Category Peace process

To Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s critics: This is no time for sloganeering

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s announced support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict has drawn fire from elements of her base. Many activists believe that the two-state solution is dead, and view support for it as a betrayal of Palestinian rights. They would prefer that Ocasio-Cortez advocate a one-state solution to the conflict instead. But this […]

WHY ISRAEL HATES INTERNATIONAL LAW

We didn’t want to establish a mechanism for conflict resolution by a third party, because when there’s a strong versus a weak partner, the third party tends to take the side of the weak. – Joel Singer, Legal Advisor to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, who helped formulate the Oslo Accords (1996) Source: Lev G. Grinberg, Politics and […]

THE OSLO PROCESS DID NOT FAIL

I prefer the Palestinians to cope with the problem of enforcing order in Gaza. The Palestinians will be better at it than we were, because they will allow no appeals to the Supreme Court and will prevent the [Israeli] Association for Civil Rights from criticising the conditions there by denying it access to the area. […]

CHOOSING BETWEEN IMPOSSIBLES

Palestinians always claimed their rights to historical Palestine. . . Then someone came along and convinced them that this was utopian and would not happen, offering a trade-off to go for the possible instead. Now people realise the possible and the impossible are both impossible, so they might as well stick to the impossible. But […]

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has told his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi that he would accept US mediation of the peace process, Arab48.com reported yesterday. Abbas accepted this on the condition that he is part of the international effort. An unnamed Palestinian source said: “Abbas told Al-Sisi that he accepts the return of US mediation even without […]

The Midwest Peace Process

In 1793 a great council was held, to which came the chiefs and headmen of the Delawares, and of twelve other tribes, to meet commissioners of the United States, for one last effort to settle the vexed boundary question.  The records of this council are profoundly touching.  The Indians reiterated over and over the provisions […]

HOW TO TELL A REAL PEACE PROCESS, FROM A FAKE

When Israel, in perpetual hunt for a pretext to justify its rejectionism, insists that Palestinians recognise its ‘right to exist as a Jewish state’ before it will end the occupation, the US adopts the demand as a core issue for resolving the conflict.[*] When Israel tries a similar trick with negotiations the US actually cares about, the response is rather different: [T]his is an agreement that is only […]