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Save Israel from its collective suicide, ObamaRogel Alpher - Haaretz - Are Obama’s eyes blinded to the point where he does not see that his unconditional support of Israel is responsible for creating the conditions that allow and even encourage growth of the apartheid and binational state here? Does he not understand that, without the financial, military and diplomatic assistance that he provides Israel, the settlement and occupation enterprise would collapse? Does he not get that under his leadership, if he were to publicly harden his heart toward Netanyahu and Israel – Europe would follow his footsteps, and economic sanctions and boycotts would be speedily imposed on Israel, forcing its Jewish citizens to change their diplomatic outlook? Does he not know that if he would just stop providing spare parts for fighter jets, the feverish illusion would dissipate, and sanity would once again prevail among us? [bz]31/3/2015
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Isaac and Ishmael are half-brothers / Time to cut the Gordian knotZeki Ergas - Global Marshall Plan - We have, the declaration, whether an electoral ploy, or not, that Israel will never accept the creation of a Palestinian state. That declaration may well be the straw that breaks the camel`s back (so to speak), that is, bringing about a situation that is not acceptable for the United States, the European Community, and a large part of the international community. [bz] 31/3/2015
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The Palestinian Arab Citizens of Israel: Pointing the Way ForwardJames Zogby - Huffington Post - They are more forward looking on most issues than either Israeli Jews or Palestinians from the occupied territories. They support an end to the Israeli occupation and the establishment of a two-state solution and they support the rights of the refugees--whom they see as their dispossessed kin. They strongly support both the Arab Peace Initiative and the parameters of the Clinton peace proposal. And they insist that their future is in their native land, demanding equal rights on all levels equal funding for education and other public services, and an end to the 50+ laws that discriminate against them in favor of the Jewish citizens of the state. [bz]29/3/2015
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Netanyahu`s biggest problem: Obama believes himYossi Verter - Haaretz - The lesson Netanyahu learned from his first term (1996-1999), when he headed a right-wing, ultra-Orthodox government, is that a Likud prime minister always has to co-opt a party from the other camp into his government. Otherwise he gets into trouble with the international community. (...) [Obama is] declaring at every opportunity that he accepts without reservation Netanyahu’s eve-of-election statement that a Palestinian state will not be established during his term of office, adding a veiled threat about reassessing Israel-U.S. relations – an expression that is the diplomatic equivalent of the Doomsday weapon. Netanyahu will not be able to offset this with the Jewish nation-state law, promises to build in the territories, and so forth. [bz]29/3/2015
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They`re Palestinians, not `Israeli Arabs`Saree Makdisi - LA Times - In fact, to use the ethnic term "Arab" to describe the Palestinians inside Israel is to strip them of any national identity — not only the national identity that they themselves assert, but quite literally any national identity whatsoever, given that, according to a 2013 ruling of the Israeli Supreme Court, "Israeli" is not a national identity. [bz] 28/3/2015
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Analysis: The rise of the Israeli far right and the future of the PA Ghassan Khatib - Ma`an News "The only way to explain this drift in the direction of increasingly rigid and extreme political positions is the absence of accountability. Israelis have been allowed to have their cake and eat it, too. They have been allowed to continue disregarding the expectations of their backers, particularly the US and Europe, and to continue expanding settlements while ignoring their friends` chiding remarks." ca27/3/2015
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UN Mideast envoy asks Security Council to lead on IsraelAss. Press - Ynet "The UN`s top Mideast envoy challenged the Security Council on Thursday to step up and lead the way to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the international community should seriously consider presenting a framework for negotiations that "may be the only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution." ca 27/3/2015
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I want my country backPhilip Weiss - Mondoweiss "Israeli analysts are now suggesting that Mr. Obama and his aides might be overplaying their hand, inviting a backlash of sympathy for Mr. Netanyahu." ca27/3/2015
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The ire over IranThe Economist - "Although Barack Obama is right to chastise Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister has a point on Iran...Mr Netanyahu is wrong to reject any plausible deal with Iran. His confrontational tactics may do great damage to his country. Yet he is right on at least one point that Mr Obama is wilfully ignoring: Iran’s belligerent behaviour in the Middle East is an increasing menace." ca27/3/2015
