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Political Process

Israel can sanely move towards 2-states. Here’s how by David A. Sherman, The Times of Israel, November 4, 2019

Amidst justified fears over an immediate withdrawal from the West Bank, the government can start to clarify future borders.

How To Think About Israeli-Palestinian Peace by Dennis Ross, Hoover Institution, September 24, 2019

Today, regrettably, I believe we are far from being able to settle or resolve this conflict. The gaps between the two sides—psychologically and substantively—have never been wider.

A Plan for Peace by Benjamin Netanyahu, Tablet, August 26, 2019

Is America about to adopt the Israeli prime minister’s 20-year-old plan for a durable settlement between Israel and the Palestinians?

Who Killed the Peace Process? by Jonathan Gellman, Tablet, August 6, 2019

The Trump administration wants to finally secure an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, but the two sides are still blaming each other for the last time the talks collapsed. [T]he individual who insists that it is in fact the other party to the conflict who is responsible for the breakdown in the peace process is, in all likelihood, a decent person. They are simply driven by group identity, religion, political identification, biology or upbringing to a moral framework that leads them to different conclusions.

There might be something to ‘deal of the century’ after all by Ben-Dror Yemini,, August 1, 2019

The long-awaited Trump peace plan is not expected to include an offer of statehood for the Palestinians, unlike offers made by previous administrations and it would be wise for Ramallah to understand there will be no better offer on the table

Jared Kushner’s all-or-nothing mistake in the Middle East by David Makovsky, The Washington Post, July 1, 2019

The Bahrain Conference: What the Experts and the Media Missed by Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, FORTUNE, June 30, 2019

Ten ways the Palestinians failed to move toward a state during Oslo: Critique of Seth Anziska’s Preventing Palestine by Yair Hirschfeld, Fathom, June 2019

Making Real Arab-Israeli Peace at the Bahrain Conference by Shoshana Bryen, Gatestone Institute, June 5, 2019

The Deal of the Century’s Audacious Bets by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, May 23, 2019

A Memo to Jared by Alex Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, May 12, 2019

What’s So Bad About Partial Annexation? by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, May 2, 2019

Inside the Trump Administration’s Middle East Peace Effort (interview with Jared Kushner), The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 2, 2019

The reality of the ‘two-state solution’ by Shoshana Bryen, The Washington Times, April 29, 2019

Israel’s Election Didn’t Kill Hope for Peace. It Was Already Dead. by Daniel Gordis, Bloomberg, April 17, 2019

Jewish and Palestinian positions are entrenched, and no party offered ideas for changing that.

Anticipating Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ by Daniel Pipes, Washington Times, April 9, 2019

It may repeat the mistakes of traditional Palestinian-Israeli diplomacy by asking too little of Arabs and too much of Israelis

Eight Steps to Shrink the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Micah Goodman, The Atlantic, April 1, 2019

Those at the center of the debate must replace paralysis with pragmatism.

Trump’s law of diminishing returns by David M. Weinberg, The Jerusalem Post, March 29, 2019

US President Donald Trump’s recognition this week of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights has mega-important implications for Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy of the future.

There Is No ‘Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’ by Matti Friedman, The New York Times, January 17, 2019

To understand why, you have to zoom out.

Peace: The Missing Israeli Election Issue by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, January 10, 2019

Proposal would split Israel from Palestinians – but don’t call it a peace plan by Judah Ari Gross, The Times of Israel, October 8, 2018 (see also The INSS Plan: A Political-Security Framework for the Israeli-Palestinian Arena and rebuttal: Warmed-over withdrawal syndrome by David M. Weinberg, Israel Hayom, October 12, 2018

Amos Yadlin and the INSS think tank urge Israel to take independent action to remain ‘Jewish, democratic, secure and ethical’ and prevent ‘existential threat’ of binational state. “The right fell in love with the status quo. The left fell in love with an unachievable peace.”

A Silver Jubilee for False Promises by Amir Taheri, Asharq Al-Awsat, September 14, 2018

Oslo Didn’t Fail by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, September 20, 2018

The Oslo Accords according to the Palestinian Authority – 25 years in review, Palestinian Media Watch, September 13, 2018

The Oslo handshake, 25 years on by Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe, September 5, 2018

Israel 25 Years after the Oslo Accords: Why Did Rabin Fall for Them? by Efraim Karsh, Middle East Quarterly Volume 25: Number 4, Fall 2018

Why Israelis Shy from Victory by Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2018

Taking an Axe to the “Peace Process” by Shoshana Bryen, Jewish Policy Center, August 29, 2018

The IOI — ‘If Only Israel’ — Syndrome by David Harris, The Times of Israel, July 18, 2018

The Palestinian Authority’s ‘Day of Rage’ Over the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Smacks of Desperation by Shoshana Bryen, The Daily Caller, May 14, 2018

The Key To Middle East Peace Is An Arab-Israeli Peace Process by Shoshana Bryen, The Daily Caller, March 16, 2018

The empty talk of two states by Jonathan S. Tobin, JNS, March 6, 2018

Endorsing the traditional formula for peace was smart politics for AIPAC, but that doesn’t make it a realistic option for the foreseeable future.

