Let 100 checkpoints bloom! The Israeli government doesn’t just think the status quo is sustainable, it boasts about destroying the peace process:
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) June 10, 2014
Blumenthal links to Allyn Fisher-Ilan, the Thomson Reuters reporter covering the Herzliya conference in Israel for that report on the gentleman pictured above.
Here’s more, from Ynet, “Hawks question need for peace with Palestinians”:
“There is no basis to the perception that the status quo is a bad thing,” said Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar, echoing a stance on relations with the Palestinians that seems to be gaining traction among Israeli politicians, if to judge from speeches made at the 14th annual Herzliya Conference which opened Sunday at the IDC.
Sa’ar wasn’t the only official at the conference to voice a favorable opinion of allowing the two state solution to depart from modern day policy, with a reserve IDF general even going as far as saying that peace with the Palestinians is no longer in Israel’s interest.
And J Street is getting in step with the new reality. Larry Derfner reports at the Forward:
What is J Street doing? Why has it begun to act in concert with unambiguously right-wing Zionist organizations such as AIPAC and StandWithUs in their efforts to kill the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement while offering no alternative for ending the occupation?
Because the truth is that J Street offers no alternative anymore; now that John Kerry’s talks have failed, and all the secretary of state has to show for them is a footprint on the seat of his pants courtesy of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, America is through trying to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians. And everybody seems to acknowledge this except J Street. Which is not a surprise, because without America in the peace process, J Street’s reason for being is gone…
this is the sort of company J Street keeps these days in the only meaningful action it’s involved in anymore: fighting BDS.
All points here provided by Blumenthal.