Lebanon poses acute threat to Israel with Hezbollah, Iran controlling its government

February 10, 2020 by  

The last several months have not been good ones for Lebanon, as it’s been wracked by economic and political instability. Read more

Russia’s displeasure with Israel simmers as Putin readies to visit for Yad Vashem event

January 22, 2020 by  

Russian President Vladimir Putin will leave his controlled environment in Moscow to enter a media firestorm when he alights from his plane in Israel this Thursday as he arrives for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem. Read more

Elections remain elusive for Palestinians, as Abbas searches for pretexts to postpone them

January 10, 2020 by  

In an address to the U.N. General Assembly last September, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas pledged to a sympathetic gathering of world leaders that he would hold parliamentary elections. Read more

Should Israel sign non-aggression pacts with Arab countries?

December 27, 2019 by  

Israel’s relationship with the surrounding Arab countries requires no shortage of diplomatic prowess to maintain good relations. Read more

Israel intends to fight back against war-crimes probe by International Criminal Court

December 24, 2019 by  

Yet another U.N. agency has stepped into the minefield that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and as a result, appears in danger of losing its legitimacy. Read more

Moscow’s trouble with Israelis has a deeper meaning

December 20, 2019 by  

Israel has long had a complicated relationship with Russia. Read more

International Criminal Court hints Palestinians may be guilty of war crimes over ‘pay for slay’

December 13, 2019 by  

The Palestinians were just hit by a judicial bombshell. Read more

Could a future US administration undo Trump’s new policy on Israeli settlements?

December 5, 2019 by  

The announcement last month by U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo that Israeli settlements are not illegal was either warmly welcomed or hotly rejected, depending on how you interpret international law. Read more

New initiative seeks to remember the ‘forgotten’ Mideast Jewish refugees

December 3, 2019 by  

The nine young Iraqi Jewish men hanging in the center of Tahrir Square (also known as “Martyrs’ Square) in Cairo in January 1969 after being accused by the Ba’athist regime of espionage were the subject of great interest that day, as hundreds of thousands of Iraqis came to view their corpses—not only causing a terrific traffic jam in Baghdad but also sowing deep fear throughout the millennia-old Jewish community there. Seven months later, three more Jews were executed. Read more

Israel’s targeted assassination of terror operative sends a double message

November 13, 2019 by  

The Israeli missile that blasted through senior Islamic Jihad terrorist Baha Abu al-Ata’s Gaza bedroom window at 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning may have killed the man and his wife, but it also sent a broader message to Hamas and Iran. Read more

Facing tensions on multiple fronts, is Israel on the verge of an all-out war?

The big news in Israel is not that Iran attempted to send kamikaze drones into Israeli territory last week or that Israel targeted that terrorist cell in Syria; these are not completely out of the ordinary or even unexpected. Read more

Rejecting ‘opportunity of the century’ Bahrain workshop proves Palestinians not interested in peace

Despite bringing together a historic number of Arab states and prominent world leaders, the Bahrain economic conference, which seeks to be the first step in the Trump administration’s efforts to bring peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, has been buffeted and vilified, especially by the Palestinians, who called the Trump plan “dead on arrival” and have boycotted the summit. Read more

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Of annexation and Trump’s peace plan, what’s next on the post-Israeli election agenda?

Things move fast in the Middle East. Read more

As Israel’s election day nears, politicians whet their knives

The not-so-packed Jerusalem Post 2019 Elections Conference held at the InterContinental David Tel Aviv hotel attracted mostly older people interested in hearing representatives of each political party outline their platform ahead of next week’s elections. Read more

US recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over Golan ‘sends direct message to Arab world’

The formal recognition of Israel’s sovereignty in the Golan Heights by the United States could not have come on a more sobering day for Israelis. Read more

Fear over Kahanist Otzma Party grips left and right, but is it justified?

February 28, 2019 by  

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to cut a deal with Bayit Yehudi, and its subsequent temporary union with right-wing political parties National Union and Otzma Yehudit, has created a political storm, being called “foul” and worse by some. Read more

In Warsaw, even the group seating shows how much has changed in Israel-Arab relations

February 17, 2019 by  

A scene that would have seemed impossible just a few years ago took place this past week in Warsaw at the U.S.-led peace and security summit with 60 countries in attendance, including the United States, Israel and 10 Arab states, all sitting at the same table. Read more

Pressure mounts for Netanyahu to punish Palestinians over terror payments

February 12, 2019 by  

They say it takes a village, but unfortunately, it took one woman, Ori Ansbacher, and her murder by a Palestinian terrorist for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to announce, after much public pressure, that he would begin deducting funds to the Palestinian Authority over its payments to terrorists and their families. Read more

New report highlights how UN gives singular treatment to Palestinian refugees

February 11, 2019 by  

Uri Akavia, a researcher at Kohelet Policy Forum, recently published a new paper titled “Is UNRWA’s hereditary refugee status for Palestinians unique?” In it, of course, he details the origins of the issue since 1948, the year Israel was established, and its ensuing state of affairs. Read more

A desperate Abbas celebrates in New York as Palestinians take helm of major UN bloc of nations

January 16, 2019 by  

Mahmoud Abbas is in New York City to witness the Palestinian Mission as it takes over leadership of the G77 bloc. Read more

As April elections loom, Israeli party leaders face daunting issues

December 27, 2018 by  

Politics in Israel moves fast. National elections were just announced on Monday and immediately, commentators on television, radio, online and in print, as well as nearly every citizen in Israel, have begun making predictions. Read more

Will Saudi Arabia establish full diplomatic ties with Israel?

December 23, 2018 by  

What do you do when you are condemned for allegedly ordering the murder of a journalist and your country is under fire for leading a war in Yemen?…writes Israel Kasnett/JNS. Read more

Impossible to promote peace when Palestinians are teaching hate

November 20, 2018 by  

Palestinian incitement against Israel runs rampant in the West Bank and Gaza, with Palestinian school textbooks full of hatred and including maps of the Middle East often minus Israel. Read more

Is the situation with Gaza the ‘problem from hell?’

November 15, 2018 by  

Avigdor Lieberman announced that he was stepping down as defence minister on Wednesday in protest of what he called the government’s “capitulation to terror.” Read more

Dedication of Peres Centre for Peace and Innovation spotlights Israel-China cooperation

October 26, 2018 by  

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres addressed the crowd by video at the grand opening of the Innovation Centre at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation. Or did he? Read more

Rare event showcases potential of Israeli-Palestinian business cooperation

October 23, 2018 by  

The Judea Samaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JSCOCI), an NGO that promotes Israeli-Palestinian commercial partnerships beyond the Green Line (the pre-1967 ceasefire line), held an event recently in the city of Ariel, an Israeli city in Samaria…writes Israel Kassnett. Read more

Israel remains cautious amid global fury at Saudi Arabia over journalist’s suspicious death

October 18, 2018 by  

Saudi Arabia appears to have severely miscalculated its ability to quietly silence critics after it has come under strong suspicion over the disappearance and possible murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a fierce critic of the Saudi government and a columnist for The Washington Post…writes Israel Kasnett/JNS. Read more

Trump’s wavering on one-state or two-states leaves many in a state of confusion

October 14, 2018 by  

U.S. President Donald Trump raised eyebrows recently during a joint press conference in New York with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he backtracked on previous positions he held regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying, “I like a two-state solution. That’s what I think works best … That’s my feeling.” Read more

Defunded by US, an unreformed UNRWA finds European support

During the recent 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly, while much of the content focused on the words of speakers in the plenum, the real action took place on the sidelines…writes Israel Kasnett/JNS. Read more

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