Posts Tagged ‘Peace process’


What we’re seeing now in Israel-Palestine is what this looks like when the US-led peace process is removed and nothing replaces it. Maybe it’s better than an institutionalized process that serves only to sustain the occupation while Israel gobbles up more land for settlements, maybe it’s even worse. That is for Israelis and Palestinians especially to decide. What is certain, however, is that it is a more overtly violent and volatile situation and a fertile ground for the plans of annexationists in Israel. I explore today at LobeLog.

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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.

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Ha’aretz reports that Israel is asking the US to “prod” the Palestinians back to talks. OK, nothing new there, but what I found interesting was this:

The Prime Minister’s Office said that the conversation with Clinton lasted 45 minutes, and quoted Netanyahu as saying, “Israel is interested in continuous talks with the Palestinians while preserving the security interests of Israeli citizens.”

No doubt, there was some clumsy wording here, but doesn’t that sound an awful lot like Bibi is saying he wants endless negotiations while continuing to go about his business as usual?

Just sayin’…

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In my latest post on the Meretz USA blog, I look at Avishai Braverman’s call to fire Avigdor Lieberman for his opposition to the peace process. I conclude that a lot more than that is needed for Israel to deal with this virulent racist in its midst.

Avigdor Lieberman

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In my latest piece for examiner.com, I try to find some hope in what still looks like a pretty hopeless new round of direct talks. I’ll be posting later on some statements from the same guy that have the opposite effect.

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