In the United States and Europe, the Israeli right, epitomized by the Likud Coalition, has always been the “opponent of peace,” while the Labor Party and, later, Kadima were the “pursuers of peace.” This was always a false dichotomy. It would have been somewhat truer to say that supporters of Likud were usually, but far from always, opposed to the two-state solution that Oslo envisioned, while Labor and Kadima supported it. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Labor Party’
Posted in Israel, tagged 1956, Anti-Arab racism, Ariel Sharon, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Kadima, Kafr Kassem, Labor Party, Likud, Meretz, One-State Solution, Oslo Process, Reuven Rivlin, Two-state solution on October 27, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Israel, Palestine, Peace Plans, United Nations, tagged 1967, Arab Peace Initiative, Armenian Genocide, Benjamin Netanyahu, Center for Constitutional Rights, Chemi Shalev, Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, CPPCG, David Ben-Gurion, Fatah, Gaza, Gaza Under Attack, Genocide, Ha'aretz, Hamas, Holocaust, Intent To Destroy, Labor Party, Mahmoud Abbas, Meretz, Michael Ratner, Native Americans, Oslo Accords, Oslo Peace Process, Palestinian Nationalism, Rwanda, UN General Assembly, Yitzhak Rabin, Zehava Gal-On on September 27, 2014 | 7 Comments »
Reaction to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly today was swift and sharp. One of the most incisive
Israeli columnists, Chemi Shalev of Ha’aretz, broke it down very well. He considered Abbas’ speech to be a welcome gift to the Israeli right. And I agree with him. But that’s not really the point.
Abbas has often used the UN podium as a way to be more direct and combative than he usually is regarding Israel, de-emphasizing the “partner for peace” charade and instead being more of an advocate for and leader of the Palestinian cause. But this time, he really turned up the heat. His reference to the attack on Gaza as “genocide” was calculated to play very well in Ramallah and Gaza City, and he willingly sacrificed the rest of the world’s approval. (more…)
Posted in Israel, Peace Plans, United States, tagged Anti-Semitism, B'Tselem, Barnea on Israel-Palestine, Benjamin Netanyahu, criticism of two-state solution, Gaza, Isaac Herzog, Israel-Palestine Talks, Israeli Settlements, John Kerry, Labor Party, Likud, Mahmoud Abbas, Nahum Barnea, Oslo Accords, Peace Now, Shelly Yachimovitch, West Bank, why did Israel-Palestine talks fail, Yediot Ahoronot, Yediot Ahoronot article on failure of Israel Palestine talks on May 5, 2014 | 5 Comments »
An edited version of this piece appeared at LobeLog.
On May 2 Israel’s most widely read newspaper, Yediot Ahoronot, published an article that blows the lid off of the failure of United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempt to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. Nahum Barnea, one of Israel’s best known reporters, got several U.S. officials who were involved with the talks to open up to him, anonymously, about what happened.
Barnea says that the version the U.S. officials present “… is fundamentally different to (sic) the one presented by Israeli officials.” The implication from Barnea, and the way most will read the U.S. revelations, is that it was basically Israel’s fault that the talks failed. But a more sober and critical reading of what these officials say paints a different picture than the ones that the Israeli government, Barnea, or most of the initial reactions do.
In fact, what comes out is that Israel was not the primary culprit here. As has long been the case, the main reason for the failure of talks was and is the United States.
Combining amazing ignorance not only of the Palestinians but also of Israel and its politics, with a hint of anti-Semitism and a contemptuous attitude toward the Palestinians, tossing in some willful blindness to the realities on the ground and in the offices of politicians, the United States initiated a process that put the final nail in the two-state solution as it has been understood for years. Some, myself included, might consider that a good thing, as it raises the opportunity for re-thinking all the options, including other ways to conceive of two states (which I favor), as well as one state ideas. But the way this has come about has strengthened hard-liners in Israel, made the United States Congress even more myopic in its blind support for Israel and made it less likely that there will ever be a negotiated, rather than a violent, resolution to this conflict. In any case, this latest episode has quite likely kicked any resolution even farther into the future than it already was. (more…)
Posted in Israel, Palestine, United States, tagged Benjamin Netanyahu, European Union, Gaza, Hamas, Israel, Israel-Palestine Talks, Jerusalem, Jewish Home, John Kerry, Jordan Valley, Labor Party, Mahmoud Abbas, Oslo Accords, Oslo Peace Process, Palestine, Refugees, Two-state solution, West Bank on July 20, 2013 | 3 Comments »
This piece originally appeared at LobeLog.
I’m always pleased when something surprises me in the realm of Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy. It doesn’t happen often. Today’s announcement that Secretary of State John Kerry has apparently succeeded at bringing Israel and the Palestinian Authority back to the table was one such surprise.
The announcement should not be overstated, of course. At this writing, there is a proviso out there that a few details still need to be worked out. So, there’s a convenient back door that both parties can exit through.
Even if the talks did resume, there is no reason to believe they will succeed. As Stephen Waltdetails, Israel’s governing coalition remains hostile to a two-state solution, the Palestinians remain divided and, despite whatever pushes and prods Kerry used to achieve this outcome, the US remains politically paralyzed and feckless. Coming up with a positive scenario that is even marginally realistic is therefore not easy. But here is one shot at it. (more…)
Posted in Europe, tagged AIPAC, Anti-Semitism, Ariel Sharon, Avigdor Lieberman, Barack Obama, Catherine Ashton, CUFI, Czech Republic, Daniel Levy, E-1, EU, Europe, European Union, George W. Bush, Israel, Kadima, Labor Party, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestine, Peter beinart, The Holocaust, United Nations, World War II on December 14, 2012 | 1 Comment »
The United States may be easing up its customary pressure on Europe to go along with it in its blanket protection of Israel no matter how far Israel pushes the envelope. Early indications are that Europe just doesn’t need the pressure, they’re not going to pressure Israel anyway, despite the recent arrogant comments by both Bibi Netanyahu and Yvet Lieberman. But in the long term, maybe there’s a little more hope down the European road than the US one. I explore this in this week’s piece at Souciant.
Posted in Palestinian Citizens of Israel, tagged Al-Aksa Intifada, Arab Democratic Party, Aryeh Deri, Avigdor Lieberman, Bedouin, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, Gaza, Hadash, Israel, Jewish State, Labor Party, Likud, Mapai, Palestine, Palestinians, Tzipi Livni, West Bank, Yisrael Beitenu, Zionism on October 26, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
In this week’s article at Souciant, I examine the lack of political power of Palestinian citizens of Israel. Though they have the right to vote just like any Israeli, as Israel endlessly reminds us, the power of that vote in the real world is negligible, and not just for the reasons many disillusioned voters feel. It’s about the marginalization of Israel’s Arab sector more broadly.