Happy New Year, everyone. I begin 2013 by reaffirming my point that the right-wing, one-state forces in Israel are taking leadership to frame the conversation in a post-Oslo world. Now it is Naftali Bennett and his HaBayit HaYehudi party leading the way. Bennett, though a zealous nationalist and an orthodox Jew, presents a much more reasonable face which he puts on his outrageous plan for endless occupation and permanent apartheid. And, while we can critique his ideas, we need also to recognize that this sort of thinking is making its way into the political arena–it’s in Israel now, which means it will soon be in Congress and parts of the European right. An alternative needs to be developed and politicized; peace activists need to stop wasting time in the misguided effort to raise Oslo from the dead.
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Posted in Naftali Bennett, Peace Plans, tagged Anti-Zionism, Area C, Avigdor Lieberman, B'Tselem, Benjamin Netanyahu, democracy, Egypt, Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, Gaza, Habayit Hayehudi, human rights, international law, Israel, Jewish State, Middle east, Naftali Bennett, National Religious Party, Netanyahu, Occupation, One-State Solution, Palestine, Palestinian Authority, pro-Israel, Shelly Yachimovich, Two-state solution, United Nations, West Bank, World Health Organization, Yair Lapid, Yigal Allon on January 4, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Peace Plans, United Nations, tagged Barack Obama, Gaza, International Criminal Court, Israel, Jerusalem, Palestine, Palestinian Authority, Refugees, Settlements, Two-state solution, UNGA, United Nations, West Bank on November 9, 2012 | 4 Comments »
Pasted below is the full text, as it currently stands, of the resolution the Palestinian Authority is planning to bring to the UN General Assembly, apparently on November 29.
The resolution is extremely mild, calling for the State of Palestine to be accorded the same status in the GA as the Vatican has. It also calls for a two-state solution, the resumption of talks based on the relevant resolutions and past negotiations, and for the Security Council to consider “favorably” the application for full membership submitted last year.
None of this can be considered radical or extremist, and most of it is obviously necessary if there is to be any progress toward any resolution. While it can be argued that the two-state solution has already passed the point where it can be reasonably implemented, this remains the stated goal of the US, EU, Palestinian Authority, Arab League and even Israel. It’s pretty hard to see any reasonable argument against this resolution, and even harder to see why this would send the US and Israel into the tizzy it has. (more…)
Posted in Arab League, Ehud Olmert, Palestine Papers, Peace Plans, tagged Akiva Eldar, Annapolis, Anwar Sadat, ARab League, Benjamin Netanyahu, Dalia Rabin, East Jerusalem, Egypt, Ehud Olmert, Fatah, George W. Bush, Hamas, Israel, Moshe Shahal, Occupied Territories, Palestine, Palestinian Authority, Saudi Plan, Sinai Peninsula, Tzipi Livni, UN Resolution 194, Yaakov Galanti, Zionism on August 10, 2012 | 1 Comment »
In this week’s piece at Souciant, I look at Akiva Eldar’s revelation that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert refused an invitation to address the Arab League in 2007 in order to promote a regional peace process with the goal of fully normal relations between Israel and all Arab League members. It serves as a reminder that, while the Netanyahu government is so radically right wing and makes an easy target, Israeli obstruction of any steps that might lead to an end to occupation runs much deeper than the current government.
Posted in Peace Plans, US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, B'Tselem, Israel, Israel Lobby, Jerusalem, Jewish State, Justice, Middle east, Netanyahu, Obama, Occupation, One-State Solution, Palestine, Palestinian Authority, Palestinians, pro-Israel, Refugees, Right of Return, Settlements, Two-state solution, West Bank on January 11, 2012 | 1 Comment »
In my latest piece for Souciant, I continue with my recent theme of where to go now that the two-state solution has been rendered moot. Using a recent article by Yossi Alpher as a foil, I examine some of the reasons the Oslo process failed, a process that need not have been the only route to a two-state solution. But since it was, its death brought with it the death of a two-state future, at least as it was envisioned. As a two-stater, I never supported the Oslo process and formulation which was flawed from the outset, and in this piece I explain why, and hopefully draw some lessons about where we can go from here.
Posted in Barack Obama, Peace Plans, US-Israel Lobby, tagged Aaron Miller, AIPAC, Bush 41, Egypt, George H.W. Bush, Israel, Israel Lobby, James Baker, Jewish State, Madrid Peace Conference, Middle east, Obama, Occupation, One-State Solution, Oslo Accords, Palestine, Palestinian Authority, pro-Israel, Settlements, Two-state solution, United Nations on November 3, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
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