A Two-State Solution for Israel and the Palestinians Is Closer Than You Think by Ami Ayalon, Gilead Sher and Orni Petruschka, Washington Post, February 28, 2018

In Praise of a Dismal Status Quo by Jonathan S. Tobin, The New York Jewish Week, January 23, 2018 (see also: Israel and the Palestinians Need the Status Quo by Shalom Lipner, Foreign Policy, January 23, 2018)

Israel has proven that it can afford to wait for peace. Rather than being weakened, it has grown stronger and despite the hate of BDS groups and other foes, there’s no reason why that won’t continue. As much as those that love it would prefer that the wait not continue, for lack of better options, that’s the only real choice Israel has. Hard as it may be to accept, Abbas has made it clear the status quo is still the best of all available current options.

Khaled Abu Toameh on the Life of a Pro-Israeli Arab-Muslim,, December 20, 2017

Award-winning journalist reveals why the peace process is at a standstill at Restoration Weekend.

Reimagining a more realistic “peace process” by Clifford D. May, The Washington Times, December 20, 2017

A Down Payment for Peace by Shoshana Bryen, American Thinker, December 7, 2017

Settlements and Solutions: Is It Too Late for Two States? by David Makovsky, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 2017

Explore the geography and demography of Israeli settlements in this first-of-its-kind interactive mapping tool.

The Perilous Status of the Palestinian Mission in Washington by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, November 21, 2017

The Essential Principles for Israel in Negotiating with Saudi Arabia and the Arab World by Dr. Mordechai Kedar, November 21, 2017

Time for a peace process paradigm change by Jonathan S. Tobin, JNS, November 17, 2017

Building a Better U.S. Peace Plan by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, October 26, 2017

Trump Tries a New Tack on the Peace Process by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, September 25, 2017

Obama’s Israel Ambassador: The Two-State Solution Remains The Best Option, But We Need To Plan In Case It Fails by Daniel Shapiro, Tablet, August 29, 2017

American interests will be worse off without two states. But it’s time to consider how we might make the best of that bad situation.

Where is Israel? by Shoshana Bryen, American Thinker, August 15, 2017

Recognizing a Palestinian State before a Peace Agreement with Israel Undermines the International Rule of Law by Peter Wertheim, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Jerusalem Issue Brief Vol. 17, No. 22, August 13, 2017

Addressing the Paths Available to President Trump’s Israel-Palestine Efforts by Anthony V. John, Israel Policy Forum, Matzav Blog, July 28, 2017

Stop Infantilizing the Palestinians by David Harris, The Times of Israel, July 25, 2017

Trump Is In Danger of Pulling a Reverse Obama by Ilan Goldenberg, Israel Policy Forum, Matzav Blog, July 7, 2017

Constructive ambiguity has not worked. Peace needs constructive specificity by Einat Wilf, Fathom, June 15, 2017 [see also video, Fathom Forum with Einat Wilf (23’03”), June 19, 2017]

50 Years of Palestinian Rejection by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, June 8, 2017

We Are on the Verge of Another Round of Final Status Negotiations—And That Is Not Good News by Ilan Goldenberg, Israel Policy Forum, Matzav Blog, June 1, 2017

The Over-Dramatization of Israel’s “Dilemma” by Dr. Max Singer, The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 479, May 28, 2017

The Abbas White House Meeting by Col. (Ret.) Dr. Eran Lerman,, May 5, 2017

[W]hen an American administration is seen as sympathetic to Israel, Jerusalem may be more likely to compromise; and Abbas, for his part, can legitimately explain to his people that in a Trump administration they need to settle for less than their most extreme demands.

Don’t Tell These Israelis That Peace Is Impossible by Daniel Gordis, Bloomberg, April 23, 2017

Israeli leaders Gideon Sa’ar, Moshe Ya’alon, and Micah Goodman each have a vision for peace with the Palestinians.

The Israel-Palestinian Peace Process Has Been a Massive Charade by Daniel Pipes, Mosaic, April 10, 2017

So long as rejectionism runs rampant, debates about one-, two-, and three-state solutions, about carving up the Temple Mount into dual sovereign areas, or about electricity grids and water supplies, are for naught. There can be no resolution so long as most Palestinians dream of obliterating the Jewish state. Indeed, this makes negotiations counterproductive.

Squaring the Regional Solution Circle by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Matzav Blog, April 6, 2017

People who want to intelligently discuss the prospects for a wider regional peace should minimally understand what it would involve. [….] If the regional solution is to materialize, it will involve a better appreciation not only of what is possible, but what is necessary.

The Opposite of a Two-State Solution Is Not One State by Shoshana Bryen, American Thinker, March 20, 2017

Establishing a Culture of Peace by Joel Braunold, Israel Policy Forum, Matzav Blog, March 2, 2017

While a culture of peace cannot survive in the absence of a political horizon, a political horizon cannot be created without a population who believes that peace is possible.

Inside the Black Box of Israeli-Palestinian Talks by Michael Herzog, The American Interest, February 27, 2017 (see also In politely devastating critique, Israeli negotiator skewers Kerry for dooming peace talks by Raphael Ahren, The Times of Israel, March 2, 2017; Kerry’s knee-capping of Israel by David M. Weinberg, Israel Hayom, March 9, 2017)

All sides failed in the most recent round of negotiations—but there was an opportunity for real progress. Take it from someone who was there.

