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What Biden Can Do About the Israeli-Palestinian Mess He’ll InheritJames Zogby - Arab American Institute - The Nation - The Biden Administration must put muscle behind the Democratic Party platform pledges to oppose Israeli settlement construction and any moves toward annexation (including the “creeping annexation” involved in seizures of Palestinian land and home demolitions). (...) The Biden team must rescind the Trump administration’s refusal to call the territories “occupied.” Steps supportive of Palestinians should include restarting aid to the Palestinians and UNWRA, and reopening the Palestinian Mission in Washington, D.C. and the US Consulate in East Jerusalem - the latter coupled with the insistence that Palestinians from across the West Bank be allowed unimpeded access to the consulate’s services and that the consulate will one day serve as US embassy to the future State of Palestine. (...) It would be wise to take a multilateral approach to Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. For example, to convene on the 30th anniversary of the Madrid Peace Conference an international peace conference to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, involving the support of the four Arab countries that now have peace agreements with Israel. . Biden’s people should empower the Quartet on the Middle East (the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russia) to engage in mediation — without Washington dominating the process and ignoring the role of the other parties. [ak]24/11/2020
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PA’s gift to Biden is return to failed strategyOmar Karmi - EI - “PA leader Mahmoud Abbas may want to see a new kind of peace process, one led by a combination of international actors rather than the US alone. […] But it will take little effort for officials in a ‘friendlier’ US administration to convince their Palestinian counterparts that they should accept a return of US funding […]. After which, it will just be a matter of time before Palestinians can celebrate another diplomatic ‘victory’: The return to the situation before Trump” [ry] 23/11/2020
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As Israel Destroys EU Projects in Palestine, European Foreign Policy Remains ImpotentRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "Belgium is furious. On November 6, the Belgian government condemned Israel’s destruction of Belgian-funded homes in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank. Understandably, Brussels wants the Israeli government to pay compensation for the unwarranted destruction. The Israeli response was swift: a resounding ‘no’" [ry] 23/11/2020
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Escalating the Demographic War: The Strategic Goal of Israeli Racism in PalestineRamzy Baroud - AntiWar - "Israeli racism is not random and cannot be simply classified as yet another human rights violation. It is the core of a sophisticated plan that aims at the political marginalization and economic strangulation of Israel’s Palestinian Arab minority within a constitutional, thus `legal`, framework. Without fully appreciating the end goal of this Israeli strategy, Palestinians and their allies will not have the chance to properly combat it, as they certainly should" [ry]9/11/2020
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Joe Biden ‘no saviour’ of the PalestiniansLinah Alsaafin - Al Jazeera - Palestinians eye restoration of US relations but scepticism abounds that Biden’s election win marks a strategic American policy change [ry] 9/11/2020
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The Middle East is leaving Palestinians behind. Will it be different with Biden?Robert Swift - +972 Magazine - In the time since the Palestinian Authority disengaged from the Trump administration in protest of the so-called Deal of the Century, the diplomatic landscape in which Palestinians live has shifted immensely. The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and now Sudan have moved to normalize relations with Israel, facilitated by the United States. If rumors in the press are correct, other Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, may be moving to /adopt similar positions. Beyond labelling the Arab states as “betrayers of the Palestinian cause” and a few violent outbursts from militias in Gaza, Palestinian leaders have yet to show any action or policy response that meets the gravity of the changes entailed by the deals. This static position, according to some analysts, is due in part to the PA presupposing that Trump will not remain in the White House after next week’s U.S. election; and that his contender, former Vice President Joe Biden, will treat the Palestinians more favorably. If Biden wins, as most polling data currently suggests, then Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s disengagement from the United States may prove to have been well-calculated. Yet holding out for a Biden victory may also be disappointing. [ak]3/11/2020
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Left Wingers Don’t Have to Like Biden to Vote for HimAmira Hass - Haaretz - Veteran left-wing Americans are voting for Joe Biden without supporting him, and even if they are repelled by his past politics and positions. Among them are Angela Davis, Cornel West, Noam Chomsky and, obviously, Bernie Sanders. They have called on others to do likewise. The significance of their vote goes beyond the ballot box and the borders of the United States. It serves as an object lesson for the left wherever it may be. Their foremost, unambiguous message is that there’s no such thing as “the worse it gets, the better it is.” On the contrary. As four years of Donald Trump’s presidency have shown, for the vast majority the worse it gets, the harder it is. [bz]3/11/2020
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