Settlements

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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One day Jeffrey Goldberg will have attained the irrelevance he deserves. In the meantime, it is worth deconstructing his pathetic attempts at defending, indeed encouraging, Israel’s brutality. Today he proposes rather self-righteously an “idea for Bibi”: Why not risk your governing coalition and impose a total freeze on settlement growth outside of the greater Jerusalem […]

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It’s been an extraordinary week in the ongoing Middle East saga. Joe “You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist” Biden felt “insulted” by the timing (as opposed to the substance) of the announcement (as he arrived) that Israel intends to continue the constant ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem that it began […]

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After nearly six months of pleading with Abbas and the PA to talk to the Israelis while they continue the settler colonization of their future state… After months of pressuring the Arab League to provide a way for Abbas to sit down to said talks without losing the final shred of credibility he (arguably) has […]

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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 number of my readers have asked me about the difference between a settlement and an outpost. This distinction is typically made, in the minds of Israelis, as the difference in formal recognition by the government versus the informal establishment of small caravans, often by the most radical fringes of settler society. This distinction, however, […]

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Occupation by the numbers

by Yaniv Reich on January 29, 2010

Sometimes numbers are worth a thousand words. And if the numbers aren’t enough, the selection of maps on this website (which can be found under the Resources tab) can provide another couple thousand words worth of images. Length of the West Bank-Israel border: 196 miles. Projected length of West Bank wall: 437 miles. Projected proportion […]

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Ehud Barak is one the last Labor people standing. He sold out what were the purported values of Israel’s center-left Labor party in order to gain a seat (defense minister) in the most right-wing government Israel has ever had (the current one). By doing so, he helped facilitate the unprecedented collapse of one of the […]

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