Commentary

May 29, 2014
Alon Pinkas

Today US administration spokespersons will explain that the speech focused on security and not on foreign policy, and that is the reason the Middle East was not mentioned. But that does not explain why yesterday morning, in an appearance that was broadcast by three networks, US Secretary of State John Kerry did not mention the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at all.

May 27, 2014
Peter A. Joseph

If the Israeli public and Israel’s supporters in the Diaspora sit idly by, it would be, as Martin Indyk warns, “a tragedy of historic proportions.”

Apr 24, 2014
Alon Pinkas

By the standards of the parallel universe inhabited by Israelis and Palestinians, April 23 was a good day. Everyone now feels vindicated, self-righteous, sanctimonious and in their comfort zone, with leadership and statesmanship reduced to saying "I told you so."

Apr 10, 2014

There's a new industry in Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah. It's called Kerry-bashing: The secretary of State never should have tried to bring about an Israeli-Palestinian deal; he wasted too much time; he's too soft on the Israelis or Palestinians or both; he needs to get on to other issues.

Mar 28, 2014

By Charles R. Bronfman and Yuval Rabin

Published in YNET

As the United States searches for a formula to extend the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, this is a particularly propitious moment to advance a regional architecture to the talks and, by doing so, bolster the prospects of reaching a lasting accord.

Twelve years ago this week, the Arab League adopted the Arab Peace Initiative – first introduced by Saudi Arabia – advancing the promise of normalized relations between Israel and the Arab world in the context of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace. Since endorsed by the 57 nations of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the initiative is notable in its scale, scope and opportunity

However, it remains a promise to be fulfilled upon the conclusion of a peace agreement, not an action plan for obtaining one. That should change.

Mar 28, 2014

It is our sincere hope that in the period ahead President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu will each demonstrate leadership, and find a suitable formula to continue negotiations toward a lasting resolution of the conflict.  We fully support the continued commitment of Secretary Kerry and President Obama to work to advance this crucial goal. 

Mar 26, 2014
Peter A. Joseph

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon made headlines yet again in both Israel and the United States last week with his criticism of U.S. foreign policy and statements that Israel cannot depend on the United States when it comes to Iran. While some media outlets reported that Ya’alon apologized for his remarks to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel—he has issued a statement voicing regret for any offense his comments may have caused—the State Department said no apology has come.

Mar 13, 2014

A natural analyst and voracious consumer of intelligence, Sam was also determined to see the world the way it was, and not to try to make policy based only on the way we wanted it to be. He believed that to fix the world, you first have to understand it. 

Feb 21, 2014
Alon Pinkas

When courageous, historic, game-changing, future-defining and yes, risky decisions needed to be made, both resorted to fundamental inaction and entrenched themselves in a righteous “zero-sum justice” position: Any recognition of the other side’s narrative, justice and grievances means an erosion of our side’s. Any compromise means giving in to the other side.

Feb 10, 2014

For while the US government, including Secretary Kerry, are on record firmly opposing BDS and other attempts to isolate Israel, there are also limits to its ability to prevent such activities. 

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