Category Israel election 2015

‘THE ISRAELI PUBLIC CHOSE ANOTHER GAZA’

Israeli journalist Noam Sheizaf confronts J Street with some difficult truths: Peter Beinart’s response, later in the panel discussion, is also worth watching:

MOVE OVER AIPAC! IT’S U.S. POLICYMAKERS AGAINST ZIONISM (UPAZ)

A post-script to this. In an op-ed for MSNBC, Yousef Munayyer, newly appointed head of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, urges US policymakers to ditch ‘the two-state framework’: What is needed now is for policymakers to engage in a moment of deep reevaluation and throw out the two-state framework that has underpinned US policy […]

IS NETANYAHU’S VICTORY A CLARIFYING MOMENT?

World reaction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory has ranged from barely concealed dismay to open-mouthed horror. The New York Times published a scathing editorial, condemning Israel’s likely next prime minister as ‘desperate’ and ‘craven’, his ‘subversive’ and ‘outrageous’ behaviour having ‘laid bare his duplicity’. Today it publishes a column by Yousef Munayyer, arguing that Netanyahu’s victory ‘could actually hasten the end […]

WORLD LEADERS REACT TO ISRAEL EXIT POLLS

DISPATCH FROM THE BUBBLE

It is worth reading Yonatan Mendel’s depressing portrait of an increasingly paranoid and vulgar political culture: Displays of anti-Arab sentiment are a vital part of any election campaign. A straightforwardly anti-Semitic video was recently released by the Samaria Residents’ Council, a settler group, in which money-grabbing Jewish-Israeli leftists are seen receiving donations from Europeans depicted as Nazis. ‘For […]

MERETZ BACKS ANNEXATION OF THE SETTLEMENT BLOCS

…out of the more than 400,000 Israelis living beyond the ’67 borders, most of them would stay in their places and the border would move and annex what is called the ‘settlement blocs’. And that is already agreed. The only obstacle that remains, and the only one that the Israeli government refuses to solve, is […]

WHAT’S IN STORE

I recently wrote that if Israel’s next government is formed by the dovish ‘Zionist Union’, the US will likely seek to restart diplomatic negotiations. These would, at best, ‘replicate previous efforts by achieving zero political progress while reducing the diplomatic cost of occupation for Israel, even as illegal settlement construction continues’; and at worst, ‘issue in the […]

NO MATTER WHO WINS ISRAEL’S ELECTION, THE PALESTINIANS LOSE

First published by Mondoweiss. If Benjamin Netanyahu hadn’t gone into politics he’d be on Broadway, hamming it up as a pantomime villain. Israel’s hawkish prime minister is theatrically obnoxious to the point where even Israel’s staunchest allies in the American Jewish community are urging him to tone it down. He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t […]

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 […]

AMOS YADLIN

If the Zionist Union wins the election Israel’s defence minister will [20 Feb. 2015 correction: may well] be Amos Yadlin, former head of Israel’s Military Intelligence, IDF attaché to the U.S., Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) fellow and director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). At INSS, Yadlin was a prominent advocate of unilateral, limited Israeli withdrawal. ‘The […]