Posted in Peace Plans, tagged AIPAC, Christian Zionists, Congress, Israel Lobby, Israeli Settlements, Jerusalem, Netanyahu, One-State Solution, Oslo Peace Process, Palestinian Refugees, Polls, Settler violence, Shibley Telhami, surveys, Two-state solution, United States, US views on December 8, 2014|
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On Friday, yet another poll on the Middle East was released. They seem to come in a very steady stream, and once
Tzipi Livni and Saeb Erekat flanking John Kerry at the kickoff of the new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in 2013
you identify the questions, the results are almost entirely predictable.
But Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, regularly produces polls that are always worth looking at. Unlike most surveys of American views on US policy in the Middle East, Telhami tends to dig deep as opposed to simply establishing general opinions. The poll he released Dec. 5 includes some very interesting developments and reminders as to why things still aren’t changing—in the region or in Washington. Read more at LobeLog.
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Posted in Israel, Palestine, Peace Plans, United Nations, tagged 1967, Arab Peace Initiative, Armenian Genocide, Benjamin Netanyahu, Center for Constitutional Rights, Chemi Shalev, Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, CPPCG, David Ben-Gurion, Fatah, Gaza, Gaza Under Attack, Genocide, Ha'aretz, Hamas, Holocaust, Intent To Destroy, Labor Party, Mahmoud Abbas, Meretz, Michael Ratner, Native Americans, Oslo Accords, Oslo Peace Process, Palestinian Nationalism, Rwanda, UN General Assembly, Yitzhak Rabin, Zehava Gal-On on September 27, 2014|
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Reaction to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly today was swift and sharp. One of the most incisive
Mahmoud Abbas addresses the UN general Assembly, 9/26/14
Israeli columnists, Chemi Shalev of Ha’aretz, broke it down very well. He considered Abbas’ speech to be a welcome gift to the Israeli right. And I agree with him. But that’s not really the point.
Abbas has often used the UN podium as a way to be more direct and combative than he usually is regarding Israel, de-emphasizing the “partner for peace” charade and instead being more of an advocate for and leader of the Palestinian cause. But this time, he really turned up the heat. His reference to the attack on Gaza as “genocide” was calculated to play very well in Ramallah and Gaza City, and he willingly sacrificed the rest of the world’s approval. (more…)
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Posted in Peace Plans, tagged Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak, Emile Nakhleh, Geneva Conventions, international law, Iraq, Israel, J Street, John Kerry, One-State Solution, Palestine, Two-state solution, Ukraine, Wye River Agreement, Yugoslavia on May 22, 2014|
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The Oslo Process is dead. Does that mean that we must only consider single-state options to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict? I say no, and I outline what a practical and fair (two things Oslo never was) two-state option might look like today at LobeLog.
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Posted in Israel, Peace Plans, United States, tagged Barnea article on collapse of Israel-Palestine talks, BDS, Benjamin Netanyahu, collapse of Israel-Palestine talks, criticism of two-state solution, Gaza, International Criminal Court, Israel as a Jewish State, Israel-Palestine Talks, John Kerry, Likud, Mahmoud Abbas, Military Aid to Israel, Nahum Barnea, US policy on Israel, US policy on Israel Palestine, US-Israel relations, West Bank, why did the Israel-Palestine talks collapse? on May 6, 2014|
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An edited version of this piece appeared at LobeLog. If you missed Part I, check it out here.
In part one of this piece, I began sketching the picture that emerges from the words of U.S. diplomats to an Israeli reporter. There’s
As Abbas and Obama grimly cast their eyes down, Bibi savors a triumph over hope and peace.
more here, and the image that emerges is one where the United States is ultimately the responsible party for the failure of not only this round of peace talks, but one after another of them. I’ll start here by completing the analysis of what was reported in YNet.
On the Israeli demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a “Jewish state,” the group of anonymous U.S. diplomats told Israeli reporter Nahum Barnea: “We couldn’t understand why it bothered him (Abbas) so much. For us, the Americans, the Jewish identity of Israel is obvious. …The more Israel hardened its demands, the more the Palestinian refusal deepened. Israel made this into a huge deal – a position that wouldn’t change under any circumstances. The Palestinians came to the conclusion that Israel was pulling a nasty trick on them. They suspected there was an effort to get from them approval of the Zionist narrative.”
Seeing this in print really did shock me. There were three objections to this idea from the Palestinians. They were there all along, yet the U.S. speakers seem aware of only one of them. That one is the validation of the Zionist narrative over the Palestinian. The other two were that such recognition (a thing unheard of in international relations, one hastens to add, and something which Israel demands only from the Palestinians and no one else) would necessarily give a Palestinian stamp of approval to discrimination against non-Jews in Israel, most of whom are Palestinian; and that it would, by definition, preclude the question of the return of Palestinian refugees, a matter Abbas may be resigned to, but which he wants to deal with in negotiations in the hope that some redress for the refugees can be settled upon. (more…)
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Posted in Israel, Peace Plans, United States, tagged Anti-Semitism, B'Tselem, Barnea on Israel-Palestine, Benjamin Netanyahu, criticism of two-state solution, Gaza, Isaac Herzog, Israel-Palestine Talks, Israeli Settlements, John Kerry, Labor Party, Likud, Mahmoud Abbas, Nahum Barnea, Oslo Accords, Peace Now, Shelly Yachimovitch, West Bank, why did Israel-Palestine talks fail, Yediot Ahoronot, Yediot Ahoronot article on failure of Israel Palestine talks on May 5, 2014|
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An edited version of this piece appeared at LobeLog.
On May 2 Israel’s most widely read newspaper, Yediot Ahoronot, published an article that blows the lid off of the failure of United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempt to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict. Nahum Barnea, one of Israel’s best known reporters, got several U.S. officials who were involved with the talks to open up to him, anonymously, about what happened.
Barnea says that the version the U.S. officials present “… is fundamentally different to (sic) the one presented by Israeli officials.” The implication from Barnea, and the way most will read the U.S. revelations, is that it was basically Israel’s fault that the talks failed. But a more sober and critical reading of what these officials say paints a different picture than the ones that the Israeli government, Barnea, or most of the initial reactions do.
In fact, what comes out is that Israel was not the primary culprit here. As has long been the case, the main reason for the failure of talks was and is the United States.
Combining amazing ignorance not only of the Palestinians but also of Israel and its politics, with a hint of anti-Semitism and a contemptuous attitude toward the Palestinians, tossing in some willful blindness to the realities on the ground and in the offices of politicians, the United States initiated a process that put the final nail in the two-state solution as it has been understood for years. Some, myself included, might consider that a good thing, as it raises the opportunity for re-thinking all the options, including other ways to conceive of two states (which I favor), as well as one state ideas. But the way this has come about has strengthened hard-liners in Israel, made the United States Congress even more myopic in its blind support for Israel and made it less likely that there will ever be a negotiated, rather than a violent, resolution to this conflict. In any case, this latest episode has quite likely kicked any resolution even farther into the future than it already was. (more…)
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