• Policy Analysis
    IranConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    The Mutually Connected Fronts between Israel and Iran

    Mar 18, 2019Joe Macaron

    Although a direct confrontation between Israel and Iran is improbable at this time, the two countries share three potential war fronts in Lebanon, Syria, and t…

  • Viewpoint
    LevantInternational Law

    Do Not Recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Occupied Golan

    Mar 15, 2019Imad K. Harb

    By agreeing to Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, the Trump Administration would be dealing a serious blow to its global influence––let alone its moral …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Democrats and Republicans Split on Yemen

    Mar 13, 2019Marcus Montgomery

    Democrats and Republicans have different understandings of the crisis in Yemen, which is dividing the parties over how to recalibrate US policy. Read about thi…

  • Viewpoint
    LevantConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    It May Be Time to Go Beyond Zionism

    Mar 8, 2019Laurie King

    It is necessary to distinguish between hatred of Jews and valid and overdue criticism of Israel’s violations of international humanitarian law.

  • Viewpoint
    LevantConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Bankrolling Kushner’s Mideast Plan

    The Palestinians have no option but to reject the Trump Administration’s peace plan because of its failure to publicly and explicitly guarantee Palestinian sta…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    Can the 2020 Democratic Candidates Change the US-Israel Relationship?

    Mar 6, 2019Yousef Munayyer

    Democratic presidential contenders have a difficult task reconciling their party’s traditional pro-Israel position with that of young and progressive activists…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantSecurity and Defense

    Democrats Grapple with US Role in the Middle East

    Democrats scrutinize the first two years of Trump’s foreign policy and grapple with a new path moving forward. Read this and more from the week in Washington.

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantIdentity Politics and Sectarianization

    Is Anti-Zionism a Form of Anti-Semitism?

    Mar 3, 2019Azmi Bishara

    Visiting the Quatzenheim Jewish cemetery in eastern France on February 27 after dozens of graves were vandalized with swastikas, French President Emmanuel Macr…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantSecurity and Defense

    Saudi Arabia Between Congress and the Trump Administration

    Feb 27, 2019Marcus Montgomery

    After a brief respite, tempers on Capitol Hill are again starting to flare up over Saudi Arabia, pitting Congress against President Trump. Read about this and …

  • Policy Analysis
    JordanDemocracy and Governance

    How Netanyahu’s Dominance of Israeli Politics Has Shaped the Field

    Feb 5, 2019Yousef Munayyer

    Whatever Netanyahu's fortunes in the coming elections, his brand of politics has already conquered Israel's political landscape, which is unlikely to change an…

  • Viewpoint
    LevantDemocracy and Governance

    The Tragic Governance Crisis in Palestine

    Fatah and Hamas are underestimating the damage of their split on Palestinians and their strategic objectives to end Israel’s occupation and establish an indepe…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantSecurity and Defense

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Lawmakers pursue legislation regarding Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen; Intelligence officials consider Iran, IS, Saudi Arabia in worldwide threat assessment; t…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranUS Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Jan 25, 2019Marcus Montgomery

    Amid shutdown fight, the House passes Syria sanctions legislation; lawmakers have one week to decide whether they will amend a law that could jeopardize Israel…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantDemocracy and Governance

    ‘Does Israel Have a Right To Exist’ Is a Trick Question

    Jan 22, 2019Yousef Munayyer

    Criticizing Israel’s policies toward the Palestinian people should never be conflated with eliminationism.

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantSecurity and Defense

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Jan 18, 2019Marcus Montgomery

    I. Congress1) LegislationRequiring Annual Reports on Religious Intolerance in Saudi Education Materials. On January 15, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-South Carolina) intr…

  • Policy Analysis
    JordanJustice, Equality, and Human Rights

    A Shift Begins on Israel/Palestine in the 116th Congress

    Jan 17, 2019Yousef Munayyer

    A shift in public opinion and a clash between the older establishment and the young activists in the Democratic Party will change how the 116th Congress looks …

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantDemocracy and Governance

    Israel’s Upcoming Elections: Netanyahu Seeking Shelter from Legal Troubles

    Jan 11, 2019Khalil E. Jahshan

    Netanyahu’s fate lies in the hands of the attorney general who will personally decide whether and when to indict him.

