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Dr. Alon Ben-Meir is a professor of international relations and Middle Eastern Studies at New York University. He is also a journalist/author and writes a weekly syndicated column for United Press International, which appears regularly in US and international newspapers. Email:

Commentary 638: The Inevitable Emergence of an Israeli-Arab Alliance

14 September 2020

The peace agreement between Israel and the UAE lays the foundation for a future Israeli-Arab alliance, which has been quietly developing behind the sc

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Commentary 666: “Why Was I Ever Born”

19 February 2021

While tens of thousands of Yemeni men, women and children are dying from starvation and disease, the world is shamelessly watching with deafening sile

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Commentary 667: It Is Critical Time for New Leadership in Israel

04 March 2021

The Palestinian conflict is dangerously eroding Israel’s moral standing as the public’s alarming complacency is ever growing As the Isr

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Commentary 670: Turkish Prisons Are Beyond the Pale of Inhumanity

19 March 2021

The US and the EU will make a mockery out of the virtues of morality and human rights they preach unless they stop Erdogan’s outrageous criminal

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Commentary 672: Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis is a Stigma on the World’s Conscience

29 March 2021

Tragically, the entire international community has failed miserably to muster the moral courage to end the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of men,

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Commentary 677: Erdogan’s Misogyny Transcends His Moral Decadence

19 April 2021

Erdogan’s decision to withdraw Turkey from the 2011 Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence Against Women is by far t

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Commentary 680: Israel’s Plight: An Absence of Leadership

22 April 2021

The result of the fourth election in two years clearly points to the dysfunction of Israel’s political system and the many fault lines of Israel

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Commentary 682: Israel’s Greatest Stigma

06 May 2021

It is hard to fathom how in a country that boasts about its technological advancements, scientific breakthroughs, economic prosperity, and military pr

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Commentary 684: Biden’s Mideast Strategy and Its Geopolitical Implications

11 May 2021

The Biden administration’s new Middle East strategy is forcing regional powers to reassess their geostrategic interests and act in a manner that

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Commentary 686: Jerusalem: A Flashpoint for Conflict or Microcosm of Peace

20 May 2021

Regardless of how the current and future violent conflicts between Israel and the Palestinians in Jerusalem will end, there will be no Israeli-Palesti

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Commentary 687: Seventy-Three Years of Deadly Illusions

24 May 2021

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will never be settled through violence. Both sides must wake up and decide whether to chart a new path leading to a m

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Commentary 690: There Will Be No Peace without a Process of Reconciliation

02 June 2021

No one should have the illusion that once a ceasefire is established, Israel and the Palestinians should or can negotiate a peace agreement. Given the

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Commentary 693: A Rare Chance to Chart a New Course toward Peace

16 June 2021

There has never been an Israeli government representing the entire political spectrum from the extreme left to the extreme right. This offers a rare c

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Commentary 700: The Creation of a Palestinian State Is Inescapable

13 July 2021

Every Israeli will sooner than later realize that the creation of a Palestinian state is the only way by which Israel can protect its democracy, indep

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Commentary 710: Israeli-Palestinian Confederation Offers the Only Solution for Sustainable Peace

12 August 2021

This is a summary of a major proposal that documents the need to establish an Israeli-Palestinian confederation that is dictated by the realities on t

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Commentary 714: “From the River to the Sea”

19 August 2021

Although the Palestinians have every right to establish an independent state of their own, nothing has so tragically undermined their cause in the eye

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Commentary 717: Biden Can Change the Course of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

20 September 2021

It takes bold US leadership to effect a change in the Israeli-Palestinian discourse, and Biden may well be the right president at the right time that

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Commentary 722: The Occupation Severely Endangers, Not Enhances, Israel’s National Security

04 October 2021

The Israeli argument against the establishment of a Palestinian state on the grounds of national security concerns is baseless as it not only defies t

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Commentary 744: An Open Letter to President Erdogan

17 December 2021

Dear President Erdogan, I send this open letter to you because it pains me to see a country like Turkey, which could have reached the pinnacle of p

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Commentary 755: Attacking Iran Is a Recipe for a Catastrophe

16 February 2022

Righting the Wrong Israel’s repeated threats to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities irrespective of any outcome in the negotiations in Vie

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Commentary 760: Israel’s Glorious and Gloomy Reality

14 March 2022

No people have ever risen from the ashes of near-extinction to form a country and achieve the height of development in every walk of life like Israel.

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Commentary 579: Netanyahu Personifies the Corrupting Force of Power

16 December 2019

The long-anticipated indictment of Prime Minister Netanyahu has finally come to pass. For three years, Netanyahu spared no effort to scuttle three cri

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Commentary 587: Killing Soleimani Undermines Global Order

05 February 2020

Those who applaud the assassination of General Soleimani seem to simply equate him to a terrorist who certainly deserved to meet his fate. The questio

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Commentary 589: Trump’s and Netanyahu’s Folly

18 February 2020

Since the Second Intifada in 2000, the Israelis have been steadily moving to the right-of-centre. Successive Israeli governments have made national se

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Commentary 591: The Moral Devastation of the Continued Occupation (Part 1)

28 February 2020

I have long maintained that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank defies the moral principle behind the creation of the state. Contrary to Prime

