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How John Kerry built a peace process for Israel-Palestine, then watched it burn

newstatesman.com — At around noon on March 20 last year, Air Force One landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport for Barack Obama's first presidential visit to Israel. The three-day trip had been billed as an Israeli reset-the newly reelected president's bid for a clean slate with the Jewish state after four years of icy relations.

How the Israel-Palestine Peace Deal Died

newrepublic.com — At around noon on March 20 last year, Air Force One landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport for Barack Obama's first presidential visit to Israel. The three-day trip had been billed as an Israeli reset-the newly reelected president's bid for a clean slate with the Jewish state after four years of icy relations.

Ariel Sharon Dead: Will Benjamin Netanyahu Follow in His Footsteps?

newrepublic.com — One day at the Knesset in the early eighties, then-Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon passed a left-wing lawmaker in the hall and said hello, but the lawmaker pretended not to notice. Sharon confronted him and asked why he had not returned the greeting.

Iran Nuclear Deal in Geneva: A Win for Israel, Too

newrepublic.com — With the ink barely dry on the interim nuclear deal signed Sunday between Iran and six world powers in Geneva, there's already a battle to define it. President Obama called the six-month pact "an important first step toward a comprehensive solution." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu-echoed by some congressional Republicans-called it a "historic mistake" in his weekly cabinet meeting.

Iran Nuclear Deal: Why Israel's Worried

newrepublic.com — On Friday morning, as Iran appeared to be on the verge of a preliminary deal over its nuclear program with the P5+1, John Kerry flew to Israel to brief Benjamin Netanyahu on the details of the talks. According to Ha'aretz, the two were both supposed to present statements to the media, but in light of the developing rift between Israel and the U.S.

Avigdor Lieberman Acquitted: What It Means for Israel

newrepublic.com — It was a busy day in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, with John Kerry shuttling between Jerusalem and the West Bank to avert a full-blown crisis in the negotiations. But in Israel, all eyes this morning were on a Jerusalem courtroom, where Avigdor Lieberman-Israel's deposed foreign minister-was unanimously acquitted of the fraud and graft charges that forced him to resign in December (a verdict that ends a 17-year saga of investigations).

Danny Danon: Israel's Ted Cruz

newrepublic.com — Three Septembers ago, in that fleeting moment when Rick Perry seemed like a legitimate presidential candidate, the Texas governor came to New York, where he received a rare international endorsement. With just days until a planned United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood, Perry stood at a podium flanked by U.S.

Amos Yadlin on Iran Strike: Why Israel Needs to Act Soon

newrepublic.com — "I supported [Netanyahu and Barak] on the notion that if we come to the fork in the road [on Iran], where we have to choose between very tough alternatives-the 'bomb' or the 'bombing'-I'm with the prime minister, for the bombing," former Israeli defense-intelligence chief Amos Yadlin told me on a recent evening on the porch of his home in the small town of Carmay Yosef.

Netanyahu to Divide Jerusalem?

newrepublic.com — Is Benjamin Netanyahu preparing to divide Jerusalem? Last week, Benjamin Netanyahu showed up at Bar-Ilan University, the right-wing institution where he first spoke in support of a Palestinian state in 2009, and delivered a widely watched address that critics said proved he isn't serious about a peace deal.

Netanyahu's Nightmare: How Israel's Elections Could Surprise Us

newrepublic.com — Benjamin Netanyahu knows a thing or two about election-night surprises. In 1996, after months in which rival Shimon Peres seemed headed for a landslide, Netanyahu defied the exit polls and squeaked by in one of the great upsets of Israeli electoral history. "Went to bed with Peres, woke up with Netanyahu," went the saying.
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Oct 03, 2014

RT @amirtibon: רהמ אישר בראיון ל@chicomenashe שהסכים למסמך קרי, כולל סעיף של גבולות 67 עם חילופי שטחים. הנוסח המדויק והמסע בדרך אליו:newrepublic.com/article/118751…

Sep 02, 2014

RT @StephensWSJ: Obama's Curious Rage: Calm when it comes to Putin, ISIS and Hamas, but furious with Israel. My column in the WSJ: online.wsj.com/articles/bret-…

Aug 24, 2014

RT @YadlinAmos: 3 of Hamas' Top10 in 48 hrs = a remarkable mil&intel achievement. #Hamas is welcome to continue this "attrition". Israel mu…

Aug 24, 2014

RT @amirtibon: שיפר כותב הבוקר שביבי הסכים במהלך המומ להכיר "באופן פתלתל" בגבולות 67. הנוסח המדויק ממסמך קרי: newrepublic.com/article/118751… pic.twitter.com/vlfvFGNvZ7

Aug 18, 2014

RT @YadlinAmos: Better a UNSC resolution calling for a cease fire than an agreement with a terror organization that doesn't treat future armament of Hamas

Aug 18, 2014

RT @YadlinAmos: A UNSC resolution will solidify the principle of "reconstruction for demilitarization" in Gaza, and the return of PA to the #Gaza Strip.

Aug 18, 2014

Give a warm Twitter welcome to @YadlinAmos, former Israeli chief of military intelligence and current president of @INSSIsrael.

Aug 17, 2014

RT @YadlinAmos: #Israel shouldn't fear #Hamas attrition. Has economic, military superiority, and the capacity to escalate. Attrition will get Hamas nothing

Aug 14, 2014

RT @amirtibon: Israeli opposition leader, Isaac Herzog, attacks Bibi over rift with US, says there is "complete mistrust" btwn @netanyahu &…

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