Trump’s Israel Rhetoric Is All Over the Place

Trump’s Israel Rhetoric Is All Over the Place

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived February 14th for his first meeting with President Donald Trump, a meeting intended to solidify the existing relationship between the two countries in the new Trump administration. In an interview with The New Indian...
Life in the Gray Zone

Life in the Gray Zone

In the 13th century, the Italian town of Lucera was a Muslim island in a sea of Christendom. Here Frederick II, the head of the Holy Roman Empire, established his own shadow cabinet of scholars and advisors from among the Arabs that he invited to live in this walled...
A Kumbaya Moment for the Middle East? Hardly.

A Kumbaya Moment for the Middle East? Hardly.

In his new film Taxi, Iranian director Jafar Panahi is having a conversation with his young niece. They’re sitting in the cab Panahi is driving. The Iranian government has banned the director from making films, so he’s ostensibly found an alternative means of making...
Jim Crow in the Holy Land

Jim Crow in the Holy Land

The last days of the campaign sounded an awful lot like the Jim Crow South, when African Americans had officially won the right to vote but still faced massive discrimination. On election morning, a powerful white official running for re-election urged his followers...
When Bibi Came to Town

When Bibi Came to Town

This commentary is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and OtherWords. When Benjamin Netanyahu looked out over the joint session of Congress that had assembled to hear him speak on March 3, the Israeli prime minister almost caught a glimpse of something...
Netanyahu Threatens War In Speech to Congress

Netanyahu Threatens War In Speech to Congress

This was a speech threatening war. Realizing he has insufficient clout to stop the negotiations, Netanyahu demanded a back-up position: If not “no” deal, then we can have a better deal. His vision of a “better” deal, however, is grounded in...