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Palestinian ambassador reveals details about Trump’s meetings with Abbas, accuses the U.S. of ‘backstabbing’

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In a talk yesterday at the Middle East Institute, Palestinian Ambassador Husam Zomlot accused Donald Trump of “backstabbing” Mahmoud Abbas, deepening a dispute over who is to blame for the failure of a peace deal with Israel. While earlier in the day Trump said Palestinian leaders had abandoned pre-talk discussions, Zomlot presented an altogether different narrative: the Palestinians were bystanders to internal divisions within the Trump administration that prevented peace talks from starting months ago.

Israeli women march to ‘wage peace’ but refuse to challenge the occupation

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Jonathan Ofir criticizes the recent Women Wage Peace march for avoiding politics and refusing to take the occupation on directly: “when the party is over, the Palestinians go to their Bantustans, and the ‘moderate settler women’ drive on their Jewish-only roads to get to their settlements. If only the Arabs could somehow accept this as ‘peace’, then all would be well.”

In historic interviews, US officials blame end of talks on Israeli land theft

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U.S. officials blamed Israel’s land theft to build colonies on the territory meant for a Palestinian state as the reason for the talks’ failure. And one told Ynet, “I guess we need another intifada,” to change the power dynamics that allow Israel to get away with expropriating land

Undermining Kerry, Democratic Rep Engel says West Bank is Israel

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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.

‘WaPo’ columnist embraces Condi Rice’s peace process fiction

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(MAP OF EHUD OLMERT’S OFFER TO MAHMOUD ABBAS, VIA HAARETz.COM/IMEU) David Ignatius adds another chapter to the endless corporate media narrative of Palestinian rejectionism in a recent Washington Post column. The column relies on former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice’s description in her memoir of a proposed Israeli peace offer to Mahmoud Abbas that was […]

Netanyahu’s party platform ‘flatly rejects’ establishment of Palestinian state

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The recent Palestinian UN bid and this weeks Palestinian acceptance to UNESCO has once again put the “Peace Process” front and center. Listening to Netanyahu and the U.S. Administration, getting the Israelis and Palestinians “back to the negotiating table” is the utmost priority for a lasting peace deal. (Adam Horowitz mocked the Netanyahu policy in […]

The three sacred words of US-Israeli rejectionism

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I have a confession. I love the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. I can, and often do, read it for hours. It is a treasure trove, home to some of the best propaganda on the planet. The MFA website is also home to the three sacred words. Words, which when uttered correctly, underpin decades […]

Obama’s failure has served to expose Israeli intransigence here and abroad

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As the United States sends envoy George Mitchell to grasp at straws in hopes of restarting negotiations to create a Palestinian state after the Israeli government refused to curb settlement construction, Obama’s inability to entice Netanyahu’s coalition to comply with international law has frustrated many who wish for peace between Israel and Palestine. However, upon […]

Ex-CIA official: Obama’s only peace process is to ‘hope for a miracle’

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Robert Grenier, CIA’s chief of station in Islamabad, Pakistan, from 1999 to 2002 and director of the CIA’s counter-terrorism center, writes in disbelief at the current Obama administration strategy with the peace process (which he considers long dead). He comments on the Al Jazeera English website about the rumored bundle of incentives the White House […]

Halper predicts collapse of P.A. in 2011, and ‘violence, chaos,’ and hope

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In “Palestine 2011,” Jeff Halper says the peace process has failed: “There will be no negotiated settlement, period.” And he imagines two outcomes in the next year, one being that the Palestinians declaring a state unilaterally, the other being more catastrophic/lytic. (Thanks to Hazel Kahan.) I’m optimistic that 2011 will witness a game-changing “break” that […]

Haaretz gets Partition wrong

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Eldad Yaniv in Haaretz is trying to save Partition, save the two-state solution. None of that desperation has yet come to the U.S., where we don’t have a clue about the crisis. It will come soon. Peevish post: Note that Yaniv gets the #s wrong on Partition. It gave more than half the land to […]

The Knesset has killed the two state solution

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I just finished watching a live transmission of the Knesset vote on the referendum law. The law, which passed at a majority of 65 to 33, conditions any Israeli withdrawal from any of its territory – into which Israel, alone in the world,  includes the Golan Heights  East Jerusalem – on passing a nation-wide referendum. To overrule […]

Thrill is gone, ‘JPost’ editor concedes, twixt US and Israel

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Here’s an interesting if gag-producing piece by David Horovitz, the editor of the Jerusalem Post, on how the relationship between Israel and the U.S. has chilled. The piece seeks “bitterly, to underline” how the romance between the countries has ended. And how the U.S. and Israel are now somewhat adversarial.

$3 billion in fighter jets to Israel: reward or bribe?

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The New York Times published two articles over the weekend with almost identical headlines.  The first, by Mark Landler, quotes an “official” (with no clue as to which government, Israeli or US, that official represents) characterizing $3 billion worth of military aid to Israel as contingent on a signed peace agreement. The second article, posted later […]

‘NYT’ says Netanyahu is trespassing in our politics

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To its credit, the Times faults Netanyahu in its editorial on the peace process today. I was shocked by the news in this editorial that Hillary Clinton spent 7 hours with Netanyahu on Thursday. What’s that about? Isn’t it time to freeze Netanyahu? This is reminiscent of the fact revealed in Clayton Swisher’s Camp David […]

‘Let us out of the box’

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On Thursday, Palestinian chief negotiatior Saeb Erakat sat down for an hour and half “conversation” with former peace processor Aaron David Miller at the Woodrow Wilson Center in DC. They spoke in a cozy theater on the sixth floor, a setting perfect for peace process theater. Erakat is a decent and intelligent man, who said […]

Bill Clinton slightly tweaks Netanyahu, goes on to say very little

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Rabin was assassinated 15 years ago today. Bill Clinton is on the NYT op-ed page with a piece called, “Finish Rabin’s Work,” saying it is time to cut the two-state deal we all know everyone agreed on. A reader writes, “The only really interesting part is the indirect pop at Netanyahu (and Peres) when he says […]

Bibi buries Barack’s Pax Americana

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Tony Karon, one of the few journalists in the mainstream media who writes sensibly and intelligently about Palestine/Israel, has an interesting article on the “peace process” over at Time. According to Karon, Abbas believes that one of Netanyahu’s demands will be that the “… ‘framework agreement’ reached in the current process … [be] … implemented […]

What Obama hasn’t changed about the peace process

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Forgive my cynicism, but you will not see me holding my breath in anticipation of a comprehensive and just conclusion to the Arab-Israeli conflict, not this time around, not even with Mr. Change himself at the helm of negotiations. To illustrate my point, and for the benefit of all of you following along at home, […]