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  • Palestinian activist: Why I'm not celebrating statehood

    For the last two months the press has staunchly defended the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders. Yet, for many Palestinians refugees - who make up 70% of Palestinians worldwide - and activists on the ground, this state does not represent us. by Diana Alzeer He looks at me, shaking his dirty-blonde hair, and with a mocking tone says: “Come on, Diana, why aren’t you celebrating? I hate to see you sad." He is an American journalist,  a friend of mine who is here in Ramallah shooting photos of the festive crowd celebrating the Palestinian Authority United Nations bid to…

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  • Test yourself: do you support the occupation?

    Noam ended his post from yesterday with an interesting sentence: "Without America’s support for it, there would have been no occupation." It has occurred to me that the US probably does not perceive itself as a supporter of the occupation. So, for the benefit of up-and-coming politicians and diplomats, I have prepared a short test they can take, to see whether they support or oppose the occupation. Question 1: How often do you talk about the Palestinian issue? a. Incessantly, even when asked about Peru or Japan. b. Only when I have something new and substantial to say. c. Only…

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  • Is there a political opposition in Israel? Tzipi Livni versus ex-Mossad chief

    While there is plenty to be criticized about Dagan, the former head of the Mossad, his recent statements place a long-lost check and balance on a government that seems to bow to no voice of reason. For over two years, Israel has had no serious political opposition. Kadima head Tzipi Livni, who is supposed to be fulfilling this role, has maintained a mysterious radio silence for much of the last two years, as if trying to convince everyone that she is brewing up some very deep and strategic thoughts. In the meantime, Kadima has helped to advance the ultra-nationalist approach…

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  • 1967 borders: Land swaps are no cure-all

    The idea that the tough choice about settlers can somehow be waved away through the magic wand of land swaps is a fantasy. Any solution that will leave most settlers in place (in one state, or two states) will be just a perpetuation of the conflict under another title. Following the uproar in the United States and Israel about his comments regarding 1967 borders, Obama, in his speech to AIPAC last week, stated … since my position has been misrepresented several times, let me reaffirm what “1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps” means. By definition, it means that the parties…

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  • Netanyahu's speech: Israel is not a good friend to the US

    The US has many better friends than Israel Among the many troubling statements in Netanyahu's speech before the US congress yesterday, it was something that he said at the very outset, which really stood out: Israel has no better friend than America. And America has no better friend than Israel. The first sentence is true. Indeed, it is probably an understatement. The US extends to Israel support and assistance which it provides to no other country in the world (perhaps not even to some parts of the US itself). The second sentence is false. The US has plenty of better…

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  • Zombie threat: Rebuttal of the arguments against 67 borders

    A lot of people appear to be concerned about the "indefensibility" of 1967 borders. A lot of people also seem to be worried about the prospect of Zombie apocalypse. Far be it from me to imply that there is any overlap between the two groups. Nonetheless, these two notions have one thing in common: much like Zombies, the threat posed by 1967 does not exist. This is not an original point: it has been made by commentators as diverse as Jonathan Chait and Josh Marhsall, and many others, I am sure. Their general message has been that the Israeli security…

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  • What do Israelis think of 1967 borders with swaps?

    The raging controversy over President Barack Obama's speech last week, in which he explicitly called for a Palestinian state to be created based on the 1967 borders, with land swaps, caught me personally by surprise. The notion of  a Palestinian state has always essentially been conceptualized around the 1967 occupied territories, and the peace negotiations of the last two decades have essentially focused on this. Mr. Obama himself clarified this boldly and precisely in his speech at AIPAC today. Whether or not American Presidents have said it, the Israeli public could not have been surprised - as the notion has…

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