Category Europe

THE STRUGGLE FOR PALESTINE: WHAT’S WINNABLE, WHAT’S NOT

This article was originally published on Truthdig (www.truthdig.com). How can the Palestine solidarity movement win?  What should it demand in order to combine the maximum of justice with political feasibility, and how should it frame those demands in order to reach a broad public? These are questions of political judgement rather than science.  But sound political judgement […]

ISRAEL’S EUROPEAN STOOGES

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond: The window [for a two-state solution] is closing because of settlement patterns as much as anything else… If we see restraint in terms of not settling new areas, areas that are critical to the coherence of a two-state solution, the window will be a bit bigger. But it’s I’m afraid […]

NOT QUITE AS PRONOUNCED

Former Obama administration Middle East advisor Dennis Ross: In the Bush administration, elections were a fundamental part of the Freedom Agenda, and it led to, for example, strong support for elections across the board, but particularly for elections within the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian Authority in 2006 had elections when Hamas ran… Well Hamas ended up […]

THE PARAMETERS OF MAINSTREAM DEBATE (II)

A post-script to this. Podemos’s leader Pablo Iglesias was recently asked by Democracy Now‘s Amy Goodman for his position on the Israel-Palestine conflict. [The] international community should have some pressure to Israel in order to respect the international law and go back to the borders of the—before the war.

DIPLOMATIC PROSPECTS

I wrote in a previous post that, in the event of a Zionist Union victory in Israel’s upcoming election, no obstacle would remain to a resolution of the conflict on terms which violate international law and likely preclude viable Palestinian statehood. There appear to be two principal diplomatic proposals in the air, though the extent to […]