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PA Political Circus: Why Abbas Must Hand the Keys over to the PLORamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - “The painful truth is that the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas has already ceased to exist as a political body that holds much sway or relevance, either to the Palestinian people or to Abbas’ former benefactors, namely the Israeli and the American governments" [ry] 29/6/2020
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Annexation in Palestine and Netanyahu`s calculusAkiva Eldar - Al Jazeera - The Israeli prime minister has broken with the Israeli right-wing policy of creeping annexation. Why the shift? [ry] 29/6/2020
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Mixed Signals on Israeli Annexation Reflect Split Among White House OfficialsDavid M. Halbfinger and Michael Crowley - New York Times - When President Trump’s Middle East team meets this week to hash out what to do about Israel’s planned annexation of territory in the West Bank, a fundamental question will hover overhead: Is the prospect of annexation a pressure tactic to get the Palestinians to engage with the administration’s peace plan, or is the peace plan just a smokescreen for annexation? American and Israeli officials are deeply divided on the question, an issue that could determine how and when any annexation proceeds. (...) Yossi Klein Halevi, an author and senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, suggested in The Wall Street Journal last week that Ambassador Friedman and settler leaders were treating Mr. Trump as a “useful idiot” whose peace plan would serve settler interests now but would never deliver a Palestinian state. [ak]23/6/2020
The Federation of Palestinian and Hebrew NationsDr abraham Weizfeld - This is a work in political philosophy differentiating civil society from the State to arrive at a constitutional model for the Federation of a bi-national society. This transitional constitutional procedure culminating in a ‘No- State Solution’ is also a format that carries through a critique of the Nation-State itself. The writer is concerned by the political philosophy and the constitutional transformation of the contradiction between two major Nations in the body of one Land – Palestine-Israel. While the notion of the Nation-State has permeated the Levant since the 1917 British Crusade into Jerusalem, the organic demographic actuality of the country’s population is incompatible with the dominance of one Nation in one Land and the subsequent degeneration into the series of war crimes beginning in 1947. The exit from this conception of a Zionist State requires another methodology that offers an alternative to the domination of one Nation by another. [ak]23/6/2020
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By recognising Palestine, Britain can help right the wrongs of the Balfour declarationAvi Shlaim - The Guardian - The British government joined 10 European Union countries to warn Israel against annexation, while 130 MPs signed an open letter urging Johnson to impose economic sanctions on Israel if it went ahead with the move. The MPs are right that action is needed; tepid expressions of disapproval have never deterred the Israeli government. Recognising Palestine as a state within the 1967 borders is another way for Britain to right the wrongs of Balfour and end up on the right side of history. More than a dozen European parliaments have recognised Palestine but only one government – Sweden. In 2017, Johnson, then foreign secretary, rejected Labour’s call for the UK to mark the Balfour declaration’s centenary by officially recognising the state of Palestine, declaring that “the moment is not yet right to play that card”. Surely today the moment has come. [bz] 23/6/2020
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No guaranteeGush Shalom - Annexing Palestinian territory - What is the big deal? Isn`t our army there anyway? ... [bz] 9/6/2020
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Netanyahu`s annexation follyNahum Barnea - Ynet - Claiming sovereignty over parts of the West Bank is not in Israel`s best interests; the prime minister wants the land but not the people - but there`s a word for that and we all know how it ended in South Africa [ry] 8/6/2020
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Edward Said`s spectre and the end of OsloHaidar Eid - Al Jazeera - What Edward Said predicted in the 1990s came to be. The PLO`s two-state project has failed [ry] 8/6/2020
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The Real Reason for ‘Mainstream’ Jewish America’s Appalling Silence on AnnexationHadar Susskind - Ha`aretz/Americans for Peace Now - But whether or not you support two-states is the 1990’s question. Today it comes down to this: what are you going to do about it? When actions are taken that threaten the viability of two states living side by side in peace and security, what do you say? What do you do? Unfortunately, for too many organizations the answer is one long awkward silence. Right now, the Israeli government is making plans that, if implemented, will be incredibly damaging. Annexation threatens the futures of Palestine and Israel. It threatens Israel’s relationships with the Arab world, including its neighbors Jordan and Egypt. And, never forget, it threatens the U.S.-Israel relationship and, in perhaps the saddest manifestation, the relationship between Israel and the American Jewish community. Yet AIPAC continues to refer to Israel as “the only democracy in the Middle East” even as annexation threatens to further erode that reality, and they tell us that "bipartisan support for the fundamentals of the U.S.-Israel strategic relationship must supersede any policy dispute," including a possible dispute over West Bank annexation. [ak]2/6/2020
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Less than BantustansGush Shalom - "I am going to annex the Jordan Valley, but the Palestinians there will not get Israeli citizenship. We will just keep them in enclaves." [bz]2/6/2020
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