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The two-state solution can be achieved through a confederationYossi Beilin - Jerusalem Post - I’m not speaking about a joint super-parliament or about some kind of a rotating leadership, but about joint authorities in agreed-upon sectors, and about arrangements which may make the lives of both peoples much more convenient. The issue of settlement can be solved so that Israelis to the east of the new border will be allowed to remain in the settlements, if they wish so, as Palestinian permanent citizens who obey the Palestinian law. These settlements won’t be exclusive Israeli villages or towns anymore, but no Israeli should be evacuated from his or her home. The same number of Palestinian citizens should be allowed to live in Israel as permanent residents, vetted by Israel. [bz]10/9/2019
Netanyahu’s announced annexation plans are criminal, threaten international peace and security Dr. Hanan Ashrawi - PLO Dept. of Public Diplomacy - The Israeli PM`s intention to annex the entirety of the Jordan valley and Dead Sea as well as his plan to annex all illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank is unquestionably reprehensible. Further, Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement was overloaded with overt racism and reflected his agenda of hastened ethnic cleansing of up to 60% of the occupied West Bank. This was glaringly evident in his announcement that the planned annexation would not include a single Palestinian, whom he assured were “free to leave”, including to Jordan. Such remarks are abhorrent and alarming. Netanyahu’s agenda has always been about theft of Palestinian land and resources as well as the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. This announcement is a declaration of war against the Palestinian people’s rights as well as the very foundations of the international rules-based order. This lawlessness is a threat to international peace and security and it condemns the entire region to perpetual conflict and compounded suffering. [ak] 10/9/2019
The War Ahead: Netanyahu’s Elections Gamble Will be Costly for IsraelRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “However, the ‘Mr. Security’ credentials that Netanyahu aimed to achieve by bombing multiple targets in four countries might not yield the desired dividends. Israeli media is conveying a sense of panic among Israelis, especially those living in the northern parts of the country and in illegal Jewish settlements in the Occupied Golan Heights” [ry]9/9/2019
Cabinet approves PM-pushed camera bill despite AG’s oppositionTOI staff - "The controversial bill would allow observers from political parties to bring cameras into polling stations. The so-called camera bill is backed by Netanyahu and his ruling Likud party, and has drawn fierce criticism from rival politicians who have accused the party of trying to rush through the legislation ahead of the September 17 vote... On Saturday, former prime minister Ehud Barak, who is running in the upcoming elections with the left-wing Democratic Camp alliance, suggested Netanyahu could be seeking a scrap with Mandelblit as a pretext for firing him.Mandelblit has recommended Netanyahu be charged with fraud and breach of trust in three separate corruption cases, as well as bribery in one of them. Lawyers for the premier, who denies any wrongdoing, are set to attend a pre-indictment hearing with Mandelblit on October 2-3, just weeks after the election." ca 8/9/2019
Who is Israel`s true enemy?Orly Azoulay - YnetNews "Lebanon is not just the country that gets hit by collateral damage when we attack a Hezbollah target, it should be the official enemy. One could argue either way, but this topic merits a clear strategic decision that would dictate both a military and political course of action." ca 7/9/2019
Netanyahu: Those who oppose polling station cameras ‘want to steal elections’TOI staff - "Analysts say PM stepping up his rhetoric as elections approach, but warn his words could lead to violence if he loses vote; AG says cameras will undermine elections.( Speaking to reporters before departing from London to Israel, the premier said: “It is not a coincidence that Benny Gantz and [Blue and White’s Yair] Lapid oppose cameras, because they want the election to be stolen.” ) " ca7/9/2019
Israel’s fake Hezbollah victimsItai Blumenthal, Daniel Salami and Ahiya Raved - YNETnews - Not long after anti-tank missiles were fired by Hezbollah fighters and the IDF shelled the Maroun al-Ras area in southern Lebanon in return, it emerged that the evacuation of "wounded" IDF soldiers to Rambam hospital in Haifa was an exercise in psychological warfare against Hezbollah. The soldiers were painted blood red and bandaged, then were dramatically stretchered off an IDF helicopter in a display more suited to war or military operations. After normalization returned to the area, the soldiers were released from Rambam.-rh 3/9/2019
A turbulent August: incoherent American statements, violence on the ground, settlement expansion continues Geneva Initiative - Two States Index - August, in short: US peace plan delayed plan until after Israeli elections comes after critical reaction in the US to Israel’s barring of lawmakers. Violent incidents on the rise in the West Bank along with infiltration attempts and rocket attacks from Gaza. New agreement with Israel on fuel tax provides PA with some relief from economic woes amid new worries over UNRWA. Israeli government advances thousands of West Bank settlement units and legalizes outposts. Clashes at Temple Mount followed by increased tensions between Israel and Jordan.{ak] 3/9/2019
Post-Post-Zionist HistoriographyAssaf Likhovski - Academia - In the 1980`s and 1990`s, a group of historians and sociologists revolutionized the study of Israeli history. These scholars, often called collectively the Post- Zionists, sought to undermine “the founding myths of Israel”. The Post-Zionist paradigm has made important and lasting contributions to the understanding of Israeli history, but no historiographical trend is permanent. In the last decade, a new generation of scholars, sometimes called “the third wave in Israeli historiography”, or “the Post-Post-Zionists”, has produced works that differ in many respects from those of the previous generation. This generation studies new subjects, utilizes new types of sources and new writing styles, asks new questions about Israeli society, and its attitude to Zionism is often more empathic than that of the previous generation. [ak]3/9/2019
