In what has almost become an annual ritual, an upsurge in violence has again put Jerusalem on edge. Originally centered on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount area in Jerusalem’s Old City, the clashes have now spread beyond, into the West Bank. Read more at Facts On the Ground
Posts Tagged ‘Palestine’
Posted in Two-State Solution, tagged Ayelet Shaked, Benjamin Netanyahu, Danny Danon, Israel, Miri Regev, Moshe Ya'alon, Naftali Bennett, Palestine, Silvan Shalom, Two-state solution, Tzipi Hotovely, Uri Ariel, Yosrael Katz, Yuval Steinitz, Ze'ev Elkin on May 29, 2015 | 3 Comments »
Posted in Elections, Israel, Knesset, tagged Avigdor Lieberman, Ayelet Shaked, Benjamin Netanyahu, Habayit Hayehudi, Isaac Herzog, Israel, Mitchell Plitnick, Naftali Bennett, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Palestine, Reuven Rivlin, settlers, Uri Ariel, uri Elitzur on May 8, 2015 | 1 Comment »
After Benjamin Netanyahu’s surprising victory in Israel’s national elections in March, he took until the last possible minute to complete the process of forming the government for his fourth term as Israel’s prime minister. For all the time he invested, despite making it just under the wire, Netanyahu ended up with a fragile, ultra-right-wing coalition and more work ahead of him to bring in at least one more party.
The government Netanyahu presented to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was a bare majority of 61 seats out of the 120-seat Knesset. There are no fig leafs in this coalition, no Tzipi Livni or Ehud Barak for Netanyahu to send to talk fruitlessly with the Palestinians. One might think this would make the coalition more stable, since it consists entirely of the right wing. In this, one would be wrong. Read more at LobeLog.
Posted in Settlements, tagged Americans for Peace Now, Ariel Sharon, B'Tselem, Benjamin Netanyahu, Elliott Abrams, Foreign Affairs, Israel, Lara Friedman, Mitchell Plitnick, Occupied Territories, Palestine, Settlements, Two-state solution on April 30, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
The shell game is a tried-and-true method of persuading people to give their money to the person running the game. In political terms, it’s also a reliable method of persuading people to buy into the political stance of the man running the game.
Elliott Abrams is a master of the shell game. He provides what seems like a serious and sober analysis, with just enough cherry-picking of facts and omission of detail to convince you of his point of view. That is a big reason why this man, who is responsible for some of the greatest foreign policy fiascos in American history, continues to be considered a legitimate source for foreign policy analysis. Read more at LobeLog
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 »
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
Posted in Elections, Israel, tagged Avigdor Lieberman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Congress, Israel, Jewish Home, Joint List, Kahlon, Knesset, Mitchell Plitnick, Naftali Bennett, occupied territory, Palestine, Republicans, Two-state solution, Zionist Union on March 18, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
It’s been about six hours since the polls closed in Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has scored a dramatic victory, far outpacing the pre-election and exit polls. The consequences for Israelis, Palestinians, and the rest of the world could be very grave.
This surprising result undoubtedly came about because of some combination of the pollsters simply being wrong and Netanyahu’s last minute tactics, which included some blatant racism as well as an appeal to voters to block the possibility of a government led by the Zionist Union. But the why is less important than the results. Read more at LobeLog.
As a Jew, I would be absolutely appalled to read these sentences: “The Huckabeeans also heard from Muhammed Tamimi, national president of the Arab Organization of America, who explained to the group, according to
Huckabee, that there’s really no such thing as the ‘Jewish People.’ ‘The idea that they have a long history here, dating back hundreds or thousands of years, is not true,’ Huckabee said.”
In fact, what appeared in the front-page article of today’s Washington Post read, “The Huckabeeans also heard from Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, who explained to the group, according to Huckabee, that there’s really no such thing as the ‘Palestinians.’ ‘The idea that they have a long history, dating back hundreds or thousands of years, is not true,’ Huckabee said.” Read more at the Foundation for Middle East Peace blog