Twenty years ago today, YItzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat shook hands in front of Bill Clinton on the White House lawn. Even those who recognized that the Oslo Accords were not all they were cracked up to be had to be moved by the moment. But when the moment was over, Israeli-Palestinian-American took over and the agreement was a worsening disaster from the start. What happened, why did it happen and what did it mean? I explore in Souciant this week.
Posts Tagged ‘Yitzhak Rabin’
Posted in Congress, Israel, Palestine, United States, tagged AIPAC, Americans for Peace Now, Barack Obama, Barbara Lee, Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Elon, Congress, Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, foreign policy, Iran, Israel, J Street, John Kerry, Palestine, Shimon Peres, Syria, Yitzhak Rabin on May 25, 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 Camp David, tagged Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, Camp David, Clinton Parameters, Egypt, Ehud Barak, Fatah, Hamas, Israel, John Kerry, Middle east, Occupied Territories, Palestine, Right of Return, Saudi Arabia, Southern Lebanon, Taba, United States, Yasir Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin on February 8, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
In this week’s piece at Souciant, I look at the lessons Bill Clinton’s mistakes at Camp David II hold for Barack Obama today. Many of the conditions have changed, of course, but Clinton’s mis-steps, as well as what he did right, hold general lessons that Obama must keep in mind if he ever decides to seriously re-engage in this issue.
Posted in Democrats, US-Israel Lobby, tagged AIPAC, Antonio Villaraigosa, Avigdor Lieberman, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, Democrats, Golda Meir, Israel, Israel Lobby, J StreetPAC, Joe Biden, Lyndon Johnson, Mitt Romney, Palestine, Republicans, United States, West Bank, Yitzhak Rabin on November 2, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
In my latest piece for Souciant, I look at the opportunity for change that exists right now. In the attempt to change US Mideast policy, we get opportunities from time to time, though they are rarely great opportunities. This one isn’t that dramatic, but it is the sort of starting point we have regularly bypassed. If we had taken one such years ago, we would be in a very different place today.
Posted in 1967, Iran, tagged 1967, Ali Khameinei, Ba'ath Party, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Egypt, Gamel Abdel Nasser, Hassan Firouzabadi, Iran, Israel, Jordan, King Hussein, Levi Eshkol, Lyndon Johnson, Mahmoud Ahmedenijad, Moshe Dayan, Six Day War, Straits of Tiran, Syria, UNEF, United States, USSR, Yitzhak Rabin on May 23, 2012 | 1 Comment »
As the likelihood of an attack on Iran continues to diminish, and on the 45th anniversary of Egypt’s closing the Straits of Tiran to Israeli traffic, I use my weekly column at Souciant to look at some parallels and differences between the lead-up to the 1967 war and the current situation with Iran. It’s a history we need to remember, even re-learn, lest history repeat itself with consequences that, as we’ve seen with the ’67 war, can evolve over decades into things we can’t imagine at the time.