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantSecurity and Defense

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Jan 11, 2019Marcus Montgomery

    I. Congress1) LegislationStrengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act. S. 1 was introduced last week, as detailed here, but it experienced some oppo…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Abbas and Netanyahu Turn to Elections to Solidify Control

    Dec 28, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    As a new year begins in Israel/Palestine, leaders there are seeking to use elections to sideline challenges and challengers, solidify their grip on power, and …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    SyriaUS Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Dec 21, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    Secretary Mattis resigns; as federal government shutdown looms, lawmakers introduce bills, resolutions on Israel, Iran, Palestinians; Trump withdraws troops fr…

  • Policy Analysis
    Saudi ArabiaUS Foreign Policy

    Mohammed Bin Salman and the “Deal of the Century”

    Dec 17, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    MbS has proven that he is the wrong man for the job of marketing Trump’s deal. If Trump goes ahead with his peace plan with MbS as his salesman, expectations o…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    What If Trump’s Deal Materializes?

    The content of Trump’s “ultimate deal,” as leaked by its architects and fans, leaves little room for optimism, warm reception, and successful implementation am…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    SyriaUS Foreign Policy

    Washington Policy Weekly

    Lawmakers negotiate legislation to punish Saudi Arabia and MbS; senators hold confirmation hearings for ambassador to Yemen and new CENTCOM commander; CIA Dire…

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Israel and Gaza: From the Brink of War to the Brink of Elections

    Nov 27, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    After new elections in Israel, there is little reason to expect anything other than another right-wing Israeli government led by Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Why is Netanyahu so desperate for a ceasefire with Hamas?

    Nov 20, 2018Ibrahim Fraihat

    The ceasefire in Gaza has destabilized Netanyahu's government, yet he has no other choice but to commit to it.

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    A Weakened Arab Gulf Should Not Normalize Relations with Israel

    Nov 9, 2018Imad K. Harb

    Today, Israel seems to be closer to officially normalizing its existence in the wider Arab world by aggressively pursuing relations with the monarchies of the …

  • Policy Analysis
    Palestine/IsraelJustice, Equality, and Human Rights

    Trump, American Jews, and Israel: Driving a Deeper Wedge

    Nov 9, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    US support for Israel today is partisan in ways not seen before, thanks in part to shifting demographics and opinions and also to changes in the relationship b…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    Washington Policy Weekly – November 9, 2018

    Democrats control the House of Representatives; three Arab American women enter Congress; Washington mobilizes support for Iran sanctions; Trump Administration…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantSecurity and Defense

    Washington Policy Weekly – October 26, 2018

    Oct 26, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    Lawmakers continue their push to hold Saudi Arabia responsible for Khashoggi’s death; Sen. Warren wants an investigation into US mercenaries in Yemen; shuttle …

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    Haley Leaves the UN: Using Israel as Her Way to the White House

    Oct 17, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    On her ambitious quest to the presidency, Nikki Haley missed no opportunity to use her post at the United Nations to defend Israeli policies and to bash and pu…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – Week Ending October 12, 2018

    Oct 12, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    Senators pass a spate of Middle East-related bills before going on recess for the rest of the month; Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance rattles Washington, pittin…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantUS Foreign Policy

    Congressional Update – Week Ending October 5, 2018

    Congress eyes a Syria strategy review and setting up a Palestinian Partnership Fund; new law could cost Arab allies; Rep. Speier hosts ex-Israeli security offi…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantInternational Law

    A September to Forget: Trump, Netanyahu, and Abbas at the UNGA

    Oct 3, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    The major addresses by Trump, Netanyahu, and Abbas at the UN General Assembly failed to achieve any advances on the question of Palestine. The Palestinians con…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending September 28, 2018

    Sep 28, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    While Trump and company take their anti-Iran campaign to the UN General Assembly, Congress entertains a slate of legislation regarding Syria, Hamas, Hezbollah,…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Oslo at 25: Long Dead and Now Finally Buried?

