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What change? Gush Shalom - From Abu Dhabi to Silwan [bz]30/6/2021
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A dozen takeaways from the latest Israel-Palestine horrors – and three glimmers of hope Tony Klug - Palestine-Israel Journal - The conflict cannot be managed or even contained. Nor should it be, as it would entrench inequality and injustice. It has to be resolved. There is no military solution to what, at base, is a political problem. To be achievable and sustainable, a resolution has to accommodate the minimum core aspirations of both peoples and allay their maximum fears. Far from being a “defeated” people, Palestinians are probably more determined and united than before. The occupation has not delivered to Israelis the security they yearn for, and it never will. The prolonged occupation is itself a major source of insecurity. [bz]24/6/2021
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No avoiding of the real issues Gush Shalom - A law forbidding Arab citizens of Israel from marrying West Bank Palestinians. Can a law be more ideological than that and more controversial? [bz]21/6/2021
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No moment of grace Gush Shalom - The “Flag Dance” organizers have been for many years political and ideological partners of Naftali Bennett. Will he be willing and able to block them on his very first day as Prime Minister? [bz]12/6/2021
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Naftali Bennett: Israel’s far-right prime minister in waitingOliver Holmes - The Guardianb - Naftali Bennett does not believe in a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. His aim instead is to “manage” it in perpetuity and always from a position of ultimate Israeli control over Palestinians. The hardline religious nationalist, once the head of a prominent Jewish settler group and now expected to become Israel’s next prime minister, is open about his plans for millions living under occupation. A video posted on his official YouTube page presents a colourfully animated account of the far-right politician’s plan, with a lighthearted tone that belies its deeply serious message. “There are some things that we all know will never happen,” says a narrator in a carefree voice. “The Sopranos will never return for another season … And a peace agreement with the Palestinians will not happen.” [ak]10/6/2021
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Don’t expect Netanyahu’s departure to alter the course of politics in IsraelDaniella Peled - the Guardian / Institute for War and Peace Reporting - It would be encouraging to think that the massive upheaval afoot in Israeli politics with the unseating of Benjamin Netanyahu also signals a seismic shift in political culture. Perhaps a turning point in its democratic decline, even a move towards ending its rule over millions of Palestinians. Unfortunately, it signals none of these things. The burning desire to depose Israel’s longest serving leader is certainly the driving force behind the disparate eight-party coalition that hopes to replace him. But there is another factor: the consensus that in determining the future of the Jewish state, the conflict with the Palestinians can be managed in perpetuity. Netanyahu, more than any other Israeli leader, has promoted this idea, cementing it so fast within the national consciousness that it may be his most enduring legacy. It is a sign of how invisible the Palestinians now are in Israeli politics that even the truly historic inclusion of an Arab party in the coalition has not introduced them on to the agenda. Islamist party Ra’am is using its four seats to extract some narrow gains for its own constituency but, like all the other partners, has agreed not to become entangled in the whole Palestinian issue for the purposes of avoiding friction. For a long time, the decades-long occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip did play a central role in Israeli politics and in a national debate over the direction of the Zionist project. Even after the failure of the Oslo accords, successive prime ministers at least stayed theoretically loyal to the idea of implementing a two-state solution. Netanyahu did something different. He sold Israelis the idea that the occupation of millions of unwilling Palestinians could be managed as an inconvenience rather than an existential threat. [ak]10/6/2021
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Don’t expect Netanyahu’s departure to alter the course of politics in IsraelDaniella Peled - The Guardian - None of the coalition leaders has any interest in resolving the Palestinian issue [ry] 7/6/2021
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Israel’s New Government Will Deepen Rifts, Not Heal ThemJonathan Cook - AntiWar - The symbolic moment of a Palestinian party sitting in government alongside settler leaders will turn sour all too soon [ry] 7/6/2021
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