Netanyahu renews pledge to annex all West Bank settlements : Saeb Erekat, secretary general of PLO, calls on international community to take action after Netanyahu`s commentsMEE and agencies - Settlements are one of the most heated issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Palestinians have voiced fears Netanyahu may defy international law and move ahead with annexation with possible backing from US President Donald Trump, a close ally. With the publication of a US peace plan still pending, Trump has already recognised Israel`s 1981 annexation of the Golan Heights, land captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war. Netanyahu made the same promise of annexation ahead of the last election in April, but the results left him unable to form a viable governing coalition and he opted for a fresh poll.-rh3/9/2019
The Crazed, Rogue Leader is in Washington Not TehranROBERT FISK - Counterpunch - Had Ahmadinejad’s further political ambitions not been firmly crushed by his country’s “supreme leader”, Ayatollah Khamenei, we might just have witnessed a meeting between two of the world’s leading political nutcases. Ahmadinejad, it may be recalled, was the Iranian who claimed that a holy cloud was suspended over his head for 20 minutes when he addressed the United Nations in New York. Now that is a phenomenon which Trump may also have experienced – although at least he had the good sense not to tell us of it. Ahmadinejad, you may also remember, was the president whose claim to have won the 2009 presidential elections brought millions of protestors onto the streets of Iranian cities until they were brutalised and imprisoned into submission. His cheeky smile, chipmunk eyes and Spanish armada beard could not persuade Iranians that the “alternative facts” of his presidential victory were real.-rh3/9/2019
Netanyahu heard intervening in TV market while already under investigationTOI STAFF - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was still intimately involved in directing matters at the Communications Ministry in late 2017, despite having relinquished the communications portfolio earlier that year amid an ongoing criminal investigation into his alleged collusion with major media outlets, Channel 13 reported on Monday. A leaked recording from late 2017 that was broadcast by the network showed Netanyahu screaming at then-communications minister Ayoub Kara, insulting him and demanding that he shutter the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council, the public body that oversees cable and satellite stations in Israel.-rh3/9/2019
Netanyahu calls off planned trip to India, less than a week before takeoffRAPHAEL AHREN - The Times of Israel - The cancellation of the visit on such short notice spurred rumors that Netanyahu is planning for another high-profile event to take place at that time, possibly a visit to Israel by either Putin or Trump. It was also speculated that the prime minister himself could travel to Moscow or Washington for a pre-election trip. On Monday, Hebrew media reported that Jerusalem has been discussing with the White House a grand presidential gesture on the US’s commitment to Israeli security in the coming days, including a possible statement on the two allies’ intent to enter into a defense pact.-rh The two leaders are hoping to use the move to boost the Israeli premier’s electoral prospects ahead of the September 17 vote, Haaretz reported. The most likely action, the newspaper said, was a vow by Trump — with few practical implications — that the US will defend the Jewish state from any potential existential threat. Last month, during a two-day trip to Ukraine, Netanyahu confirmed his India trip, but said that he currently had no other travel plans before the elections. He stressed, however, that this could change. India is not the first country Netanyahu snubbed during the current election cycle. Several weeks ago, he canceled a planned trip to Japan on short notice. According to Haaretz, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had agreed to host the Israeli leader on July 29, but 10 days before his arrival in Tokyo he suddenly scrapped the visit. “Just like that, as though nothing had happened. Tokyo was in shock. Shock, accompanied by anger and humiliation,” the paper’s veteran political analyst Yossi Verter wrote about Japan’s reaction. An Israeli source who participated in the planning of Netanyahu’s trip later told the paper that it had not been canceled but merely postponed. 3/9/2019
Netanyahu under fire after urging boycott of Israeli TV channelRaz Shechnik - YNetnews - Netanyahu took aim at Channel 12 for airing "Our Boys" in a Facebook post Friday evening, calling it a "propaganda channel" and "anti-Semitic," and calling on Israelis to boycott the network. "The Keshet (Channel 12) propaganda channel has created an anti-Semitic series called `Our Boys,` which is distributed world-wide and smears the good name of the State of Israel," Netanyahu wrote in his post."I am not surprised by Channel 12 smearing Israel`s good name with lies, since I`m used to them smearing my name daily. The show "Our Boys" devotes only a few minutes of cold archive footage to the murder of the three boys.-rh3/9/2019
Palestinian women protest in Ramallah after suspected `honor` killingAssociated Press -YNETnews - RAMALLAH, West Bank - Hundreds of Palestinian women held a demonstration in the West Bank on Monday to demand an investigation into the death of a 21-year-old woman who many suspect was the victim of a so-called honor killing. Israa Ghrayeb, a makeup artist from a village near Bethlehem, died last month after being hospitalized with severe injuries. Friends and women`s rights activists suspect her male relatives assaulted her over a video shared online that purportedly showed her out with a man who had proposed to her.-rh3/9/2019
US ‘concerned’ by northern tensions, backs Jerusalem’s right to self-defenseAFP and TOI STAFF - The Times of Israel - The United States voiced concern Sunday after Israel and Hezbollah exchanged fire along the Lebanese border, slamming the “destabilizing role” of Iranian proxies in the Middle East. “We are aware of these reports and are concerned about the escalating tensions along the border,” said a State Department official. “The United States fully supports Israel’s right to self defense,” the official said, warning that “Hezbollah should refrain from hostile actions which threaten Lebanon’s security, stability and sovereignty.”-rh 3/9/2019
In Hebron, Tlaib and Omar would have seen Israel`s apartheid cityAvner Gvaryahu - +972 - Discrimination and segregation are unpalatable wherever they exist, but in Hebron’s city center, they have been the official policy for the 215,000 Palestinian residents – especially since the Tomb of the Patriarchs massacre in 1994, in which a Jewish nationalist fanatic shot dead 29 Palestinians while praying at the holy site. The Likud party and its coalition partners seek to create a permanent reality based on unequal legal systems for Jewish Israelis and Palestinians. This is undeniably what is known historically as apartheid.-rh3/9/2019
