While one Saudi prince is slamming the Israelis, another is pummelling the Palestinians: The royals of Riyadh are now fighting a very public war over relations with Israel
Prof. Elie Podeh is a Board Member at Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies and teaches in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University. He is currently a visiting professor at the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics
Netanyahu’s no-conditions ‘peace for peace' doctrine, legitimized by Trump, is great for the Gulf. But it’s irrelevant for Israel’s conflicts with its actual neighbors, not least the Palestinians
The UAE and Saudi Arabia now have significant leverage over Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians. And Riyadh is Israel’s real prize
When Jared Kushner on CNN accused the Palestinians of 'screwing up another opportunity,' he not only overlooked Israel’s own screw-ups, but entirely mischaracterized the Trump plan as an opportunity for peace
Recognizing the mistake made in rejecting the 1947 UN Partition Plan is a step on the road to accepting a limited plan based on the May 1967 lines.
The Arab world remains racked with problems, but it would be a grave error for Israel to view these struggles as a chance to strengthen control of the occupied territories
Had Abbas accepted the Olmert government’s proposals on borders, land swaps and a West Bank to Gaza corridor in 2008, they would have become U.S. policy, from which any future administration could not easily retreat
This year will be wasted, but the despair, frustration and disappointment of younger Palestinians in the occupation’s 50th year is a powder keg.
In retrospect it appears Egypt's January 2011 revolution caused a tilt toward Islamism and the June 2013 revolution has made a correction toward secular liberalism. This new opening could give the secular forces the strength to adopt a liberal position that does not exclude groups on the basis of religion.
The story of the Arab Peace Initiative is the story of Israel repeatedly missing an opportunity.
The Egyptian revolution began with a big dream. Disappointments and chaos have punctured the hopes of the uprising, but the possibility of establishing a democratic regime has not yet been lost. This second year of the revolution will be crucial.
Syria's return to the Sunni world would not be without problems: It would broaden the circle of countries ruled by Sunni Islam that surround Israel.
The claim that there is no one to talk to on the Palestinian side is a common one in contemporary Israeli discourse. However, scrutiny of the history of talks between Israel and its neighbors reveals that the no-partner claim has been a part of the Israeli-Arab conflict from its outset.