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Shlomo Ben-Ami

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The last days of Netanyahu?

Published On: September 25, 2019 12:51 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

TEL AVIV – At long last, Israel has taken a step back from the religious nationalist abyss into which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had been leading it. In the September 17 parliamentary election, the country’s second in five months, the “natural coalition” of Netanyahu’s Likud party, Orthodox groups, and proto-fascist factions failed to reach the 61-seat threshold that would have enabled him to form another government.

Forgetting Palestine

Published On: August 22, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

Never before in Israel’s history has it been able to develop a foreign policy so free of the Palestinian issue

No economic peace for Palestinians

Published On: July 23, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

Economic development would go a long way toward stabilizing Palestinian society

Don’t feed the Donald

Published On: June 24, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

No matter how hard Abe tries, the US and Japan remain divided on the same issues as always

Resilience of Arab world

Published On: May 21, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

Though militaries have often proved adept at staging coups, from Egypt to Thailand to Myanmar, they have been far less effective in securing transitions to civilian rule

Israel and illiberal democracy

Published On: April 23, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

Israel’s latest parliamentary election has consolidated the country’s position within a growing bloc of illiberal democracies around the world

Maduro’s useful idiots

Published On: March 21, 2019 01:00 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

Western non-intervention killed Spanish democracy in the 1930s. Venezuela must not be next

The ideology trap

Published On: February 24, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

Ideology is a powerful tool for packaging a broad political agenda but faith-based fixations almost invariably lead to bad policies

Conflict in age of extremes

Published On: December 3, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

World’s major powers have largely resumed their Cold War postures preparing themselves for open conflict

Disruptive ethnic nationalism

Published On: October 23, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

The rise of radical ethnic nationalism as a response to fears of terrorism and mass migration represents a more fundamentally transformative crisis

In Israel, identity over democracy

Published On: September 26, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

Israel has determined that its Jewish identity is more important than its democracy. This will be bad

Peace under siege

Published On: August 23, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

Colombia’s government has so far achieved only 18.5 percent of the reforms, laws, and promises stipulated by the peace accord

Rewriting Europe’s narrative

Published On: July 24, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

With much of Europe surrounded by illiberal forces, the EU has been left alone to defend what remains of the old order

Trump’s war of choice

Published On: May 17, 2018 12:10 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

By trading diplomacy for saber-rattling, Bush administration slammed the door on Iran. Trump embraces same tactic.

US needs Syria strategy

Published On: April 29, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

No amount of triumphant rhetoric can obscure the West’s betrayal of the Syrian people, nor disguise its lack of any actual strategy for resolving the Syria conflict

Threat starts at home

Published On: April 1, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

Western liberal order is not in crisis because of Russia. Crisis in Western democracies is homegrown

Politics of national memory

Published On: February 25, 2018 12:22 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

When, on a visit to Warsaw in 1970, German Chancellor Willy Brandt suddenly dropped to his knees before the Monument to the Ghetto Uprising, Władysław Gomułka, Poland’s communist leader, whispered, “wrong monument.”

Iran, hollow hegemon

Published On: January 31, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

Iran’s interest in avoiding all-out war should be good news for its enemies, which are not in a strong position to manage foreign military entanglements.

To Jerusalem and back

Published On: December 26, 2017 12:30 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

Trump’s Jerusalem declaration is the latest manifestation of the unlikely president’s quest for domestic legitimacy

Failed secession

Published On: October 15, 2017 12:30 AM NPT By: Shlomo Ben-Ami

The malignant effects of identity politics should not be allowed to tear Spanish society apart.