My report for IPS on John Kerry’s recent activities and a panel held last week in the halls of Congress featuring Steve Walt, Phil Weiss and Henry Siegman.
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Posted in United States, US-Israel Lobby, tagged Abbas, ARab League, Barack Obama, Henry Siegman, Israel - Palestine, Israel Lobby, Israeli Settlements, John Kerry, Middle East Institute, Mondoweiss, Netanyahu, Palestine, Qatar, Two-state solution, United States, Zionism on April 30, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Barack Obama, tagged Abbas, Barack Obama, BDS, Bill Clinton, Clinton Parameters, Gaza, George W. Bush, Hamas, Israel, Israel Lobby, Jerusalem, Jewish State, Jewish Voice for Peace, Middle east, Occupation, Oslo, Palestine, Right of Return, Settlements, Sharon, Stephen Walt, Two-state solution, West Bank on February 1, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
My piece today in LobeLog offers one suggestion for something Obama can do even if there’s no diplomatic opening in the Israel-Palestine conflict. he can at least try to undo some of the damage his predecessor, George W. Bush did and maybe even build on the better but very flawed of Bill Clinton as well.
Posted in Bibi Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, US-Israel Lobby, tagged Abbas, AIPAC, Barak, Benjamin Netanyahu, CUFI, Iran, Israel, Israel Lobby, Middle east, Netanyahu, Occupation, Palestine, Two-state solution, Yuval Diskin on January 7, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
This article was published at Alternet.
The former head of Israel’s General Security Service, commonly known as the Shin Bet, has caused quite a stir with an interview that roasts Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu alive. Yuval Diskin paints a disturbing picture of Netanyahu as a leader who, far more than most, is motivated by personal political gain rather than by strategy. Cynically, and one might even say appropriately, most of us routinely ascribe such motives to most politicians, but Diskin’s point is that Netanyahu leans much more toward this motivation than most.
When one considers the amount of power an Israeli Prime Minister holds, and the impact Israeli actions have on world events, having someone like the man Diskin describes in that office is alarming even while it explains much about why, even for Middle East affairs, the current status quo is so bleak. But here in the United States, it should also give us pause as we consider who this man is that our Congress, led by the Israel Lobby, is so enthralled with.
Diskin describes all the other Prime Ministers he worked under since Menachem Begin as ultimately being driven by their view of Israel’s best interests. He does not suggest they were immune to personal interest, but that when it came to the really crucial security decisions, it was not their primary motivation. But Netanyahu, and Ehud Barak, are different, says Diskin: “Unfortunately the feeling that I have, and that many senior security officials have, is that when we talk about Netanyahu and Barak, that with them the personal, opportunistic and current interests, are the thing that take precedence over anything else. And I emphasize that I am reflecting here something that not only I feel, but also many of the colleagues at my level with whom I spoke.” Whether Diskin’s assessment of historical Israeli leadership is on target, the fact remains that he obviously sees a huge difference in the extent to which personal gain motivates the current government’s top decision-makers. (more…)