While American leaders explain the foundations of the U.S.-Israeli relationship by citing shared democratic values and a commitment to the Jewish nation-state, they often fail to mention that Israel makes many contributions to U.S. national interests.
The prisoner exchange between Israel and Hamas could indicate a shift in Hamas' willingness to deal with Israel, but the release of convicted terrorists could also mean renewed violence, says former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk.
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs released this statement on October 2, 2011. It was the country's first official response to the September 2011 statement made by the Quartet urging direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
This September 2011 UN "Report of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Inquiry on the 31 May 2010 Flotilla Incident" was directed by Sir Geoffrey Palmer and was the committee's final report on the incident.
Elliott Abrams says that President Clinton's laying of blame on Israeli prime minister Netanyahu for the lack of progress toward peace with the Palestinians ignores extraordinary change among the Israeli right over the last ten years.
Palestinian President Abbas's plan to seek statehood status at the UN next week has spurred new crisis-diplomacy efforts, but political pressures on all sides could make a deal hard to come by, says analyst Ziad Asali.
The Washington Post's Colum Lynch analyzes the Palestinian quest for UN state recognition, which highlights the role of the international organization despite its inability to resolve the Israeli-Palestine conflict.
Robert Danin argues that by adopting a publicly confrontational approach, the Palestinians risk undermining the goodwill and security that Fayyad's nation-building program has so painstakingly created.
With the upcoming vote at the United Nations on Palestinian statehood, Elliott Abrams urges Congress to reexamine the U.S. aid program to the Palestinian Authority in his testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The recent mob attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo spotlights the fragility of Israel-Egypt relations, but the Egyptian military will strive to restore the peace between the two nations, says former U.S. ambassador Frank G. Wisner.
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