The various UN General Assembly speeches this week, along with some other recent developments in Israel, Iran and the Occupied Palestinian Territories indicate some shifts in the US approach to the Middle East. Among other things, these events have certainly shown that the “pivot to Asia” has moved far to the back burner. I explore where things are going with regard to Iran, Israel-Palestine and the United States in this week’s column at Souciant.
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Posted in Iran, Israel, Palestine, United States, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, Hassan Rouhani, Iran, Israel, Mahmoud Abbas, Michael Corleone, Middle east, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Occupied Territories, Oslo Accords, Palestine, The Godfather, United Nations, United States, West Bank, Yasir Arafat on September 27, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Israel, Palestine, tagged Anwar Sadat, Benjamin Netanyahu, Camp David, Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, J Street, Jimmy Carter, John Kerry, Jordan Valley, Mahmoud Abbas, Menachem Begin, Palestinian Refugees, Phyllis Bennis, Resolution 242, The Elders on July 23, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
My friend, Sarit Michaeli, B’Tselem’s tireless spokesperson, was shot in the thigh with a rubber-coated bullet by Israeli Border Police
Friday during the weekly demonstration at a-Nabi Saleh, The Palestinian village has suffered from Israel taking parts of its land and the nearby settlement of Halamish stealing its already limited supply of water.
Sarit, in her account of the incident, which I’ve pasted below, makes it clear that there were no stone-throwers anywhere near her, that the police, as they regularly do, violated even their own rules of engagement, and that either she or some other non-violent civilians near her had to have been intentionally targeted: “In order to shoot at me, the soldier had to knowingly point his weapon in my direction, or in the direction of a medic and two Palestinian female protesters who were close to me. No one standing in my vicinity threw any stones.” (more…)
Posted in Israel, Palestine, United States, tagged Benjamin Netanyahu, European Union, Gaza, Hamas, Israel, Israel-Palestine Talks, Jerusalem, Jewish Home, John Kerry, Jordan Valley, Labor Party, Mahmoud Abbas, Oslo Accords, Oslo Peace Process, Palestine, Refugees, Two-state solution, West Bank on July 20, 2013 | 3 Comments »
This piece originally appeared at LobeLog.
I’m always pleased when something surprises me in the realm of Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy. It doesn’t happen often. Today’s announcement that Secretary of State John Kerry has apparently succeeded at bringing Israel and the Palestinian Authority back to the table was one such surprise.
The announcement should not be overstated, of course. At this writing, there is a proviso out there that a few details still need to be worked out. So, there’s a convenient back door that both parties can exit through.
Even if the talks did resume, there is no reason to believe they will succeed. As Stephen Waltdetails, Israel’s governing coalition remains hostile to a two-state solution, the Palestinians remain divided and, despite whatever pushes and prods Kerry used to achieve this outcome, the US remains politically paralyzed and feckless. Coming up with a positive scenario that is even marginally realistic is therefore not easy. But here is one shot at it. (more…)
Posted in Congress, Israel, Palestine, United States, tagged AIPAC, Americans for Peace Now, Barack Obama, Barbara Lee, Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Elon, Congress, Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, foreign policy, Iran, Israel, J Street, John Kerry, Palestine, Shimon Peres, Syria, Yitzhak Rabin on May 25, 2013 | Leave a Comment »