Essays

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir has written scores of essays on the Middle East, with an emphasis on the Arab-Israeli conflict. His essays confront the current and headlining issues of the region, providing grounded historical and nonpartisan analysis.

His essays offer deep insight, not only into the complexities but also the human characteristics and psychological aspects of the conflict. Among his many essays on a variety of subjects, Ben-Meir also addresses critical issues related to democratization in the Arab and Muslim world, terrorism and the Iraq war. He seldom leaves out the role of the United States and its responsibilities toward the region.

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Latest essays

  • Obama’s Peace Offensive

    July 23, 2009

    With a significant majority of Israelis and Palestinians in favor of a two-state solution with peace and normal relations, why then there is no national drive in either camp to push for a solution? The United States cannot equivocate with the Israelis, the Palestinians or the Arab states as to what is required to forge a lasting peace.

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  • Essay on a new “Negotiating Strategy to Prevent a Nuclear Iran”

    June 4, 2009

     

    The negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 over Tehran's nuclear enrichment activities have failed to reach an agreement, and Iran is much closer to mastering the technology of nuclear weapons.

     

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  • The Palestinian Refugees: A Reassessment and a Solution

    May 5, 2009

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been riddled with many intractable problems whose solutions have eluded both sides for more than 60 years. None, however, has been as politically and emotionally charged as the Palestinian right of return to the land they inhabited and lived in prior to the war of 1948.

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  • Negotiating an Israeli-Palestinian Breakthrough

    April 3, 2009

    With the changing political and demographic dynamic between Israel and the Palestinians and the advent of a new American administration, a new government in Israel and Palestine and a renewed push of the Arab Peace Initiative, an Israeli-Palestinian peace can be reached. The question now is will all these forces coalesce to drive for a peace agreement now which has eluded them for decades.

     

     

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  • Israel and the Arab Peace Initiative

    April 3, 2009

    One of the most momentous declarations to come out of the
    Arab world since Israel's inception in 1948 is the Arab Peace Initiative, launched in March 2002 in Beirut, Lebanon, and re-adopted by the Arab League in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in March 2007. It would be tragic to allow the Initiative to languish as it offers a solid promise for a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace.

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  • Lost Perspectives

    May 17, 2007

    Israel's momentous withdrawal from Gaza and the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, while substantially reducing the level of violence in the past eight months, have not produced the hoped-for momentum to propel the peace process forward.

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  • Rebuilding Israeli-Palestinian Trust by Unilateral Steps

    March 26, 2007

    Historically and theologically, the Jews could be, and to a certain extent were being, trusted by Muslims as long as they were subordinate to the Muslims. Since the beginning of Zionism and the establishment of Israel, the Palestinians have been called upon to trust Israelis when they are powerful.

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  • Statehood and Redemption

    September 11, 2006

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  • Jerusalem in The Fabric of Jewish History

    September 11, 2006

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  • Background to a New Course

    September 11, 2006

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