Mustafa Barghouti of the Palestinian National Initiative
"The only solution is the initiation of a true peace process"
Mustafa Barghouti, general-secretary of al-Mubadara – the Palestinian National Initiative – and leading civil rights activist, talks about the ongoing war in Gaza and his vision for peace
West Bank a possible 'third front' for Israel
Violence in the occupied West Bank has surged since Israel began bombarding the Gaza Strip and clashing with Hezbollah at the Lebanon border, fuelling concerns that the flashpoint Palestinian territory could become a third front in a wider war
After the Hamas terror attacks on Israel
The suffering of Gaza's civilian population
Following the brutal terror attacks by Hamas, the Israeli offensive in Gaza is ongoing, causing high civilian casualties. Urgent humanitarian access is needed. There can be no return to the situation before the Hamas attacks. An analysis by Rene Wildangel
Khaled Hroub on Hamas
"A project of resistance"?
Hamas' influence may be on the rise, but as yet the movement has failed to assume national leadership. Palestinian political analyst Khaled Hroub examines the factors at play with Michael Young
Hamas and Hezbollah
A new alliance in Lebanon?
The Palestinian militant organisation Hamas, with Hezbollah's help, is building up a military presence in Lebanon, the ultimate consequences of which could be devastating, writes Mohanad Hage Ali
Joe Biden, Mahmoud Abbas – and the UN
The Palestinian ultimatum
By issuing an ultimatum before the UN General Assembly, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas hoped to shake the U.S. from its complacency and force Israel to engage in real negotiations to end its occupation of Palestinian lands. With Palestinians losing patience, the alternative is an upsurge in violence, writes Daoud Kuttab
Middle East conflict
"The Palestinians face repression on all sides"
Hamas in Gaza, the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and Israel: Palestinians have fewer and fewer rights, says Khaled Elgindy. The Middle East could escalate at any time. An interview by Andrea Backhaus
Promoting human rights in the Middle East
The U.S. and Arab hearts and minds – an impossible task?
As the Biden administration attempts to promote democracy and human rights in the Middle East, it will confront the deep-seated belief among Arabs that U.S. policies are unfair to their central causes and biased in favour of the ruling elite of their countries. By Rafiah Al Talei
Israel, Palestine – and nuance as the moral imperative
As someone accustomed to presenting his country to interested outsiders, Israeli teacher and tour guide Noam Yatsiv makes the case for a more nuanced appreciation of the historical circumstances in Israel/Palestine, deeming it a "moral obligation" of European observers
Interview with Mustafa Barghouti
Palestinians rediscover their sense of unity
Mustafa Barghouthi, Palestinian politician and secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative party is a key voice of the secular liberal left in Palestinian politics. Following the Israeli-Hamas ceasefire, he gives his view of events in Israel and the Occupied Territories in recent days and his hopes for German and European foreign policy going forward. Interview by Jannis Hagmann
Middle East conflict
Gaza and Israeli residents struggle through a new reality
Hostilities broke out between Hamas and Israel less than a week ago. But a swift escalation has left civilians on both sides trying to come to terms with the maddening unpredictability. Tania Kraemer reports from Israel
Violence flares in the Middle East
Foreign Affairs: "Paradigm Lost" – From two-state solution to one-state reality
Once a supporter of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Ian S. Lustick now deems that goal a deceptively Solomonic, and often disingenuous, approach to avoiding a "one-state reality". Lisa Anderson read the book