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Posted in Free speech, US-Israel Lobby, tagged African National Congress, AIPAC, ARab League, Arab League Boycott of Israel, BDS, Boycott Divestment Sanctions, Chuck Hagel, Congress, European Union, Export Administration Act, First Amendment, Gaza Siege, Hamas, Iran nuclear talks, Israeli Settlements, Mark Kirk, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Palestinian Authority, Ribicoff Amendment, Rosie Gray, South Africa, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP, United States, US visas, visa waiver on September 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Gaza, tagged Avigdor Lieberman, Ban Ki-Moon, Barak Ravid, Benjamin Netanyahu, Egypt, Gaza, Gaza ceasefire, Gaza Under Attack, Hamas, John Kerry, Khaled Mesha'al, Khaled Meshal, Language of force, Mahmoud Abbas, Naftali Bennett, Operation Protective Edge, Palestinian Authority, terms of Gaza ceasefire, Three kidnapped Israelis, United Nations, United States, Zehava Gal-On on August 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Israel and Hamas have agreed to another ceasefire, and there seems to be some sense that this one will last. The terms of the agreement leave many issues up in the air, which tends to work strongly in Israel’s favor. It’s worthwhile to look at who might have won and lost, under the assumption that this ceasefire will actually hold.
The tragic reality after fifty days of bombings, rockets and ground invasions is that neither Israel nor Hamas comes out of this with gains. Israel has gained a ceasefire, but at this point, they have nothing else to show for their efforts. Hamas has gained another episode where they were able to survive Israel’s onslaught, but at the cost of thousands of lives and the destruction of infrastructure that, even for Gaza, is unprecedented. Both sides are looking toward the extended peace talks that are supposed to take place within a month, but counting on such things is often a frivolous effort in the Middle East. Read more at LobeLog.
Posted in Gaza, Hamas, Israel, United Nations, tagged Benjamin Netanyahu, Egypt, European Union, France, Gaza, Gaza Under Attack, Gaza War, Gaza water crisis, Germany, Hamas, Iran, ISIS, Islamic State, Israel, Labor Party, Operation Brother’s Keeper, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian Unity Government, United Kingdom, United Nations Security Council, United States, West Bank on August 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
The attempt to resolve the ongoing, albeit highly uneven, exchange of fire between Israel and Gaza has now reached the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The draft proposal, initially pushed by the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, bears many of the same hallmarks as the most recent Egyptian ceasefire proposal. The United States came late to the game, but at least so far, it appears supportive of the idea. It remains to be seen how this will play out as the proposed resolution nears Security Council consideration.
The goals of the West are clear. One, resolve the current violence. Two, remove the difficult blight of the assault on Gaza, which is a much more powerful motivator for people to join pro-Palestinian protests than the more banal occupation of the West Bank. And three, bring the Gaza Strip back under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Read more at LobeLog.
Posted in Gaza, tagged Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Benjamin Netanyahu, Egyptian Truce Proposal, Gaza, GazaUnderAttack, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Obama administration, Oslo Accords, Palestinian Authority, Spain, terms of Egyptian truce proposal, United Kingdom, United States, US Arms to Israel, US-Israel relations on August 18, 2014 | 1 Comment »
This article appeared originally in an edited form at LobeLog.
According to reports, Egypt has given both Israel and Hamas a take-it-or-leave-it plan for ending the current round of violence. It bears examination, not only for its own intrinsic worth, but also for the implications it has. As of this writing, Hamas has indicated it does not find the proposal “sufficient” in addressing their demands, and Israel has yet to respond directly.
Posted in Terrorism, tagged al-Qaeda, Benjamin Netanyahu, Danny Danon, Gaza, Hamas, Hebron, intifada, ISIS, Israel, Kidnapping, Likud, Mahmoud Abbas, Occupation, Palestinian Authority, Tzipi Hotovely, Uri Ariel, West Bank on June 30, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Palestine, tagged Benjamin Netanyahu, Hamas, herut, John Kerry, Likud, Mahmoud Abbas, Menachem Begin, Meretz, PA unity government, Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Law 2006, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian Unity Government, reaction to Fatah Hamas unity government, Zehava Gal-On on June 2, 2014 | 2 Comments »
This piece originally appeared at LobeLog.
The Palestinian Authority installed its unity government today. The responses have been as telling as they were expected.
For Palestinians, the development is welcomed news, but it’s being greeted with caution. Palestinians have seen unity proposals collapse before and, while this one has gone further in terms of implementation than any of the preceding efforts, it is still far from certain that this attempt will succeed. The response this elicits from Israel, the US, the EU and other parties will also have a lot to do with whether this unity move will improve the lives of Palestinians in the short-term. Unity has long been the top priority of Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories, but they’ve been disappointed too many times to rejoice before the reunification is more certain.
Israel, not surprisingly, rejected any cooperation with the new Palestinian government out of hand. Demonstrating once again how weak Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas really is, the one thing they will happily continue is security coordination, which Abbas called a “sacred” and untouchable arrangement. This one piece of leverage Abbas has is admittedly problematic; a breakdown of security in the West Bank is a much greater threat to the Palestinian Authority than to Israel. Still, Abbas did not need to guarantee that he would never play this card. He has, apparently, still not learned that attempts to reassure Israelis fall on deaf ears. (more…)
Posted in Anti-Semitism, tagged Abraham Foxman, Anti-Defamation League, Anti-Racism, Anti-Semitism, Benjamin Netanyahu, Europe, Holocaust, Iran, Israel, Jews, Muslims, Palestinian Authority, Racism, Roma on May 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
The Anti-Defamation League put out an exhaustive poll to find out how much anti-Semitism there is in the world. The poll is fatally flawed, with questions that often don’t describe anti-Semitism but a broader fear of the other, a weak standard for passing the anti-Semitism bar and other issues. Yet, with all of that, it found that 26% of the world holds some of what they defined as “anti-Semitic views.” That is, actually, a remarkably low number, but the ADL and Israel sounded the alarm bells. I explore this further in Souciant this week.
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