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EGYPT’S MUBARAK: GOLAN COULD HAVE BEEN SYRIA’S IF IT RECOGNIZED ISRAEL

yria rejected an Israeli offer to return the Golan Heights in exchange for the normalization of relations and the opening of embassies in the two countries, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak told Egyptian media. “I contacted the Israelis to try to recover the Golan Heights, but they demanded the opening of an Israeli embassy in Damascus and a Syrian one ...

Analysis Israel Election: Poor Results Show It’s Time for Arab Parties to Do Some Soul-searching

Whether or not the Ra’am-Balad party passes the threshold and makes it into Israel’s 21st Knesset, all the Arab parties, along with all those who claim to represent Arab society in Israel, need to do some soul-searching. For the 2015 election, the Arab parties merged to form the Joint List, and that united front reaped 13 seats in the 120-seat ...

Pompeo Refuses to Say What U.S. Would Do if Israel Annexes West Bank

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to tell Congress on Tuesday what the United States would do if the Israeli government tried to annex the West Bank, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently promised to do if re-elected. Mr. Pompeo’s silence on the issue is a break from the actions of previous administrations. Senior American officials have long and explicitly ...

Next Israeli Gov’t To Be Plagued by Even More Religious Coercion

Benjamin Netanyahu has once again emerged as the man destined to lead Israel into the near future, but he wasn’t the biggest winner as the votes for the 21st Knesset were counted overnight. One of the major criticisms leveled against Netanyahu going into Tuesday’s election was that he routinely acquiesced to too many demands from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties in ...

Israel Election Live Updates: As Gantz Concedes, Netanyahu Set for Victory

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in position to win a fourth consecutive term on Wednesday, with nearly all of the votes counted. By Wednesday evening, the rival Blue and White alliance led by Benny Gantz had conceded the race, though ballots were still being counted. • After the final tally, it will be up to President Reuven Rivlin to choose ...

‘The future is dark’: Palestinians react to Israel’s election

Palestinians and their leaders in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip have reacted to the likely re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu and his rightwing allies with both horror and apathy. Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official, said Israelis had “overwhelmingly voted for candidates that are unequivocally committed to entrenching the status quo of oppression, occupation, annexation and dispossession in Palestine. “They ...

Opinion: Trump’s Recognition Of Israel’s Claim To Golan Only Creates New Problems

Aaron David Miller (@aarondmiller2), a vice president at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is a former State Department official who advised six previous secretaries of state 0n Middle East policy. He is the author of The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President. If there ever was a foreign policy decision made for ...

Court filing links exposed spy to Israel’s Black Cube

LONDON (AP) — A Canadian attorney says he appears to have been targeted by the same undercover operative unmasked by The Associated Press at a New York hotel last month , drawing a line between the man and the notorious Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube. In a court filing made public last week, Toronto attorney Darryl Levitt says that the ...

Israel rejects UN report claiming war crimes at Gaza protests

United Nations investigators said Israeli security forces may have committed war crimes over the killing of 189 Palestinians and wounding of more than 6,100 at weekly protests in Gaza last year. “The Israeli security forces killed and maimed Palestinian demonstrators who did not pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to others when they were shot, nor were ...

Israel Releases Palestinian Lawmaker Held for Nearly Two Years Without Trial

Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar was released Thursday after being held by Israel for 20 months in administrative detention. Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was arrested for her activity in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and jailed without charges. Jarrar is a well-known figure on the Palestinian political scene and was active for many years as an advocate on ...