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Naomi Klein: Let`s Kick Oil While the Price is DownVIDEO - "Climate change should be a catalyst for a major change, but we`re not treating it as a real emergency. Naomi Klein believes that capitalism is at war with the climate, but she says sometimes it gives us a gift – the sudden drop in oil prices. So let`s not blow what could be our best chance to prevent catastrophic global warming." ca27/3/2015
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Palestinian armed groups killed civilians on both sides in attacks amounting to war crimesAmnesty International - Report "“The international community must help prevent further violations by tackling entrenched impunity and by ending transfers to Palestinian armed groups and Israel of all arms and military equipment that could be used to commit serious violations of international humanitarian law,” said Philip Luther." ca27/3/2015
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West sees Palestinians as Israel`s problem Aviad Kleinberg - Ynet - "Europe and US allegedly oppose Israel`s settlement policy, but beyond paying lip service, West`s elites have supported occupation and avoided imposing any significant sanctions on Israel." id for rh 26/3/2015
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Obama: Dim hope for end to Israeli-Palestinian conflictDEB RIECHMANN - Yahoo News - "Obama`s comments at the White House did little to repair rocky U.S.-Israeli relations, which were aggravated by a Wall Street Journal report Tuesday alleging Israel spied on sensitive negotiations about Iran`s nuclear program." - id 25/3/2015
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Occupier`s democracyAdam Keller - Crzay Country - "On the one hand there is a multy-party parliamentary democracy in which the citizens of Israel – about eighty percent Jews and twenty percent Arabs – elect the government which governs them and the legislature which makes their laws; and on the other hand a military dictator called the Commanding General, IDF Central Command who is the almighty governor, legislator and judge who rules over the lives of millions of Palestinians." - id25/3/2015
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It`s time for a one-state solutionYonatan Amir - +972 - "The only way forward is to grant full equality to all." - id 25/3/2015
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Get Ready for the Third IntifadaJOHN WIGHT - CounterPunch - "The so-called international community, consisting of Washington and its European allies, has failed the Palestinian people miserably over many years by now." - id25/3/2015
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Netanyahu may have apologized, but the damage has been doneNahum Barnea - Ynet - "The impulsive, demagogic nature of Netanyahu`s moves succeeded in pulling the ethnic demon out of the bottle. It`s an interesting demon: Most of the time, it rests in the bottle without overly interfering in our lives. Every few years, on Election Day, it is pulled out." - id 25/3/2015
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Israelis elected a non-democracy Mairav Zonszein - +972 - Obama must understand that these elections were more than just a referendum on Netanyahu — they were a referendum on Israel’s character, and Israelis did not vote for democratic ideals [ry] 23/3/2015
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The End of the Liberal Zionist FaçadeNeve Gordon - CounterPunch - “There is, however, one clear advantage to the election results: clarity. At least now there will be no liberal Zionist façade, camouflaging Israel’s unwillingness to dismantle its colonial project” [ry]23/3/2015
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Israel is supposedly the only democracy in the Middle East, yet 4.5 million Palestinians under its control can`t vote Yara Hawari--A state that ignores the rights of its indigenous non-Jewish people is not a democracy Today Israeli citizens are going to vote for their next government in a country often labeled as "the only democracy in the Middle East". Ironically, they will be voting on ballot cards produced in an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank by Palestinians, who will have no input in the political process. dn 22/3/2015
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Israeli elections underscore the importance of JVP`s historic growth and strategy.Rebecca Vilkomerson--Yesterday’s election reaffirmed what Jewish Voice for Peace has been saying for quite some time: The only way to end Israel`s endless settlement expansion and separate and deeply unequal apartheid system is through external pressure. dn 22/3/2015
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Netanyahu’s Win Is Good for PalestineYOUSEF MUNAYYER--WASHINGTON — IF anyone doubted where Benjamin Netanyahu stood on the question of peace, the Israeli prime minister made himself clear just before Tuesday’s election, proclaiming that there would never be a Palestinian state on his watch. Then he decided to engage in a bit of fear-mongering against Palestinian citizens of Israel in hopes of driving his supporters to the polls. “The right-wing government is in danger,” Mr. Netanyahu announced on Election Day. “Arab voters are heading to the polling stations in droves.” dn22/3/2015
