Israel – Palestine Issue

Israel’s ‘slow’ plan for peace

A girl pushes a stroller on a road in the Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit in the occupied West Bank February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSYS6S

The most prominent Israeli politician with a chance of replacing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that peace with the Palestinians will take decades. Daoud Kuttab Al Monitor Speaking at a rally in Netanya, north of Tel Aviv, on March 26, Yair Lapid, chairman of the center-right Yesh Atid, said “Any negotiations with Palestinians would need to be conducted in very slow stages.” By “slow” he… Israel’s ‘slow’ plan… Read More »

Land Day 2017: Israel’s relentless land grab continues

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As Israel resumes its settlement expansion with impunity, Palestinians have plenty to protest at this year’s Land Day. Rachel Borrell Al Jazeera News Today’s commemoration of Land Day is an emblematic reminder of the countless human rights violations that have characterised half a century of Palestinian land confiscation and dispossession. During the first… Land Day 2017… Read More »

Palestinians: We Have the Right to Poison the Minds of our Children

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The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas wish to continue teaching children that the conflict with Israel is not over a two-state solution, but the “liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea,”… Bassam Tawil Gatestone Institute The goal is for the students to believe that Israel is one big settlement that has no place in the Middle East. Along with Hamas… Palestinians: We Have… Read More »

What does it mean to be a Jerusalemite?

Visitors enter Shiloah Pool, part of an archaeological site known as a the City of David, still an active dig and also a tourist attraction, situated close to Silwan, a Palestinian neighbourhood next to Jerusalem's Old City June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Awad - RTX2J0X4

Two contradictory, almost polar opposite events recently transpired in Jerusalem. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor The first was a unanimous ruling March 14 by three Supreme Court justices — Chief Justice Miriam Naor, Menachem Mazuz and Uzi Vogelman — determining that the right to settle in Jerusalem is not reserved only for… What does it… Read More »

350 Wrongs And One Right

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Young progressives have an Israel problem. David Brog The Daily Caller They believe that Israel is occupying the land on which the Palestinians want to build their state, thereby rendering them stateless. And they’re convinced… 350 Wrongs And… Read More »

What did the UN apartheid report expose in reality?

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As Israel moves towards confronting apartheid, the questions raised by the report will become impossible to avoid. Mark LeVine Al Jazeera News The most damning aspect of the new report by the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which accuses Israel of being an apartheid state, is not the unearthing of allegedly long-discredited… What did the… Read More »

Israel’s rejection of peace grows bolder

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In 1993, Yasser Arafat agreed to a compromise that would set aside the full demands of the Palestinian people, and recognize Israel in exchange for Israel recognizing Palestine. Ray Hanania Arab News At the time of the agreement, and during a high-profile media flurry, Arafat shook hands with Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s prime minister at the time, to seal the deal. Little did anyone… Israel’s rejection of… Read More »

The Walled Off Hotel: The struggle for decolonisation

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Banksy’s new installation hotel in Bethlehem is a powerful anticolonial statement about the Zionist colonial project. Jamil Khader Al Jazeera News The British street artist known as Banksy is no stranger to controversy and the recent debate over his new installation in the town of Bethlehem, the Walled Off Hotel, does not come as a surprise. Some critics have… The Walled Off… Read More »

Muting prayers is muting the Palestinian struggle

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While Israel pursues to silence the sound of prayer, the global community suppressed the Palestinian call for justice. Mariam Barghouti Al Jazeera News Driving the streets of the West Bank, you see Israeli-issued street signs reading, in Arabic, “Urshalaym”, the Hebrew word for Jerusalem instead of the Arabic namesake “Al-Quds”. Like most Palestinians… Muting prayers is… Read More »

Netanyahu and the ‘apartheid state’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (not pictured) at Kirribilli House in Sydney, Australia, February 22, 2017.   REUTERS/Jason Reed - RTSZQ7G

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come up with a new, supposedly sophisticated answer for pesky journalists who ask whether he still supports the two-state solution. Akiva Eldar Al Monitor If Netanyahu responded that he hopes for the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, he would incur the wrath of his friends in the government, the Likud and the Knesset. On the other hand… Netanyahu and the… Read More »

If You Want Israeli-Palestinian Peace, Stop Talking About A ‘Two-State Solution’

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Before you get a state, you have to learn how to live in peace. David Harsanyi The Federalist Not the reverse. This week, an… If You Want… Read More »

Netanyahu Scuttled Secret 2016 Peace Push With Arab Leaders

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined a peace proposal presented by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a secret summit in 2016 with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi in Aqaba, Jordan, according to a… Naomi Zeveloff  Forward The proposal included the recognition of Israel as a… Netanyahu Scuttled Secret… Read More »

Can Trump and Netanyahu Make Progress Toward the “Ultimate Deal”?

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As U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepare to meet, the fundamentals of the… Ofer Zalzberg ICG What aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are Trump and Netanyahu likely to discuss at their meeting in Washington on 15… The meeting will be crucial for the… Can Trump and… Read More »

Is the Two State Solution still a possibility in the Middle East?

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Dr Ibrahim Natil discusses Netanyahu’s controversial approval of massive building plans in the occupied Palestinian territory defying the the UN and the international community. Ibrahim Natil Independent Australia DESPITE DECEMBER’S UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), the current government of Israel still defies the international community and approves massive building plans cross the West Bank in the occupied Palestinian… Is the Two State… Read More »

Israeli torture of Palestinian children ‘institutional’

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Confessions by Palestinians who have been tortured are regularly accepted by Israeli judges, rights groups say. Ben White Al Jazeera News A recent article published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz has confirmed the extent to which Shin Bet interrogators subject their prisoners to torture. Methods include slapping… Israeli torture of… Read More »

Israeli-Palestinian solidarity overcomes politics

Women take part in a rally, the closing event of the March of Hope, a 2-week-long event organised by Women Wage Peace, a non-political movement calling for a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and women's participation in such a solution, outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem October 19, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner - RTX2PJSP

With cement walls and electric fences making a comeback, with the word “Muslims” becoming synonymous with terrorists, with racism enjoying a revival, the recommendation of the Talmud-era sage Hillel the Elder takes on new meaning: “In a place where there are no humans, one must strive to be human” (Pirkei Avit 2:5). Akiva Eldar Al Monitor It is harder, still, to be a decent human being — in Yiddish, a “mensch” — in a fraught relationship between occupiers and the occupied. Despite the abundance ... Read More »