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February 12, 2020

Israel
A Conversation With Ehud Olmert

Former Prime Minister of Israel and Mayor of Jerusalem Ehud Olmert discusses the history of, and future prospects for, resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including a discussion on President …

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November 17, 2020

Palestinian Territories
A Conversation With Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh of the Palestinian Authority

Prime Minister Shtayyeh discusses the Palestinian Authority’s relations with the United States, its security and economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the broader Middle East peace process. 

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October 29, 2020

Israel
Lessons From History Series: The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin—25 Years Later

Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated on November 4, 1995, only two years after he shook hands with Yasser Arafat on the White House South Lawn following the signing of the Osl…

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November 26, 2012

Israel
Israel’s Ehud Barak: Not Finished Yet

A prominent Israeli general, who subsequently became a politician, once told me: “In our politics there is ‘dead,’ ‘dead and buried,’ and ‘dead and buried and never coming back.’” It is important to …

Israel's defence minister Barak shakes hands with a soldier during a news conference near Tel Aviv on November 18, 2012 (Bar-On/Courtesy Reuters).

January 24, 2005

Palestinian Territories
HBO History Makers Series: Ehud Barak

New York, N.Y. [Note: the transcript begins in progress.] MORTIMER ZUCKERMAN:— [Ehud Barak] organized the Israeli military to take into account much of the transformation in military technology…

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January 28, 2019

Israel
The Golan Heights Should Stay Israeli Forever

At least one of Israel’s occupations will be permanent, whether anyone else likes it or not.

An Israeli soldier speaks on his mobile phone at a military outpost on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights over looking the Israel-Syria border February 4, 2015.

May 15, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Damage Done in Jerusalem

Washington has already enabled Israel’s permanent occupation, and with the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem willingly given up a crucial leverage issue with the Israeli government.

A Palestinian demonstrator with a slingshot looks on during a protest against U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City.

May 1, 2017

Palestinian Territories
Palestinian President Abbas’ Washington Challenge

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas faces one of the greatest negotiating challenges of his political career on Wednesday when he meets President Trump at the White House: He must convince many skept…

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February 22, 2017

Middle East and North Africa
Abbas Spurns Rivlin’s Hand--and Peace

Since leaving the White House in January, 2009, I’ve been telling audiences that Palestinian president and PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas will never, never sign a peace agreement with Israel--no matter wha…