'Imagine the type of state [Palestinian] society would produce. Does the Middle East really need another terror-ocracy?' Prosor said in a speech on Monday. In recent years Israeli government officials have learned that rejecting the rights of Palestinians should always go hand-in-hand with a verbal commitment to the creation of a Palestinian state. But the consensus in Israel is moving toward the right, and Israeli officials are more explicit than ever in their rejection of Palestinian statehood or any form of equal rights for Palestinians, for that matter. Since his appointment, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has made it clear that…Read More... | 24 Comments
Achieving genuine conflict resolution requires a dedicated approach that incorporates building trust and relationships between communities from opposing sides of a deeply divided society. Lessons for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process from Northern Ireland. Israeli and Palestinian flags are frequently seen flying in Northern Ireland, often in Loyalist and Republican areas respectively. This is symbolic of how even in a place that is 15 years into its peace process, divisions still exist to the extent that some communities take sides in a different conflict as a continuation of their own. Be wary when comparing "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland to the…Read More... | 12 Comments
Following the United Nations vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state, Israel quickly announced it would reignite construction in the E1 area of the West Bank, long considered by the U.S. as the last nail in the coffin of the two-state solution. The move is not only Israel's affront to the two-state solution, but to its existence as a Jewish state. In his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made his commitment to a two-state solution explicitly clear: Palestine comes today to this prestigious international forum, representative and protector of international legitimacy,…Read More... | 58 Comments
In an address to the UN General Assembly on Monday, Israel's permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Ron Prosor, called on the international community to intervene in Syria to stop the systematic murder of civilians, breaking what has been mostly silence from Israel on the situation there. According to Prosor, "No decent human being can ignore pictures like this. It doesn’t matter where you come from, or to what faith you belong, or what politics you preach." He said that Bashar al-Assad and his regime "have no moral authority to govern," but made no explicit call for the removal of Assad.…Read More... | 9 Comments
A couple of news items, published on the same evening, reveal what Israel's government really thinks of American Jews. Israel's new ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, has met Jewish leaders in New York and—for lack of a better word—ordered them to join Jerusalem's diplomatic moves against the Palestinian leadership. This is from Haaretz (my bold): During a closed meeting of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations in New York, Prosor said that talk was not enough at such a crucial time, and that the U.S. Jewish community must prepare a clear operational plan. (…) Prosor stressed…Read More... | 13 Comments
Israel's new ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, gave a fumbling interview to Haaretz, illustrating the panic growing in Israeli diplomatic circles ahead of September. The vote won't bring the Palestinians a state - but rules of the game have plainly already changed, before the vote even happened. The summer will be spent largely aligning pieces for the big September showdown at the UN. Luckily for the Palestinians and supporters of Palestinian statehood, the Israel effort to stop the General Assembly will be spearheaded by Ron Prosor. For those of you who haven't had the guilty pleasure of following Prosor's…Read More... | 6 Comments
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