US delay reflects fear in Netanyahu losingDaoud Kuttab - Al-Monitor -Most of the reactions to the Aug. 28 decision of the Donald Trump administration to delay announcing the US vision for the Middle East have focused on the possibility or not of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being reelected. Israeli elections are scheduled for Sept. 17. No clear winner is projected by Israeli polls. But a Palestinian-American who recently met with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, thinks the Americans have been hoping that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would surrender and end the boycott of the Americans. Abbas ended all talks with Washington once the Trump administration announced Dec. 6, 2017, its decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.-rh 3/9/2019
Netanyahu is risking war to boost his electoral prospectsAbdulaziz Kilani - MEMO - "In an effort to boost his electoral prospects, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is risking the outbreak of a war no one wants" [ry] 2/9/2019
Arabs in Israel want to join the government. You`ll never guess who`s stopping themSamah Salaime - +972 "Joint List Chairman Ayman Odeh said he would be willing to consider joining a center-left coalition, prompting a response from Israel’s centrist party that reveals the true face of those who hope to replace Netanyahu." ca30/8/2019
PODCAST: Rethinking race relations in Israel-Palestine+972 - "Palestinian legal scholar Noura Erakat proposes a different, inclusive vision that guarantees justice and dignity for all oppressed groups in Israel and Palestine." ca30/8/2019
Dozens Of Detainees To Join Hunger StrikeIMEMCnews - The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has reported that dozens of its political prisoners, imprisoned by Israel in three detention facilities, have decided to hold a hunger strike for three days as in an initial measure in solidarity with detainee Hotheifa Halabiyya, who continues a hunger strike he started more than 52 days ago.-rh28/8/2019
Hamas takes advantage of pre-election restraint to needle Israel Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - Yet another stormy weekend has shaken up the Israel-Gaza border. On Aug. 17, just when it seemed southern Israel was settling into a period of calm following the cease-fire reached with Hamas in May, sirens blared throughout the border communities. The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted two of three rockets fired from Gaza into Israel. Shortly after, Israeli troops foiled an attempt by five armed militants to infiltrate Israel from the northern part of the Gaza Strip, killing three and wounding a fourth. Israel’s reaction to these attacks was very restrained. Israel’s reaction to these attacks was very restrained. The air force bombed several Hamas targets of marginal importance and was careful not to inflict Palestinian casualties. Such actions are known as “real estate attacks” designed to cause symbolic damage to buildings and nothing more. When the Israel Defense Forces really wants to deter the Hamas leadership, it takes more extreme actions such as flattening several multi-story buildings in May.-rh 28/8/2019
The West Bank must not become a duplication of GazaShimrit Meir - Ynet - Hamas has taken no responsibility for Friday’s terror attack that killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl, but did celebrate it in every way possible. Rina Shnerb was depicted as a soldier or a settler, her young age was omitted from media reports and her photograph prompted objectifying comments on social media. For a moment, it seemed that the only joy the Hamas terror group was able to inspire in the depressed youth of the Gaza Strip was through the killing a Jewish girl.-rh27/8/2019
We Miss You, Uri AvneryNehemia Shtrasler - Ha`aretz - Uri Avnery, the writer, Knesset member and peace activist, died a year ago, on August 20. What would he have said about the current situation, about Netanyahu, about the elections? One thing is certain. His comments would have been original and interesting, as was always the case with him (...) he would go wild over the fact that the conflict with the Palestinians isn’t central to the election campaign, or actually even a marginal issue. [ak]. 27/8/2019
Transfer of Palestinians has always been the Israeli consensusHagai El-Ad - Ynet - The media can express as much shock as it likes over news that the cabinet has discussed Israel funding the dispatch of Gazans from the Strip, but one can draw a straight line from the creation of the state in 1948, through Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and Defense Minister Moshe Dayan post-1967 and all the way to Netanyahu, Smotrich and Gantz today.-rh27/8/2019
Ayman Odeh can transform Israel: Who will be his partner?Yaniv Sagee - Times of Israel - n the past two years, studies and surveys have repeatedly shown that more than 60 percent of Arab citizens of Israel want the party they vote for to be in a governing coalition. They want to be partners in decision-making about their own future. In the last elections however, they also decided, for the most part, not to vote. Why vote for leaders who you know will opt to stay on the sidelines regardless of electoral success? They stayed home and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rubbed his hands with glee. The plan was working: Netanyahu would make Israeli democracy unattractive, and Arabs would not want to participate in it. The result is that the right wing continue to run the country, helped directly and indirectly by Arab leaders’ policy of shunning membership in the government. The data are clear, when voting levels in the Arab community reach those of Jewish society in general elections, the government of the right will fall.-rh27/8/2019
Changing IsraelDan Lieberman - Countercurrents - Defeating Israel does not sit well with the American public. Although defeat does not seem possible, the word intimates the destruction of all Israelis. Changing Israel into a nation that preserves some of the characteristics that guided many to embrace an earlier expressed vision — creation of a nation that is a light upon all nations — albeit a difficult proposition, is possible, and a necessary condition for Isarel to survive.-rh27/8/2019
Israel Has Attacked Lebanon And Syria – So What?Andre Vltchek - Countercurrents - Now, the repulsive Israeli wall which is scarring one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Middle East, has almost been completed, all along the border. One year ago, the Lebanese government protested, calling it almost an act of war. The Israelis did not care. As always, they did what they wanted. They came right towards the line, or more precisely, at least on several occasions, they crossed the line; and constructed their concrete monstrosity right in front of the eyes of the Lebanese soldiers and the UN personnel. “So, now, what are you going to do?” they were practically saying, without pronouncing it. Nobody has done anything in retaliation. Zero!-rh27/8/2019
