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 →