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Middle East history



  • Solomon's Peace Accord

    by David Marks

    Can Israelis and Palestinians imagine and implement a Solomonic peace? 



  • The Unbearable Easiness of Killing

    by Arie M. Dubnov

    "As a colleague justly commented, it is only helpful to call a situation ‘complicated’ if one is committed to unfolding the package, willing to examine its contents and prepared to be surprised by what one finds hidden inside."



  • Because of Palestine

    by N.A. Mansour

    "It is because I am Palestinian that I can tell you that objectivity—in history-writing, in the archives, in museums—does not exist."



  • How Napoleon’s Legacy Explains the Middle East’s Conflicts

    by Yoav Tenembaum

    An international relations scholar argues that the Middle East can be explained through the division of "revolutionary" and "status quo" interests that dates to Napoleon's challenges to the European imperial order. How other nations respond to the conflict will follow whether they favor the status quo. 



  • Republicans are Far More Radical than Democrats on Israel

    by Max Boot

    Post columnist Max Boot surveys the bipartisan field of US policy toward Israel and concludes that the absolute support for the Israeli right from the Republicans, driven by the importance of evangelical voters, is wholly unprecedented. 



  • In Israel, the Violent Legacy of 1948

    by Benny Morris

    "The chaos in the towns of Lydda, Ramle, Haifa, Umm al-Fahm and Acre is a dim echo of the civil war between Palestine’s Jewish and Arab communities that engulfed the country during the first months of the 1948 war."



  • What Liberal Comparisons between Bush-Cheney and Trump Get Wrong

    by Joseph Stieb

    Liberal critics of Liz Cheney have suggested she's a hypocrite, blasting Trump's "Big Lie" while having championed the deceptions that led to the Iraq War. This is an imperfect comparison, which ignores the real lessons of Iraq – that fixing the fact-finding process to fit a policy is a common and continuing danger. 



  • This is a War Israel Can’t Win

    by Max Boot

    Post columnist Max Boot argues that the current cycle of attacks and reprisals are symbolic political gestures, and that Israel should declare that it's made its point and resume the work of political normalization with its Arab neighbors and political concessions with the Palestinian Authority that marginalize Hamas.



  • In Israel’s Rising Violence, Ripples From 1948

    The eruption of communal violence between Jews and Arabs in Israeli towns with mixed populations is a legacy of the events of 1948, when, in the context of war, many towns' Arab populations were purged (historians debate the degree to which this was planned, or part of Israeli state policy). 



  • Why the Al-Aqsa Mosque has Often been a Site of Conflict

    by Ken Chitwood

    "Controlled access to the site reminds Palestinians of their relative powerlessness in their ongoing land disputes with Israeli authorities. At the same time, attacks at Al-Aqsa resonate with Muslims across the world who react with horror to what they see as the desecration of one of their most sacred sites."



  • The World the Suez Canal Made

    by Aaron Jakes

    "The purpose of the Suez Canal, from the perspective of both the Egyptian state and its European investors, was not simply to render the world more interconnected and international transport more efficient, but to extract transit fees from the ships passing through it."



  • Congress May Have To Act To Punish Saudi Arabia

    by David M. Wight

    Political pressures have made US presidents less disposed than Congress to impose limits on the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia. If arms sales are to be a lever for change in the kingdom, it will probably be up to Congress to make it happen.