Deadly Friday attack shows W. Bank heating up, as Hamas senses Israeli weaknessAVI ISSACHAROFF - The Times of Israel - The ferment among West Bank Palestinians, the growing calls for violence and the escalation in terrorism are being stirred from Gaza by its ruling terror group, Hamas, in its ongoing face-off with Netanyahu. What Netanyahu’s bitter critic and former defense minister Avigdor Liberman described Friday as the prime minister’s “surrender” to the terrorists — his agreement to allow Qatar to distribute funds in Gaza to needy families (and in the past to Hamas employees), the easing of certain restrictions at border crossings, the improved electricity supply — amid intermittent rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, is seen on the Palestinian side as proof of weakness. Weakness to be exploited.-rh27/8/2019
Between Trump and US Jewry, Netanyahu picks Trump Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies have been resoundingly silent since President Donald Trump tarred millions of American Jews with the anti-Semitic trope of disloyalty to their homeland Aug. 20. While Jewish and non-Jewish members of Congress lashed out at the president and Jewish organizations of all stripes demanded that he retract his remarks, Twitter master Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kept mum. Similarly, Yamina (Rightward) coalition senior officials Ayelet Shaked and Bezalel Smotrich, who rave against any foreign leader who dares to criticize Jews and questions their right to the entire Land of Israel, have swallowed their tongues. And on the political center- left, the last time Blue and White Chair Benny Gantz mentioned Trump was to extol him for recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights on March 21. Neither former Prime Minister Ehud Barak nor Nitzan Horwitz, leaders of the left-wing Democratic Camp, have stood up to defend their brothers across the sea, either.-rh 27/8/2019
Qalandiya - a woman-soldier is chasing away the Palestinians still waiting, and locks the gateTamar Fleishman - Machsomwatch - It’s a holiday with no holiday celebrations, and a new checkpoint with nothing new about it. True, most businesses and shops in the Qalandiya refugee camp are shut in honor of this Holiday of Sacrifice, but the atmosphere that reigns is of ‘normal’ workdays, not holidays. The conversation piece of the day was the confiscation of Shadi’s vehicle on alleged grounds of taking passengers’ fare. Shadi is a cab driver without a cab license. How do they know he doesn’t charge fare? No one, after all, except the few informants who benefit from being informants volunteers to tell them what is being done. So they stop the vehicle and ask the passengers, who keep silent at first, but after being threatened by being blacklisted and/or having their permit revoked, acquiesce and confess.-rh 27/8/2019
The Tragic Hike That Has Nothing to Do With the Landscape and LandAmira Hass - Haaretz - The roads and paths that once connected Ein Qiniya and Al Janya, are blocked to Palestinians. The roads and paths of the area (totaling some 60 kilometers) — official ones built on expropriated Palestinian land, unofficial ones created by settlers — are clear of Palestinian vehicles. The mountains, the hills and the wadis are beyond the pale to Palestinian hikers. But why link all of this to a bomb planted by unknown culprits? [bz]27/8/2019
Trump “King of Israel”…and White SupremacyRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "This week, Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar held a press conference to offer their views on Israel’s ban against them entering Palestine. Perhaps the most important news coming out of the event was Omar’s demand that the U.S. withhold part or all of the $30-billion offered to Israel by the Obama administration as it sought to bribe Israel to soft-pedal its opposition to the Iran nuclear deal." - id23/8/2019
Representatives Omar and Tlaib Terrorize Trump Eileen Fleming - The Arab Daily News - "Terrorists inspire fear and anxiety. On Thursday Mr. Trump tweeted more of his fear and anxiety over two freshman congressional representatives and united bipartisan free speech proponents." - id23/8/2019
Why Did Netanyahu Flip-Flop on Tlaib and Omar?Noga Tarnopolsky - The Daily Beast - "Israel has never before denied entry to Members of Congress. Why did Netanyahu mention a racial supremacist political ally when explaining his decision on Tlaib and Omar?" - id23/8/2019
The day Netanyahu helped anti-Israel Democrats gain resonance and credibilityERIC CORTELLESSA - The Times of Israel - This much can be said of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision on Thursday to bar two American congresswomen from entering Israel: He has unified the Democratic Party in its opposition to him.-rh21/8/2019
Army Injures 33 Palestinians, Including A Medic, Near JerusalemIMEMCnews - Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, 33 Palestinians, including a medic, during protests, which took place after the army invaded al-‘Ezariyya and Abu Dis towns, east of occupied East Jerusalem. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics provided treatment to 33 Palestinians in both towns, among them twelve who were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, 18 who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation and three who suffered burns from gas bombs and concussion grenades.-rh20/8/2019
Will Israel now ban supporters of the two-state solution?Jonathan Ofir - Mondoweiss - Twenty-one Israeli right-wing lawmakers sent a letter to US congress, expressing grave concern over a recently-passed anti-BDS resolution. At first this may sound counterintuitive. Their concern was not the Congressional condemnation of BDS – but rather that the resolution contained talk of a “two-state solution”. “We would like to make our position clear that the establishment of a Palestinian state would be far more dangerous to Israel than BDS,” Signatories include Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan (United Right), Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avi Dichter (Likud), and MK Gideon Sa’ar (Likud) – the latter is number 5 on the Likud slate. The letter was promoted by settler-council leader Yossi Dagan.-rh20/8/2019
We will have her back’: Jewish constituents rally behind Rashida Tlaib amid Trump attacksCommon Dreams - Alter Net - “I can’t wait to show my grandmother how I was supported by all of you—it would bring her so much joy,” said Tlaib, who attended a rally organized by Jewish activists Friday night. Dozens of Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s Jewish constituents rallied in Detroit Friday evening during Shabbat to show solidarity with their congresswoman as she faces attacks from President Donald Trumpover her refusal to visit Israel under the Netanyahu government’s restrictive conditions. -rh20/8/2019
