Biden’s Mideast Message: Good News for Israel, Small Steps for Palestinians

To Israelis, President Biden’s visit was mostly a source of celebration of growing ties with Arab countries. For the Palestinians, Mr. Biden brought funding and sympathy — but no long-term plans.

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Why the Latest Palestinian Leader in the West Bank Is Unpopular

Hussein al-Sheikh is considered a possible successor to Mahmoud Abbas, 87, the Palestinian Authority president. But as a liaison to Israel, some critics call him a “spokesman of the occupation.”

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Biden Trip to Saudi Arabia Is Set, but Energy Help Is Not

The White House formally announced that President Biden would visit the oil-rich kingdom in mid-July despite having denounced it as a “pariah” state after the assassination of a dissident.

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Wave of Terrorism in Israel Defies a Simple Narrative

Four recent deadly attacks have highlighted Palestinian anger over vanishing prospects of a Palestinian state, but the assailants’ diverse backgrounds have left many questions unanswered.

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Spike in Violence Poses Test for Israel’s Fragile Government

A rash of terrorist attacks has spawned criticism of the government from the left and right, and for opposite reasons. But the coalition’s diversity has constrained its options.

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U.S. Pressured to Open Consulates in Jerusalem and Western Sahara

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, on travels through the Middle East and North Africa over the past week, was urged by Arab leaders to make good on past promises.

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Israel Bolsters Security Amid Deadliest Wave of Terrorist Attacks in Years

The Army and the police scaled up their ground presence the morning after the latest shooting brought the death toll from attacks in Israel this month to 11.

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Democratic Support For Israel Has Changed. Here’s What It Means.

The consensus on Israel has changed. 

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In Reversal, Israel’s New Government Engages With Palestinian Authority

The government has held high-level meetings with Palestinian officials and aided the Palestinians economically, a sharp change from the previous government.

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Palestinian Authority Indicts 14 Security Force Members in Activist’s Death

The family of Nizar Banat, who was known for his fierce online criticism, say more senior Palestinian officials should also face consequences after he was beaten to death.

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Activist Dies in Palestinian Authority’s Custody, Inciting Widespread Outrage

Nizar Banat’s death comes amid a crackdown on the authorities’ opponents.

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On Israel-Palestine, Biden Must Revive a Two-State Solution

President Biden must re-energize the possibility of a two-state solution.

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In Israel, Blinken Pushes U.S. Support for Rebuilding Gaza

Standing beside Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel vowed “a very powerful response” if Hamas were to break a fragile cease-fire.

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Blinken Hopes to Solidify Hamas and Israel’s Cease-Fire

The secretary of state will also use his trip to the region this week to work on humanitarian aid for Gaza but has no plans to pursue full-fledged peace talks.

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If the Left Got Its Wish for Israel

An ill-devised peace would inevitably lead to an even worse war. 

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For Israel and Hamas, Hard Choices Before Talks Can Begin

Analysts think it may be too early for de-escalation to succeed, as the sides first both need to forge a narrative of victory.

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Violence in Israel Challenges Biden’s ‘Stand Back’ Approach

The president came to office seeing little opportunity to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He may now be forced to get more involved.

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Palestinian Vote Delayed, Prolonging Split for West Bank and Gaza

President Mahmoud Abbas said elections could not take place unless Israel allowed voting in East Jerusalem. But privately, he also fears a poor result for his party, officials said.

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Palestinians and Israelis Both Vote Soon. The Differences Are Stark.

Many Israelis feel numbed by their endless election cycle. Many Palestinians are excited about a rare chance to vote — but others expect little change without statehood.

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Want Israeli-Palestinian Peace? Try Confederation

Politicians and experts should not doubt a two-state solution. But they should finally consider a plausible version of it.

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I.C.C. Rules It Has Jurisdiction to Examine Possible Israel War Crimes

The International Criminal Court on Friday said it has the authority to investigate alleged crimes in the occupied territories, in a ruling condemned by Israel and praised by Palestinians.

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Biden Will Restore U.S. Relations With Palestinians, Reversing Trump Cutoff

Despite the move, analysts believe the prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement remain distant.

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Abbas Announces Palestinian Elections After Years of Paralysis

The decree by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority was viewed by analysts as a bid to lift his standing with the Biden administration. Skeptics expressed doubt the vote would happen.

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Seeking Restart With Biden, Palestinians Eye End to Prisoner Payments

The Palestinian Authority pays stipends to prisoners held by Israel in a system critics call “pay to slay.” The worse the crime, the higher the payment.

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Biden’s Win Means a Demotion for Netanyahu and Less Focus on Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu has made his closeness to President Trump, who gave him much of what he wanted, central to his political appeal. Things will be different in a Biden administration.

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A Rare Middle East Triumph

And — yes — a triumph for Trump, too.

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Palestinians Rejected Tax Money to Slap Israel. It’s Not Israel That’s Hurting.

Palestinian families are suffering intensely as their government’s tax protest continues, even though the cause — Israel’s push to annex the West Bank — has been suspended.

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The U.A.E.-Israel Flight Is Nothing to Celebrate

It’s a slap in the face of Palestinians, who can no longer count on Arab states for political support.

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For Palestinians, Israel-U.A.E. Deal Swaps One Nightmare for Another

With annexation of the West Bank off the table and Arab diplomacy turned inside out, the Palestinian struggle, once focused against Israel, now is to remain relevant.

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The Palestinian Plan to Stop Annexation: Remind Israel What Occupation Means

Officials in the West Bank say they are willing to let the Palestinian Authority collapse if Israel applies its sovereignty over occupied territory.

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Annexing the West Bank Is a Brazen Violation of International Law

It would also render the territory into a patchwork of simmering, unstable Palestinian areas, forever threatening a new intifada.

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Abbas, Cornered by Israeli Annexation, Opts for ‘Judgment Day’ Scenario

The Palestinian leader has promoted security cooperation with Israel in his quest for a Palestinian state. That strategy may have hit a dead end.

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Abbas Declares Palestinians’ West Bank Security Commitments Null and Void

The Palestinian leader has made such assertions before, but this may not be a mere threat. The agreements have protected Israelis and preserved the Palestinian Authority’s political hold over the West Bank.

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