Category: Peace Process

Israel: Wary, not Bullheaded

Jan 11, 2013

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Israelis are wary of Palestinian statehood (for good reason), but they are not bullheaded or callously defiant. They are hawkish and realistic, not wildly “annexationist.” They want Binyamin Netanyahu, not Tzipi Livni or Shimon Peres, to lead the country because caution, not hollow and unsubstantiated hope, is the prevailing watchword.

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The Magical Peres Pill

Jan 1, 2013

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The Peres pill is a powerful drug invented by Israel’s elder statesman which induces hallucination and wishful thinking. It magically allows you to imagine a “New Middle East” and assert that peace with Abbas is possible.

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Bubbles Bursting in Air II

Nov 28, 2012

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A list of five political myths usefully shredded by the recent Israel-Hamas skirmish, and one very big myth that is dangerously taking root. Beware the inane argument that jihadists can be massaged into pragmatists; that Hamas can be co-opted into peace by giving it power.

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Towards a Warlike Palestinian State

Nov 28, 2012

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Abbas seeks to grab a prize (statehood) without having to compromise (with Israel), and to ratchet up the conflict with Israel.

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Beware of Beinart

Nov 21, 2012

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Peter Beinart has gone over to the dark side. An abode where Hamas are the good guys, and Israel the bad guy. Perhaps there’s more fame and money to be made in that wicked world.

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Can Abbas still be a peace partner?

Sep 30, 2012

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Abbas must be dragged down from the aggressive perch dangerously high up on the warlike tree that he has planted in the PA. A renewed multilateral effort for the proven combination of state-building and security cooperation is the best way forward.

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If I forget thee, O Jerusalem

Sep 5, 2012

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Jerusalem is quite a cherry to pick if you’re going to trim your party platform! Its elimination is not something trivial. The fact that the Democrats anyway decided to drop the reference to united Jerusalem from their platform speaks volumes about what we can expect from an Obama second term.

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Livni’s haredi hutzpa

Aug 10, 2012

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The political Left in Israel gave the Ultra-Orthodox the keys to Israel’s Jewish character in order to purchase Haredi support for the Oslo “peace process.” It was Labor and Kadima, not Likud, which “granted the Haredim a monopoly on the Jewishness of the State of Israel.”

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Lies like Water

Jul 19, 2012

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It’s a canard that Israel is denying West Bank Palestinians water rights negotiated under the Oslo Accords. The truth is that Palestinians are wasting tremendous amounts of water, refusing to utilize modern water conservation or sewage treatment methods, and stealing water from Israel. Then they complain that Israel is drying them out!

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On Yitzhak Shamir, Settlements, and U.S. Policy Restraints

Jul 2, 2012

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The reflections of the late, great Yitzhak Shamir on the nexus between Iraq, Israeli settlement policy and relations with President George H.W. Bush are fascinating in the context of current Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policy dilemmas regarding Iran, settlements, and relations with President Obama.

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David M. Weinberg is a think tank director, columnist and lobbyist who is a sharp critic of Israel’s detractors and of post-Zionist trends in Israel. Read more »


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