For Immediate Release: September 10, 2015
The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) released the following statement applauding the vote in the Senate today that upheld the deal between the P5+1 and Iran on the Iranian nuclear program.
“Today, we have seen the victory of diplomacy over war. This is an important day for American global leadership, and for the overwhelming majority of Americans who prefer global challenges to be addressed peacefully, rather than militarily,” said Matthew Duss, President of FMEP. “With this agreement, the Obama Administration has successfully blocked Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon. This is a very good deal for the United States, our allies in the Middle East, including Israel, and for the entire world.”
“We hope that, as time proves that diplomacy succeeded in preventing an Iranian nuclear bomb, that this agreement will create a new roadmap for solving problems in the Middle East,” said Mitchell Plitnick, FMEP’s Program Director. “Diplomacy and compromise have brought us here today. The same processes, with forceful political will of the United States and international community behind it, can work in the Israel-Palestine conflict and other difficult issues in the region.”
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When Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced her support of the nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran, she assured President Obama that his signature foreign policy victory would withstand a congressional challenge. With victory assured, many are trumpeting a victory over some very powerful forces, led by the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), by far the most effective foreign policy lobby in Washington.
The sense of victory, however, needs to be tempered. Anyone who believes that securing the Iran nuclear agreement in Congress might have an effect on United States policy and its potential actions regarding the ongoing Israeli occupation of the West Bank and blockade of the Gaza Strip needs to take a deep breath. Read more at TPM Cafe
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With even the Netanyahu government admitting that the so-called “price tag” settler attacks are acts of terrorism, it is time to examine the role the United States, and especially US citizens, plays in sustaining the settlement enterprise. One Israeli
group, Honenu, which has a fundraising arm in the US that enjoys tax-exempt status, has been revealed as aiding some of the most notorious terrorists on the West Bank.
The rabbinic human rights group, T’Ruah has filed a complaint in New York State calling for the revocation of Honenu’s tax-exempt status. In this issue brief, I explore the playing field for AMericans who wish to stop giving tax breaks to settlement supporters and what actions might credibly be taken in this vein. Read it here, on the FMEP web site.
Posted in Settlements | Tagged Central Fund ofIsrael, ECFR, Hebron Fund, Honenu, Price tag, Settlements, T'Ruah, West Bank, Yigal Amir, Yitzhak Rabin | 1 Comment »
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed the Likud Party’s Danny Danon, currently the Minister of Science, to the position of UnitedNations envoy. Danon, a man who Netanyahu fired only last year because of his “loose cannon” actions, seems an odd choice for a diplomatic position of any kind.
Danon seems particularly ill suited for the role of UN Envoy due to his outspoken and uncompromising opposition to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, something virtually the entire world supports. Danon is not afraid to make this clear either. Here are his own words in recent years. Read them and judge for yourself what message Netanyahu is sending by appointing Danon to this post.
Read more at the Foundation for Middle East Peace
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Ali Saad Dawabsheh was only 18 months old when Israeli settlers who entered his village of Douma to carry out a so-called “price tag” attack took his life away by setting fire to his home. The crime brought shock and horror to many, regardless of their views of the overall Israel-Palestinian conflict.
But the reality is that this death is very much a part of that conflict. It cannot be understood apart from it. It is not anomalous. Ali was far from the first baby killed in this conflict, on either side.
Is it possible for this tragedy to move us closer to resolving the conflict? Is it possible that, even without ultimately resolving the major political issues we can make it more difficult for an atrocity like this to occur? Perhaps it is, if we ask one important question and make sure we get all the answers to it.It is no surprise that such a horrifying act leads people to say “something more must be done.” But, of course, the conflict will not end over this incident. In a matter of weeks, Ali’s death will be just one more tragedy in a long list of tragedies in Israel-Palestine.
Why is Ali Dawabsheh dead? Read more at FMEP’s web site.
Posted in Settlements, Terrorism | Tagged Ali Dawabsheh, B'Tselem, Beit El, Benjamin Netanyahu, High Court in Israel, ICC, Jerusalem, Jewish Terrorism, Mahmoud Abbas, Noam Sheizaf, Price tag, Settlements | Leave a Comment »
I have been recently reminded of a truly admirable man whose wisdom was truly astounding. Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz was a brilliant man who saw Judaism through a unique and often controversial lens.
A t-shirt depicting Leibowitz. The text says “I told you”
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Posted in Israel | Tagged 1967, Israel, Israel Prize, Judaism, Occupation, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Yitzhak Rabin | 2 Comments »