The Arab-Israel Conflict: Back to the Future by Shoshana Bryen, Jewish Policy Center, February 16, 2017 (see also “Two-State, One-State”: The Difference Matters by David Harris, The Huffington Post, February 16, 2017

There Never Was a Two-State Solution; It’s Time to Move On by Mitchell Bard, The Algemeiner, January 19, 2017

For Peace in Palestine, Start from Scratch by Mario Loyola, The National Review, January 4, 2017

Is a peace deal possible if Israelis and Palestinians simply don’t trust each other? by Joel Braunold and Sarah Yerkes, Brookings Institution, January 3, 2017

Could the ‘Jewish State of Israel’ crack one of the conflict’s hardest nuts? by Raphael Ahren, The Times of Israel, January 2, 2017

Kerry on Israel: An Alternate Universe by Omri Ceren, The Daily Beast, December 29, 2016

Focusing on All the Wrong Issues by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, December 23, 2016

The Way to Peace: Israeli Victory, Palestinian Defeat by Daniel Pipes, Commentary, December 14, 2016

Wrong from the start: Why John Kerry failed to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace by David Horovitz, The Times of Israel, December 6, 2016

The indefatigable, well-intentioned secretary couldn’t have cut a deal, but he could have made progress

President Trump and the Art of the ‘Ultimate’ Israel-Palestine Peace Deal by Elliott Abrams and Uri Sadot, Foreign Policy, December 4, 2016

The two-state solution is not lost for the incoming administration. But Trump will have to pick his battles on settlements wisely.

Peace Now! Israeli Rightist Style by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, November 17, 2016

Will Trump Defy ‘Experts’ on Israel? by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, November 12, 2016

Palestinian campaign vs Balfour shows hostility to Jewish state undimmed after 100 years by David Horovitz, The Times of Israel, October 25, 2016

Netanyahu always claims Palestinian opposition to Jewish sovereignty anywhere, not just to occupation and settlements, lies at the root of the conflict. The PA’s new battle against a century-old British declaration sadly proves his point

The Israeli-Palestinian Arena – what could be done short of an agreement by Michael Herzog, Fathom, Autumn 2016

How Obama Can Still Advance Mideast Peace by Robert Sugarman, The Jewish Week, October 19, 2016

The Limits of Parameters by Yael Mizrahi-Arnaud, Israel Policy Forum, Matzav Blog, September 30, 2016

A Candid Speech from President Abbas by Elliot Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations, September 25, 2016

Analysis of the speech of President Abbas to the UN General Assembly on September 22, 2016

Why the Oslo Process Doomed Peace by Efraim Karsh, Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2016

Sideline Russia from Israeli-Palestinian Peace by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, Koplow Column, September 1, 2016

Ten False Assumptions Regarding Israel by Amb. Alan Baker, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Jerusalem Issue Brief Vol. 16, No. 13, August 16, 2016

Israeli West Bank policy – whereto? by David M. Weinberg, Israel Hayom, August 19, 2016

Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Barriers to Peace, Congressional Testimony by David Pollock, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, July 6, 2016

Sunshine and Rain by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, June 30, 2016

The Peace Process Enabled Hate by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, June 23, 2016

Trust and Partners by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, June 9, 2016

French Political Gymnastics & How to Help the Palestinians by Shoshana Bryen, Gatestone Institute, May 24, 2016

‘Peace’: A Deceptive and Dictatorial Word by Martin Sherman, The Algemeiner, May 20, 2016

Hope and Security – Toward Two States by Rabbi Kafuman, We Are for Israel, May 20, 2016

The Peace Process Is an Obstacle to Peace by Michael Mandelbaum, Commentary, April 14, 2016

Israel’s Five Policy Options Regarding Judea and Samaria by Prof. Hillel Frisch, The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, March 29, 2016

The Perfect and the Good by Michael J. Koplow, Israel Policy Forum, February 11, 2016

What Israel Should Do to Lay the Groundwork for Peace by Reuven Rivlin, The Washington Post, December 8, 2015

8 steps to peaceful two-state solution by Uri Savir, Al-Monitor, November 29, 2015

Abu Mazen’s Opposition to Recognition of Israel as a Jewish State: Strategic Implications by Shmuel Even, The Institute for National Security Studies, INSS Insight No. 762, November 4, 2015

The Middle East “Peace Process” – Oh No, Not Again by Shoshana Bryen, Jewish Policy Center, October 19, 2015

Dilemmas of the Israeli-Palestinian impasse by Nathan Sachs, The Brookings Institution, September 17, 2015

The Two-State Solution Is in Stalemate. Here’s What Israel Can Do to Prevail. by Evelyn Gordon, Mosaic, September 1, 2015

Lessons from two decades of “peace process” failure, and from the Cold War, and some sensible, pragmatic policy prescriptions.

