To paraphrase Genesis, “And the eyes of the public were opened, and they knew that Benjamin Netanyahu’s opposition to the two-state solution was naked.” The question now is whether the Obama administration will allow Israel to sew some fig leaves together and return to the charade of negotiations that will not lead to a resolution. Read more at LobeLog
Posts Tagged ‘Occupied Territories’
Posted in Barack Obama, Bibi Netanyahu, tagged Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, Israel-Palestine conflict, Mitchell Plitnick, Obama administration, Occupied Territories, Palestine, Two-state solution, United Nations on April 2, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Elections, tagged Ariel Sharon, Chris Christie, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Joe Biden, Occupied Territories, Republican Jewish Coalition, Ronald Reagan, Sheldon Adelson, West Bank on April 2, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
This article originally appeared at LobeLog, one of the very best sites for foreign policy analysis, and of which I am proud to be a part. Please check it out.
The absurdity of political campaigns in the United States added another chapter recently when New Jersey governor Chris Christie made the “Republican hajj” to Las Vegas. Ostensibly, he was going to speak to the Republican Jewish Coalition, but the real pilgrimage was to grovel at the feet of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson in the hope of getting the kind of fat contribution that Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich availed themselves of in 2012.
During his RJC speech, Christie made the grave mistake of using a clear fact that was unacceptable to the RJC and even more so to Adelson. He called the West Bank “the Occupied Territories.” Gasps were heard nationwide. Christie was forced to ramp his groveling up to supersonic levels as he moved to apologize to Adelson for this nearly unforgivable blunder.
Such is the role of truth when it comes to Israel in the bizarre world of Republican pro-Israel politics. And it’s not just confined to the GOP. The Democrats have also dodged this very simple fact, and it has created a political climate where the US media also rarely refers to the Occupied Territories as “occupied territories.” The politically correct term for moderates is “disputed territories.” On the right, it’s the biblical designation, “Judea and Samaria.” Nowhere else but in the United States, not even in Israel, is it this controversial to call the West Bank “occupied territory.” (more…)
Posted in Peace Plans, tagged 1991 Gulf War, ARab League, Bi-nationalism, Cold War, democracy, intifada, Israel, Jews, Jordan, Nationalism, Occupied Territories, Oslo Accords, Palestine, Palestinians, PLO, Secular, West Bank, Yasir Arafat, Zionism on October 11, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
In the last of three pieces, starting with an article at LobeLog earlier this week and one at this site yesterday, I look at the need for advocacy for various one-state formulations to be part of the discourse around resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict. I argue that, even for two-staters, there is an absolute need to broaden the discussion, to get to a better idea than the failed Oslo one, but that this won’t be possible unless some leadership, probably Palestinian though it could be Israeli too, is willing to advocate a one-state solution. That’s what is missing now, and what needs to emerge and just might be doing so. Check it out in Souciant this week.
Posted in Iran, Israel, Palestine, United States, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, Hassan Rouhani, Iran, Israel, Mahmoud Abbas, Michael Corleone, Middle east, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Occupied Territories, Oslo Accords, Palestine, The Godfather, United Nations, United States, West Bank, Yasir Arafat on September 27, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The various UN General Assembly speeches this week, along with some other recent developments in Israel, Iran and the Occupied Palestinian Territories indicate some shifts in the US approach to the Middle East. Among other things, these events have certainly shown that the “pivot to Asia” has moved far to the back burner. I explore where things are going with regard to Iran, Israel-Palestine and the United States in this week’s column at Souciant.
Posted in West Bank, tagged Amira Hass, Benjamin Netanyahu, Civil Administration, Gaza, Israel, John Kerry, Likud, Occupied Territories, Palestine, Separation Wall, Walla, West Bank, Yisrael Katz on July 26, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in One-State Solution, West Bank, tagged Abraham Foxman, Anti-Semitism, Arab Spring, Benjamin Netanyahu, CHaim Weizmann, David Ben-Gurion, democracy, Habayit Hayehudi, Hamas, Hosni Mubarak, Israel, Israeli Arabs, Josef Weitz, Moshe Arens, Naftali Bennett, Occupied Territories, OECD, Oslo Accords, Palestine, Poverty, Tel Aviv, Theodor Herzl, West Bank, Yitzhak Rabin, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Zionism on May 20, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in One-State Solution, Zionism, tagged Arab Spring, East Jerusalem, Fatah, Gaza Strip, Habayit Hayehudi, Hamas, Israel, John Kerry, Likud, Mahmoud Abbas, Meretz, Occupied Territories, One-State Solution, Palestine, Two-state solution, United States, West Bank, Yair Lapid, Yesh Atid, Yisrael Beiteinu, Zionism on April 26, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
As a long-time supporter of a two-state solution in Israel-Palestine, I can only mourn the success the settlers and the Israeli and US governments have found in destroying that path. But reality is reality, and I’ve been saying for some time that the Oslo process is dead. So what to do now? A single state is already a reality, and it is an ugly one. I examine an alternative and the prospects for getting there at Souciant this week.