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Netanyahu Tactics Anger Many U.S. Jews, Deepening a DivideLAURIE GOODSTEIN--Long before the latest election in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu was a polarizing figure among American Jews. But even many of his supporters said this week that they were appalled at his last-minute bid to mobilize Jewish voters by warning that Arabs were going to the polls in droves, and his renunciation of a two-state solution to the Palestinian crisis.dn22/3/2015
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The messages from Israel`s election Ilan Pappe--Those of us who know the nature of the beast could not have been surprised by the results of the Israeli election. Like many of my friends, I was also relieved that a liberal Zionist government was not elected. It would have allowed the charade of the “peace process” and the illusion of the two-state solution to linger on while the suffering of the Palestinians continues.dn 22/3/2015
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Don`t be fooled by Netanyahu`s upcoming charm offensiveDaoud Kuttab--Despite the expectations that the upcoming Israeli coalition government will increase its oppressive acts against Palestinians, my expectations are the exact opposite. But this should not allow anyone to be fooled. dn22/3/2015
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Mr Obama, there is still time to remake the Middle East Afif Emile Safieh--In our unipolar world, non-alignment is no more the policy option of Third World countries who feared the collision or collusion of the two competing superpowers. Rather, it should be what characterises American foreign policy. Because if the US sides with one belligerent player in a regional conflict, not only does it unnecessarily alienate and antagonise all the other countries in the area but it also offends and ghettoises a domestic component of its own national and social fabric. A recent poll showed that 66 per cent of the American public wanted the US to be a neutral in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.dn22/3/2015
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Netanyahu`s victory  what is the cost?Robert Fantina--The victory of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israelfs election may have come at a surprisingly high cost. Mr. Netanyahu publicly proclaimed what every thinking person on the planet always knew, but which most global world leaders chose to ignore: he will never allow the establishment of a free and independent Palestinian state. Now, world leaders, especially those in the United States who have fostered the farce of negotiations between Israel and Palestine, must see two unpleasant facts: 1) the Prime Minister has lied to them for years, and never had any intention of seriously negotiating with the Palestinians, and 2) The problem of the Israeli occupation of Palestine needs to be resolved.dn22/3/2015
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For Liberal Israelis, Netanyahu`s Win Is A Reality CheckDaniel Estrin--TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli liberals woke up after national elections with a demoralizing feeling: Most of the country, in a deep and possibly irreversible way, does not think like they do.dn22/3/2015
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Netanyahu sank into the moral gutter – and there will be consequences Jonathan Freedland--Israel’s prime minister won re-election with a combination of belligerence and bigotry. His opposition to a Palestinian state is a stance the world should not accept. dn21/3/2015
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I support the Israeli boycott - but which one?Liela Sansour--Debate rages over Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement - is it effective or just symbolic? dn21/3/2015
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For Obama and Israel, the party is over Alex Fishman - Ynet "Now that he is free of electoral pressures and has been challenged by Netanyahu, Obama is making it clear to Israel and its supporters that the presidential treatment of the Palestinian issue is about to take on a much more aggressive attitude." ca 20/3/2015
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If Israelis want change, they`ll have to let go of fearSamah Salaime - +972 "These elections showed that Israelis are guided by their fears of another Holocaust, ISIS, Arab citizens or left-wing NGOs. Now is the time for it to move beyond the scars of the past and make real change, before it is too late."ca20/3/2015
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Israel Election Result Complicates Life for ClintonJASON HOROWITZ - NYT "Mrs. Clinton, the former secretary of state who has long advocated a two-state solution and once took credit for starting what were then secret talks for an Iran nuclear deal that Mr. Netanyahu vehemently opposes, is now likely to be under increased pressure from her own party to speak up against a government that is openly hostile to Mr. Obama." ca20/3/2015
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Trouble Ahead for Bibi. Plus: Why Herzog LostJ.J. Goldberg - the Jewish Daily Forward "The bottom line: The center-left opposition had a stronger argument on security and peace than Netanyahu did, but it was afraid to make its case. Despite the unprecedented outpouring of anti-Netanyahu protest from retired defense and intelligence chiefs — including nearly every former head of the Mossad and Shin Bet and one-third of all living ex-generals — Herzog and his allies steered clear of them." ca 20/3/2015
