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On Dec. 8, 2023, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the funeral of a 25-year-old Israeli soldier who was killed in Gaza. Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a dilemma: Free the hostages or continue the war in Gaza?

A scholar of Israeli politics explains why Israelis are increasingly turning against Netanyahu and his promise that Israel can quickly defeat Hamas and bring Israeli hostages home.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under fire now for his government’s failure to anticipate the Hamas attack on Oct. 7, 2023. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite his government’s failure to anticipate Hamas’ deadly attack, don’t count Netanyahu out politically

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has presided over disasters before – and remained in power. But is the intelligence failure preceding the Hamas attack so big that this time he won’t?
A Palestinian confronts Israeli military vehicles in the Jenin refugee camp on July 4, 2023. Nasser Ishtayeh/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Jenin has long been seen as the capital of Palestinian resistance and militancy – the latest raid will do little to shake that reputation

Israeli troops have withdrawn after two days of fighting in a camp in the occupied West Bank. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that it would not be a ‘one-time action.’
The Israeli flag has become a contested symbol recently as both anti-government and far-right demonstrators use it to bolster their message. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Anti-government protesters are reclaiming the Israeli flag from the far-right

The Israeli flag has long been associated with the country’s far-right, but anti-government protesters have recently begun using the flag to bolster and legitimize their movement.
A Palestinian girl plays with a ball outside of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem. Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images

Most Palestinians in East Jerusalem are sitting out Israeli protests – but they are still concerned about a potential judicial reform

Recent in-depth interviews with Palestinians living in East Jerusalem show that while they are following the Israeli protests, they feel an overall sense of resignation about their futures.
Could compromise with far-right partners leave Benjamin Netanyahu feeling hot under the collar? Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A stunning political comeback for Israel’s Netanyahu may give way to governing nightmare ahead

Israel’s longest serving and most politically resilient prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, returns to government with a new coalition, partnering with extreme-right parties. It could be his undoing.
Without a formal constitution, Israelis disagree on such basic issues as whether Israel is a Jewish state. Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

How Israel’s missing constitution deepens divisions between Jews and with Arabs

Governed by a changeable body of ‘basic laws,’ Israel never settled basic questions like the rights of religious minorities. These destabilizing issues will continue to fester under a new government.
Benjamin Netanyahu sits in the Knesset before parliament voted June 13, 2021, in Jerusalem to approve the new government that doesn’t include him, Amir Levy/Getty Images

It wasn’t just politics that led to Netanyahu’s ouster – it was fear of his demagoguery

Benjamin Netanyahu wasn’t ousted just for typical political reasons, such as other politicians’ ambitions or grievances. He was thrown out because he was seen as a threat to democracy.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a briefing at the Hakirya military base in Tel Aviv on May 19, 2021. Sebastian Scheiner/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

As trust between Israeli Jews and Arabs reaches new lows, Netanyahu rises again

There are two splits in public opinion about the current Israel-Palestine violence, though everyone has the same set of facts. A cognitive psychologist explains how this can happen.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and former Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File

What Israel’s new election reveals about the struggle over Jewishness

Young Haredim men, who are strictly observant Jews, have long been exempted from Israel’s compulsory military service. A disagreement over stopped Netanyahu from forming a government.

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