In the aftermath of Israel’s recent election, de jure annexation of the West Bank is increasingly likely. But such a plan raises issues under international law and risks calling into question Israel’s status as a democracy.
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Maximum pressure, meet minimum patience.
The latest move in the Trump administration's pressure campaign is more bark than bite.
It's up to the United States to prevent what increasingly seems like an inevitable outcome.
A slapdash rollout and decision at odds with the international community are an uncomfortable fit for the complex and hotly contested political history of the Golan Heights.
In recent days, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, has revealed certain key aspects of the long-touted White House Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.