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U.S. Worried About Living Up To Netanyahu Campaign PromisesThe Onion - "said U.S. State Department spokesman Eric Patel, explaining that, realistically, the U.S. would likely have trouble following through on Netanyahu’s repeated vows on the campaign trail to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon at any cost and continuing to thwart the creation of a Palestinian state. “He made a bold personal pledge to every voter that Israel’s military capabilities would be considerably bolstered under his watch, which is going to be real tough for us to accomplish. I’m afraid we might end up having to eat his words.” ca20/3/2015
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The Joint List: Palestinians in Israel come in from the cold?Al-Shabaka - "The Joint List launched on Feb. 14, 2015 by four political parties largely representing the Palestinian citizens of Israel may win enough seats to be the third largest party in the Israeli Knesset.But will this really challenge the second-class status of Palestinian citizens?" ca20/3/2015
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How King Bibi survivedRachel Shabi - Al Jazeera - "Observers may have baulked, but Bibi knew what he was doing. Benjamin Netanyahu, incumbent Israeli prime minister, has spent the past few days making alarmingly racist and intransigent statements - and as an election tactic, it worked." - id for rh 19/3/2015
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Bibi Will Make HistoryThomas L. Friedman - NYT - "It is stunning how much Bibi’s actions serve Tehran’s strategic interests."..."I just hope that — somehow — a Jewish democratic Israel survives his tenure." - id for rh 19/3/2015
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Netanyahu’s Win Is Good for PalestineYOUSEF MUNAYYERMARCH - NYT - "This might seem counterintuitive, but the political dynamics in Israel and internationally mean that another term with Mr. Netanyahu at the helm could actually hasten the end of Israel’s apartheid policies." - id for rh19/3/2015
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Netanyahu`s victory is the Israeli media`s failureMazal Mualem - Al Monitor - "While the results are known, they leave one resounding question: How could the media have been so blind?" - id for rh 19/3/2015
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It`s the dawn of an old daySima Kadmon - Ynet - "Nine years of inaction, of international isolation, of serious state comptroller reports and of a feeling of alienation among the Israeli public were not enough for the Israelis to say: No more." - id for rh 19/3/2015
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AT WHAT COST VICTORY? Bibi’s Ugly Win Will Harm IsraelJonathan Alter - The Daily Beast - "And Bibi and Likud might be in for a rude shock at the United Nations. On Tuesday, moderate Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN that it was “hard to imagine” there would be no consequences from Netanyahu’s new one-state views." - id 18/3/2015
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Bibi is a magician after allNahum Barnea - Ynet - "Netanyahu didn`t steal the elections, he won them. The achievement is his, and only his." - id 18/3/2015
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Zoabi seeks to force Israel to be a real DemocracyRay Hanania - The Arab Daily News - "Zoabi was kicked off the election ballot by the racist Israeli Central Election Committee which acts more like one of the White Southern segregationist Organizations of the American 1950s. But the Israeli Supreme Court eventually overturned the racist ruling which was driven by Israeli political hatred and apartheid practices in Israel." - id18/3/2015
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Redemption from the mouth of a leperAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "If a person who had shed a lot of blood and perpetrated many atrocities can at an advanced age become the standard bearer of the Peace Camp, I will not reject him." - id 18/3/2015
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Red Rag column: Time to decideGideon Spiro - I am faced with three choices: a blank ballot, as the Pirate Party suggests, Meretz, or the Joint List. I have friends in both lists, and I agree with the platforms of both.18/3/2015
The PM`s failures have caused damage on security, Iran, peace talks and the economy.Major General (ret.) Amnon Reshef - Ynet - As long as Israel refrains from initiating a serious move for regional peace, the current quiet will not last and harsh wars will follow. [bz] 17/3/2015
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Arab Alliance Rises as Force in Israeli ElectionsDiaa Hadid - NYT - It was Mr. Lieberman himself who inadvertently helped set in motion a political awakening of Arabs in Israel this election year. Legislation he championed to raise the percentage of votes required to enter Parliament threatened the survival of four small Arab parties, so they decided to unite after years of refusing to do so. Now, polls cited by the Israeli media suggest the Arab alliance is likely to become the third-largest faction in Parliament with 13 of its 120 seats, potentially preventing Mr. Netanyahu from cobbling together the 61 seats he needs to form a coalition and stay in power. The same polls show that Mr. Lieberman may have more trouble getting his own Yisrael Beiteinu party across the 3.25 percent threshold he designed. [bz]16/3/2015
