A Fool’s Errand Worth Pursuing

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There are many reasons the Mideast peace negotiations could fail— but no reason not to try  By Fareed Zakaria     If you were to ask me what international problem is least likely to be resolved in the next few years, I would probably say the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. It takes no special … Continue reading

Israel dominates the new Middle East

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By Fareed Zakaria As missiles and rockets exploded in Israel and Gaza, television news was dominated by the tragic violence, and we were warned that the battle between Israel and the Palestinians might spread because we are in a new and much more dangerousMiddle East. Islamists are in power, democracies will listen to their people. In fact, as the relatively … Continue reading

Capitalism, not culture, drives economies

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By Fareed Zakaria Mitt Romney has explained that his comments abroad were simply truth-telling. “I tend to tell people what I actually believe,” he said. With regard to one much-debated comment — on the cultural differences between Israelis and Palestinians — many agree with him. The Wall Street Journal editorial page and columnists including Marc … Continue reading

Under Netanyahu, Israel is stronger than ever

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By Fareed Zakaria While incumbents around the world are struggling to hold on, one is thriving. By bringing the rival Kadima party into his ruling coalition, Benjamin Netanyahu has become “king of Israel,” in Aaron David Miller’s phrase. He has an unusual, perhaps unique, opportunity to use his new power to secure Israel’s future. Netanyahu’s … Continue reading

Where Netanyahu Fails Himself and Israel

By Fareed Zakaria Conventional wisdom is fast congealing in Washington that President Obama was wrong to demarcate a shift in American policy toward Israel last week. In fact, it was Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who broke with the past — in one of a series of diversions and obstacles Netanyahu has come up with anytime … Continue reading

Bibi’s Bluster

The Israeli Prime Minister says his nation’s security is his top priority. Too bad he’s undermining it. By Fareed Zakaria In international relations, whenever you hear the term “confidence-building measures,” you can be sure that someone is trying to kick a can down the road. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu has now promised to … Continue reading

Israel’s Biggest Danger

Today they’re 20 percent of the country’s population. Demographers predict they’ll be 25 percent by 2025. By Fareed Zakaria Even before a new coalition could emerge, Israel’s latest election was historic. It marked the collapse of Labor, the party that can plausibly claim to have founded Israel and produced its most celebrated prime ministers, from … Continue reading

What Makes Ahmadinejad Smile

The assault in Gaza has boosted Iran’s hawks and hurt moderate Arabs who were tilting toward Israel. By Fareed Zakaria Explaining the size and scale of Israel’s actions in Gaza, several prominent Israelis have argued that the real enemy they are taking on is not Hamas but Iran. The historian Michael Oren, who is currently … Continue reading

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