    Sep 24, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    For 25 years, the Oslo process has been dying a slow death because of Palestinian weakness, overemphasis on ensuring Israeli security, and the Trump Administra…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – Week Ending September 23, 2018

    Sep 24, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    I. Congress1) LegislationResolution Requiring Congressional Authorization for Military Action. On September 13, Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Walter Jones…

  • Viewpoint
    LevantInternational Law

    The Trump Administration’s “Peace Plan” Threatens Global Peace and Security

    Sep 12, 2018Tamara Kharroub

    On September 10, 2018, the United States ordered the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) office in Washington, DC. A statement by the Depa…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    Congressional Update – Week Ending September 7, 2018

    Senator Lankford seeks to reform UNRWA aid while House members seek to end US support for the Yemen war; details emerge on White House peace plan and Trump opt…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Defunding UNRWA: Ramifications for Countries Hosting Palestinian Refugees

    Disbanding UNRWA will not only be disastrous for registered Palestinian refugees, but it will also have a serious and adverse impact on the countries hosting t…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranJustice, Equality, and Human Rights

    Congressional Update – Week Ending August 31, 2018

    Aug 31, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    I. CongressThe House was on its last week of recess and senators cut short their work week, in part to pay tribute to their late colleague, John McCain, who di…

  • Policy Analysis
    JordanMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Washington Adopts Israel’s Positions: The Refugee Chapter

    Aug 29, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    President Trump has presided over making American policy toward Israel and Palestine more in line with Israeli positions; now with respect to the Palestinian r…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantSecurity and Defense

    US Defense Budget Prioritizes Securing Israel over Deterring Iran

    Aug 24, 2018Joe Macaron

    The 2019 US defense budget reveals that the Trump administration has no clear way forward for Syria or Yemen and that its commitment to Israel exceeds the US d…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Shifting the Balance of Power from Ramallah to Gaza

    Aug 17, 2018Khalil E. Jahshan

    If successfully implemented, the latest agreement on a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas may pave the way for a radical change in Palestinian power from the …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – Week Ending August 17, 2018

    Aug 17, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    The National Defense Authorization Act becomes law, so Senate turns to the defense budget; Trump, Congress to square off over Yemen; White House cuts funds to …

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    Why Are Israel and Hamas Negotiating a Cease-fire Now?

    Aug 16, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    As the Trump Administration speaks of a “deal of the century,” questions arise about why Israel and Hamas are negotiating for a truce in the Gaza Strip.

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantInternational Law

    Israel Returns to Basics in Syria: “Better the devil you know”

    Aug 15, 2018Joe Macaron

    After nearly seven years of unrest next door, Israel opted to coexist with the Assad regime and to return to the stability in the occupied Golan Heights that l…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    Congressional Update – Week Ending August 10, 2018

    Aug 10, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    A Palestinian-American is poised to become first female Muslim elected to Congress; White House tackles Iran sanctions at the same time its peace plan for Isra…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – Week Ending August 3, 2018

    I. CongressMembers of the House have the month of August off, so many will be preparing for reelection fights that are less than 100 days away. While there may…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantDemocracy and Governance

    Replacing Mahmoud Abbas: Issues and Likely Candidates

    Jul 30, 2018Bishara Bahbah

    Speculation has been rampant in the Palestinian, Arab, and international press about succession to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, who is g…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    EgyptSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – Week Ending July 27, 2018

    Jul 27, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    Lawmakers talk human rights in Egypt, stabilizing Iraq after IS, and protecting Palestinian children; the Trump Administration again assails Palestinians while…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantIdentity Politics and Sectarianization

    Separate and Unequal in Israel: The Foundations of Discriminatory Law

    Jul 26, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    Israel’s new nation-state law enshrines discrimination, with constitutional weight, into the Israeli state’s legal system, spelling further marginalization and…

  • Research Paper
    LevantDemocracy and Governance

    What does the “Jewish Nation” basic law mean?