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David Shulman`s new report from South Mt, Hebron David Shulman, The Villages Group Just when I come to the conclusion that the men with guns have resigned themselves to recalcitrant ovine reality and the danger has passed, they suddenly arrest two more shepherds: Majlis Salim and Jihad Salim. The arrests are swift and brutal, with much shoving and poking. We’re too far away to be of help, but I can’t bear watching this: despair again. Is it the good despair I’ve written about, the kind that makes you act and take risks and not think about results? I doubt it. It’s a black viscous feeling that goes well with the liquid gold washing over the hill.16/3/2015
Election preview: Netanyahu`s moment of truthNoam Sheizaf - +972 - The Israeli prime minister called elections hoping to strengthen his coalition, but he underestimated the personal resentment many Israelis feel toward him. One shouldn’t, however, confuse the fierce competition for power with a battle over ideas: even if Labor wins, the end of the occupation is not around the corner [ry]16/3/2015
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How many cars does it take for a Bedouin village to vote?Khalil Alamour and Amjad Iraqi--While the majority of Jewish Israelis will have no problem voting on election day, some Bedouin will be forced to travel up to 40 kilometers [almost 25 miles DN] simply to participate in Israel’s democracy.dn15/3/2015
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Binyamin Netanyahu has failed. There’s a better way to achieve security for Israel Avi Shlaim--Israeli voters have to choose between two radically different visions for the future of their country when they go to the polls on 17 March. The rightwing ruling Likud party faces a challenge from the Zionist Union, which was formed by a merger of the Labour party and a small centrist party. Isaac Herzog, the leader of the new party, is a moderate left-of-centre politician who prefers to focus on the socioeconomic issues that are high on the voters’ agenda. His centre-right deputy, Tzipi Livni, was the minister of justice and chief negotiator with the Palestinians in the outgoing coalition government. Their new party is committed to negotiations with the Palestinian Authority with the aim of reaching agreement on a two-state solution to the conflict. Its platform also pledges to submit an Israeli peace initiative to the Arab League.dn15/3/2015
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Flagging as election looms, Netanyahu ramps up rhetoricDan Williams--JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Flagging in opinion polls before Tuesday`s election in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to rally rightists by casting his center-left challengers as tools of a global campaign to usurp power. dn15/3/2015
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For whom to Vote?Uri Avnery--In Israel, elections are also secret. Therefore I shall not tell you for whom I shall vote. Certainly I shall not be so impertinent as to tell my readers how to vote. But I shall set out the reasoning that will guide me. dn15/3/2015
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Israel election: How Isaac Herzog now holds the key to the country`s futureBen Lynfield--His lacklustre tone betrays a distinguished political pedigree. And this scion of Zion, the son of a former president, may well see off Benjamin Netanyahu His manner is lacklustre, almost bureaucratic at times. Compared with Benjamin Netanyahu, the bullish Likud Party leader who has been Israel’s prime minister for the past six years, he is little known abroad; and at home, his background as a former lawyer and relatively low-key Knesset member from a celebrated Zionist family make him an unlikely revolutionary. dn 15/3/2015
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She wished there were more Palestinians like meAmer Zahr--This past Monday night, I participated in a panel debate at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The panel consisted of five Jewish Americans and me, a Palestinian American. The audience was almost entirely Jewish, with a couple Palestinians. Somehow, my eyes found them immediately. Basically, it was about two hundred Jews and three of us. It reminded me of my numerous flights to Tel Aviv.dn15/3/2015
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A Modern Day WitchhuntDeborah Lipstadt and David Ellenson--Echoes of McCarthyism in Smear Campaign Against New Israel Fund Backers Do Creators of Attack Ads Have No Sense of Decency? Modern Day Witchhunt: Joseph McCarthy hounded honest Americans in misguided hunt for Communists. Are right wing Jews doing much the same to backers of the New Israel Fund? dn 15/3/2015
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It`s the Palestinian Territories, stupidEran Rolnik--On the eve of the elections to the 20th Knesset, the threat to Israeli democracy is no longer the polarization that reached its peak with the Rabin assassination; it is the obliviousness and self-righteousness that has gripped the country for the past two decades. What, indeed, is it to be an Israeli at this time, if not to dwell within a fragment of yourself, ensuring that the other parts of the picture don’t disturb you; to do whatever strikes your fancy and not understand “what’s wrong with that”? dn14/3/2015
