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How can Israel, Palestine return to a two-state solution?Gershon Baskin - Jerusalem Post - We need to change the vocabulary and the paradigm of peace. Once again, Israeli leaders are speaking about separation, divorce, disengagement, etc. We all remember “us here and them there.” This has never been a paradigm for peace. There will be no peace which is based on cement walls and barbed wire fences that prevent or limit contact between the people on both sides of the conflict. (...) There can be no Israeli-Palestinian negotiations for any solution unless the Palestinians put their own political house in order. Since its inception in 1994, I have never seen Palestinian governance weaker, less popular and more broken. The problem is not only the split between the West Bank and Gaza. Also, the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank seems to be falling apart, and Hamas is certainly not yet prepared to negotiate directly with Israel (nor Israel with Hamas).Once there is a strengthening of legitimate leadership in Palestine, hopefully elected by the people, the Palestinian side will need to come out strongly against the popular calls for anti-normalization. Yes, I agree that Palestinians should not normalize the occupation, they must resist occupation. But they must now seek engagement with Israel and Israelis that is aimed at building cross-border cooperation seeking peace, not occupation and status quo. This requires a new definition of anti- normalization. [ak]15/7/2021
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A matter of concrete debate Gush Shalom - Is it moral to take revenge on a whole family for the act of one family member? [bz]14/7/2021
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Israel’s most racist law comes crumbling down — for nowEdo Konrad - +972 Magazine - The Ban on Family Unification, that has been extended on a yearly basis since 2003. The newly sworn-in government, however, failed to extend the order, in a raucous Knesset session that lasted well into the early morning hours. The expiration will allow Palestinians who for years have been denied one of their most basic human rights to restart the process of seeking permanent residency with their loved ones in Israel. There is something bittersweet about the fact that the demise of one of Israel’s most discriminatory laws is primarily the result of personal resentment between Israel’s Jewish parties. Netanyahu’s Likud has never had a problem with extending the Citizenship Law before going into opposition. The cracks in Bennett’s ramshackle coalition, combined with a ruthless opposition whip who is fiercely paving his path back to the Prime Minister’s Office, means that Palestinians who have been rendered invisible subjects and left to the whims of the Israeli regime could now breathe a little easier. 8/7/2021
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