    Jul 24, 2018Azmi Bishara

    A first glance at the law suffices to reveal that — unlike the rest of Israeli basic laws (the constitutional laws) — it does not include the expression “Israe…

  • Viewpoint
    LevantInternational Law

    Israel Legalizes Apartheid and Ethnocentric Supremacy

    Jul 20, 2018Khalil E. Jahshan

    For a government that has coined its own term—“Hasbara,” the Hebrew word for “explanation”—for its international propaganda efforts, Israel never fails to amaz…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – Week Ending July 20, 2018

    Jul 20, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    Senator Van Hollen explores Congress’ role in asserting US leadership in the Middle East; some in the US seek to push Washington to recognize Israel’s annexati…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantIdentity Politics and Sectarianization

    BDS and Palestinian Rights: An Assessment

    Jul 18, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    The aim of BDS is to pressure Israel to abide by international law, focusing on three principal demands: ending military occupation of Palestinian land, securi…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantDemocracy and Governance

    Proposed Basic Law: Israel – The Nation State of the Jewish People

    Jul 16, 2018Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel

    The Basic Law states that "the State of Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people" and that the realization of national self-determination in the State o…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantReligion and Politics

    Congressional Update – Week Ending July 13, 2018

    Jul 13, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    Congress members discuss human rights in Bahrain and threats from the Muslim Brotherhood; Mike Pompeo, other administration officials, work diplomacy with Gulf…

  • Policy Analysis
    JordanJustice, Equality, and Human Rights

    The Kushner-Greenblatt “Deal of the Century”: A Dealmaker Morphs into a Dealbreaker?

    Jun 29, 2018Khalil E. Jahshan

    What was most insulting to Kushner’s Palestinian audience was his attempt to wittingly or unwittingly reduce their political aspirations and yearning for natio…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantMigrants, Refugees, and IDPs

    Congressional Update – Week Ending June 29, 2018

    Jun 29, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    I. Congress 1) LegislationDefense Spending. This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal year 2019 whi…

  • Policy Analysis
    JordanJustice, Equality, and Human Rights

    Jared Kushner’s Misguided Appeal to the Palestinian People

    President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, gave an interview to the Palestinian Al Quds newspaper on June 24 (original Arabic, Engl…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantIdentity Politics and Sectarianization

    US Withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council Has Little to Do with Human Rights

    Jun 22, 2018Tamara Kharroub

    US withdrawal weakens the council’s credibility and empowers Israel in its neglect for the council’s investigations and resolutions. The UNHRC is the premier i…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – Week Ending June 22, 2018

    Jun 22, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    Lawmakers set out budget figures for Departments of Defense and State; Kushner and Greenblatt tour Middle East seeking support for the “ultimate deal”; US with…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantDemocracy and Governance

    The Problem of Legitimacy for the Palestinian Authority

    Jun 21, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    Recent damaging decisions by the Palestinian Authority cannot be solely blamed for the popular discontent with it. Instead, the Palestinians’ anger stems from …

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    Congressional Update – Week Ending June 15, 2018

    Jun 15, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    I. Congress1) LegislationS. Res. 541. A bipartisan trio of senators proposed a resolution this week that, should it pass, would express the sense of Congress t…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – Week Ending June 8, 2018

    I. CongressThe House of Representatives and the Senate both returned to Washington this week to tackle legislative business and move toward securing the federa…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantUS Foreign Policy

    The End of an American Era in Palestine and Israel

    Jun 6, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    This is the end of an era in US relations with Palestine and Israel, and the transition to a new era may resemble a moment from the past—the first intifada.

