My latest piece at LobeLog asks whether the announcement of a joint list between Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu means that we’re a step closer to an attack on Iran. I believe the answer is no, but we’re certainly not farther away either.
Archive for October, 2012
Posted in Avigdor Lieberman, Bibi Netanyahu, Iran, tagged AIPAC, Aluf Benn, Avigdor Lieberman, Barack Obama, Barak, Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Begin, Dan Meridor, democracy, Iran, Israel, Israel Lobby, Labor, Likud, Middle east, Mitt Romney, Netanyahu, Obama, Palestinians, Yisrael Beiteinu on October 27, 2012| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Palestinian Citizens of Israel, tagged Al-Aksa Intifada, Arab Democratic Party, Aryeh Deri, Avigdor Lieberman, Bedouin, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, Gaza, Hadash, Israel, Jewish State, Labor Party, Likud, Mapai, Palestine, Palestinians, Tzipi Livni, West Bank, Yisrael Beitenu, Zionism on October 26, 2012| Leave a Comment »
In this week’s article at Souciant, I examine the lack of political power of Palestinian citizens of Israel. Though they have the right to vote just like any Israeli, as Israel endlessly reminds us, the power of that vote in the real world is negligible, and not just for the reasons many disillusioned voters feel. It’s about the marginalization of Israel’s Arab sector more broadly.
Posted in Israel, Likud, tagged Aryeh Deri, Avigdor Lieberman, Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Begin, Dan Meridor, Ehud Olmert, Israel, Labor Party, Likud, Middle east, Netanyahu, Shas, Shelly Yachimovich, Tzipi Livni, Yair Lapid, Yesh Atid, Yisrael Beiteinu on October 25, 2012| 6 Comments »
I’ve long suspected it, but now I’m convinced: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lost his mind. His announcement todayof forming a joint list with Yisrael Beiteinu and Avigdor Lieberman reeks of a panic not rooted in any sense of reality. And this time, it’s not about “the Arabs” or Iran, but about the upcoming election. It’s proof positive that the man running Israel, and who is going to continue to run Israel for the foreseeable future, is a frightened, perhaps even paranoid, reactionary man.
According to Yediot Akhronot’s web site, YNet, Bibi made the decision to do this because polls indicate Likud would lose a few seats in the next elections (sorry, the report is not available in English at this time). Netanyahu wants to be the leader of the next Knesset’s biggest party, not the second biggest as he currently is. So, he threw in his lot with Lieberman and his explicit fascism.
I think this move is going to backfire on Bibi in a number of ways. First of all, this is going to alienate a number of very high profile Likud members. Some will be seeing this as coming at their expense, especially those in top positions right now who will be bumped at least one rung, perhaps more, lower on the list and in their positions in the next cabinet. Others, like Dan Meridor, Benny Begin and more, are going to bristle sharply at having to work this closely with Lieberman. It would not surprise me to see several prominent Likud figures bolt.
Second, whereas before the so-called super-bloc of “center-left” parties was largely a media invention, Netanyahu has now given it much more impetus. While Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid may still be more interested in making their own mark on the electorate, the more seasoned Labor and Kadima parties are going to find that they have little choice but to join forces now in some way. That won’t matter to Bibi…unless Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni re-enter the fray, which make Kadima meaningful again and would combine well with a Labor Party that Shelly Yachimovitch has kept at a steady second place in polls for months. (more…)
Posted in Christians, tagged ADL, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Elliott Abrams, human rights, international law, IPMN, Israel, Israel Lobby, J Street, JCPA, Jewish State, Jewish Voice for Peace, Justice, Kadima, Methodists, Middle east, Occupation, Palestine, Palestinians, Peace Groups, Presbyterian Church USA, pro-Israel, rule of law, Two-state solution, UCC, United Church of Christ, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, West Bank on October 23, 2012| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Anti-Semitism, J Street, tagged AIPAC, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, BDS, Bekah Wolf, Benjamin Netanyahu, Daily Beast, Gaza, Gilad Atzmon, Greta Berlin, Holocaust, human rights, Israel, Israel Lobby, J Street, JCPA, Jeremy Ben-Ami, Jewish State, Judaism, Middle east, Occupation, Peace Groups, pro-Israel, Rachel Lerner, Racism, Theodor Herzl, Two-state solution, West Bank, Zionism on October 19, 2012| Leave a Comment »
This week’s piece in Souciant reminds my readers that I don’t write the headlines there. The piece actually follows up my article last week on Greta Berlin, the Christian letter regarding aid to Israel and anti-Semitism. This time, though, I single out J Street, unfortunately, for its sad behavior regarding the US role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Posted in Anti-Semitism, Zionism, tagged Abraham Foxman, Adam Shapiro, AIPAC, Ali Abunimah, American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Electronic Intifada, Flotilla, Free Gaza Movement, Freedom Flotilla, Gaza, Greta Berlin, Huwaida Arraf, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, International Solidarity Movement, Israel, Israel Lobby, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Jewish State, Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews, Kenneth Stern, Naomi Klein, National Council of Churches, Palestine, Palestine Solidarity Movement, Palestinians, pro-Israel, Rabbi Steve Gutow, Racism, Zionism on October 12, 2012| Leave a Comment »
In this week’s article at Souciant, I examine “two faces” of anti-Semitism, along with the question of whether being anti-Zionist or anti-Israel is the same as being anti-Semitic. As someone who is comfortable neither with the label “Zionist” nor “anti-Zionist” I’d like to think I bring some much needed perspective to that question. In any case, I look at it through the lens of the controversy over Greta Berlin and the Free Gaza Movement and the hysteria of many leading Jewish groups over some Protestant leaders having the temerity to suggest that aid to Israel should be monitored for compliance with US laws and policies, like all other foreign aid.
Posted in Bibi Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Israel, Likud, tagged Aryeh Deri, Atzma'ut, Avigdor Leiberman, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Egypt, Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert, Iran, Israel, Kadima, Knesset, Labor, Likud, Mitt Romney, Palestine, Reuven Rivlin, Shelly Yachimovich, Turkey, Tzipi Livni, United States, Zehava Gal-On on October 5, 2012| Leave a Comment »
Ok, maybe not forever, but in this week’s piece at Souciant, I examine Bibi’s strategies in his latest political shenanigans. His goal is the same as always, to strengthen his position and hold on to the Prime Minister’s office as long as possible. But it is troubling that so many factors are lining up to enable to do just that for a long time…