Ex-Israeli Security Chief Diskin: 'All the Conditions Are There for an Explosion'

Ex-Israeli Security Chief Diskin: 'All the Conditions Are There for an Explosion'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2014

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Yuval Diskin, former director of Israel's internal security service Shin Bet, speaks of the current clash between Israel and the Palestinians, what must be done to achieve peace and the lack of leadership in the Middle East. Interview Conducted by Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

German Foreign Minister: 'Further Escalation Not Out of the Question' in Ukraine

German Foreign Minister: 'Further Escalation Not Out of the Question' in Ukraine

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2014

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier calls the downing of the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine "appalling" in an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE. He also discusses the flare-up in the Middle East and US espionage in Germany. Interview Conducted by Roland Nelles and Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Gaza in Crisis: The Strong Female Voice of Hamas

Gaza in Crisis: The Strong Female Voice of Hamas

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 20, 2014

Isra al-Mudallal is the outspoken, strong-willed new spokesperson for the Hamas government in Gaza. Her goal is to become a role model for young girls -- but first she has to overcome the region's conservative traditions. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

Israel's Wildcard: The Man Who Could Stop The Peace Process

Israel's Wildcard: The Man Who Could Stop The Peace Process

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2014

Naftali Bennett, the head of the the settlements party Jewish Home rejects negotiations with the Palestinians and says he will allow the Israeli government to collapse if necessary. A decision on whether talks will proceed is expected this week. By Julia Amalia Heyer in Tel Aviv more... Comment ]

'Significant Escalation': Tensions Flare in German-Israeli Relations

'Significant Escalation': Tensions Flare in German-Israeli Relations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2014

German-Israeli relations are at a nadir as German Chancellor Merkel begins her third term. When leaders of the countries meet next week, deals on smaller issues may be possible, but divisions over Israeli settlements will persist. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Reaching Out: Obama's Ambitious Mideast Diplomatic Offensive

Reaching Out: Obama's Ambitious Mideast Diplomatic Offensive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2013

Barack Obama is moving his foreign policy course toward diplomacy and away from military intervention. Suddenly the Iranian nuclear issue and Israeli-Palestinian conflict are back on the table -- but is the Middle East ready for a breakthrough? By Dieter Bednarz, Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Anger in Israel: EU Issues Disputed Settlement Guidelines

Anger in Israel: EU Issues Disputed Settlement Guidelines

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 19, 2013

Israel has been protesting all week, but to no avail. On Friday, the EU issued new guidelines prohibiting bloc money from going to Israeli institutions operating in the settlements. President Peres warned the measure could "cause a crisis." more... Comment ]

The Syrian Mire: Middle East Divisions Deepen amid Civil War

The Syrian Mire: Middle East Divisions Deepen amid Civil War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 28, 2013

The civil war in Syria is increasingly dividing the Arab world along sectarian lines. The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has now charged into the fray, joining predominantly Shiite government forces in an effort to dislodge Sunni rebels from the key city of Qusair. By Julia Amalia Heyer and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: 'Obama Has Adopted Netanyahu's Course'

World from Berlin: 'Obama Has Adopted Netanyahu's Course'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 22, 2013

In a speech to Israeli university students on Thursday, US President Barack Obama insisted that peace with the Palestinians is still possible. But German commentators note that brokering a peace deal still doesn't number among Obama's top priorities. more... Comment ]

Radical Past: Former Associate Calls Morsi a 'Master of Disguise'

Radical Past: Former Associate Calls Morsi a 'Master of Disguise'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2013

Is Mohammed Morsi a peacebroker or a virulent anti-Semite? A former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who has known Morsi for 13 years, believes that behind the Egyptian president's veneer of goodwill towards Israel lies a deep-seated hatred. By Dieter Bednarz and Volkhard Windfuhr in Cairo more... Comment ]