For Netanyahu and Israel, Trump’s Gifts Kept on Coming

Allowing the convicted spy Jonathan Pollard the ability to emigrate to Israel was just the latest in a long list of prizes for America’s closest ally in the Middle East.

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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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Israel and Palestinians Resume Security Agreement

The Palestinian Authority had ended security cooperation to protest Israel’s plans to annex large parts of the West Bank. Those plans are now on hold.

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Saeb Erekat, Longtime Palestinian Chief Negotiator, Dies at 65

A passionate champion of Palestinian statehood, his goal seemed to become less attainable with time.

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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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Trump’s Sanctions on International Court May Do Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Critics say the administration has targeted a human rights lawyer with economic penalties meant for warlords, dictators and authoritarian governments.

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Gaza Peace Activists Face Prison for Holding Video Call With Israelis

The Palestinian activists were charged after organizing a virtual discussion as a part of a bridge-building initiative focused on peace and empowering young people.

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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 Less Impossible Israeli-Palestinian Peace

The two-state idea is comatose but not dead.

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For Palestinian Police, Much to Lose if Israel Annexes West Bank Land

Palestinian security officers, scorned for working with Israel, say they are on the front lines of building a state. But what if the state-building project fizzles?

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Palestinians in Jordan Valley Fear Annexation Would Choke Off Their Villages

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to annex territory along the Jordan border. Palestinian residents wonder where that leaves them.

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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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