`May God ruin him`: Tlaib`s grandmother not impressed by Trump`s attentionsMEE and agencies - Sitting under an olive tree in the Israeli- occupied West Bank, Muftya Tlaib scoffs at the attention she has recently received from the president of the United States."May God ruin him," she says. Tlaib is the grandmother of US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, at the centre of an affair that has drawn Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu together against US Democrats, Reuters reported. On Thursday, bowing to pressure from Trump, Israel barred a visit by Rashida Tlaib and fellow Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar that it had initially said it would allow. Tlaib is the grandmother of US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, at the centre of an affair that has drawn Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu together against US Democrats, Reuters reported. OnThe next day, Israel said it would let Tlaib visit her family in the West Bank on humanitarian grounds, but Tlaib rejected the offer, saying that Israel had imposed restrictions meant to humiliate her.-rh 20/8/2019
Birthright does not apply to Palestinians in JerusalemDaoud Kuttab - Arab Media Internet Network - Life has been difficult as a stateless person in Jerusalem for Mustafa Kharouf. He had the unfortunate case of being born to Jerusalem parents while they were in Algiers. His parents brought him back to Jerusalem but the Israelis for obvious racist reasons have refused to grant him residency in the only city he has lived in all his life. Ironically Jews around the world have a legal right not only to residency but also to citizenship in Israel simply because of what the government considers is their birthright because they belong to the Jewish faith.-rh20/8/2019
Jordan summons Israeli ambassador over holy site clashesYnet and Associated Press -ordan`s Foreign Ministry said Sunday that Amman delivered a "decisive letter" to the ambassador, including a call "to immediately cease all Israeli violations and all Israeli attempts to change the historical, legal status" at the site. In an earlier meeting with the ambassadors from the European Union, Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi stressed the urgency of effective international steps that must be taken against Israel`s actions saying "these violations & others seeking to change status quo in Holy Sites violate Int’l law, deepen tensions."-rh20/8/2019
Sanders says he’d leverage aid to change Israel’s racist policies but ‘the fault is not all with Israel’Michael Arria - Mondoweiss - It’s a funny thing. All that I have ever said on this issue, is that U.S. foreign policy should be even- handed. That’s all. Even-handed…we respect Israel. Israel has every right in the world to live in peace and security, but so do the Palestinian people. So do the Palestinian people. And as somebody who is proudly Jewish, to be critical of a right-wing Netanyahu government in Israel is not to be antisemitic…And by the way, the fault is not all with Israel, you got very poor and corrupt Palestinian leadership, but what the goal of the United States has got to be is to bring people in the region together, the Palestinians and the Israelis to create a kind of workable peace which works for both parties not just one…the United States government gives a whole lot of money to Israel and I think we can leverage that money to end some of the racism that we have recently seen in Israel.-rh20/8/2019
A win-win solution on the Temple Mount Yossi Beilin - Al-Monitor - Israel conceding sovereignty over the Temple Mount would essentially be a concession of something that Israel doesn`t actually possess and that it doesn`t need to possess. In the framework of a future peace accord between Israel and a Palestinian state, it would be possible to decide that sovereignty be transferred to a Palestinian or Muslim body and that the status quo that Israel unilaterally imposed after the occupation of East Jerusalem be annulled. The alternative must entail that anyone who wishes to enter the Temple Mount after it`s determined that he poses no security risk is allowed entry and anyone who wishes to pray at the site be allowed to do so, even if it means erecting another building for worship. Prayer could be limited to certain hours or days. Thus, for instance, if a Muslim holiday clashes with a Jewish holiday, several hours of entry and prayer could be allowed for Jews and several others for Muslims without hurting anyone`s feelings and avoiding heightened tensions before each holiday for fear that the unnecessary hatred erupts again. -rh 20/8/2019
Is Israel a vassal state now?Gershom Gorenberg - The Washington Post - To begin with, Netanyahu was apparently convinced at first that locking out the two Democratic representatives would be too great an affront to Congress, to the Democratic Party and to the American pro-Israel lobbying groups that regularly bring members of Congress to Israel. But then Netanyahu gave in to Trump and banned the two, he had burned the last shreds of Israel’s carefully balanced strategy for managing relations with the United States: He did what Trump asked. If Netanyahu has self-awareness, he should see where a foreign policy based on sycophancy toward a single unbalanced leader, the Emperor Nero of our day, has led him.“Are we a vassal state?” I hear Menachem Begin’s ghost asking, at the height of Begin`s 1981 confrontation with President Reagan over the annexation of the Golan. Did Israel finally become an American vassal state now? Honestly, I don’t know. Definitely, though, Netanyahu has become the personal vassal of Trump.[ak]20/8/2019
The disgraceful president and the contemptible prime ministerAlon Ben-Meir - Augusta Free Press - Much has been said and written about Trump’s disgraceful pointed “advice” to Prime Minister Netanyahu not to allow two duly elected Muslim Democrat congresswomen, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, to enter Israel. Netanyahu, like a poodle, simply obeys his master’s command without as much as giving it a second thought, while ignoring the far- reaching implications of his egregious act. For whatever it’s worth, let me add my voice.[ak]20/8/2019
The dangers of Israel`s election apathyShlomo Puterkovsky - Ynet - If we believe the polls, there actually isn`t any plausible political constellation that can produce a 61-MK coalition: Avigdor Liberman won`t sit in a government that isn`t a national unity one; Blue and White won’t sit with Netanyahu; the ultra-Orthodox won`t sit with Yair Lapid and Liberman won`t sit with either the ultra-Orthodox or the Arab parties. No matter how we play around with the numbers, none of this adds up to a government — never mind stability or productivity. The outcome is, of course, public indifference. The lower voter turnout is, the higher the power parties with especially eager supporters win. And so, parties like Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) or Zehut (Identity), which are currently unlikely to pass the threshold, could surprise us all by becoming a game changer in the 22nd Knesset. [bz] 20/8/2019
