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Alon Ben-Meir: Bernie Sanders and the French initiative

Throughout the primary campaign, only Senator Bernie Sanders had a position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that was fresh, balanced, and welcome.


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Alon Ben-Meir: Deradicalization in refugee camps and beyond

The influx of millions of Syrian refugees to Europe is more than likely to become another source of radicalization.


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Alon Ben-Meir: How Turkey became a de facto dictatorship

The resignation of Turkey Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu suggests he will tolerate no one in his government to deviate from his positions.


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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Breaking the deadlock

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has rarely been so far from finding a resolution. The desire to seek peace has been diminishing.


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Alon Ben-Meir: The global crisis of leadership

A question often raised is: are leaders a reflection of their time, or are they individuals who rise to answer the call of the hour?


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Saudi Arabia: A kingdom in retreat

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, once at the front and center of the Arab world, has been losing its regional influence and prominent role.


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Alon Ben-Meir: The Palestinian leadership … to where?

An open letter to President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas Political Chief Khaled Meshal, and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.


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Alon Ben-Meir: Why the Brussels attack was all but inevitable

The horrific attacks in Brussels by terrorists affiliated with ISIS that claimed the lives of 35 people and injured more than 200 was all but inevitable.


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Alon Ben-Meir: The unraveling of Turkey’s democracy

A few months after Turkey raided the offices of the Koza Ipek Media Group, the Turkish police assaulted early this month the offices of Feza Publications.


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A plea for reason: An open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu

I write this letter to you with a heavy heart as it pains me deeply to see the beautiful dream of a strong and proud Israel now losing its reason for being.


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Alon Ben-Meir: Iraqi Sunni state is prerequisite to defeating ISIS

One of the main prerequisites to defeating ISIS in Iraq and stabilizing the country is the establishment of an independent Sunni Iraqi state.


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Alon Ben-Meir: Erecting a giant prison for all Israelis

The demagoguery of Prime Minster Netanyahu seems to have no limit—in a sense that he says and acts on anything to buttress Israel’s hold on the West Bank.


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Alon Ben-Meir: The dire consequences of revenge and retribution

A regular reader of my weekly column recently shared with me a commentary about the brutal murder of Dafna Meir, an Israeli Jew who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager.


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Alon Ben-Meir: Lifting the sanctions will not end Iran’s revolutionary zeal”

Given Iran’s domestic political volatility and regional ambition, Tehran should not be expected to choose a single strategy to advance its national interests.


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Alon Ben-Meir: Civil disobedience is the Palestinians’ best option

The use of violence to end the occupation has not served the Palestinian cause well, instead making matters worse as it hardened the resolve of successive Israeli governments.


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Alon Ben-Meir: Saudi Arabia’s act of strategic defiance

The Saudi decision to execute Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr at this juncture was a strategic act of defiance meant to challenge Iran and the U.S.


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Alon Ben-Meir: In the grip of powerful illusions

The belief that by expanding the settlements Israel will augment its national security and maintain its hold on the entire land is an illusion of tomorrow.


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Alon Ben-Meir: Israel’s occupation is morally indefensible

Whereas Israel has agreed to a two-state solution, it continues to usurp Palestinian land, thereby violating international agreements.