West Bank

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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In an op-ed today, Aluf Benn argues that Israel cannot stop Palestinian independence except through the “terrible” options of bombing Iran, calling early elections (like this is equivalently “terrible”), or taking retaliatory action against the Palestinian Authority for daring to seek international support for a state.  “Terrible” is the one adjective Benn manages to produce […]

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Last October, the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem published a report indicating that Israel murdered, on average, one Palestinian every other day between 2006 and 2009, excluding the attack on Gaza known as Cast Lead that killed an additional 1,400 people (note that including Cast Lead brings the total to an average of around 1.5 […]

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When an image of the West Bank map is invoked, the map that typically comes to mind is the broad double-hump of the Green Line-defined area. This is most people’s reference map: the implicit, assumptive spatial unit that orients prototypical thinking about Israel, Palestine, partition, and two states. If this is your mental map, then […]

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If I was editor of the New York Times, the self-proclaimed “newspaper of record”, during a week when: Jewish terrorist/settler Jack Teitel was arrested The 14th anniversary of Yitzchak Rabin’s assassination by another Jewish terrorist was being commemorated Netanyhahu’s wholesale subjugation to the settler movement was recognized as having killed Obama’s so-called peace process The […]

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When Yaakov “Jack” Teitel was arrested a couple weeks ago, we heard endless preaching from the settler community about how he was an isolated and extreme case, as if the ethnic cleansing they perpetrate in the West Bank is not criminally suspect enough. Today, we are provided with a 230-page guide from Rabbi Yitzhak Shapiro, […]

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New reports suggest that Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has reached an agreement with the Obama administration regarding a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state along the green line, i.e. along the ’67 borders, i.e. along borders that would include the half million settlers currently living in the West Bank. The reports indicated that Palestinian […]

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Israel appears to have successfully called the Americans’ bluff. Hillary Clinton circa May 2009 was demanding an immediate freeze to all settlement activity. Clinton circa October 2009 now thinks that a settlement freeze shouldn’t be a precondition for peace talks. She even thinks the non-action Netanyahu is yapping about, e.g. temporarily suspending work on new […]

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More background related to my earlier posting on Major Agassi. He is not an isolated incident but rather one element of a broad infrastructure of messianic Judaism blended with real military and legal power. Here is a recent article by Akiva Eldar, an expert on the settlements who writes for Haaretz: Assistance from people with […]

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