Israel/Palestine

Briefing Book

Are We Focusing on the Wrong Nuclear Threat?

Americans are wringing their hands about the grave threat that a nuclear Iran would pose to the United States. But the numbers tell a different story.

Victor Asal and Bryan Early |

Argument

Status Update

With the stroke of a pen, a new bill in Congress could slash the number of Palestinian refugees -- and open a world of controversy.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

France fetes a new president, Spanish activists take to the streets, and Ratko Mladic finally goes to trial.

Slide Show |

Briefing Book

How Obama Missed an Opportunity for Middle East Peace

Why did the president ignore the only part of the "peace process" that was working?

Steven White |

Feature

The FP Survey: The Future of NATO

Does the 63-year-old alliance still matter today? We asked politicians, scholars, and other observers from both sides of the Atlantic to weigh in.

Allison Good |

Argument

Israel's Spy Revolt

The war of words over an Israeli attack on Iran is splitting the political leadership from military and intelligence chiefs. And that dangerous divide in Jerusalem might well lead to real war.

Natan Sachs |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Chen Guangcheng became an icon, demonstrators rallied for May Day, and Newt Gingrich bowed out.

Slide Show |

Argument

Scion of Zion

The life of Benzion Netanyahu, Bibi's father, explains a lot about Israel's hawkish prime minister. But is he still fighting his dad's battles?

Oren Kessler |

Reality Check

The Dumb Idea Hall of Fame

There's much more where this came from, but here are five terrible ideas to get us started.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Abbas's Police State

The Palestinian Authority is taking aggressive new measures to squelch dissent -- and the White House is missing in action.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Argument

Power Play

Egypt may think it struck a blow against Israel by canceling a gas deal between the two countries. But all it really did was shoot itself in the foot.

Robin M. Mills |

Feature

The Most Powerful Women You've Never Heard Of

The Angela Merkels and Dilma Rousseffs get all the attention. But they're not the only female leaders running the world.

FP Staff |

The List

The Heroines of the Arab World

Twelve women challenging their societies to change the status quo.

Allison Good |

Slide Show

The New al Qaeda Franchises

Al Qaeda itself may be diminished after the death of Osama bin Laden, but its affiliates are still sowing instability around the world.

Lois Parshley |

Interview

Epiphanies from Abdullah Gul

Turkey can be a democratic model for the Middle East, its president says.

Benjamin Pauker |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

North Korea launches a dud, a fragile cease-fire holds in Syria, and Rick Santorum bows out.

Slide Show |

Feature

Jerusalem: This Year in a Comic Book

Graphic novelist Guy Delisle explores the City of Gold.

Guy Delisle |

Argument

Israel's Resilient Democracy

Like the United States, we have our flaws. But to say Israel is undemocratic is just dead wrong.

Michael Oren |

Argument

Dear Abu Mazen: End This Farce

An open letter to the Palestinian leader.

Yossi Beilin |

Dispatch

The Last Honest Woman in Jerusalem

Was Tzipi Livni just too truthful to be an Israeli politician?

Nicolas Brulliard |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

The Pope dons a sombrero, French police hunt suspected Islamists, and a Tongan king is laid to rest.

Slide Show |

Reality Check

Six Big Lies About How Jerusalem Runs Washington

From the Jewish cabal to the Capitol Hill Knesset, the worst leaps of logic when it comes to Israel, U.S. politics, and the Middle East.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Yes, We Can Contain Iran

By ruling out the possibility of deterring a nuclear Iran, President Obama is needlessly increasing the risks of a ruinous war.

Will Marshall |

Argument

Iran's War in Gaza

This time, it's not Hamas firing rockets into Israel -- it's Iranian proxies seeking to create havoc.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Dispatch

Shalom, Beijing

Israel and China just celebrated 20 years of friendship. But will this new special relationship come to the breaking point over Tehran?

Oren Kessler |

Christian Caryl

The Personality Problem

In an age of globalization and revolutionary upheaval, grand impersonal forces might appear to be winning out. But don't discount the human factor.

Christian Caryl |

Slide Show

Being Bibi

A look back at the long career of Israel’s polarizing prime minister.

Uri Friedman and Cara Parks |

David Rothkopf

Iran Is the Great Distraction

Why Obama and Netanyahu are having the wrong conversation this week.

David Rothkopf |