I have discovered an article of mine from 2006 still online. It is a review I wrote for the journal Global Understanding of William Quandt’s book, Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab–Israeli Conflict since 1967. Despite being eight years old, it is striking how much of this piece remains relevant. It will also serve as a preview of some more current work I am doing. I hadn’t seen the piece since its initial publication, so I’m happy to share it with you here. I hope you find it as valuable as I do.
Posts Tagged ‘Jimmy Carter’
Posted in United States, US-Israel Lobby, tagged Ariel Sharon, Cold War, Gaza Withdrawal, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, intifada, Jimmy Carter, Lyndon B. Johnson, PLO, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, US-Israel relationship, William Quandt, Yasir Arafat on September 22, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Gaza, Judaism, tagged Anwar Sadat, Beit Hanoun, Egypt, Gaza, Israel, Jewish Defense League, Jimmy Carter, Joshua Heschel, Kach, Meir Kahane, Menachem Begin, Palestine, Shoah on July 22, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Today, another piece on Gaza. This one, though, is more emotional and personal. I see too much of my own background, too much of
how I was raised to understand Judaism in Israel’s actions. I stress, this is far from any kind of “real” Judaism. It is one of a great many kinds of Judaism, many understandings of what being Jewish means. the one I was raised with was, well, simply not a very nice version. And on some level, no matter how much I may embrace other Judaisms, this version will always be the most visceral for me. And, luck me Israel reflects it back at me on a regular basis. I explore in Souciant today.
Posted in Elections, tagged Ariel Sharon, Chris Christie, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Joe Biden, Occupied Territories, Republican Jewish Coalition, Ronald Reagan, Sheldon Adelson, West Bank on April 2, 2014| Leave a Comment »
This article originally appeared at LobeLog, one of the very best sites for foreign policy analysis, and of which I am proud to be a part. Please check it out.
The absurdity of political campaigns in the United States added another chapter recently when New Jersey governor Chris Christie made the “Republican hajj” to Las Vegas. Ostensibly, he was going to speak to the Republican Jewish Coalition, but the real pilgrimage was to grovel at the feet of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson in the hope of getting the kind of fat contribution that Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich availed themselves of in 2012.
During his RJC speech, Christie made the grave mistake of using a clear fact that was unacceptable to the RJC and even more so to Adelson. He called the West Bank “the Occupied Territories.” Gasps were heard nationwide. Christie was forced to ramp his groveling up to supersonic levels as he moved to apologize to Adelson for this nearly unforgivable blunder.
Such is the role of truth when it comes to Israel in the bizarre world of Republican pro-Israel politics. And it’s not just confined to the GOP. The Democrats have also dodged this very simple fact, and it has created a political climate where the US media also rarely refers to the Occupied Territories as “occupied territories.” The politically correct term for moderates is “disputed territories.” On the right, it’s the biblical designation, “Judea and Samaria.” Nowhere else but in the United States, not even in Israel, is it this controversial to call the West Bank “occupied territory.” (more…)
Posted in Settlements, United States, tagged AP, Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, Carter administration, Gaza, Geneva Conventions, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Green Line, international law, Israeli Settlements, Jen Psaki, Jerusalem, Jimmy Carter, John Kerry, Matt Lee, Matthew Lee, Netanyahu, Ronald Reagan, State Department, US Policy on Israeli Settlements, West Bank, White House on August 18, 2013| 4 Comments »
This article originally appeared at LobeLog. There is an indispensable wealth of material there on recent events in Israel/Palestine, Iran, Egypt and others. I urge you to check it out.
Some days, it must be really difficult to be the State Department’s spokesperson. It doesn’t seem like a bad job to have at all, but on certain questions it’s impossible to not look like an idiot. A lot of those questions are connected to de facto policies which differ from de jure ones.
And there is no better example of that than US policy on Israeli settlements.
Back in the early years after the 1967 war, the United States made it clear that the settlements were illegal according to international law. As recently as 1978, the State Department legal adviser confirmed that all Israeli settlements beyond the Green Line are illegal, and through the Carter administration, this was explicit US policy. That policy has never been explicitly revoked, but beginning with the Reagan administration, de facto policy has been ambiguous. Reagan began the trend when he stated that while the settlements were ill-advised, provocative and that further settlement was not necessary for Israel’s security “I disagreed when, the previous Administration refereed to them as illegal, they’re not illegal. Not under the U.N. resolution that leaves the West Bank open to all people—Arab and Israeli alike, Christian alike.”
The problematic nature of Reagan’s statement — implying that “Arab” equals “Muslim” and “Israeli” equals “Jew”, and more importantly, citing the “U.N. Resolution”, which is not the basis for the illegality of the settlements (the Fourth Geneva Convention is) — notwithstanding, this was the beginning of the US’ refusal to label settlements illegal, terming them instead, at most, “illegitimate.” (more…)
Posted in Israel, Palestine, tagged Anwar Sadat, Benjamin Netanyahu, Camp David, Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, J Street, Jimmy Carter, John Kerry, Jordan Valley, Mahmoud Abbas, Menachem Begin, Palestinian Refugees, Phyllis Bennis, Resolution 242, The Elders on July 23, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Posted in BDS, tagged Achille Lauro, apartheid, BDS, Benjamin Netanyahu, Cambridge University, Carlo Strenger, Hamas, Hezbollah, Israel, Jewish, Jimmy Carter, Noam Sheizaf, Palestinians, Ronald Reagan, Shimon Peres, South Africa, Stephen Hawking, Syria on May 10, 2013| 1 Comment »