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Commentary 592: The Moral Devastation of the Continued Occupation (Part 2)

04 March 2020

Four ethical theories—Kantian, utilitarian, virtue-based, and religious—demonstrate the lack of moral foundation in the continuing Israeli

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Commentary 594:Israel Is Engaged in Systematic Self-Destruction

18 March 2020

It is said where are two Jews, there are three opinions. And in the state of Israel, there is yet another version: where there are five Jews, there ar

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Commentary 783: The Absurdity of the Israel-Hamas Relationship

28 November 2022

Given that Israel and Hamas collaborate both publicly and tacitly on multiple fronts, one would think they would finally realize that they are stuck a

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Commentary 785: The US-Saudi Alliance Will Stand the Test of Time

07 December 2022

Regardless of the intensity of the current conflict between the Biden administration and Saudi Arabia, their long history of military alliance and sha

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Commentary 565: For The US and Iran, War Is Not an Option

17 September 2019

Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, or Iran deal) was sadly based on a lack of understanding of its

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Commentary 561: The Disgraceful President and the Contemptible Prime Minister

26 August 2019

Much has been said and written about Trump’s disgraceful pointed “advice” to Prime Minister Netanyahu not to allow two duly elected

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Commentary 541:Time to dump Netanyahu

05 March 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to call for an early election, scheduled to take place on 9 April, was really nothing short of anoth

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Commentary 534:The betrayal of Israel’s historic promises

15 February 2019

Over the past three decades I wrote more than two hundred articles about Israel, envisioning it to be a democratic state, independent and free, a cham

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Commentary 528: Trump's New Year gift to Putin , Rouhani, and Erdogan

24 January 2019

Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from Syria is extremely reckless and is bound to backfire in more than one way. To make such a decision,

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C521: The Saudi Butchery in Yemen and the World’s Apathy

03 January 2019

The cold-blooded killing of the journalist Khashoggi, however gruesome, pales compared to the brutality and gross human rights violations Saudi Arabia

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C520: The end of Syria’s civil war and the beginning of the conflict over the spoils

20 December 2018

With Syria’s civil war nearing an end with the takeover of the city of Idlib by Assad’s forces and his allies, I do not expect that Syria

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C518: Should the US Stop Enabling Israel?

17 December 2018

I maintain that regardless of the political, strategic, demographic, and regional vicissitudes, the two-state option remains the only viably sustainab

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C514: Erdogan’s Hooligans Came Knocking on NYU’s Doors

04 December 2018

Last week I conducted a panel discussion about Turkey under the leadership of Erdogan. The day before the event, we were alerted that several of Erdog

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C508: Netanyahu is Destroying Both Israel and the Palestinians

05 November 2018

Much of what Israel and the Palestinians are experiencing today has befallen them under Netanyahu’s leadership. He believes that the Palestinian

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C505: “The Right of Return”---- To Where?

29 August 2018

      The nearly three months of demonstrations by Palestinians along the Israel-Gaza border under the banner of the “Ma

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501:Erdogan’s reelection and its dire consequences

03 August 2018

The reelection of Turkey’s President Erdogan, falsely considered to be free, fair and representative of the will of the majority of the Turkish

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499: Hamas will invite war in the search for a long-term solution

30 July 2018

Any protracted conflict can come to an end under certain circumstances that either evolve over a period of time or are precipitated by one side or the

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495: An open letter to Ismail Haniyeh and Yahya Sinwar

10 July 2018

Dear M. Haniyeh and Sinwar; I am writing this letter to you in the wake of the latest confrontation between Palestinian demonstrators and the Israe

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487: Sisi’s Socioeconomic Agenda and Human Rights

16 May 2018

The re-election of Egypt’s President Sisi came as no surprise. Despite irregularities at some polling stations, President Sisi won handedly beca

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484: The Dying in Syria rests on the conscience of the West

09 May 2018

President Trump’s characterization of the US attack on specific Syrian chemical storage and research facilities as “mission accomplished&r

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480: Is A War Between Israel And Iran/Hezbollah Imminent?

09 April 2018

The recent violation of Israel’s air space by an Iranian drone and Israel’s retaliation against Syrian and Iranian targets prompted many o

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475: The US’ Enablement Jeopardizes Israel’s Future

13 March 2018

The United States has been and remains the staunchest supporter of Israel, and its unqualified support will cause significant damage to Israel’s

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474: Basking in the shadows of the Ottoman Era

08 March 2018

It is hard to fathom why Turkey’s President Erdogan, who embarked on the most impressive social, political, and economic reforms during his firs

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465: When Geopolitical conditions and Moral Values converge

15 February 2018

  The geopolitical developments in the Middle East over the past fifteen years have created new political and security dynamics engendered by

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464: Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as Israels Capital and the prospect of Two-State solution

12 February 2018

  I was in Israel when Trump made his announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Initially, I thought Israelis would pour o

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460: Time to Kick Turkey Out of NATO

02 January 2018

The egregious violation of freedom of the press in Turkey has reached a mammoth proportion that places Turkey among the most oppressive nations for jo

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457: Self-Determination Is an Inalienable Right

01 January 2018

The Iraqi Kurds’ referendum that was conducted several weeks ago won an overwhelming majority in favour of independence, but was rejected by muc

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