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A Palestinian Hamas national security soldier prays next to the rubble of a destroyed military base following Israeli airstrikes, in the town of Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018.

AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra

Analysis & Opinions - The National Interest

Forty-Five Years After the 1973 War, Israel Faces Another Year of Decision

| Oct. 15, 2018

Exactly forty-five years after Egypt launched the 1973 War, Hamas leader Yahia Sinwar opened a Sadat-like direct conversation with the Israeli public that painted a dire picture of the conditions in the Gaza Strip and presented Israel with a stark choice.

President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House. March 5, 2018 (Evan Vucci/Associated Press).

Evan Vucci/Associated Press

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Everyone Loves Israel Now

| Mar. 26, 2018

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Arab world today is how relatively uncontroversial Israel has become. During 11 days of travel through Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, we heard the Israeli-Palestinian conflict mentioned only once. This is a dramatic shift from decades during which hostility to Israel served as perhaps the most important unifier of often fractious Arab governments.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after making statements to the press in the West Bank City of Bethlehem on May 23, 2017 (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File).

AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File

Analysis & Opinions - The National Interest

Art of the Peace Deal: What Can Be Done in Israel and Palestine?

| Oct. 29, 2017

A series of circumstances currently present Israelis and Palestinians with a unique opportunity to resolve their historic conflict. The first of these was the election of President Donald Trump, who seems genuinely motivated by the challenge of succeeding where all his predecessors have failed: to bring peace to Israel-Palestine. Indeed, the president’s many naysayers, veterans of all previous failed efforts to resolve the conflict, seem to only increase Trump’s motivation to attempt the impossible. “We’re working very hard on it,” he recently said in New York, “Historically, people say it can’t happen. I say it can happen.”

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands at the Israel Museum, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner

Analysis & Opinions - The National Interest

Netanyahu Can't Predict What Trump Will Do Next

| May 22, 2017

"The Israelis, who anticipated dealing with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a senior member of the royal family, now found themselves probed by an unknown New York City lawyer. Even more shocking was the discovery that Greenblatt is highly intelligent, open-minded, a listener who does not claim to know everything, a person who seems to believe that there are two sides to every story (even more alarming) and who has, at the very least, some sensitivity and empathy toward the plights and fears of both sides."

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with United States President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, September 21, 2016 in New York City.

Drew Angerer / Pool via CNP /MediaPunch/IPX

Analysis & Opinions - The National Interest

Obama and Israel: Farewell to a True Friend

| Jan. 17, 2017

Addressing the delegates to the AIPAC National Conference on March 21, 2016, then candidate for president Donald Trump asserted that President Barack Obama “may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel, believe me, believe me. And you know it and you know it better than anybody." This view is still shared by many right-wing Israelis as well as by many members of the American Jewish community. Yet nothing can be farther than the truth.

The War on ISIS: 6 Issues to Ponder Before Escalating the Fight

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The War on ISIS: 6 Issues to Ponder Before Escalating the Fight

| November 25, 2015

The recent attacks in Paris have spurred a flood of demands to escalate the fight against ISIS. Now that the initial shock is over, it is time to explore in greater detail what such efforts should look like if their results are not to prove worse than the threat that ISIS currently poses. The following is an attempt to sketch a number of questions that should be pondered before a decision to further escalate the war is taken.