Looking Ahead at Middle East “Peace” by Shoshana Bryen, Gatestone Institute, August 17, 2015

Why Palestinians Cannot Make Peace with Israel by Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, July 13, 2015

The Palestinian Leadership’s Regression in the Peace Process by Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Jerusalem Issue Brief Vol. 15, No. 20, July 1, 2015

“The Middle East peace process”? High time for a new name by David Harris, The Times of Israel, June 21, 2015

Former US peace Negotiator: Obama’s errors have distanced peace by Gil Hoffman, The Jerusalem Post, May 28, 2015

Eight Words from President Obama by David Harris, The Huffington Post, May 24, 2015

[Israel-Palestine] Confederation Is the Key to Mideast Peace by Yossi Beilin, The New York Times, May 14, 2015

Setting The Stage For Much-Needed Peace Talks by Peter A. Joseph and David A. Halperin (Israel Policy Forum), The Jewish Week, May 12, 2015

Could Jordan-Palestine confederation be in the cards? by Uri Savir, Al-Monitor, May 10, 2015

Rethinking the Peace Process by David M. Weinberg, The Jerusalem Post, March 19, 2015

There is no diplomatic solution by Yoel Meltzer,, January 25, 2015

The time has come for Israel to throw off the constraints of adhering to politically correct policies that are clearly detrimental to its continued existence and start fighting for its survival.

Countering punch-drunk Palestinians by David M. Weinberg, Jerusalem Post, January 8, 2015

Why the Diplomatic Intifada Will Fail by Aaron David Miller, Politico, January 4, 2015

[D]iplomatic pressure by the Palestinians on the world stage isn’t going to make it any easier to pursue a peace process trapped in limbo between a two-state solution too difficult to implement, on one hand, and still too important to abandon on the other.

Why Israeli-Palestinian Peace Failed by Roger Cohen, New York Times, December 24, 2014 (see also Tzipi Livni: Abbas Torpedoed Peace Process by David Gerstman, December 24, 2014)

Once Again, Palestinians Looking to Circumvent Negotiations With Israel Through U.N. by Daniel S. Mariaschin, The Algemeiner, December 23, 2014

Can Israel, Palestine exist in one space? by Mazal Mualem, Al-Monitor, December 19, 2014

In an interview with Al-Monitor, Dan Goldenblatt, co-CEO of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information, presents his vision of two states in one space, arguing that this proposed solution could be accepted by both the Israeli right and the Palestinians.

Abbas Shuts the Door to Negotiations with Israel by Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Jerusalem Issue Brief Vol. 14, No. 39, December 4, 2014

Land for Death by Lee Smith, Tablet, November 19, 2014

Israel may face a wrenching choice between its democracy and Jewishness. And that’s normal.

Gaza War’s Final Victim: Two-State Solution by Daniel Gordis, Bloomberg View, November 13, 2014

Ironically, those who insist on pushing for a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are actually doing the Palestinians damage. [….] Strange as it may sound, in today’s Middle East, those most anxious to see violence averted would be well-served to stop pressing for peace.

Kerry’s three Israel-Palestinian options by Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor, October 16, 2014

The Obama administration objects to the Palestinian plan of turning to the UN for recognizing Palestine, thus hesitating between two options: a new outline based on former negotiations or a series of gestures and negotiations without a deadline.

Can Israel, Palestine exist as parallel states on same land? by Arad Nir, Al-Monitor Israel Pulse, October 14, 2014

Contrary to what politicians on both sides are willing to admit, the Israeli and Palestinian people can live together side by side, and might accept an idea of having two parallel, “overlapping” states established on the same land.

Abbas destroyed hopes of Israel’s peace camp by Shlomi Eldar, Al-Monitor Israel Pulse, October 2, 2014

It’s time to revive Netanyahu’s ‘economic peace’ by Evelyn Gordon, Jerusalem Post, September 29, 2014

Since Abbas is no partner, Israel should help try to produce one by David Horovitz, The Times of Israel, September 28, 2014

Revolutionizing the peace process by David M. Weinberg, Israel Hayom, September 12, 2014

Did the Peace Process Cause the Gaza War? by Aaron Menenberg, The Tower Issue 17, August 2014

The war that Kerry and Indyk began by Gerald M. Steinberg, Israel Hayom, July 16, 2014

The One-State Solution Is on Our Doorstep by David P. Goldman, Tablet, July 14, 2014

John Kerry’s War by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, July 9, 2014

How Abbas Duped Kerry and Indyk by Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, July 1, 2014

Iraq’s Lessons for the Jordan Valley by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, June 27, 2014

Nobody to talk to by Avi Issacharoff, Times of Israel, June 7, 2014

Why is Israel so bitterly opposing Abbas’s new government, when it meets all of Netanyahu’s long-standing demands?

Beilin calls Obama ‘serious disappointment’ on peace talks by Mazal Mualem, Al-Monitor Israel Pulse, May 29, 2014

Open a Middle Road to Mideast Peace by Dennis B. Ross, New York Times, May 22, 2014

Let’s Do Almost Nothing by Efraim Inbar, Israel Hayom, May 15, 2014

The Crisis in the Peace Talks Was Pre-Planned by the Palestinians by Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Jerusalem Issue Briefs Vol. 14, No. 9, April 10, 2014

Top Netanyahu aide: Here’s proof Abbas deliberately destroyed peace talks by Yifa Yaakov, Times of Israel, May 7, 2014

Audio: Peace Talks On Pause: What Went Wrong? (4’44”), Jeffrey Goldberg interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered, May 7, 2014

Inside the talks’ failure: US officials open up by Nahum Barnea, YNetNews, May 2, 2014

In an exclusive interview, American officials directly connected to the talks reveal the real reason for the collapse of the negotiations.