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Final polls show Zionist Camp with biggest lead yetEdo Konrad - +972 - Herzog and Livni may have the upper hand over Netanyahu, but even if they win the election, they won’t have an easy time putting together a coalition. [bz]14/3/2015
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Hamas and Iran: Rapprochement?Ahmed El-Sayed - Al-Ahram "...the London-based Raialyoum newspaper quoted unnamed Hamas sources as saying that the group is looking forward to new relations with Iran, especially after the war on Gaza. It is also hoping for renewed support for the resistance and its armed wing, including missiles and materiel that could be used in any future confrontation with Israel.However, it does not want this to come at the expense of the Qatar axis opposing the Al-Assad regime, which is Iran’s ally." ca13/3/2015
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50,000 Israelis show up at the wrong protestMichael Schaeffer Omer-Man - +972 "If 50,000 Jewish Israelis marched on the Qalandia checkpoint demanding an end to the occupation even Netanyahu would take note, Herzog would change his messaging overnight, and the seeds of change just might have a chance of sprouting." ca13/3/2015
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The strange timing of generals` attack on Netanyahu Noah Klieger - Ynet - "If the Mossad and Shin Bet heads who served under the PM were so concerned by his `irresponsible conduct,` why didn`t they quit and warn us of this great danger earlier?" - id for rh 12/3/2015
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Is It Sheldon Adelson’s World?Thomas L. Friedman - NYT - "No matter what his agenda, it is troubling that one man, with a willingness and ability to give away giant sums, can now tilt Israeli and American politics his way at the same time." - id for rh 12/3/2015
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Bibi`s fantastic feats of flip-floppingBen Caspit - Al Monitor - "...his campaign announced that his famous Bar Ilan speech, in which he recognized the two-state solution for the very first time, “is no longer relevant.”" - id 11/3/2015
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For Obama and Israel, the party is overAlex Fishman - Ynet - "Dr. Malley .... believes that a dialogue with Hamas is crucial in order to reach a comprehensive agreement with the Palestinians." - id11/3/2015
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We`re not stuck with Palestinians, we`re stuck in our own fearMairav Zonszein - +972 - "“With Bibi-Bennett, we’ll be stuck with the Palestinians forever.” I noticed a billboard carrying that slogan the other day and was immediately appalled. It is among the most offensive and racist I’ve seen in this campaign — and there is no lack of competition in that department." - id11/3/2015
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After the Elections the DelugeAdam Keller - Crazy Country - "He came. He saw. He made a speech – he made a speech indeed. Did he also win? That remains to be seen." - id 11/3/2015
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Will Herzog compromise party values to join government?Akiva Eldar - Al Monitor/Israel Pulse - According to his own statements, his openness to the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders would prevent Zionist Camp leader Isaac Herzog from joining a Likud-led government after the elections. Herzog, as well as Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, Kulanu leader Moshe Kahlon and even Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman have been talking a lot in recent months about a regional arrangement that would include moderate Arab states in resolving the conflict. [bz]10/3/2015
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`Israel Hayom` and Netanyahu`s shared fear of Arab votersOren Persico - The Seventh Eye/+972 - “Millions of shekels from overseas — to raise voter participation for the Left and the Arabs,” was the main headline last week on Israel Hayom, the newspaper funded by millions of shekels from overseas. [Persico also explains Israel Hayom`s practice of "apartheid polls"-bz]9/3/2015
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Netanyahu`s show in Congress: conservative, racist and oppressiveRavit Hecht - For several years now Netanyahu has been on tour with the schmaltz circus with which he intends to perpetuate his rule. Even though the interests are transparent, those present in the hall applauded with programmed fervour, which proved that his words had no meaning except as display. gm9/3/2015
Israeli Veterans Break Their Silence on Life in the Occupied Territories Yehuda Shaul--But by the time I was finishing my life as a combat soldier—as a company sergeant in the infantry—I was questioning most of the military actions I had taken part in. The day I stopped thinking like a soldier I looked in the mirror and saw a different person. And it was terrifying. dn8/3/2015
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Christians Loving JewsFrank Bruni--HE was almost lost in the whirl of lawmakers, pundits, plutocrats and other boldface names who showed up for Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress last week. But the presence of Pat Boone was a key to understanding why John Boehner was playing a smart game of party politics to stand so solidly with the Israeli prime minister. dn8/3/2015
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Public transport as an instrument of apartheidEli Aminov - Hagada Hasmalit - Public transport planning is used to isolate, disenfranchise and de-urbanize Palestinians in Israel as well as the Occupied Territories. 8/3/2015
