Another piece of mine on Obama’s Mideast trip. This one, at LobeLog, digs down a bit deeper in the events and speeches to explain why I think this is just a part of the broader process of the US stepping away from the Middle East in general.
Posts Tagged ‘Palestinian Authority’
Posted in Barack Obama, Israel, Palestine, United States, US-Israel Lobby, tagged Abbas, AIPAC, Arab Spring, Asia pivot, Barack Obama, diplomacy, Egypt, foreign policy, Hamas, Iran, Iran nuclear, Iron Dome, Israel, Israel Lobby, Jerusalem, Lebanon, Mahmoud Abbas, Netanyahu, Obama Israel speech, Obama Israel visit, Obama mideast trip, Obama Trip to Israel, OPT, PA, Palestinian Authority, Pivot to Asia, Ramallah, Settlements, Syria, Yemen on March 22, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Mahmoud Abbas, tagged AIPAC, Barack Obama, BDS, Benjamin Netanyahu, Democrats, Gaza Siege, GOP, Hamas, Israel, Israel Lobby, Israeli occupation, John Kerry, Mahmoud Abbas, Muhammad Ashtiya, Obama mideast trip, OPT, PA, Palestine, Palestinian Authority, Peace process, Republicans on February 20, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Barack Obama to jump-start the “peace process.” At LobeLog, I examine whether Obama is likely to heed that call and the grim position Abbas is in that prompted him to make it.
Posted in Barack Obama, tagged Abbas, AIPAC, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Chas Freeman, Chuck Hagel, Egypt, Hillary Clinton, human rights, international law, Israel, Israel Lobby, Jerusalem, Jewish State, John Kerry, John Mearsheimer, Justice, Mark Perry, Martin Indyk, Middle east, Occupation, Palestine, Palestinian Authority, PJ Crowley, Settlements, Two-state solution, Yousef Munayyer on February 1, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
My report for Inter Press Service on how the options, or lack thereof, are shaping up for renewing the lifeless corpse called the “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians in Obama’s second term.
Posted in US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Anti-Semitism, Barack Obama, Chuck Hagel, Congress, CUFI, democracy, Israel Lobby, J Street, Jewish State, Neoconservatives, Netanyahu, PA, Palestinian Authority, PLO, Romney, Senate, Union for Reform Judaism, United Nations on January 9, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
In recent weeks, a few incidents have begun to raise questions about the vaunted power of the so-called “Israel Lobby” and whether its influence might be waning. First there
were the AIPAC-backed congressional bills that sought to level sanctions on the Palestinian Authority to punish it for having gone to the United Nations in seeking and winning an upgrade in their status to one that implied statehood and granted it a few more rights in the international system. Those bills both died before reaching the floors of the Senate and House of Representatives. More recently, there was the row over Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Secretary of Defense. That nomination went forward and it has since become evident that, despite some disparaging comments from a few Senators, Hagel is likely to be confirmed.
Those aren’t small failures for “the Lobby”, but the circumstances around them should be examined to put them in context. The two events do indicate the potential beginnings of a shift in the discourse around US policy in the Middle East, but it’s important not to make more out of this than there is. (more…)
Posted in Peace Plans, Naftali Bennett, 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 »
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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