Hamas wants to create an illusion it`s up for a war with IsraelElior Levy - Ynetnews - The renewed rocket attacks on Israel`s south is Hamas` attempts to neutralize the internal criticism in Gaza, claiming the terror group has been getting too chummy with its mortal enemy, while simultaneously pushing Israeli government into a corner.- rh20/8/2019
US Axis of Aggression inGulfFinian Cunningham - ICH "When Washington announced a few weeks agothe formation of a maritime “international coalition” to “protect shipping” in thePersian Gulf, many observerswere skeptical. Nowskepticism has rightlyturned to alarm, as theproposed US-led “coalition” transpires to comprise agrand total of just threenations: the US, Britain andIsrael...Will Washington light thefuse? President Donald Trumpand his psychotic waradvisor John Bolton havecertainly talked tough onseveral occasions overrecent weeks about attackingIran and “destroying” thePersian nation withoverwhelming force. Combinedwith the depraved Israeliprime minster BenjaminNetanyahu and the lackeyBritish premier BorisJohnson, the “axis ofinsanity” is perplexing." ca16/8/2019
PODCAST: Could Mizrahim find their most natural allies in Palestinians?Orly Noy - +972 "Noy believes Mizrahim now have an opportunity to move beyond the left-right politics that have kept them marginalized — by standing alongside Palestinian citizens of Israel." ca16/8/2019
Israel has been barring lawmakers of friendly nations for years (just not from the US) Cnaan Liphshiz - JTA "When Israel announced that it would deny entry to Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the decision struck many as an unprecedented step.But Israel has blocked multiple lawmakers from coming in recent years. The difference this time is that it’s lawmakers from the United States who are being declared persona non grata." ca 16/8/2019
Jewry umbrella group, even after call with Israel envoy, declines to back banTOI staff - "reservations” over the ban by the Conference of Presidents, whose membership includes liberal groups such as Americans for Peace Now but excludes the left-wing J Street, came after the powerhouse pro- Israel lobby, AIPAC, issued a direct criticism of the ban, and underlined the profound discomfort among mainstream American Jewish groups over the Israeli move." ca16/8/2019
Is the reunited Joint List enough to bring back Palestinian election boycotters?Samah Salaime - +972 - "Palestinian voters in Israel who previously called for an election boycott say they are willing to give the joint slate of Arab parties another chance. ‘Local Palestinian leadership is all we have now.’" - id 15/8/2019
How the once-fringe Jewish Temple Movement is going mainstreamYonathan Mizrachi = +972 - "The Jewish Temple Movement has for years tried to change the status quo in one of the most contested holy sites in the world. Now the most mainstream figures on the Israeli right are finally listening." - id15/8/2019
Trump urges Israel to bar entry to Reps. Tlaib and OmarRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "This is Trump once again playing the role of spoiler. He knows that Democrats pressured Israel to permit the Congressional Women of Color of entry. He also knows that the Democratic Israel junket is already in Israel, and the Democrats have no recourse should Netanyahu change his mind and deny entry. Splitting these Democrats from progressive pro-Palestine insurgents will only further fragment the Democratic Party. Which is just what Trump wants." - id15/8/2019
Rattling the Nuclear Cage: India, Pakistan, Israel, Iran and the USRobert Fisk - Counter Punch - "It’s Israel that conceals – but will not say so – perhaps 200 nuclear warheads. Not only do we not complain about this. We regard any suggestion of their existence as akin to interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state. Israel has never confirmed that their nuclear weapons exist: therefore we must not say that they do. Enquire about their exact number and you are treated by Israel’s supporters with deep suspicion. It’s a private matter, we are led to understand. Anyway the Israelis can be trusted with such vile weapons. Can’t they?" - id15/8/2019
This Zionist Is Voting for the Arab Parties That Reject ZionismLarry Derfner - Haaretz - Two reasons. One is that the Joint List is Israel`s last party standing to raise a strong, steady voice against the one overriding evil in this country: the occupation, and the incessant slide from one war against the Palestinians in Gaza to the next, indefinitely. (...) The other reason I’m voting for the Joint List, and the more important one, is because it’s the only Knesset slate in the so-called opposition that doesn’t pin its hopes on sitting in a government led by Kahol Lavan’s Benny Gantz, who should scare the hell out of everybody. [bz]13/8/2019
The Meaning of Israel’s Massive Housing Demolitions in East JerusalemJeff Halper - The Nation - The scale, visibility, and violence of the Wadi al-Hummus demolitions is a gauntlet thrown in the face of civil society—us. The message from Israel: If you think the international community will come to your aid, just watch the reactions to our in-your-face demolitions. The US government supports us totally. A UN Security Council resolution condemning the Wadi al-Hummus demolitions was struck down by a US veto. The reaction of the EU (“The continuation of this policy undermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for a lasting peace”) sounds almost computer generated. China, Russia, India, Brazil, the Arab world, all traditional supporters of Palestinian rights? Far too indebted to Israeli arms and security technologies to ever impose sanctions. - Unless we come up with a just political endgame (...) and an effective strategy for mobilizing our forces, we will be left stewing in helpless outrage. [bz]13/8/2019
Please Don’t Politicize Dvir Sorek’s Murder. His Final Act Was One Of Peace.Emma Goldberg - The Forward "If history is any guide, in the coming weeks, the horrifying murder of Dvir Sorek in a West Bank terror attack will be weaponized by right-wing Israeli politicians. His death will be used as ammunition for those seeking to demonize the Palestinian people and to yet again quash any movement toward peace. Make no mistake: Using his death in this way would be nothing short of a desecration of his memory." ca 10/8/2019
Distorting the definition of antisemitism to shield Israel from all criticismAmos Goldberg and Raz Segal - +972 - "The IHRA initially sought to combat racism against Jews and Holocaust denialism, but its definition of antisemitism serves as a tool to silence all criticism of Israel, making it harder to identify actual forms of anti-Jewish hatred." - id 8/8/2019
