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Dr. Ben-Meir is a senior fellow at New York University's Center for Global Affairs who specializes in Middle East peace negotiations between Israel and Arab states. He hosts "Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir," featuring high officials from around the world. He is a syndicated columnist with a weekly spot in the Jerusalem post, and he is the author of numerous books and countless essays on Middle East peace.

ARTICLES BY: Alon Ben-Meir

October 10, 2016 6:55 am

Our Moral Bankruptcy on Syria Betrays Every American Value

Much has been written about the unfolding tragedy in Syria, but how many of these unimaginable atrocities have truly reached the consciousness of the American...

September 30, 2016 7:00 am

Peres the Statesman vs. Netanyahu the Demagogue

The death of Shimon Peres highlights the stark difference in leadership between him and Prime Minister Netanyahu -- the difference between a statesman and a demagogue. Peres...

September 23, 2016 6:49 am

Erdogan Will Never Defeat the Kurds Through Violence

Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan has claimed that military operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) will continue until “the very last rebel is killed.” What...

September 16, 2016 1:32 am

For Israelis and Palestinians, ‘Hell Is Truth Seen Too Late’

Senator Bernie Sanders’ call during the primaries for a new approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was on-point and necessary. However, his plea for the...

September 9, 2016 4:20 am

The Settlements: Self-Entrapment of Existential Proportions

Israel’s continued settlement activity -- whether retroactively approving "unauthorized" outposts or advancing plans for new units -- represents yet another nail in the coffin of the peace process. The...

August 23, 2016 6:15 am

Peace Incentives for Israel and the Palestinians (PART TWO)

Note: For part one of this article, please click here. The international conference that was convened by France on June 3 in Paris to advance the...

August 17, 2016 6:17 am

Peace Incentives for Israel and the Palestinians

Unless distrust, insecurity and illusions are first addressed, no incentives -- however sweeping and compelling -- will motivate Israel and the Palestinians to make the critical concessions needed to...

August 4, 2016 5:04 am

The Afghanistan Quagmire: Time for an Exit Strategy

Two weeks ago, President Obama announced that the US will draw down its troops in Afghanistan from 9,800 to 8,400, altering his original plan to...

July 28, 2016 4:24 am

Defeating ISIS and Ending the Sunni-Shiite War in Iraq

Now that Iraqi forces, with the support of the international coalition, are gearing up to recapture Mosul -- ISIS’s last major stronghold in Iraq -- the question that looms...

July 22, 2016 3:49 am

Turkey’s Elected Dictator

Even before the failed military coup, Turkey’s President Erdogan governed like a dictator who had the last word on all state matters. The botched coup...

July 15, 2016 7:21 am

A Movement to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been steadily deteriorating, making the prospect of reaching an agreement on the basis of a two-state solution ever more intractable. What...

July 8, 2016 2:52 am

Mideast Peace: Moving Beyond the Quartet

The report that was recently released by the Middle East Quartet -- comprised of the United States, Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations -- is...


American-Jewish Icon Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature - Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature Thursday, becoming the first songwriter ever to win...


Children of Fallen Soldiers Celebrate Mass Bar Mitzvah -- Dozens of orphans of fallen Israeli soldiers, and the son of an American serviceman who died in Afghanistan, celebrated their...

At Sukkot, Israeli Farmers Enjoy the Fruits of Their Faith - Avichai Koch says farming is in his blood. He is the son of Holocaust survivors from Europe who immigrated...


Defying Past Antisemitic Vandalism, Jewish Students at U of Montana Erect C...

Jewish students at the University of Montana (UM) refused to allow antisemitism to deter them from building a sukkah on campus, the...


Excavation Uncovers Evidence of ‘Third Wall’ of Jerusalem’... - Archaeologists have located the site of an ancient battle during which the Romans breached Jerusalem's walls, before conquering the...

Middle East

Iran Seeking ‘Many Billions of Dollars’ Ransom for Release of U...

Iran is seeking “many billions of dollars” in payments from the United States in exchange for the release of several...