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Israel and the UAE just struck a historic peace deal. It’s a big win for Trump.

Israel and the UAE just struck a historic peace deal. It’s a big win...

Israel and the United Arab Emirates just agreed to a historic deal to normalize their long-strained relations — and it may not have happened without the input of President Donald Trump’s administration. In a surprise announcement Thursday, the US, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates put out a joint statement outlining how the two Middle…
Israel’s anti-Netanyahu protests, explained

Israel’s anti-Netanyahu protests, explained

For the past several weeks, thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets to demand that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who is facing several political crises — resign. Over the past month, Israel’s second coronavirus wave has spiraled far out of the government’s control. The country’s economy is tanking, and about a quarter of…
Israel’s second coronavirus wave is threatening Netanyahu’s hold on power

Israel’s second coronavirus wave is threatening Netanyahu’s hold on power

Two months ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was confident — probably a little too much — in Israel’s management of the coronavirus crisis. The numbers of new Covid-19 cases had plummeted to the low double digits per day in May — a far cry from late March, when hundreds of new cases were being…
Israel’s West Bank annexation plan and why it’s stalled, explained by an expert

Israel’s West Bank annexation plan and why it’s stalled, explained by an expert

It took three elections, but Israel finally formed an emergency government this spring, in the middle of a pandemic and a global economic crisis. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, of the Blue and White party, averted another election, but the deal also laid out a plan for annexation of parts of the West…
A Week In Tel Aviv, Israel, On A $50,000 Salary

A Week In Tel Aviv, Israel, On A $50,000 Salary

2:30 p.m. — I don't have any meetings today. I started working here about five months ago. At first, I really loved it. But, for the last two months, I haven't felt challenged enough. And have started to realize that there isn't really a lot of growth opportunities. I've felt a bit stuck and I've…
An artificial intelligence company backed by Microsoft is helping Israel surveil Palestinians

An artificial intelligence company backed by Microsoft is helping Israel surveil Palestinians

An Israeli startup invested in heavily by American companies, including Microsoft, produces facial recognition software used to conduct biometric surveillance on Palestinians, investigations by NBC and Haaretz revealed. In June, Microsoft — which has touted its framework for ethical use of facial recognition — joined a group investment of $78 million to AnyVision, an international…
Trump calls Rashida Tlaib’s reversal on visiting Israel “a complete setup”

Trump calls Rashida Tlaib’s reversal on visiting Israel “a complete setup”

President Trump criticized Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) decision to decline Israel’s offer to allow her to visit her grandmother in the West Bank under strict political conditions on Friday evening, calling it “a complete setup.” He also said that Tlaib’s grandmother was “the only real winner” of the situation since she “doesn’t have to see…
Netanyahu blocks Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting Israel

Netanyahu blocks Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the urging of President Donald Trump, just blocked two Muslim Democratic members of Congress — both of whom are prominent women of color and highly critical of his country — from visiting Israel next week. The move could further rupture the relationship between Democrats and the Jewish state, but…
Democrats are increasingly critical of Israel. Not Pete Buttigieg.

Democrats are increasingly critical of Israel. Not Pete Buttigieg.

Pete Buttigieg may be a rising star in the 2020 Democratic field, but his strong pro-Israel views may put him at odds with the increasingly pro-Palestinian left flank in his own party. The 37-year-old openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has in the past described Israel as a model for the US in how…
Trump just made a highly controversial decision about Israel — again

Trump just made a highly controversial decision about Israel — again

The United States will now recognize the Golan Heights as part of Israel — a massive change in American foreign policy that will likely benefit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The surprise announcement by President Donald Trump about the disputed territory is in keeping with his full-throated support for Netanyahu and embrace of right-leaning Israeli…

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