The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Breaking the Deadlock

By Alon Ben Meir, Professor at New York University, Expert on Middle-East Politics, specializing in negotiations and conflict resolution And Gilles Pargneaux, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-president of the delegation with Mashrek Countries The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has rarely been so far from finding a resolution. Since the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas…

May 3, 2016 Read more

A Plea For Reason: An Open Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu, I write this letter to you with a heavy heart as it pains me deeply to see the beautiful dream of a strong and proud Israel, the country that was expected to embrace what is virtuous, moral, and just, now losing its reason for being—as a free and secure Jewish state…

February 23, 2016 Read more

The Truth About Israel’s National Security

Israel’s historical experiences, coupled with decades of violent confrontations with Arab states and the Palestinians, have created a major psychological barrier embedded in the psyche of every Israeli, placing Israel’s legitimate national security concerns at the center of its domestic and foreign policy. That said, no military might or even the expropriation of the entire…

February 4, 2016 Read more

The Dire Consequences Of Revenge And Retribution

A regular reader of my weekly column recently shared with me a commentary about the brutal murder of Dafna Meir, an Israeli Jew who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager. Needless to say, there are no words to express the anger and revulsion over this atrocious crime—murdering an innocent woman with six children…

January 27, 2016 Read more

In The Grip Of Powerful Illusions

The deadlock in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process appears to be illogical and unsettling as a majority of Israelis and Palestinians realize that coexistence, whether under conditions of enmity or friendship, is a fact that neither side can change short of a catastrophe. Both sides understand that the general parameters of a sustainable peace agreement must…

December 16, 2015 Read more

Israel’s Occupation Is Morally Indefensible

I have long maintained that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank defies the moral principle behind the creation of the state. Contrary to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s assertion, the occupation erodes rather than buttresses Israel’s national security and cannot be justified on either security or moral grounds. Unless Israel embraces a new moral path, no one…

December 10, 2015 Read more

Abandoning The Quartet In Favor Of The Arab Peace Initiative

During several meetings I recently had with EU officials in Brussels, they argued that it is time to revive the Middle East Quartet, which consists of the US, EU, Russia, and the UN, to resurrect the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. I took the opposite position because I believe that the Quartet failed from the onset to…

December 3, 2015 Read more

How The Ideological Siege Undermines The Peace Process

In my column two weeks ago, I addressed the question as to why past Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have failed, and last week I suggested that the regional environment is, in fact, conducive to the resumption of peace talks. As usual, I received scores of positive comments and perhaps as much criticism, which made me feel that…

November 25, 2015 Read more

Why Have Past Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Failed?

No new format for peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians can succeed unless it carefully considers the reasons behind the failure of past negotiations to ensure that the same mistakes are not repeated. The following highlights some of the more prominent reasons behind the collapse of prior Israeli-Palestinian negotiations: Disagreement on rules of engagement:…

November 18, 2015 Read more
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