· Along the Divide

The London Review of Books

November 5, 2015 Issue

LRB 5 November 2015


· The End of the Abbas Era

The London Review of Books blog

October 20, 2015

For the Palestinians, the violence and protests are an announcement that although their crushed and divided national movement may not be strong enough to achieve its goals, its constituents are not so weak that they will no longer pursue them.

LRB - 20 October 2015


· Mismanaging the Conflict

The New York Times

October 19, 2015

There is certainly no guarantee that if the two leaders fail to stop the flow of Palestinian and Israeli blood, things will eventually get better. But what does seem guaranteed is that most Palestinians will continue to believe that if the occupation is cost-free, there will be little incentive to end it. Mr. Abbas and Mr. Netanyahu have taught them that.

NYT - 19 October 2015


· Abbas' Bum Bombshell

Foreign Affairs

September 29, 2015

The case for an armistice between Israel and Palestine.

Foreign Affairs- 29 September 2015


· Rage in Jerusalem

The London Review of Books

December 4, 2014 Issue

LRB 4 December 2014


· Why Did George Mitchell Resign?

The New York Review of Books

November 6, 2014 Issue

An exchange with Senator George Mitchell, President Obama's former Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, about "Israel & the US: The Delusions of Our Diplomacy," my piece in the October 9, 2014 issue of The New York Review of Books.

NYRB 6 November 2014


· Israeli Fears of Palestinian Recognition are Unwarranted

The New York Times, The Opinion Pages

October 16, 2014

Should nations recognize a Palestinian state?

NYT 16 October 2014


· Feeling Good About Feeling Bad

The London Review of Books

October 9, 2014 Issue

Many American Jews dislike the suggestion that there is any tension between their commitment to liberalism and their Zionism. A piece on Ari Shavit's My Promised Land and Liberal Zionism.

LRB 9 October 2014


· Israel & the US: The Delusions of Our Diplomacy

The New York Review of Books

October 9, 2014 Issue [A longer version of this article appears in Matter.]

NYRB 9 October 2014


· Faith-Based Diplomacy


September 18, 2014 [A shorter version of this article appears in the October 9, 2014 issue of The New York Review of Books.]

Skeptics, Reproachers, and Embracers: The three rival camps of American officials leading the Israeli-Palestinian peace process—and the damaging illusions that unite them. 

Matter 19-09-14


· Hamas's Chances

The London Review of Books

August 21, 2014 Issue

LRB 21 August 2014


· How the West Chose War in Gaza

The New York Times

July 17, 2014

Gaza and Israel: The Road to War, Paved by the West. 

NYT Gaza July 2014


· Whose Palestine?

The New York Review Blog

June 19, 2014

For a moment in early June, it seemed to many Palestinians that their political leadership was on the verge of making a historic shift. On June 2, seven years of political division—between the unelected government in the West Bank dominated by Fatah, and the elected government in Gaza controlled by the Islamist party Hamas—formally came to an end. 

NYRB 19 June 2014


· What Future for Israel?

The New York Review of Books

August 15, 2013 Issue

NYRB 15 August 2013


· Netanyahu, Then and Now

The New York Review Gallery

July 31, 2013

In 1978 a young American citizen then going under the Anglicized name Ben Nitay argued that Palestinians do not have a right to a state, that they could instead get citizenship in Jordan or Israel, and that their goal is not to build a state but to destroy one.

NYRB 31 July 2013


· The Mideast Crack-Up

Tablet Magazine

May 21, 2013

The fracturing of established Middle Eastern states into tribal, religious, and political enclaves isn’t visible on the maps that appear in newspapers and atlases.

Tablet 21 May 2013


· Palestine After Fayyad

Foreign Affairs

April 18, 2013

The Choice Between Cooperation and Conflict.

Foreign Affairs 18 April 2013


· No Daylight on Israel

The New York Times, The Opinion Pages

October 22, 2012

American policies toward the Palestinians will eventually backfire, as in other parts of the region where the United States stood against popular aspirations and supported authoritarian regimes.

NYT 22 October 2012


· Road to a Third Intifada, Paved with Good Intentions

The New York Times, Sunday Review

June 24, 2012

The Palestinian president's strategy of security cooperation with Israel has come up empty and violence may fill the void.

NYT 24 June 2012


· Hurting Moderates, Helping Militants

The New York Times,The Opinion Pages

May 5, 2011

Punishing Palestinians for achieving national reconciliation aids Gaza's Salafi-Jihadis.

NYT 5 May 2011


· Our Man in Palestine

The New York Review of Books

October 14, 2010 Issue

The American mission to build up West Bank security forces led by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

NYRB 14 October 2010


· Nuke and Dagger

Tablet Magazine

January 21, 2010

A brief history of spies, plots, and mysterious deaths surrounding Iran’s nuclear program.

Tablet 21 January 2010


· Eastern Promises

The New Republic

September 9, 2009 Issue

The Guantánamo detainees we sent to Albania.

TNR 9 September 2009

· Crime and Punishment in Albania's Elections


September 2, 2009

Tirana's painting, rapping, basketball-dunking mayor calls a foul.

Albania, the Muslim World's Most Pro-American State, pt. I.


· The Muslim World's Most Tolerant Nation


September 3, 2009

The Muslim world's most tolerant nation is also its most secular.

Albania, the Muslim World's Most Pro-American State, pt. II.


· America's 51st State


September 4, 2009

Why do Albanians love George W. Bush?

Albania, the Muslim World's Most Pro-American State, pt. III.


· Truth or Dare


July 2009

A mentor imprisoned.


· Lockerbie

US News & World Report

January 2, 2009

Twenty years later, still unsolved.


· Price we paid for JFK's inexperience

The Boston Globe

July 24, 2008

A response to JFK adviser Ted Sorensen.


· Kennedy Talked, Khrushchev Triumphed

The New York Times, The Opinion Pages

May 22, 2008

The risks of negotiation.


· Persian Aversion


March 2008

What lies at the heart of the conflict between Israel and Iran?


· Specters of al Qaida?

The Jerusalem Post

November 23, 2007

On November 20, 1979, several hundred armed rebels laid siege to the holiest place in Islam, the Grand Mosque of Mecca.


· How The Reagan Administration Taught Iran the Wrong Lessons

Middle East Review of International Affairs

June 2007

Reagan's search for Iranian moderates. 


· A Loss of Trust

The Jerusalem Post

May 25, 2007

The killing of collaborators in Palestinian society.


· Back To Reality

The Jerusalem Post

December 20, 2006

Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book, about a young Jewish woman who joins the Dutch Resistance during World War II only to fall in love with the SS officer on whom she had been spying.


· Life Outside the Tribe

The Jerusalem Post

December 10, 2006

David Mamet’s plea for his assimilationist brethren to rejoin the tribe and religion they have forsaken.


· Do We Understand Each Other?

The Jerusalem Post

November 3, 2006

Jeffrey Goldberg’s journey from zealous Long Island Zionist to embittered Israeli prison guard.