Palestinian-Israeli Talks: Time for a “Time Out” by Shai Feldman, National Interest, April 29, 2014

Arc of a Failed Deal: How Nine Months of Mideast Talks Ended in Disarray by Jodi Rudoren and Isabel Kershner, New York Times, April 28, 2014

What Washington Is Missing in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks by Michael Singh, Foreign Policy, April 15, 2014

The illusion of complacency in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks by Geoffrey Aronson, Al Monitor Israel Pulse, March 26, 2014

It’s always ‘Groundhog Day’ with the Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace process’ by Nicole Brackman and Asaf Romirowsky, Washington Examiner, March 23, 2014

Kerry’s “framework” declaration is a bad idea by David M. Weinberg, Israel Hayom, March 21, 2014.

Why Did Obama Meet With Abbas in Washington? by Lee Smith, Tablet, March 17, 2014

Arafat and the Jewish State: Setting the Record Straight by Amb. Alan Baker, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Jerusalem Issue Brief Vol. 14, No. 6, March 17, 2014

Palestine’s Plan for when Peace Talks Fail by Jonathan Schanzer and Grant Rumley, The National Interest, March 17, 2014

The Questions No One Asks by Bassam Tawil, Gatestone Institute, March 12, 2014

Abbas Cannot Make Concessions on Any Core Issue by Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, March 10, 2014

The Palestinians say that the real problem facing the peace process is the refusal of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to accept the fact that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is not authorized to make any concessions on any of these core issues [Jerusalem, settlements, refugees and borders]. …. Nabil Sha’ath, a senior Palestinian official, reaffirmed the Palestinian position this week when he accused Israel of rejecting the “foundations for peace.”  Sha’ath stressed that Israel’s refusal to accept the Palestinian demands regarding the core issues would lead to the failure of the peace talks.  Today it is clear that the Palestinian Authority is preparing to hold Israel responsible for the failure of the peace talks because of its refusal to comply with all of the Palestinians’ demands.

Palestinians: Eight Million Refugees Must Return to Israel by Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, February 21, 2014

A Tale of Too Many Certainties by Daniel Gordis, Jerusalem Post, February 7, 2014

On the Eve of the Fourth Palestinian “No” by Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary, February 6, 2014

Jews in Palestine? by Daniel Pipes, Israel Hayom, February 6, 2014

Is there no way out? by Eli E. Hertz, Myths and Facts, February 6, 2014

Why the Palestinians Refuse to Recognize Israel as a Jewish State by Ali Salim, Gatestone Institute, February 3, 2014

The peace process and the fear factor by Barry Shaw, The View from Israel, February 2, 2014

Michael Oren misunderstands the obstacle to peace by Efraim Karsh, Jerusalem Post, January 30, 2014

Why Kerry Is Scary by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, January 29, 2014 (see also, Kerry won’t achieve much here, but it’s not his fault by Avi Issacharoff, Times of Israel, January 31, 2014)

Seeing What Isn’t There by Shoshana Bryen, Jewish Policy Center, January 28, 2014

Palestinians’ New Enemy: Tzipi Livni by Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, January 27, 2014

Middle East Peace Process: America’s Wishful Thinkers by Douglas Murray, Gatestone Institute, January 22, 2014

Abbas Denies His Authority to Make Cardinal Decisions for a Lasting Peace Agreement by Jonathan D. Halevi, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, January 13, 2014

10 Roadblocks to Mideast Peace by Peter Berkowitz,, December 31, 2013

One More Last Chance by Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy, December 30, 2013

Hamas: Abbas Does Not Represent the Palestinians in Negotiations by Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 31, 2013

Israel, Palestine, and Democracy by Eugene Kontorovich, Commentary, December 17, 2013

Palestinian Red Line by Efraim Inbar, Israel Hayom, December 16, 2013

Powerful Rivals don’t disappear by Uri Resnick, Jerusalem Post, December 2, 2013

The Two-State Delusion by Mordechai Nisan, Middle East Quarterly, Winter 2014

Palestinians: We Want a Geneva Accord against Israel by Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, December 3, 2013

France’s Peace Process Innovation by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, November 19, 2013

Saving Kerry’s Peace Plan by Yossi Beilin, New York Times, November 10, 2013

Hamas and the “Peace Process” by Shoshana Bryen, Front Page Magazine, November 4, 2013

The nature of peacemaking according to Netanyahu by Haviv Rettig Gur, Times of Israel, October 7, 2013

Misunderstanding History by Rabbi Kaufman, We Are For Israel, September 30, 2013

Twenty years after Oslo: peace now? by Toby Greene, Fathom, September 12, 2013

Peace Talks: What Is Behind The Palestinian Message? by Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, September 10, 2013

Getting Caught Trying by Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, Herzl-Ner Tamid, September 5, 2013

What Future for Israel? by Nathan Thrall, The New York Review of Books, August 15, 2013

The Peace Process’s Turkey Problem by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, August 8, 2013

