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 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.
Posted in Israel, Palestine, tagged Anti-Semitism, democracy, Gaza, human rights, international law, Israel, Jewish State, Jewish Voice for Peace, Justice, Middle east, Occupation, Palestine, Palestinians, pro-Israel, Settlements, Two-state solution, West Bank on November 30, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Jewish Voice for Peace put together this outstanding video, explaining the basic elements of the Israel-Palestine conflict. It is the perfect vehicle to explain the conflict to people — young, old and in between — who are not familiar with the basic facts. Please check it, it’s about 6 minutes long. And then, check out JVP and other ways you can help.
Posted in Uncategorized, US-Israel Lobby, tagged Abbas, AIPAC, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Chuck Schumer, Gaza, Hamas, human rights, International Criminal Court, international law, Israel, Israel Lobby, Jewish State, Lindsey Graham, Middle east, Occupation, Palestine, Palestinian Authority, pro-Israel, Two-state solution, United Nations, West Bank on November 30, 2012 | 1 Comment »
This article originally appeared at LobeLog. Please check it out, it’s an outstanding site for analysis of US foreign policy.
The US government has swept into action in the aftermath of the Palestinians’ overwhelming victory at the United Nations on Thursday. No less than three amendments were brought in the Senate, to be attached to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) — a bill which has nothing to do with Israel and the Palestinians, but is a high-priority bill that the Senate must pass, and as such is a perfect target for frivolous amendments).
Two of the amendments are purely partisan and with a Republican minority in the Senate, they are unlikely to pass. The third, however, is bipartisan and the leading Democrat sponsoring it is Charles Schumer (D-NY) whose position as the Democrats’ lead fundraiser means he gets his senate colleagues’ attention. The partisan amendments are somewhat more draconian than the bipartisan one, which will make the bipartisan amendment look relatively moderate, thereby increasing the chances of its passage.
Along with Schumer, the amendment is sponsored by Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ). It calls for the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) office in the US unless the Palestinians return to talks with Israel. No timeframe is given for the return to talks, nor is there any mention of anything Israel must do to make that return politically feasible for the Palestinians. This amounts to an attempt to force the Palestinians back into talks on Bibi Netanyahu’s terms, which, as I explain here, would be political suicide for the Palestinian Authority (PA). (more…)
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