Middle East

A Solution To The Water Crisis?


A regional approach with Mideast partners playing to their strengths is a tantalizing possibility.

08/16/2016 - 13:40
Contributing Editor

Summertime in Israel has changed forever. The weather is as hot as always, but the age-old fear of the country drying out as the sun beats down has vanished, and the nervous wait for the winter rain is a thing of the past.

One of Israel’s five desalination plants, which produce 600 million cubic meters of water a year, much of it for domestic use.

Dennis Ross Urges U.S. To Get Real On Mideast Life

The Arab states are more concerned about U.S. support for their own governments than Washington’s relationship with Jerusalem.

11/03/2015 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

"Insanity," it is said, “is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Could Talks With Hamas Lead Anywhere?

A year after the Gaza war, a possibility fraught with problems.

08/25/2015 - 20:00
Contributing Editor

Despite the strong denials from Jerusalem, reports of contacts between Israel and Hamas over a possible cease-fire refuse to die. In fact, it seems more and more certain that Tony Blair has been acting as a go-between and trying to close a 10-year cessation of hostilities, which would bring quiet to Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip.

Peace envoy Tony Blair.  Getty Images

Will Congress Step Up And Stop The Iran Deal?

07/14/2015 - 20:00

Now that a final agreement with Iran has been reached, Congress will be given 60 days within which to debate and accept or reject it. This, however, would not be the end in the long-simmering fight between Congress and the president over his foreign policy legacy and its long-term threat to American and Israeli national security interests.  Let me explain.

Eric Mandel

‘The Status Quo Is Tolerable’

Professor Efraim Inbar says there's no alternative right now to fighting Hamas every few years.

06/08/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Efraim Inbar is a professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University and director of its Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (the BESA Center). Inbar holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago and has served as a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University. His specialty is Middle Eastern strategic issues with a special interest in the politics and strategy of Israeli national security.

Efraim Inbar: Hostile states pose a bigger threat to Israel than do movements like Hamas or Hezbollah.

Obama On Bibi: Make It Personal

The move wasn't statesmanlike, but Bibi's joint session maneuver is easily explained in terms of his foreign policy.

01/26/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Last summer, I had the opportunity to take my family on an extended visit to the United States. It was a wonderful trip, with the added bonus that my children did not have to spend any time in bomb-proof rooms like their peers and cousins back home in Israel.

In happier days. Getty Images

Abbas, Bibi Call Each Other’s Bluff

01/06/2015 - 19:00

With a new and serious diplomatic showdown between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in progress — PA President Abbas seeking to charge Israeli leaders with military crimes through the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Israel freezing $147 million in monthly tax revenue payments to the PA — one wonders who’s calling whose bluff and where it will all lead.

HarperCollins Leaves Israel Off Maps In Atlases For Middle East Schools

12/30/2014 - 19:00

The HarperCollins publishing house has omitted Israel from maps in atlases that it sells to English-speaking schools in the Middle East.

Clinton, At Saban Forum, Endorses Obama’s Middle East Policy

Likely presidential contender pushes back against perceived U.S.-Israel tensions.

12/08/2014 - 19:00

Washington — From the drive for Israeli-Palestinian peace to nuclear talks with Iran, Hillary Rodham Clinton is endorsing President Obama’s Israel-related positions.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, with Haim Saban. Peter Halmagyi

Evangelical Leaders Will Travel To Israel To Signal Their Support

08/11/2014 - 20:00

Several high-profile evangelical leaders will travel to Israel next week as a part of the “Christians in Solidarity with Israel” trip put together by the National Religious Broadcasters in response to the most recent conflict in Gaza.

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