Israel is sick and needs treatment says president

by sarahbenton on October 22, 2014

1) Mondoweiss on President Rivlin’s speech, 2) Times of Israel report of the conference.

President Reuven Rivlin, above, has been more overtly hostile to a Palestinian state than his predecessor Shimon Peres, but appears to be more perturbed about the effects of the status quo on Israelis.

Israeli president’s diagnosis — ‘Israel Continue →


Blaming Israel for MidEast violence

by sarahbenton on October 22, 2014

The opinion piece in the Jordan Times is followed by a report from the Daily Telegraph.

Anti-American protest in Cairo, 2013. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Key linkage

By Hassan A. Barari, Jordan Times October 20, 2014

Whether the perpetuation of the Arab-Israeli conflict destabilises the Middle East or not is an unresolved debate in Continue →


Anger in E. Jerusalem still rising

by sarahbenton on October 22, 2014

The AFP analysis of the means used to transfer property from Palestinian to Israeli Jewish ownership is followed by a report of the new police unit for East Jerusalem.

The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque compound sit atop the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, a densely-populated Palestinian neighbourhood Continue →


EU draws its red lines on Israeli expansion

by sarahbenton on October 22, 2014

Givat Hamatos: the first pre-fab home, often the first sign of a new illegal settlement. EU seeks talks with Israel over ‘red lines’ in West Bank

Israeli officials fear that proposed negotiations are prelude to further European sanctions.

By Barak Ravid, Haaretz October 22, 2014

The European Union is interested in opening negotiations with Continue →


Ban Ki Moon visits Gaza on October 14th after the Cairo donors’ conference, where he said “the root causes of the recent hostilities” were “a restrictive occupation that has lasted almost half a century, the continued denial of Palestinian rights and the lack of tangible progress in peace negotiations”.

The Reconstruction Continue →


US needs strong Palestinian Authority

by sarahbenton on October 21, 2014

Mustafa Barghouti, 2013

Mustafa Barghouti: US-Palestinian ties strong

In an interview with Al-Monitor, former Palestinian Minister Mustafa Barghouti says that the US commitment to the Palestinian Authority’s survival will withstand the Palestinian initiative of seeking UN recognition.

By Shlomi Eldar, trans Sandy Bloom, Al Monitor / Israel Pulse October 20, 2014

For many years, US Continue →


Israeli minister claims UK welcomes Islamic state

by sarahbenton on October 21, 2014

Deputy Education minister Avi Wortzman. Wortzman is a religious MK, a member of Jewish Home. In 2013 he said of talks with the Palestinian Authority and a possible Palestinian state:

Bayit Yehudi’s stance is clear. The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people. We oppose a two-state solution. The nations Continue →


Only a Palestinian state ensures Israel’s survival

by sarahbenton on October 21, 2014

Image from the From River to Sea Palestine will be Free facebook page.

British MPs’ recognition of Palestine is a pro-Israel move

As one-state idea sinks into Palestinian and international consciousness, any recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state is in Israel’s best interest.

By Steve Plocker, Op-ed, Ynet news October 20, 2014

The British Parliament Continue →


Last word on why Brit crit matters

by sarahbenton on October 19, 2014

The massive demonstration in London last summer against Israel’s abuse of its military power against Gaza.

Duncan’s speech delivers a damning verdict on Israel

By H A Hellyer, The National October 16, 2014

Earlier this week, the British Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of recognising Palestine as a state. Perhaps even more importantly, Continue →


New views of Arendt and Eichmann

by sarahbenton on October 19, 2014

Adolph Eichmann in his cell in Galami Prison in Israel as he awaits his trial. Getty Images The Banality of Evil: The Demise of a Legend

Review by Richard Wolin,

Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer By Bettina Stangneth, translated by Ruth Martin

Alfred A. Knopf, 608 pp., $35

Jewish Review Continue →


Declaration of independence by young American Jews

by sarahbenton on October 17, 2014

This posting has these items: 1) Jewish Forward: Want To Engage Young Jews? Look to Open Hillel; 2) JTA: After rejecting BDS ban, Open Hillel holds first conference, lengthy report showing how seriously the Jewish establishment is taking the event; 3) Haaretz: The Israel conversation American Jewish leaders aren’t willing Continue →


The Israel lobby may have Congress in its pocket, but Mitchell Plitnick doubts its influence elsewhere. Above, JVP supporters in Irvine, CA, 2011.

The Cold Realities of US Policy in Israel-Palestine

By Mitchell Plitnick, MERIP October 15, 2014

During the summertime war in Gaza, the two most progressive members of the US Senate stirred Continue →


Mohammed El Baradei, head of the IAEA. The Nobel Peace Prize 2005 was awarded jointly to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Mohamed ElBaradei “for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in Continue →


Mistrust now governs US-Israeli relations

by sarahbenton on October 16, 2014

Peace activists watch a rally by Palestinian Americans and their supporters during a protest march against the conflict in the Gaza Strip in Los Angeles, Aug. 16, 2014. Photo by Mark Ralston / AFP/ Getty Images Cracks in American Jewish community’s support for Israel

The constant attacks by the Israeli government against Continue →


Middle East Peace: The Principles behind the Process

An address by the Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan KCMG MP, Conservative Member of Parliament for Rutland and Melton delivered at RUSI (The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, Whitehall, London) on October 14, 2014

Unedited transcript, as delivered.


May I start Continue →


Amira Hass banned from Bir Zeit university

by sarahbenton on October 15, 2014

Haaretz correspondent Amira Hass. Photo by Tomer Appelbaum

Palestinians torn over contact with Israelis

University’s exclusion of journalist Amira Hass raises questions about boycott policy

Jonathan Cook, Middle East Eye blog October 12, 2014

A Palestinian university’s decision to bar from its campus an Israeli journalist and outspoken critic of the occupation has exposed a Continue →


This posting has these items: 1) Times of Israel: UK MPs’ ‘Yes’ to Palestine – no earthquake, but certainly a tremor, those who dismiss the vote may be underestimating the consequences; 2) Finkelstein website: British MPs’ Palestine vote, Jamie Stern-Weiner emphasises the number of Tories who spoke for the motion; 3) JPost: PLO Continue →


House of Commons debates UK recognition of state of Palestine: 2

Hansard, Column 86 October 13, 2014

7.18 pm

Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton) (Lab/Co-op): … I want to give my support to the motion for two main reasons. First, three years ago at the United Nations, the then Foreign Secretary said that Palestine met Continue →


The House of Commons debates the recognition of state of Palestine / 3

Hansard October 13, 2014

9.41 pm

Katy Clark (North Ayrshire and Arran) (Lab): It is a pleasure to have this opportunity to contribute to the debate this evening. I congratulate my hon. Friend (Grahame Morris) on securing the debate and on Continue →


‘A Palestinian state is not a gift but a right’

by sarahbenton on October 14, 2014

House of Commons debates recognition of state of Palestine

Hansard October 13, 2014

5.40 pm.Grahame M. Morris (Easington) (Lab): I beg to move,

That this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.

… I am firmly of the opinion that the day will come when the two-state Continue →