A Fool’s Errand Worth Pursuing by Fareed Zakaria, Time Magazine, August 5, 2013

Getting in Touch with Our Inner Birthright by Daniel Gordis, Jerusalem Post, August 2, 2013

Some Israelis Dread Peace Talks by Einat Wilf, Al-Monitor, August 1, 2013

The Five Flaws of Kerry’s Mideast Peace Process by Noah Beck, The Christian Post, August 1, 2013

Requiem for the Peace Process by Lee Smith, Weekly Standard, July 31, 2013

Video: US Sec State determined to broker Mid-East peace, Daniel Pipes interviewed on “The Arena” with Michael Coren, Sun News Network, July 23, 2013

Strategic Shifts in the Middle East by Yuval Steinitz, Institute for Contemporary Affairs-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Jerusalem Issue Brief Vol. 13, No. 18, July 1, 2013

It’s Time to Tell the Truth About the “Peace Process” by Barry Rubin, Rubin Reports, June 27, 2013

Time to Change the Israel Conversation by Daniel Gordis, Jerusalem Post, June 21, 2013 [see also rebuttal, It’s time for truth about the two-state solution by Evelyn Gordon, Jerusalem Post, June 24, 2013]

Palestinians Need Tough Talk From Europe by David Makovsky, New York Times, June 14, 2013

Perils of peace conferences by Aaron David Miller, Los Angeles Times, May 30, 2013

More Peace, Less Process: The Key to Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations by Ben Cohen, The Algemeiner, May 28, 2013

It’s Not About the Peace Process, but About Peace as a Value by Donniel Hartman, Shalom Hartman Institute, April 14, 2013

Please… Draw Me a State by Shmuel Rosner, New York Times, April 3, 2013: “Obama’s shift from freezing settlements to drawing borders creates new problems for Israel.”

When there is no peace by Zalman Shoval, Jerusalem Post, April 2, 2013

Resetting the peace process by David M. Weinberg, Israel Hayom, March 17, 2013

The End of the Two-State Solution: Why the window is closing on Middle-East peace by Ben Birnbaum, New Republic, March 11, 2013

To Achieve Mideast Peace, Suspend Disbelief by Dennis B. Ross, New York Times, March 2, 2013: A 14-point plan to achieve incremental progress, without a comprehensive end-of-conflict agreement

The Peace Process After the Israeli Election by Shlomo Avineri, Foreign Affairs, January 25, 2013

Missing Peace by Douglas Feith, Foreign Policy, January 21, 2013

Murdered Diplomacy: How the Israel-Palestinian Conflict Has Been Transformed by Barry Rubin, PJ Media, January 16, 2013

We Gave Peace a Chance by Daniel Gordis, Jerusalem Post, January 11, 2013

Israelis Lose Faith In International Guarantees by Evelyn Gordon, Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs, January 9, 2013

The Window of Opportunity has closed by Rabbi Michael (Micky) Boyden, We Are for Israel, December 22, 2012

A Strategy for Peace with the Palestinians by Max Singer, The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University. November 1, 2012 [pdf]

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians up to now have been about the destruction of Israel, not a long-term peace.

[youtube][/youtube] The Truth About the Peace Process Danny Ayalon, August 2012

Europe and Israel’s Day After by David Harris, Times of Israel, October 23, 2012

Redesigning the Peace Process by Richard Landes, Tablet, September 25, 2012: “Ignoring cultural difference and overestimating politics has left us without a resolution. We can do better.”

Palestinian Statehood Could Be Escape Strategy: Israel Needs a Plan Beyond Years of Stalling on Talks by J.J. Goldberg, Forward, August 14, 2012

Why Abbas Will Never Make Peace With Israel by Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute, July 12, 2012

Is the Israel-Palestinian Peace Process Dead? by Barry Rubin, Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, July 1, 2012

Israel at Peace by Daniel Pipes, The Dorchester Review, Spring/Summer 2012

The war terminates either when Arabs accept the sovereign Jewish state or when Israelis give up the Zionist project. It ultimately comes down to a raw question of which side will first crush the other’s will. The alternatives are stark and dual; efforts at mitigation actually only postpone a resolution.

The Palestinian tragedy mustn’t be used to spark a Jewish one by Ari Shavit, Haaretz, May 17, 2012

Present lines, not those of 1967, should be basis of negotiations by Ira Sharkansky, San Diego Jewish World, March 25, 2012

The End of the “Peace Process”? by Tal Becker, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Policy Notes No. 10, March 2012

A New, Realistic Peace Is Needed by Ari Shavit, Haaretz, February 9, 2012

No More ‘Peace Talks,’ Please by Shoshana Bryen, Pajamas Media, February 2, 2012: “The Arab-Israeli conflict has no clear parameters for resolution.”

The Granddaddy of Dumb Ideas: Why admitting a Palestinian state to the United Nations would be a terrible move by Aaron David Miller, Slate, January 5,  2012

Israel’s Cold War blues by Evelyn Gordon, Jerusalem Post, November 29, 2011: “Israelis won’t say it, but a Cold-War paradigm is the way to fix the Palestinian conflict.”