Haaretz Launches Arabic Opinion Supplement to Spur Palestinian Voters, Censors Launch AnnouncementRichard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - "Haaretz is desperate as it watches Israeli political power slip ever farther from the grasp of the former liberal Zionist rulers of Mapai, Mapam, Avodah, etc. It does understand, at least, that the country is slipping into a fascist authoritarian coma that will permanently erase everything its editors, and the Schocken family which have run it for nearly a century, hold dear." - id8/8/2019
When moderation is gone only the extremes surviveShlomo Puterkovsky - Ynet - "The political makeup of religious Zionism is a reflection of its social makeup with none of the moderate voices that made this sector of Israeli society relevant in past decades under great leaders." - id8/8/2019
Americans for Peace Now urges support of Two-State SolutionRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "The two-state solution is the only one that will safeguard Israel’s character as a democracy and a Jewish state and the only one that serves America’s regional interests. Politicians who care about Israel’s future should endorse it and urge the Trump administration to adhere to it." - id 8/8/2019
Israeli elections c`tee hasn`t taken any steps to stop Arab voter intimidationHenriette Chacar - +972 - "Four months after the ruling Likud party led a voter intimidation campaign against Palestinian voters, the government body responsible for ensuring free and fair elections says it hasn’t made any changes to its process." - id8/8/2019
Adelson said to have vowed to shun PM over reports he tried to curb his paperTOI STAFF - Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson reportedly vowed to never meet again with his longtime confidant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after learning of reports regarding the premier’s intention to hobble his Israel Hayom daily in exchange for positive coverage from a competing newspaper. In leaked transcripts from the August 2018 police interview of Adelson, reported Sunday by Channel 13, the right-wing US billionaire told investigators, “I will never meet [Netanyahu] again because of what I read.”-rh6/8/2019
No–construction orderBimkom - In dozens of legal petitions, security considerations were examined and in many cases it was shown that the main considerations in determining the route [of the Separation Wall] were not actually based on security but rather aimed at perpetuating the settlement enterprise and creating conditions that would allow them to grow. Thus, most of the barrier route is as far as possible from the built-up areas of the settlements, and as close as possible to Palestinian localities, so as to allow expansion of the settlements while preventing the development of Palestinian villages.
Similar to the barrier route, the no-construction order is determined such that its impact on settlement construction is minimal, but its impact on Palestinian villages is enormous. [bz]
Israel Approves Hundreds Of Units In Gush Etzion Colonialist BlockIMEMCnews - The far-right extremist Israeli government on Benjamin Netanyahu and the Civil Administration Office, the executive and administrative branch of the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank, including Jerusalem, approved the construction of hundreds of units in Gush Etzion illegal colonialist bloc, south of Bethlehem.-rh6/8/2019
Social media users mock Likud`s petition proclaiming loyalty to NetanyahuYnet - Israeli social media users post hundreds of memes and posts comparing the prime minister to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un after 40 members of his party signed `unity petition` affirming Netanyahu `is the only Likud candidate for prime minister`-rh6/8/2019
Netanyahu’s latest `political bailout plan`Ben Caspit - Vehement objection by right-wing stalwart Naftali Bennett prevented Jewish Power`s Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel, extremist followers of Rabbi Meir Kahane, from joining the United Right alliance at the last minute before the Aug. 1 deadline for submitting candidate lists. That means Jewish Power will run separately, as will the right-wing libertarian Zehut, led by Moshe Feiglin. In other words, at least three parties are running to Netanyahu’s right, and two of the three are highly unlikely to surpass the electoral threshold by garnering the requisite 3.25% of ballots cast to enter the Knesset. This failure of Netanyahu`s survival plan, based on obtaining the maximal number of votes for the right-wing camp, spells trouble.-rh 6/8/2019
Why Americans Should Support BDSOmar Barghouti - The Nation - Led by communities of color, progressive Jewish groups, mainline churches, trade unions, academic associations, LGBTQI groups, indigenous justice movements, and university students, many Americans are abandoning the ethically untenable “progressive except on Palestine” stance. Instead, they are adopting the morally consistent principle of being progressive including on Palestine. Being progressive today entails being morally consistent, standing on the right side of history by supporting us as we strive for our long-denied freedom, justice, and equality.-rh 6/8/2019
How `cultural racism` helps Israelis rationalize inequality, discriminationRachel Shenhav-Goldberg - +972 - Scholars claim that in order to bring social change, minorities should stand up and fight for their rights. But social change is more likely to occur if the majority believes the minority’s experience of racism and discrimination. This means veteran Israelis should open their eyes and ears in order to understand how power relations in their society are maintained on the basis of race. We all nurture varying degrees of racist attitudes against different groups. The difference lies in our awareness of these attitudes and in how we express or justify them. Once we have become aware, we must ask ourselves: are we willing to cede some privileges and the comfortable life that comes with them in order to establish a moral and equitable society?-rh6/8/2019
‘Huge win for Palestinian activism’: Canadian court rules settlement wines can’t be labeled “Product of Israel"Yumna Patel - Mondoweiss - A federal judge in Canada ruled earlier this week in favor of pro-Palestine activists that wines produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank should not be able to carry “Product of Israel” labels. The landmark ruling in Kattenburg vs. Attorney General of Canada was decided by Justice Anne Mactavish, who said in her decision that labeling settlement wines, made in the occupied West Bank, as products of Israel was “false, misleading and deceptive.”-rh6/8/2019
