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Author Archives: Ira Glunts
If David Broza is really seeking to bridge the Israeli-Arab divide, as the New York Times’ Jodi Rudoren reports from Israel, why did he play AIPAC, the rightwing Israel lobby conference, last week? And why didn’t the Times tell readers about that gig?
Israeli reporter Chico Menashe was standing next to John Kerry during the recent Obama press conference with PM Benjamin Netanyahu when he heard Kerry react derisively to Obama’s claim that Kerry’s meetings with Prime Minister Netanyahu were productive.
John Kerry says Am Yisrael Chai– the state of Israel lives, the people of Israel live — in a speech to AIPAC. And iconic Israeli performer David Broza, who is supposed to be in the peace camp, also showed up at the rightwing Israel lobby’s conference.
On January 28, Naftali Bennett gave a spellbinder of a speech (see video above) at The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) annual conference. The speech positioned Bennett as the standard bearer for a type of hardline Zionism which unlike its mainstream political opposition, does not even pretend that it is willing to make peace with the Palestinians.
Last week there was another pricetag attack on Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem, with cars vandalized and spraypainted messages, “Arabs = Thieves” and “No Coexistence.” These attacks are almost never punished by Israeli authorities. Because the hooligans are expressing an all-Israeli message to the minority Palestinian population that is supported by Jewish officials, members of the Parliament and the general population: “Arabs, you are not wanted here on land that belongs to us – the Jews.”
Israel is included in most European competitions and leagues. The international community should invite the Jewish state to join its fellow Asian nations. Make Israel play with its Asian neighbors and not with Europe where it does not belong. That hopefully would promote the Israelis integration into the region and help the cause of regional peace.
A story that is being widely covered in Israel, but has yet to make the American press, speaks volumes about the repressive political and social culture in the Jewish state. A high school student (r) accused her teacher (l) of making inappropriate “leftist” remarks in class and ignited a national controversy. The student claims the teacher is unpatriotic and the teacher denies the charge, saying he is encouraging the students to openly discuss controversial political issues. Right-wing members of Israel’s parliament have championed the student, while the accuser’s Facebook page is filled with violent threats against the teacher.
In recent days both NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman and Special Envoy Martin Indyk have leaked elements of what is expected to be John Kerry’s “framework” proposal to Israeli and Palestinian leadership. The framework appears vague and Indyk has said the sides don’t have to agree to it in full. For these reasons the value of the Kerry plan would seem only to sustain the talks, not move them forward toward a final resolution. The peace process continues….
Despite an explicit ban by the league on using the map of historic Palestine on their uniforms, the Club Deportivo Palestino soccer team defied the league ruling when they debuted their new uniform on Friday.
An interview with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussing his vision of a two-state solution was screened at a top level Israeli security conference in Tel Aviv today. Among the points he makes are that the Palestinian state must control its own borders and that Jerusalem should be an open city with free access to all.
Palestine map banned from soccer jerseys after protests from the Chilean Jewish community. The NYT incorrectly implies that the Jerseys were an expression of antisemitism.
Rep. Louis Gohmert praised Netanyahu as the second coming of King David, while Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he’d come through “fire and water” to praise Israel to the Knesset. Palestinian member Ahmad Tibi heckled the premier when he said that boycott was anti-Semitic. The two western politicians’ ardor flows from their similar Christian Zionist worldview.
As organized opposition to Kerry’s initiative grows in Israel, with an ad campaign citing Ariel Sharon’s resolve to keep the Jordan Valley (above), New York Democratic Congressperson Eliot Engel criticizes Kerry and Obama in an Israeli Hebrew language newspaper. “My heart tells me that every Jew has the right to live in any place in Israel and that includes Judea and Samaria,” he says.
A settler based campaign against John Kerry launched today amid signs that the peace talks are actually going somewhere, although where nobody knows. One billboard will feature former Prime Minister Menachem Begin (right) with a quote “Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel, undivided, for generations and forever.” (Hint, why didn’t they just quote Obama?)
Ma’ariv (Hebrew) reported Thursday that a PLO official claimed Secretary of State John Kerry threatened to stop aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if the current peace talks fail.
John Kerry said it would be hard negotiating Middle East peace. But did he expect Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and John Barrasso to show up in Jerusalem? Even Jane Harman derided the Republican senators for mixing up domestic politics and foreign policy
Thousands of African asylum-seekers, joined by Israeli supporters, held a silent march through Tel Aviv last night. Many carried signs with immigration ID number in an effort to remind Israelis of Jewish suffering during the Holocaust. And one sign quoted from Exodus in Hebrew, “…ye were strangers in the Land of Egypt.”
According to a widely quoted report from Israeli Army Radio, on Tuesday John Kerry will offer a draft proposal to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority outlining the outstanding issues to be addressed in any peace agreement. Kerry is proposing a massive security fence on the Jordanian border, which would imprison the West Bank between the present separation barrier and the border, and an ongoing Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley.
Sudanese refugees marching from Negev to Jerusalem carry signs in Hebrew and English which read, “you were strangers in the land of Egypt,” “refugees not criminals,” and “we are walking for freedom and human rights.”
Kerry met with Palestinians and Israelis on Thursday and Friday. Kerry is pushing to lead a three-party summit with Abbas and Netanyahu and a security plan in which the Israel military would have a significant long-term presence in a future Palestinian state. The Palestinians feel that Kerry is presenting what are Israeli demands as his own.
Kerry threatens delay of prisoner release, Palestinians angered by Kerry’s security proposal. Netanyahu rejects Lapid/Livni call for a new pro two-state coalition.
The Americans have moved significantly toward the Israeli view in regard to security arrangements in any future Palestinian state. According to an unnamed Israeli diplomat, the American view of a post-settlement Israeli presence in a future Palestinian state, as presented this week by John Kerry, is very close to that of the Israelis. In fact, Kerry has explicitly agreed to a long-term Israeli military presence in the Jordan Valley, according to an unconfirmed report in the Israeli daily Ma’ariv on Friday.
Yair Lapid forcefully acknowledges Israeli culpability but expresses no regret for Palestinian inequality. Lapid, speaking directly to the Palestinians in the audience, admits that Israeli society does not confront the issue of Palestinian inequality, but rather uses platitudes to avoid facing reality. He tells his audience that this is a problem that has a solution because they live in a Jewish state.
Avi Shavit illiberal attack on Gideon Levy shows that he is far from the sensitive, liberal Zionist who is being portrayed in the US media.
The increasing number of right-wing Jews who are praying at the Haram al Sharif or the Temple Mount, as it is known to Jews and the politicians who support them, are creating tensions that could ignite a third intifada.