My report for Inter Press Service on how the options, or lack thereof, are shaping up for renewing the lifeless corpse called the “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians in Obama’s second term.
Posts Tagged ‘international law’
Posted in Barack Obama, tagged Abbas, AIPAC, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Chas Freeman, Chuck Hagel, Egypt, Hillary Clinton, human rights, international law, Israel, Israel Lobby, Jerusalem, Jewish State, John Kerry, John Mearsheimer, Justice, Mark Perry, Martin Indyk, Middle east, Occupation, Palestine, Palestinian Authority, PJ Crowley, Settlements, Two-state solution, Yousef Munayyer on February 1, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Barack Obama, democracy, Hamas, Hezbollah, international law, Jewish Voice for Peace, Middle east, pro-Israel on January 4, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Many of you may have seen my piece for Jewish Voice for Peace’s Muzzlewatch blog last week, analyzing the hateful campaign against the potential nomination of Chuck Hagel. Well, today, JVP put out an action alert on this issue. Please take a moment to take this action and send a message to President Obama that you are tired of AIPAC and its fellow travelers having such undue and disproportionate influence over US political and diplomatic appointments and, indeed, over our policy in general. Here is the alert:
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 »
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.
Posted in Jerusalem, Settlements, tagged B'Tselem, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bimkom, democracy, E-1, Fatah, Gaza Strip, Ha'aretz, Hamas, human rights, international law, Israel, Israel Harel, Jerusalem, Jordan River, Justice, Ma'ale Adumim, Mahmoud Abbas, Middle east, Occupation, Palestine, Palestinian Authority, pro-Israel, Settlements, Two-state solution, West Bank, William Quandt on December 7, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
The idea of Israel building in E-1 has got world leaders in quite a lather. But is it really because it is the death knell for the two-state solution or is it because even raising the issue betrays the reality that there never was a serious effort to reach a two-state resolution to this conflict to begin with, despite the rhetoric? I argue it is both.
Posted in Barack Obama, US-Israel Lobby, tagged Abbas, AIPAC, Anti-Zionism, Barack Obama, BDS, Benjamin Netanyahu, democracy, Egypt, Gaza, Hamas, human rights, international law, Israel, Israel Lobby, J Street, Jerusalem, Jewish State, Jewish Voice for Peace, Middle east, Netanyahu, Obama, Occupation, Operation Cast Lead, Operation Pillar of Defense, Palestine, Palestinian Authority, Palestinians, Peace Groups, pro-Israel, Settlements, Two-state solution, United Nations, West Bank on December 5, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
At Alternet, I argue that Israel’s own behavior is finally breaking down the walls for liberals all over the world, even in the US. The long-held epithet “PEP” (Progressive Except for Palestine) tried to shine a light on the difficult tension between liberal values and support for Israel’s excuses as to why it expands settlements and tightens its occupation. But now, Israel has stretched that to such a point that it is becoming impossible for liberals to ignore the reality of Israeli human rights abuses, rejectionism and land grabs. This wave overtook Europe some time ago, but now even US liberals, even Jewish ones, are moving away from their support for Israeli actions. AIPAC’s influence will become even more expensive as a result.
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