Israel’s Diplomacy Strike Wreaks Havoc in Jerusalem, and It’s Getting Worse

For the past three months, the country’s foreign ministry, gutted of its powers by political agreements, has been in disarray

Are the Israel Defense Forces Finally Ready for the Next Lebanon War?

Israel’s failures in 2006 foreshadow the challenges that lie ahead in a fractured Middle East—and the coming wars there

Can $5 Billion Holocaust Litigation Show the Way to Palestinian Reparations?

With Sec. John Kerry re-engaging in Middle East peace negotiations, the thorny issue of cash for refugees returns to the fore

Iran’s Presidential Election Is Friday. What Happens If Protests Break Out Again?

Agents of Influence: Assad’s bloody grip on power in Syria shows how hard it is to dislodge a determined despot

Land for Peace in the Battle Over Millennia-Old Palestinian Farming Terraces

In the village of Battir, green ideals and cultural heritage override detailed plans for Israel’s separation wall

Israel’s Next Chief Rabbi Has Illustrious Shoes To Fill—From Long Ago

Can David Stav, who is in line for the post, return it to the stature it held before his immediate predecessors?

How Plato and Aristotle Help Us Understand the Tyranny of Bashar al-Assad

Today’s upheaval in the Arab world has antecedents in past revolutions. So, why are the lessons lost on U.S. policymakers?

Obama’s Turkey

The president’s favorite Muslim democrat is turning into just another Middle Eastern despot

Russia’s Middle-East Gambit

The Syrian civil war puts Moscow’s relations with the West, Turkey, the Gulf States, and Israel to a serious test

Happy Birthday, Mr. Kissinger

The influential former secretary of state—courtier, careerist, proud American, conflicted Jew—turns 90

Religious Labor

Israeli society debates the value of Haredi jobs, but Patrick Leigh Fermor saw the ultra-Orthodox hard at work

John Kerry’s Silly Play

The secretary of state prattles about imaginary treaties while the Arab world is engulfed by a Sunni-Shia civil war

The Mideast Crack-Up: A Roundtable Discussion of the New Arab Map

Robert Worth, David Goldman, Edward Luttwak, Amos Harel, Nathan Thrall, and Lee Smith on the new Arab map

Dumb and Dumber: When Neocons and Obama Liberals Agree

How neocons and Obama liberals have created catastrophe by consensus in the Middle East

The Lesser of Syria’s Evils

Top Israeli military and intelligence analysts are divided over which side to back in Syria’s civil war

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