Rabin’s Legacy and the Trouble with “Peace” by Tal Becker, Shalom Hartman Institute, November 9, 2011

We live in a region with powerful militant actors, dysfunctional governments, and deep, systemic problems. To speak of a “peace agreement” as a kind of cure-all is to create expectations that cannot be met. [….] Even at best, an agreement does not create peace; it creates the space for peace to grow.

The Mideast deal that could have been by David Ignatius, Washington Post, October 26, 2011

Europe Still Hasn’t Learned Lessons From Failed Peace Process by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, October 6, 2011

The End of Land for Peace? by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, September 6, 2011

A Strategy for Israel in the Changed Middle East by Efraim Halevy, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Jerusalem Issue Brief Vol. 11., No. 11, August 2, 2011

It’s time to park the peace process by Gideon Rachman, Financial Times, July 11, 2011

“Land Swaps” and the 1967 Lines by Dore Gold, The Weekly Standard, June 20, 2011

The Virtues of Folding by Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy, May 30, 2011

[President Obama] — perhaps with the best intentions and the worst analysis — has made a complex situation more complicated. But the preponderance of blame surely rests with the locals’ incapacity and unwillingness to get real and serious about what it would take to reach an agreement.

The End of the “Peace Process” by Elliott Abrams, Council on Foreign Relations, May 6, 2011

Abbas vs. Obama by Steven J. Rosen, Middle East Quarterly, Spring 2011 [also available as pdf file]

Israel’s Requirements for Defensible Borders In a Rapidly Changing Middle East by Dore Gold, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, April 5, 2011

The Palestinian UN Gamble – Irresponsible and Ill-Advised by Alan Baker, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Jerusalem Issue Brief Vol. 10, No. 34, April 3, 2011

Are the Palestinians Ready for Peace? Palestinian Incitement as a Violation of International Legal Norms by  Alan Baker, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, JCPA Issue Brief Vol. 10, No. 32, March 22, 2011

The Peace Plan Israel Needs by Elliot Jager, Jewish Ideas Daily, March 15, 2011

[I]nstead of allowing Europe and the Obama administration to railroad it into concessions that will deliver neither peace nor security nor even short-term diplomatic breathing space, Israel’s better course may well be to engage in a forthright internal dialogue aimed at strengthening an already existing consensus in support of a plan yielding a state for the Palestinian Arabs and real security for Israel. Toward that end, the government might present to the electorate a revised, fully detailed version of Ya’alon’s blueprint and seek a clear mandate for its implementation—if need be, by means of new elections.

A Plan for Peace That Still Could Be by Bernard Avishai, New York Times, February 7, 2011

Imagining the Border: Options for Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Territorial Issue by David Makovsky, with Sheli Chabon and Jennifer Logan, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 2011 [see also interactive map depicting various land-swap options]

The impossible is indeed achievable. Middle East negotiators can adjust Israel’s borders to include the large majority of West Bank settlers and still meet Palestinian Authority territorial demands. This proposition — stemming from principles the two parties have repeatedly expressed as well as current realities on the ground — may guide leaders and diplomats in the coming months as they seek to advance the peace process.

Why Isn’t Obama Pressuring the Palestinians? by Steven J. Rosen, Foreign Policy, January 4, 2011

End the “Peace Process” and Move On, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), JINSA Report #1,045, December 10, 2010

Bleak House by Benny Morris, Tablet, December 2, 2010: “The prospects for a Palestinian state have rarely been more grim.”


The Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations – A Current Overview by C. Jacob and L. Barkan, The Middle East Media Research Institute, Inquiry & Analysis Series Report No.637, September 22, 2010

Obama Causing America’s Stature in the Middle East to Deteriorate: Heavy-handed U.S. intervention has stalled the Arab-Israeli peace process by Mortimer B. Zuckerman, US News & World Report, October 15, 2010

Why the Washington process collapsed,, October 18, 2010

Five myths about Middle East peace by Aaron David Miller, Washington Post, October 3, 2010 [rebuttal to Miller’s #3 by Yisrael Medad, My Right Word, here]

Three Temptations on the Road to Mideast Peace by Robert Satloff, Foreign Policy, September 13, 2011

Your move, Mr. Abbas by Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post, September 10, 2010

Arabs vs. the Abdullah Plan by Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2010

[youtube][/youtube] Israel’s Critical Security Needs for a Viable Peace

Mr. President, Don’t Pray for Anything You Really Don’t Want by Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy, July 28, 2010 (on the futility of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations)

Constructive Clarity in Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations by Benny Begin, Jerusalem Issue Brief, Vol. 10, No. 3, July 7, 2010

The Palestine Peace Distraction by Richard N. Haass, Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2010

The Future of an Illusion: A piece of paper will not bring peace to the Middle East by Elliott Abrahams, The Weekly Standard, Vol. 15, No. 28, April 5, 2010  The Missing Peace

The Palestinians: Why Negotiate? The US Will Extract Concessions For You by Mark Silverberg, Hudson New York, April 1, 2010

Armistice Now: An Interim Agreement for Israel and Palestine by Ehud Yaari, Foreign Affairs, March/April 2010

“I Will Not Back Down”: Interview with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Der Speigel, February 7, 2010

The Process Will Resume, But Why? by Yossi Alpher,, January 18, 2010

Sobering up on Arab-Israeli Peace by Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy, January 7, 2010

