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During the summertime war in Gaza, the two most progressive members of the US Senate stirred up controversy among their backers with expressions of uncritical support for Israel. At a town hall meeting, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the lone Senate independent, responded to a questioner that Israel had “overreacted” with its 52-day bombardment and ground incursion, but then proceeded to justify Israel’s actions with the usual pro-Israel talking points about “missiles fired from populated areas” and “sophisticated tunnels.” An audience member began to shout objections, to which Sanders said, “Shut up.”
Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat from Massachusetts, went further in her defense of Israel at a meeting with constituents on Cape Cod. She said it was right for the United States to send $225 million in aid to Israel, a “democracy controlled by the rule of law,” as the bombing continued. She ventured no criticism at all of the extensive damage to civilian lives and livelihoods in Gaza. When another constituent suggested that future US aid be conditioned on Israel halting settlement construction in the West Bank, Warren replied, “I think there’s a question of whether we should go that far.” Read more at the Middle East Research and Information Project
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Posted in Israel, Peace Plans, United States, tagged Barnea article on collapse of Israel-Palestine talks, BDS, Benjamin Netanyahu, collapse of Israel-Palestine talks, criticism of two-state solution, Gaza, International Criminal Court, Israel as a Jewish State, Israel-Palestine Talks, John Kerry, Likud, Mahmoud Abbas, Military Aid to Israel, Nahum Barnea, US policy on Israel, US policy on Israel Palestine, US-Israel relations, West Bank, why did the Israel-Palestine talks collapse? on May 6, 2014 |
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An edited version of this piece appeared at LobeLog. If you missed Part I, check it out here.
In part one of this piece, I began sketching the picture that emerges from the words of U.S. diplomats to an Israeli reporter. There’s
As Abbas and Obama grimly cast their eyes down, Bibi savors a triumph over hope and peace.
more here, and the image that emerges is one where the United States is ultimately the responsible party for the failure of not only this round of peace talks, but one after another of them. I’ll start here by completing the analysis of what was reported in YNet.
On the Israeli demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a “Jewish state,” the group of anonymous U.S. diplomats told Israeli reporter Nahum Barnea: “We couldn’t understand why it bothered him (Abbas) so much. For us, the Americans, the Jewish identity of Israel is obvious. …The more Israel hardened its demands, the more the Palestinian refusal deepened. Israel made this into a huge deal – a position that wouldn’t change under any circumstances. The Palestinians came to the conclusion that Israel was pulling a nasty trick on them. They suspected there was an effort to get from them approval of the Zionist narrative.”
Seeing this in print really did shock me. There were three objections to this idea from the Palestinians. They were there all along, yet the U.S. speakers seem aware of only one of them. That one is the validation of the Zionist narrative over the Palestinian. The other two were that such recognition (a thing unheard of in international relations, one hastens to add, and something which Israel demands only from the Palestinians and no one else) would necessarily give a Palestinian stamp of approval to discrimination against non-Jews in Israel, most of whom are Palestinian; and that it would, by definition, preclude the question of the return of Palestinian refugees, a matter Abbas may be resigned to, but which he wants to deal with in negotiations in the hope that some redress for the refugees can be settled upon. (more…)
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Posted in International Law, Syria, tagged AIPAC, Assad, Barack Obama, China, Cold War, European Union, International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court, international law, Israel, Israeli Settlements, Obama, OPT, Russia, Sergei Lavrov, Syria, Syrian civil war, Syrian opposition, Syrian rebels, UN, UN Security Council, United States, US Policy on Israeli Settlements, USSR, West Bank on August 26, 2013 |
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My latest piece at LobeLog, where I frequently write on US foreign policy, examines the inadequacy of the current system of international law. It has gotten so ineffective that it is now more hindrance than help. Syria shines a spotlight on the problems.
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