What`s behind Israel`s approval of construction permits for Palestinians?Shlomi Eldar - Al-Monitor - On July 30, Israel’s security Cabinet approved a plan by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to build 715 housing units in Palestinian villages in Area C of the West Bank, which is under Israeli control. Cabinet members were asked to approve the plan by phone — a procedural move generally reserved for urgent or unusual decisions. What made the ministers rush to vote on construction for Palestinians? The answer was apparently supplied the following day when President Donald Trump’s envoy Jared Kushner dropped in for a few hours to discuss his father-in-law’s peace plan for the Middle East with Netanyahu. The timing of the brief visit, at the height of Israel’s election campaign, was especially strange given its focus on a peace plan that no one wants. According to a July 31 report in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Trump plans to hold a peace summit at Camp David with Arab leaders even before Israel’s Sept. 17 elections, in a bid to help Netanyahu’s re-election. Either way, resolving the mystery is a no-brainer. Uber-hawk Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich (of the United Right) voted in favor of the Palestinian permits but his unexpected support should come as no surprise. As he explained in detail, Israel plans to turn US pressure into a construction boom for the settlers. "Now, finally, thank God, comes the twist in the Israeli government`s approach to the spread of the terrorist cancer within us.… Israel is forming a strategic plan to stop the creation of a Palestinian state inside the country," he wrote on Facebook. “For the first time, the State of Israel will implement its sovereignty and responsibility for the entire area.… No more approval of building plans proposed by the Palestinian Authority that serve its interest. For the first time, Israel will create a toolbox for enforcement and forceful neutralization of the Palestinian takeover plan."-rh 6/8/2019
Will Netanyahu`s Putin connection backfire in his hunt for votes? Ksenia Svetlova - Al-Monitor - In the meantime, it appears that Netanyahu`s efforts so far have not borne the desired fruit. Most polls show Yisrael Beitenu growing in strength. The battle for the Russian vote is only beginning, Likud campaign staffers and advisers like to note, which means that more surprises are to come, with or without Putin.-rh 6/8/2019
Israel`s electoral threshold: A matchmaker for marriages of convenience Akiva Eldar - Al-Monitor - The motivation of seemingly incompatible brides and grooms from the political right and left to walk down the aisle ahead of the Sept. 17 elections stems from one particular feature of Israel`s election system — the electoral threshold. The threshold of having to win four seats to enter the Knesset keeps some small parties out of the parliament due to their winning an insufficient percentage of votes. This vector sometimes erases ideological differences on the right and the left, among Jewish parties and Arab parties, and turns the Knesset into just another workplace. Ideologies are sidelined for the sake of mergers as alliances that guarantee, at least in theory, the small parties an above-the-threshold electoral result. Hardest hit by this phenomenon are the prospects for negotiations with the Palestinians on a permanent arrangement as part of a regional peace deal. Electoral threshold trauma has led the flag-bearers of a diplomatic solution — as opposed to those advocating management of the conflict — to sideline the issue to the point of almost burying it.-rh 6/8/2019
PLO : ‘UN Failure to Address Israeli Crimes Against Palestinian Kids Inexcusable’IMEMCnews - A senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has censured the United Nations for its failure to include Israel in its annual blacklist of armed forces that commit atrocities against youths, arguing that the world body’s falling short of recognizing Israeli crimes against Palestinian children is inexcusable.“This failure is inexcusable, given Israel’s dismal human rights record and its documented abuses against Palestinian children, including the arbitrary detention of hundreds of children every year, its use of torture against them and other grave violations, including the deliberate killing and maiming of roughly 2,800 Palestinian children in 2018 alone,” Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO’s executive committee, said in a statement on Thursday.-rh6/8/2019
Religious moderates left orphaned by Israeli politicsAkiva Eldar - Al-Monitor " Israel`s progressive Zionist voters who are both religious and tolerant have no real political home these days." ca 3/8/2019
PODCAST: How BDS became such a big deal in American politics+972 Magazine - "“There’s got to be a point when you say, whether or not I adopt this tactic, this is a legitimate nonviolent tactic that we will defend,” she adds." ca3/8/2019
Israel’s latest attempt to erase PalestineIlan Pappe - The Electronic Intifada - "Why are these files being hidden?"..."I think the reasons are far more profound and alarming. They are part of a new assault on Palestine and the Palestinians."..."We need to look at the attempt at censoring these archives in two contexts: the political and the historical." - id1/8/2019
Do not punish Palestinian refugees for UNRWA dysfunctionYara Hawari - Aljazeera - "Clearly a systematic culture of abuse is at work at the highest echelons of the UNRWA which needs to be confronted and addressed. However, this report cannot and should not lead to more funding cuts. Both the Netherlands and Switzerland have unfairly suspended aid to the agency in light of this report. The millions of Palestinian refugees and the Palestinian employees, many of whom are struggling to provide for their families, should not be collectively punished for the offences and selfishness of UNRWA`s top management, many of whom are foreigners." - id1/8/2019
Trump`s `deal of the century` is a mythical beastAlon Pinkas - Ynet - "In reality, this is the "Loch Ness plan," named after the fictional monster that resides in Loch Ness in northern Scotland. As in the case of the monster, there are hundreds of people who claim to have seen the plan, dozens who swear they can describe exactly what it looks like, and a chosen few who can actually explain its existence. But like the monster, there really is no such thing as "the deal of the century."" - id1/8/2019
Extreme Christian Zionists not helping America or IsraelGhassan Michel Rubeiz - The Arab Daily News - "Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is a political advocacy network based on an extreme version of Christian Zionism. This network calls on all Christians to offer total support for the State of Israel."..."CUFI is not helping America keep state and church separate, stay fair in foreign policy and maintain civility in interfaith relations. CUFI is also not helping Israel take peace seriously." - id 1/8/2019
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