Israeli Palestinian Conflict
The Israeli government’s settlement policy has come under renewed scrutiny following the approval of new construction in the Occupied Territories.
Haim Malka, deputy director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), is American-educated and has lived and worked in Israel. He is a prolific writer and speaker.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has drawn international condemnation for recent comments he made laying the blame for the Holocaust on Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, a prominent Palestinian Arab nationalist.
A series of deadly exchanges between Palestinians and Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Jerusalem have many in the region fearing a third intifada. Though few leaders or commentators seem to have any appetite for such an uprising, the situation on the ground appears to be escalating.
Clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in and around the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound — or the Temple Mount, as it is otherwise known — threaten to disrupt the tenuous peace that followed last week’s confrontation between the two sides.
The accusations and insults began flying even before the anticipated publication of Ally, the highly controversial memoir of Michael Oren, the American-born historian and current Knesset member who served as Israel's ambassador in Washington from 2009 to 2013.