Netanyahu’s Iran ThingRoger Cohen--Let’s begin with Benjamin Netanyahu’s Iran logic. He portrays a rampaging Islamic Republic that “now dominates four Arab capitals, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sana,” a nation “gobbling” other countries on a “march of conquest, subjugation and terror.” Then, in the same speech, he describes Iran as “a very vulnerable regime” on the brink of folding. Well, which is it? dn 8/3/2015
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Public transport as an instrument of apartheidEli Aminov--Two researchers from the Sikui NGO, Samah al-Khatib-Ayyub and Abed Kan’aneh, claim in their article, “Arab women want to go to work, but they have no way to get there” (published in “The Marker”, 4/2/2015), that the State’s investment in developing infrastructure and employment in Arab society is inadequate. dn8/3/2015
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The speechUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - If the worst comes to the worst, Iran will have its bomb in the end. So what? I may be an arrogant Israeli, but I refuse to be afraid. I live a mile from the Israeli army high command in the center of Tel Aviv, and in a nuclear exchange I would evaporate. Yet I feel quite safe. gm 7/3/2015
Options for a non-Zionist Israeli voterOfra Yeshua Lyth “This is not something we should be discussing” is the limiting mantra that unites Israeli discourse across left and right, with the obedient complicity of the media. Debate about superfluous elections, corruption scandals, wars, verbal and personal brutality, the high cost of living and the housing crisis, extreme social gaps, the lack of compassion for the weak: all these can be understood easier when placed against the background and core principles of the Zionist state. All are linked, in one way or another, to that unique political innovation that charges a high price in return for the perks it claims to bestow on its chosen demographic. The one hundred and five Knesset seats [out of 120] reserved for the Jewish majority squabble furiously over the prime minister’s empty bottles, over the misery of incarcerated political refugees. They are, however, united – from the radical right all the way to the so-called radical left (and Zehava Galon is truly nice and sincere) – concerning the “existential” need to avoid pushing too hard for the over-democratic measures that may jeopardize the eternal existence of a secure “Jewish majority”. 7/3/2015
Is the Oslo process really over?Daoud Kuttab - Al Monitor`s Palestine Pulse - Despite the many Palestinian skeptics, there is no doubt that a clear shift in Palestinian public opinion is being taken seriously by the leadership. While Abbas might try to pressure Israel before revealing when and how this decision will be implemented, it`s clear that he can no longer push this popular demand under the rug for too long. [bz]7/3/2015
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Questioning our ‘Birthright’JULIA WEDGLE and Chase Carter--We write this op-ed as Jewish Tufts students who went on Taglit-Birthright Israel. In sharing some of our experiences, we hope other students may begin to question Birthright. Birthrightexposed us to the facts on the ground in Israel/Palestine and forced us to confront and reject the Zionist ideologies we grew up with. It showed us that Israel is doing the exact opposite of what our Jewish values teach us. Birthright led us to stand in solidarity with Palestine. dn7/3/2015
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We, the people of Israel, will pay for Netanyahu`s arroganceGershon Baskin - Jpost - It is a fantasy to imagine that anyone serious in the world will buy the Netanyahu-Bennett charade that Israel does not rule over the Palestinians because the PA is control of 98% of the Palestinian people in the West Bank. This is nothing more than a lie. [bz] 6/3/2015
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The Joint List: The Israeli Left`s last hope?Louis Fishman - +972 - In light of the Joint List’s newfound strength, it might be high time for centrist and leftist parties to renegotiate their understanding of what it means to be Israeli. [bz]6/3/2015
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Obama needs to provide real answers to Netanyahu’s argumentsBy Editorial Board - Washington Post "Nevertheless, Mr. Netanyahu’s arguments deserve a serious response from the Obama administration — one it has yet to provide." ca4/3/2015
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With Netanyahu, confrontations are a feature, not a bugNoam Sheizaf - +972 "On foreign policy, Netanyahu is playing on the old “the entire world is against us” theme — focusing specifically on “Old Europe” and the “anti-Israeli” Obama administration, as they are commonly referred to in the pages of the free Israel Hayom...." ca4/3/2015
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Pelosi blasts Netanyahu speech as `insult to intelligence of U.S.`, Amanpour calls t `dark ,Strangelovian"Philip Weiss - Mondoweiss "But sanity is breaking through. Christiane Amanpour called the speech "dark Strangelovian" in its hysteria about Iran as Nazi Germany." ca4/3/2015
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Netanyahu’s Nuclear DeceptionsGHOLAMALI KHOSHROO - NYT " In the address on Tuesday to the United States Congress by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, we witnessed a new peak in the long-running hype over Iran’s nuclear energy program. Yet all his predictions about how close Iran was to acquiring a nuclear bomb have proved baseless." ca4/3/2015
