fayyadism

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad never had a chance to meet the outlandishly high expectations placed on him by his international boosters.

Nathan J. Brown |

David Rothkopf

Road Warrior

Can John Kerry travel all the time and still be a great secretary of state?

David Rothkopf |

Dispatch

The Outsider

Meet Sayed Kashua, Israel's most popular writer, comedian, critic -- and Arab.

Debra Kamin |

Argument

The Most Powerful Woman in Israel

Movers and shakers in Jerusalem have learned one simple lesson: Don't cross Sara Netanyahu.

Neri Zilber |

Argument

Obama’s Empty Words

If you think Israelis doubt the American president's commitment to peace, try talking to some Palestinians.

Dalia Hatuqa |

Reality Check

Don't Call It a Shuttle

John Kerry arrived in the Holy Land in his latest attempt to jumpstart talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Here's how he can get the peace process off life support.

Aaron David Miller |

Reality Check

Why Obama Failed in the Middle East

From the Arab Spring, to Syria, to Iran, to the peace process, President Barack Obama's actions have yet to live up to his high-flying rhetoric.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Slow Apology

Why did it take so long for Israel to say sorry for the flotilla raid?

Suzanne Nossel |

Dispatch

The Arab League Actually Does Something

Once a laughingstock, the Arab world’s political body is closing ranks against Bashar al-Assad.

Michael Stephens |

Reality Check

Been There, Done That

Let's hold the applause. Obama's trip to Israel was nothing new.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Demonstration Effect

Obama shows Netanyahu and Abbas -- and their people -- how it's done.

Warren Bass |

Argument

Cowboys vs. Kippot

The awesome sci-fi novel about U.S. relations with Israel -- in an alternate acid-trip universe.

Michael Peck |

Argument

Crowdsourcing Peace

By going over the heads of Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Obama is demanding that their people step up.

Hussein Ibish |

Argument

Nice Speech, Mr. President

Obama said all the right things in Jerusalem. Now what?

Daniel Levy |

The List

The 10 Commandments of Visiting Israel

The old commandments helped the Israelites survive the desert. A set of new ones may help Obama survive the Israelis.

Oren Kessler |

Argument

What Obama Must Do in Israel

It’s time to stop focusing on personalities and get down to the more important business of identifying common interests.

Samuel R. Berger |