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    BahrainReligion and Politics

    Congressional Update – Week Ending June 1, 2018

    I. CongressUS Representatives and Senators both had the week off for the Memorial Day recess.Democratic Lawmakers Question Administration’s Attempts at Biparti…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IraqSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – Week Ending May 25, 2018

    May 25, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    I. Congress1) LegislationH.R. 5898. On May 21, Democratic Representative David Cicilline (Rhode Island) introduced a bill requiring Secretary of State Mike Pom…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantSecurity and Defense

    Congressional Update – Week Ending May 18, 2018

    May 18, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    I. Congress1) HearingsAuthorizing the Use of Military Force. On May 16, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) held an open hearing to vet a proposed ne…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantInternational Law

    US Jerusalem Embassy vs. Nakba: A Moment of Truth for World Leaders

    May 17, 2018Tamara Kharroub

    Trump has walked back his declaration to bring US troops in Syria home “very soon” in light of pressure from advisors and allies, but he risks embroiling the U…

  • Viewpoint
    LevantInternational Law

    The United States Abdicates Its Responsibilities in the Middle East

    May 17, 2018Imad K. Harb

    It is impossible to see how the massacre of unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza or the moving of the American embassy to Jerusalem will help chart a way out…

  • Viewpoint
    IranConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    A Dangerous Israeli-Iranian Escalation in Syria

    May 11, 2018Joe Macaron

    In the most dangerous escalation since the establishment of the Golan Heights ceasefire line in 1973, Israel and Iran exchanged fire in southwestern Syria unde…

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantDemocracy and Governance

    Palestinian National Council Reconvenes in Ramallah: We’ve seen this movie before!

    The 23rd PNC meeting in Ramallah did not generate a new Palestinian strategy and the session did not rise to the Palestinian national challenge in 2018. In tha…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IraqUS Foreign Policy

    Congressional Update – Week Ending May 4, 2018

    Vermont Senators take the lead on humanitarian issues in Palestine, Egypt; Pompeo takes combative posture towards Iran in first Middle East trip; White House f…

  • Viewpoint
    LevantJustice, Equality, and Human Rights

    Seventy Years of Nakba: Ending a Process that Has Not Stopped

    May 3, 2018Yousef Munayyer

    On May 15, 2018, Palestinians commemorate 70 years of their Nakba, the catastrophe of dispossession and homelessness that unfolded when the state of Israel was…

  • Viewpoint
    LevantJustice, Equality, and Human Rights

    Mohammed bin Salman Is Wrong on Palestine

    May 2, 2018Imad K. Harb

    Critics allege that impetuousness and impatience are driving Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s actions and statements. What could also be drivi…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    IranThe GCC

    Congressional Update – Week Ending April 27, 2018

    Apr 27, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    Congress assesses counterterrorism cooperation with GCC states; Pompeo confirmed as Secretary of State; Macron, Merkel lobby Trump for JCPOA; Supreme Court hea…

  • Washington Policy Weekly
    LevantUS Domestic Politics and Elections

    Congressional Update – Week Ending April 13, 2018

    Apr 13, 2018Marcus Montgomery

    Much talk in Washington about strikes against the Syrian regime; confirmation hearing for Mike Pompeo as new Secretary of State; John Bolton enters the White H…

  • Policy Analysis
    IraqConflicts and Conflict Resolution

    A Mysterious Strike Renews Israel-US Coordination in Syria

    Apr 10, 2018Joe Macaron

    The Israeli strike on Iranian assets in Syria last Monday and the imminent US strike on Syria renew the US-Israeli coordination there for the first time since …

  • Policy Analysis
    LevantInternational Law

    The Gaza “Great March of Return”: Regional and International Reactions

    Despite the bloodshed, from a Palestinian perspective the Great March of Return was a resounding success, beating expectations and fueling enthusiasm for more …