The Deadly Price of Pursuing Peace by Evelyn Gordon, Commentary, January 2010

Why Abbas Does Not Want To Resume Peace Talks by Khaled Abu Toameh, Hudson New York, December 29, 2009

The Mideast Peace Deal You Haven’t Heard About by Steven J. Rosen, Foreign Policy, December 18, 2009

Israel & Palestine: Can They Start Over? by Hussein Agha and Robert Malley, New York Review of Books, Vol. 56, No. 19, December 3, 2009

Building Peace Without Obama’s Interference by Tom Gross, Wall Street Journal, December 2, 2009

Stuck in Neutral? Diagnosing the Impasse in the Middle East Peace Process by Robert Satloff, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, PolicyWatch #1601: Special Forum Report, November 13, 2009

Hussein Ibish on the Fantasy World of One-Staters by Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic, November 3, 2009

The doomed Mideast ‘peace process’ by Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe, October 14, 2009

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s Two-Year Path to Palestinian Statehood: Implications for the Palestinian Authority and Israel by Dan Diker and Pinhas Inbari, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Jerusalem Issue Brief, Vol. 9, No. 11, October 2, 2009

Peace Process or War Process? by Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2009

Oslo Revisited: Are the Fundamental Assumptions Still Valid? by Zaki Shalom, The Institute for National Security Studies, INSS Insight No. 122, August 7, 2009

How Israel Hopes to Achieve Peace with the Palestinians by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office, July 21, 2009

Why No Progress in the Peace Process for the Past Eight Years? by Rick Richman, Commentary, July 14, 2009

A blow to the chances for peace by Yossi Alpher,, June 29, 2009

Hamas offers Israel the peace of the grave by Charles Krauthammer, Seattle Times, May 8, 2009

Do the Palestinians Really Want a State? by Robert D. Kaplan, The Atlantic, April 21, 2009 [Reviews and applies Jakub Grygiel’s “The Power of Statelessness: the Withering Appeal of Governing” (Policy Review April/May 2009).]

Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat: Abu Mazen Rejected the Israeli Proposal in Annapolis Like Arafat Rejected the Camp David 2000 Proposal [video clip] Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Clip No. 2074, March 27, 2009

The Arab Peace Initiative: A Primer and Future Prospects by Joshua Teitelbaum, The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs 2009

Arab Peace Initiative: A Primer and Future Prospects

The Future of the Two-State Solution by Maj.-Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland, Institute for Contemporary Affairs, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, JCPA Issue Brief Vol. 8, No. 22, February 17, 2009

The Farewell Tour, “Go, Iraq!” and Thanksgiving, Jewish Institute for National Affairs, JINSA Report #831, November 26, 2008

Winding the “Peace Process” Down, or Up, JINSA Report #825, November 7, 2008 Israel and the Palestinians: A New Strategy by Moshe Yaalon, Azure no. 34, Autumn 2008 The One-State Solution by Sari Nusseibeh, Newsweek, September 20, 2008

Talking to Terrorists: The Myths, Misconceptions and MIsapplication of the Northern Ireland Peace Process by John Bew and Martyn Frampton, Jerusalem Viewpoints No. 566, August-September 2008

What Cyprus, Bosnia and Kosovo can teach us by Shlomo Avineri, Haaretz, July 6, 2008

The Peace Test: Bush offered Palestinians a state; they said no deal. by Clifford D. May, National Review Online, July 3, 2008

The Unlikely Peace: Prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian Agreement in 2008, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, PolicyWatch #1386: Special Forum Report, July 1

Time for Radical Pragmatism by Thomas Friedman, New York Times, June 4, 2008

Back to the Jordanian option by Giora Eiland,, April 16, 2008

Imagined Partners by Jonathan Spyer, Haaretz, March 30, 2008

Palestinian State: Relevancy Gaps in Israeli Policy, Re’ut Institute, March 20, 2008

Annapolis – Road to Nowhere by Zalman Shoval, Jerusalem Viewpoints #561, Institute for Contemporary Affairs, February 1, 2008

The Peace Planners Strike Again by Hillel Halkin, Commentary, January 2008

Strategy and Talking Points for Responding to the Precondition of Recognizing Israel as a “Jewish State,” Palestinian Drafting Team/Negotiations Support Unit, November 16, 2007

Foreign Minister Livni’s address to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee Meeting New York, September 24, 2007

“Israel is committed to the establishment of a viable and vibrant Palestine, in the West Bank and Gaza, as a homeland for the Palestinian people and a peaceful neighbor to Israel. This is a shared vision, not a zero-sum game.”

The Peace Alternative by Tzipi Livni (English translation), Asharq Alawsat, June 18, 2007

Address by H.E. Tzipi Livni, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel To the United Nations 61st General Assembly, New York, September 20, 2006

The Prince: How the Saudi Ambassador [Prince Bandar bin Sultan] became Washington’s indispensable operator, The New Yorker, March 24, 2003

Bandar believed that Arafat’s failure to accept the deal in January of 2001 was a tragic mistake—a crime, really. [….] “Since 1948, every time we’ve had something on the table we say no,” Bandar said he told Arafat.  ”Then we say yes. When we say yes, it’s not on the table anymore. Then we have to deal with something less. Isn’t it about time we say yes?”