Netanyahu is calling in unprecedented re-election favors (read: interventions) from his illiberal brothers - Trump, Putin, Modi, Bolsonaro and Orban. The gloves are coming off in the conflict between liberals and illiberals in Israel – and around the world
Dr. Nimrod Goren is Head of Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies
There are good reasons why not a single country has its embassy in the city - and why successive U.S. administrations have deferred the issue.
Faith in the peace process is at a nadir. The history of failure, Trump's election, Israeli rejectionism. But the January conference in Paris could still produce concrete progress.
The late Yossi Sarid made the first Israeli ministerial visit to the Gulf state, proving that a different reality between Israel and the Arab world is possible - and within reach.
For the first time in the long history of this conflict, Israel is looking at three separate incentives for making peace, presented by key players in the international community.
Few in Israel see Hamas as a natural peace partner. But without a reconciliation between the Palestinians that would bring Hamas into the peace process, there is no two-state solution.
Mending relations with Turkey, and a renewal of negotiations with the Palestinians, are Israel’s real entry tickets back into its neighborhood. The Israel-Turkey relationship does not have to be a love story, but it should be a critical asset in a changing and uncertain regional environment.
Israelis should hear a new set of arguments regarding the region. A discourse centered on big ideas, new national enterprises, hope, post-conflict agendas and peace.
Netanyahu's government, by supporting a passive approach to the Arab Spring, is leading to a freeze in Israel-Turkey relations. The more this freeze continues, the more difficult it will be to alter.