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Haaretz's pundit takes on US envoy Ross for aiding Netanyahu

Akiva Eldar, an expert on the peace process, avid supporter of the two-states solution and author of “Lords of the Land,” a history of the Israeli settlement project, harshly criticizes the White House’s envoy to the Middle East, Dennis Ross, for backing the demands of an extreme rightwing Israeli government.

In an Haaretz article, Eldar also advises to Palestinians to continue their UN bid, and if it fails, dismantle the Palestinian Authority and let Israel face the consequences of direct control over the West Bank’s Palestinians. I think this piece is important, because it shows that following the Palestinians, the Israeli left might be also losing its faith in the American-sponsored never-ending, nowhere-going “peace process.”

For years he [Ross] has been nurturing the myth that if the United States would only meet his exact specifications, the Israeli right would offer the Arabs extensive concessions.

During the years he headed the American peace team, Israeli settlement construction ramped up. Now Ross, the former chairman of the Jewish People Policy Institute, is trying to convince the Palestinians to give up on bringing Palestinian independence for a vote in the United Nations in September and recognize the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people – in other words, as his country, though he was born in San Francisco, more than that of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was born in Safed.

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If Obama really intended to justify his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize, he would not have left the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the hands of this whiz at the never-ending management of the conflict.

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    1. aristeides

      Eldar should follow the money and tell it to Penny Pritzker and Lester Crown.

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    2. sh

      This has been “mainstream” Israel’s biggest misjudgment. The trajectory a stream of the “religious Zionist” movement has taken is the principal tool of Likud and further right to further their agenda. So far, it has worked like a dream to some and like a nightmare to most of us.

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    3. Saed Butrus

      Since when is Mr Eldar a proponent of the two state theft of Palestine. Mr Eldar is on our side. Zionists, keep your hands off Eldar

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    4. ” Now Ross, the former chairman of the Jewish People Policy Institute, is trying to convince the Palestinians to give up on bringing Palestinian independence for a vote in the United Nations in September and recognize the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people – in other words, as his country”

      No, not exactly. Dennis Ross was born to be an American Jew and he has chosen to be an American. In the same way that there are Americans of Arab descent who choose to be Americans.

      On the other hand, there are other Jews living in Israel and they want their country to be recognised as the state of the Jewish people where the Jewish people are to be in the majority, the primary culture is Jewish, the language is Hebrew and they teach Jewish history in the schools but where they also allow minorities to live in peace and equality, provided that they are willing to be law abiding. Not too much to ask for one country in the world to be a country for the Jewish people, is it?

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    5. Mitchell Cohen

      “….in other words, as his country, though he was born in San Francisco, more than that of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was born in Safed.”

      Nonsense….Does Turkey (which is officially a Muslim country) belong more to a Muslim who was born in America and resides in Detroit than to a Jew who was born and bred in Turkey and whose family lived there for generations? Or Morroco or Yemen or Libya?

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