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Netanyahu Is “The Right Man” to Address the US Congress on IranProf. Yakov M. Rabkin - Global Research - The phenomenal growth of Daesh graphically shows what demodernization and the ensuing despair in that part of the world may entail. We need only to look at Iraq, Libya and Syria, all three subjected to outside military intervention, and at the subsequent emergence of Daesh, to understand that destabilizing a country or region has far-reaching sinister consequences. Israel’s Prime minister invokes the alleged Iranian threat in order to slow down or reverse Iran’s policies of modernization. The forced demodernization of Iraq, Syria and Libya, the most secular and educated countries in the Arab world, has certainly benefited Israel’s strategic position in the area. Mr. Netanyahu must now explain how exactly demodernization of Iran will benefit the United States. [bz]3/3/2015
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Noam Chomsky: Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel`s Goal Isn`t Survival -- It`s Regional DominanceDemocracy Now video interview [bz] 3/3/2015
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The Real Existential Threat Is Not Iran. It’s Bibi.Lisa Goldman - The Forward - More recently, the Israeli prime minister has amped up his fear message with his frequent insistence that the only safe place for Jews to live is the state of Israel. In reality, Israel is a far more dangerous place for a Jew to live — just look at the relative casualty counts. And Netanyahu has not only made Israel a more dangerous place for Jews, but he has made them more vulnerable in the Diaspora as well. [bz]3/3/2015
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Herzog must support the Joint List — and vice versaRon Gerlitz and Nidal Othman - +972 - Before the 1992 election, Rabin apologized for the discrimination against Palestinian citizens, thus paving the way for a ‘golden age’ in relations between the Arabs and the state. Twenty years later, the ‘Zionist Camp’ and the Joint List can stand to learn a thing or two. [bz]2/3/2015
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Guarding Denmark’s Jewish HeritageBO LIDEGAARDFEB--COPENHAGEN — The attack on Copenhagen’s synagogue earlier this month that left a volunteer Jewish watchman dead is a tragedy for a society that, for more than two centuries, has insisted that there is no tension between being Jewish and being Danish. It was precisely this sense of national solidarity across religious lines that helped save Denmark’s Jews from the Nazis during World War II. And that’s why it rubbed many Danes the wrong way when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited Danish Jews to “come home” to Israel after the attack. dn1/3/2015
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British Jews ever so carefully begin to criticize the occupationDaniella Peled--Earlier this month, Laurence Brass, treasurer of the Board of Deputies, Anglo-Jewry’s main umbrella organization, said he would stand down from its executive and not seek reelection. “I felt constrained not to have been able to speak out on subjects that are close to my heart, such as the treatment of the Palestinians in the occupied territories and the discrimination still being suffered by Arab citizens of Israel,” he told a plenary. His speech was reportedly followed by a standing ovation. dn 1/3/2015
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Israel is tearing Jewish communities apartIlan Baron--When it comes to Israel, Diaspora Jews have to tread a difficult path. On the one hand, we are largely expected to support the world’s only Jewish state. Having our own state is something to be proud of, and it provides our people with an important voice in international affairs. On the other hand, Diaspora Jews find themselves wanting to speak up when Israel acts in ways they find morally questionable. It used to be that Diaspora Jews were expected to support Israel. There were the occasional critical voices that emphasized the cultural and ethical values of living in the Diaspora as opposed to having control over the apparatuses of violence and oppression that comes with nation-statehood, and there have always been Jewish critics of Zionism. Yet, in the last 20 to 30 years, something more dramatic has taken place that has built on a combination of historical debate and more recent Israeli policy.dn 1/3/2015
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The US, Palestine and the pursuit of justiceDaoud Kuttab--US court ruling against PLO and Palestinian Authority maybe the best thing that has happened to Palestinians in years. dn 1/3/2015
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Netanyahu’s address to Congress will be most important speech of his lifeWilliam Booth--On Tuesday morning, Netanyahu will confront an American president and insist that the future of the State of Israel, and the world, is imperiled by a pending “bad deal” with Iran on its nuclear program. Also hanging in the balance is Netanyahu’s own political future. Just two weeks after the speech, Netanyahu will either be reelected to a historic fourth term as prime minister or be out of a job. dn 1/3/2015
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