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King Hassan II and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in Rabat, 1993.

A 1993 meeting with Moroccan King Hassan II worth remembering

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From 1992 to 1994, I served as political adviser to the late Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin. In that capacity, I was sent to brief the King of Morocco, Hassan II,...
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz visits the Israel-Lebanon border, Nov. 17, 2020. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Right livid after Gantz says Jerusalem has ‘room’ for Palestinian capital

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Prominent figures on Israel’s right are furious with Defense Minister Benny Gantz for telling London-based Saudi news outlet Asharq Al-Awsat in a recent interview that he does not envision full regional peace without the Palestinians, and...
Yamina leader Naftali Bennett speaks during a Knesset plenary session, Aug. 24, 2020. Photo by Oren Ben Hakoon/POOL.

Naftali Bennett: Approving a Palestinian state would be Israel’s ‘biggest mistake’

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Israeli Knesset Member Naftali Bennett has warned that approving a Palestinian state would be the “biggest mistake in Israel’s history.” Bennett, a member of the New Right Party, made the remark during a Zionist Organization of...
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Biden Could End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Recently I had an opportunity to brief a group of European diplomats and journalists on a variety of conflicts, with a focus on the Middle East. During the Q&A I was asked which of...

Pompeo to JNS: ‘Trump administration will continue to be a force for good’

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Under the stewardship of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the administration in Washington has taken new approaches to American foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East. The results have been profound, culminating in three...
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas shakes hands with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting at the P.A.'s headquarters in Ramallah on March 26, 2018. Photo by Flash90.

German minister warns Israel against unilateral actions affecting Palestinians

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas alluded indirectly to Israel on Tuesday against taking unilateral steps that could hurt peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. “Creating facts unilaterally won’t help us in this already difficult...
Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris on the campaign trail in October 2020. Source: Kamala Harris via Facebook.

Harris: Biden administration would reverse several Trump policies on Palestinians

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Vice-presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said a potential Biden administration would reverse several moves by the Trump administration regarding the Palestinians. “We will take immediate steps to restore economic and humanitarian assistance to the...
Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Gilad Erdan, in his first address to the Security Council, Oct. 26, 2020. Source: Facebook/Gilad Erdan.

Erdan: UN resolutions only perpetuate Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan criticized U.N. bodies on Wednesday for consistently supporting anti-Israel resolutions that he said perpetuated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Erdan made his remarks at the U.N. General Assembly Fourth...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech regarding the coronavirus outbreak, at P.A. headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on May 5, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Palestinians press for international peace conference to renew talks with Israel

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Top Palestinian diplomat Riad Malki on Monday called for an international peace conference as the only way to renew talks with Israel, AP reported. According to the report, this comes on the heels of a similar call...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas (center) delivers a speech on the new Middle East peace plan at P.A. headquarters in Ramallah, Jan. 28, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Determining next steps of next administration on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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While U.S. President Donald Trump’s first term has been dominated by domestic issues, some of his most notable moves as president relate to foreign policy, in particular with a focus on Israel. This includes...