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Israel In The Fall Of 2021: Domestic And Foreign Policy Challenges

by Itamar Rabinovichvia The Caravan Notebook
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

This essay presents and analyzes Israel’s current rich domestic and foreign policy agenda. Among its focal points is the end of Benjamin Netanyahu’s lengthy tenure as prime minister, the political paralysis of the past two years, and the formation of Naftali Bennett’s government. It argues that this diverse and fragile coalition government cannot cope with Israel’s fundamental problems, especially with regard to the Palestinian issue, but represents a potential transition to more orderly politics.

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The Corona Pandemic And The Middle East

by Itamar Rabinovichvia The Caravan
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The public health crisis and challenge of COVID-19’s impact on most of the Middle East, as on other parts of the non-Western World, has been limited. While the extent of the pandemic in Iran and Turkey has been significant, the figures cited by and for most of the Arab World have been low, certainly low when compared to the early concern that high density (in countries like Egypt and in the Gaza Strip) and weak public health systems could lead to an exponential spread of the disease.

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The Meager Prospects Of Progress On The Palestinian Issue

by Itamar Rabinovichvia The Caravan
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Three weeks before the Israeli parliamentary elections of September 17 the prospects of progress, or of ending the current stalemate in Israeli Palestinian relations, are dim. mIsrael is but one of the protagonists in this conflict, but the outcome of the September vote will have a crucial effect on the Palestinian issue: it will determine whether the Right will remain in power in Israel and will affect the Trump Administration's pursuit of "the deal of the century", the term used for its quest to resolve the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict.

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Religion And Politics In Israel

by Itamar Rabinovichvia The Caravan
Thursday, December 6, 2018

A complex relationship between religion and politics is inherent in Israel’s character as a Jewish state. The term Jewish denotes both a religion and an ethnicity, and, for the past seventy years, Israel’s leaders have had to deal with a host of issues regarding religion’s role in the life and politics of the Jewish state.

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The Syrian Crisis: Strategic Challenges For The United States

by Itamar Rabinovichvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Syrian crisis, which since 2011 has been the focal issue in the Middle East, has now entered a new phase, confronting the United States with fresh challenges. From the early stages of its evolution, the Syrian crisis has unfolded on three levels: domestic, regional and international. The Assad regime's success in capturing Aleppo in late 2016 marked a turning point in the war's domestic dimension. 

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Israel And The Arab Turmoil

by Itamar Rabinovich, Itai Brunvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Jewish state is facing a new Middle East. How should it respond?


Israel Facing a New Middle East

by Itamar Rabinovich, Itai Brunvia Hoover Institution Press
Thursday, June 8, 2017

New challenges, new realities: Israel’s national security strategy In Israel Facing a New Middle East, Itamar Rabinovich and Itai Brun discuss the evolution of Israel's national security, military doctrine, and policies in light of today's challenges and changes in the Middle East. With an emphasis on two key periods—the years 1979 to 1982 (and their subsequent impact) and the current Middle Eastern turmoil—they review national security strategy, the cabinet level’s national security policy, and the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) military strategy.

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Egypt’s Role In The Middle East: The View From Jerusalem

by Itamar Rabinovichvia The Caravan
Monday, March 13, 2017

During the past sixty years, Israel’s relationship with Egypt completed a full cycle. In the late 1950’s in the aftermath of two wars with Egypt and Gamal Abdel Nasser leading the revolutionary pan Arab camp, it was Israel’s most formidable and implacable Arab enemy. Israel’s founding father, David Ben Gurion, saw no hope of breaking the wall of Arab hostility led by Egypt and decided to leap frog over it by formulating and implementing a policy known as “the alliance with the periphery.” 

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A Jewish State in an Arab World

by Itamar Rabinovichvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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A Jewish State in an Arab World

by Itamar Rabinovichvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Israel is facing a new and changing regional order in the Middle East. How will it respond?