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Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary, says that Secretary of State John Kerry’s renewed push for peace negotiations – undertaken at a time when the two sides have never been farther apart and after the resignation of the one person (former Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad) that Israelis somewhat trusted – is actually counterproductive.
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The obstacles to a two-state solution are formidable right now. Indeed, they are so great that Kerry’s attempt to jump-start them at time when the prospects for a deal are less than negligible is actually a greater inducement to violence than the status quo. But by setting an artificial deadline without any real hope of success or by recognizing what the real threats to peace actually are, Kerry is doing more than setting himself up for inevitable failure. He’s also undermining any hope that peace can be achieved in the future.
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 at 8:50 AM | Stand For Israel
Rick Richman, writing at Commentary, notes a new poll of Palestinians contains a good deal of bad news for those who still believe in the fantasyland “peace process” – because most Palestinians aren’t interested in a workable peace deal that involves a secure, Jewish Israel. And this is who the Israelis have to negotiate with.
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While a slight majority of Palestinians may support a two-state solution in the abstract, what they mean is a militarized Palestinian state, next to an Israel pushed back to indefensible borders, with retention of an asserted Palestinian “right of return” to Israel. Such a state would “live side by side, in peace and security”® with Israel for about a week–the period it took to turn Gaza into Hamastan after Israel left in 2005.
Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 9:11 AM | Stand For Israel
According to Times of Israel, the White House has confirmed that President Obama is gearing up for a trip to Israel, the Palestinian territories, and Jordan sometime within the next two months.
Although details have not yet been released, we know that Obama ironed out specifics with Netanyahu during their phone call on January 28th.
Obama’s trip will hopefully improve his partnership with Bibi, and resume peace talks between Israel and Palestine. Times of Israel:
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In recent days, Netanyahu has spoken often of a desire to resume peace talks with the Palestinians, and directly called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to join him at the negotiating table. On Tuesday, in a speech to the new Knesset members, he vowed to steward a “prudent” diplomatic process, speaking of seeking agreements but also of maintaining Israel’s capacity to effectively protect itself against security threats.
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 at 4:22 PM | Stand For Israel
Michael Singh of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy departs from the conventional wisdom that the Israeli electorate has lurched to the right and that this paradigm shift has damaged a peaceful future for Israel. Singh writes that the paradigm has shifted, but the shift in the Israeli public is a result of a shift on the ground – not the other way around as the UN and EU would like to believe.
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Analysts who fret that the Israeli election will diminish prospects for peace have confused cause and effect. Heightened security worries sparked by Iran and the upheaval in the Arab world, compounded by fading hopes for peace with the Palestinians after four years of backsliding in the peace process, have fueled the electoral shifts that will be manifest in the Jan. 22 results.
Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 10:10 AM | Stand For Israel
Jonathan Tobin writes that the Israeli public has elected hawkish governments for a very simple reason – the average Israeli no longer believes that peace is achievable with a Palestinian populace and leadership that doesn’t seem interested in it:
Rather it is due to the fact that the Israeli center as well as even many on what we used to call the Israeli left have given up on the Palestinians. They know that neither Fatah in the West Bank nor Hamas in Gaza will ever recognize Israel’s legitimacy no matter where its borders are drawn. So they have abandoned those parties that hold onto the illusion of peace in favor of those with a more realistic vision while those on the right are now embracing parties like Habeyit Hayehudi in order to hold Netanyahu’s feet to the fire and prevent him from making concessions that will neither entice the Palestinians to the negotiating table nor increase its popularity abroad.
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Friday, December 21st, 2012 at 10:26 AM | Stand For Israel
Khaled Abu Toameh, the Palestinian journalist who writes for the Jerusalem Post, has a great article on what the recent moves at the U.N. mean for the peace process and what strategy is motivating Palestinian action.
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There has been no mention of the peace process or coexistence with Israel. The belligerent and defiant tone of Fatah officials sent the message that the Palestinians are now headed toward confrontation with Israel — not peace.
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Stand For Israel
Seth Mandel, writing in Commentary, spells out the profound differences between what the Israeli public thinks a peace deal should look like and what European leaders think.
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The EU may have offered all the clarity Israel needed here. No peace plan that would be acceptable to the Israeli people would be acceptable to the EU. That’s something for Netanyahu to keep in mind (though he probably doesn’t have to be reminded to) as he is told repeatedly by those looking to save Israel from itself to mollify the Europeans. He cannot.
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 9:49 AM | Stand For Israel