Peacemaking

The massive, organized, hysterical opposition by Israelis and their lobbyists to the UN Security Council Resolution today, which aimed to condemn settlements (with Hillary Clinton’s own recent language about them) makes the whole game crystal clear.  The real issue Israelis have is not that some Palestinian resistance fighters use violence (and often illegal, terrorizing violence […]

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My dear aunt (of letter fame) loves to think of me as biased (against Israel).  I have devoted a decade or two to the patient explanation of why this opinion is false—and demonstrably so.  But in her mind, my stubborn focus on human and civil rights means that I care more about Palestinians than Jews, […]

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Without exaggeration, one of the single most important factors in the Israel/Palestinian conflict is the way that Jews fear Arabs and Persians in general, and Palestinians in particular. This fear is reflected in a constant distrust of such penetrating depth that it is routine to hear that we can’t actually believe, say, the comprehensive Arab […]

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According to the most recent report on settlements by the Foundation for Middle East Peace, a Washington-based think tank, “the main operational effect of the settlement moratorium announced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on November 26 has been to increase the pace of authorized new settlement housing construction above historical averages.” At present, “close to […]

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A beautiful op-ed by Jonathan Kuttab, a Palestinian attorney and human rights activist, in the Los Angeles Times. As you read this, ask yourself the question in the title of this post. Put aside tribal affiliations for a moment and let the language of equal rights play in your soul. If you could choose, which […]

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As is widely recognized, the recent crisis in Israeli and US/Palestinian relations stems directly from Israeli intransigence over settlements. (Digression: Is it really that hard to stop colonizing the future Palestinian state? ) Understandably fed up with meaningless negotiations with Israel while their land is continuously stolen, the Palestinians have begun talking about unilateral declaration […]

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In yesterday’s post, I argued against the simplistic and, in my view, weak argument that a one state framework for achieving peace in Israel/Palestine is “political fancifulness”. Given that this argument is one of the most commonly heard criticisms of the one state idea, I want to spend a bit more time addressing it. I […]

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Somewhere in my mind, I envisioned this blog slowly gathering incontrovertible evidence that Israel was founded on the contradiction of ethnically exclusive “democracy” in a land populated by over one million ethnic outsiders. Then, I intended to show with patient effort how so many features of the violent patterns we see in Israel today can […]

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In the recent past, it would have been absolutely inconceivable to see a reference to Israeli apartheid from a mainstream news source. Until recently, it would have also been taboo to question the viability of the “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But change is in the air. Today, no less than the Financial Times […]

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I have been reading a lot of commentary about Abbas’ announcement to leave Palestinian politics, about Clinton’s shameful pandering to Netanyahu, about Obama’s fading dreams for Middle East peace, about the dim prospects for any progress whatsoever in Israel/Palestine at the current time. But you don’t need to read all those things. You just need […]

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