Israel: Country Profile
Current Situation in Israel
Israel is a military and economic powerhouse in the Middle East. Read here about the latest developments in domestic politics, Israel's rivalry with other regional powers, and the fate of the peace process with the Palestinians.
Fact-Checking Rick Perry on the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process
Rick Perry's facts on Israel, Palestinians, statehood and the Palestinian-Israeli peace process leave a lot to be desired. Here's a line-item corrective.
Q&A: Israeli Attack on Gaza November 2012
What triggered Israel's Operation Pillar Defense and what where its objectives? Read about the outcome of the violence in Gaza and the prospects of the ceasefire agreement.
Why Palestinian Statehood Is Necessary
Palestinian statehood through the United Nations is overdue in light of American inaction and the continued intransigence of Benjamin Netanyahu.
Can Israel Destroy Iran’s Nuclear Program?
Israel has the capacity to launch long-distance missions to bomb Iran’s nuclear sites, but the extent of damage it could inflict is unclear. Here are scenarios for an Israeli attack on Iran.
UN Recognition of Palestine in 2012: Analysis
What did the UN recognition of Palestinian authority as a “non-member state” mean for Palestine’s international status? Was it a serious setback for Israel or just a symbolic event?
The Arab Spring's Effects on the Egyptian-Israel Relationship
Israel's relationship with Egypt has always rested on a cold peace since the Camp David Agreements of 1979. That peace is in danger as the Arab Spring raises tensions.
Israeli Position on Syrian Conflict
Israel and Syria are old enemies, but over the years they have learnt to avoid open warfare. How can Israel benefit from the downfall of the Syrian regime? Can the chaos in Syria be a threat to Israel?
Turkey-Israel Relations: Overview
Turkey and Israel once enjoyed a close military alliance. How did the relationship develop and what went wrong? Could mutual concern over the civil war in Syria revive the ties?
Is Israel a Democracy?
Israel is a parliamentary democracy with a vibrant political scene. Read here on how Israel's political system works in practice and what are its flaws?
Iran’s Response To an Israeli Attack?
Scenarios for Iran’s response to an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities range from a limited exchange of missile fire, outsourcing of terrorist attacks on Israeli targets, to the scenario of a wider regional war involving US forces – wreaking havoc on the global economy.
Should Palestinians Declare Their Own State?
Palestinians are seeking full-state status at the United Nations in a move the United States will block, and that Israel opposes. Do Palestinians deserve their own state? You decide.
Iron Dome Missile Defense
Brief history and explanation of Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system.
Shouldn't the US Support a Resolution Declaring Israeli Settlements Illegal?
Isn't It Time for the US to Declare the Israeli Settlements Illegal and support a UN resolution declaring them such?
J-Street Poll: Where U.S. Jews Stand on Israel-Palestine
The results are a necessary corrective to the impression, created by Aipac, that American Jews are anywhere near the right-wing positions of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Obama-Netanyahu, Round 3: Pyrrhic Draw
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not budging from a course that can only end in disaster for all sides in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
What Is Israel's Peace Now?
Description and brief history of Peace Now, one of Israel's largest non-governmental and human rights organizations working for a two-state solution and a resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
What is the Electronic Intifada? Brief history and purpose of the Web-based news and opinion site on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Jewish Federations of North America
Brief description of the United Jewish Communities-Jewish Federations of North America, which represents hundreds of Jewish communities across the United States that raise money for Israel.
Description and brief history of J Street, the Jewish-American lobbying organization and liberal counterpoint to AIPAC.
Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)
The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) believes that torture and ill treatment of any kind and under all circumstances is incompatible with the moral values of democracy and the rule of law.
Benjamin Netanyahu and the Peace Process - Your Advice on How Israel'…
Your turn to suggest what steps Benjamin Netanyahu should take to advance the peace process.
Letter to Obama Urgining Support for a UN Condemnation of Israeli Settlements
Text of the letter to President Obama urging him to support a UN resolution condemning illegal Israeli settlements.
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
US-based organization dedicated to combating anti-semitism and other human rights abuses. The ADL site includes a special focus on conflicts in the Middle East.
Hezbollah, Lebanon and the Hariri Tribunal
How and why Lebanon's fate hangs on Hezbollah's reaction to the Hariri Tribunal, which may implicate Hezbollah in the assassination of Rafik Hariri in 2005.