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 ]

Unrest in Egypt: Closed Tunnels Could Ruin Hamas

Unrest in Egypt: Closed Tunnels Could Ruin Hamas

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 30, 2013

The smuggling tunnels in Sinai are essential for the economy of the Gaza Strip. But since the unrest broke out in Egypt, they have been closed off -- plunging the ruling Hamas party into financial crisis. By Theresa Breuer 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 ]

Patience Runs Out: EU To Crack Down on Israeli Settlement Products

Patience Runs Out: EU To Crack Down on Israeli Settlement Products

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 11, 2013

Israeli settlers living in the Palestinian terroritories often deceptively give their products a "Made in Israel" label. The European Union wants to move soon to end the practice and appears to be set on a collision course with the country. By Christoph Schult in Brussels more... Comment ]

Upcoming Israeli Elections: Netanyahu Veers Right on Path to Nowhere

Upcoming Israeli Elections: Netanyahu Veers Right on Path to Nowhere

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 16, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is popular because he doesn't want to change the status quo. Like the majority of Israelis, he's finished with compromising and fed-up with foreign criticism. But, if re-elected, he might be forced further to the right. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt more... Comment ]

The Language of Violence: A Seed of Destruction in the Middle East

The Language of Violence: A Seed of Destruction in the Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 20, 2012

Israel is currently ignoring criticism from the West as it continues to pursue its settlement policies in the Palestinian Territories. It is also unlikely to reverse course anytime soon. Prospects for a two-state solution are getting dimmer. An Essay By Martin Doerry more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Israeli President Shimon Peres: 'We Have to Open Negotiations Right Away'

SPIEGEL Interview with Israeli President Shimon Peres: 'We Have to Open Negotiations Right Away'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2012

The United Nations has recognized a Palestinian state and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to prefer confrontation over negotiation. But in an interview with SPIEGEL, Israeli President Shimon Peres says that there is no alternative to re-starting peace talks, adding that it is time to forget the past. more...

The World from Berlin: 'This Time, Israel Has Defied the Whole World'

The World from Berlin: 'This Time, Israel Has Defied the Whole World'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2012

Europe is furious with Israel for its plan to build 3,000 new settler units to punish the Palestinians, following their elevation to "non-member observer status" in the UN last week. While sanctions appear not to be on the table, German commentators say it is time to get tough with Israeli premier Netanyahu. more... Comment ]

Showdown at the United Nations: Palestinian Recognition Marks Triumph over Israel

Showdown at the United Nations: Palestinian Recognition Marks Triumph over Israel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 30, 2012

Both Israel and the US were adamantly opposed, but the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday granted the Palestinians non-member observer status, essentially an official recognition of a Palestinian state. The European Union was unable to find a common line, and Germany abstained as expected. By Marc Pitzke in New York more... Comment ]

Germany's Abstention: Berlin Stuck in the Middle on Palestinian Vote

Germany's Abstention: Berlin Stuck in the Middle on Palestinian Vote

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 29, 2012

Ahead of the United Nations vote that is set to recognize a Palestinian state, Germany has announced it will abstain. The move reveals Berlin's complicated foreign policy loyalties on the issue -- and once again reveals Europe's inability to reach consensus on a key foreign policy issue. By Kristen Allen more... Comment ]