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Netanyahu Versus Abbas

Netanyahu Versus Abbas Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Barry Rubin

Even in the year 2011 - as happened in the year 1948 - even a relative moderate like Abbas simply cannot bring himself to say in Arabic: "Let's share this land in a two-state solution." Ironically, Netanyahu is taking a liberal and flexible position while Abbas is taking a reactionary, imperialisti

Essay: The Crossroads

Essay: The Crossroads Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan     Author: Peter Bergen

The death of Osama bin Laden will raise the inevitable question: What are we still doing in Afghanistan? The answer, of course, is that the mission in Afghanistan is about something bigger and more ambitious than eliminating al-Qaeda's leaders - most of whom, in any event, are probably living in Pak

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The Perils of PA-Hamas Reconciliation Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: David Makovsky

Although PA officials have indicated that security cooperation with Israel will continue, it is difficult to imagine how the Palestinian power-sharing arrangement will not hinder that partnership - Hamas has long called for Israel's destruction and most of the Israeli-PA security efforts have been b

A Weighty Week in Washington

A Weighty Week in Washington Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, United States     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Israel has learned in recent weeks that despite the social upheaval and political turbulence across the Middle East, Washington continues to focus on delivering an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. This is what President Barack Obama made plain to Netanyahu during a meeting May 20 after which the two


Editorial: The Indispensable Alliance Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Following a week of dramatic speeches and meetings in Washington featuring US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, two conclusions have emerged. On the positive side, the United States and Israel alliance, though not always perfect, is strong and enduring. Worryingly

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