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  • The lie of Netanyahu's economic 'gestures'

    Netanyahu's goodwill 'gestures' to the Palestinians are nothing more than a way to appease President Trump on his visit. So why is the media playing along? In the run-up to President Trump's visit to the region, the Israeli government adopted a number of modest goodwill gestures vis-a-vis Palestinians in the West Bank, which the Israeli media immediately dubbed "trust-building" measures. Local newspapers reported that none of the steps taken had anything to do with security, but rather revolved around civilian issues. This included making sure the Allenby Bridge — which connects the West Bank to Jordan — stayed open for longer; easing construction in Area C; and…

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  • What the West gets wrong on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    Netanyahu's oft-heard statements asking the Palestinians to prove they want peace reveals a fundamental disconnect in the Western world's approach to the conflict: Israelis want peace, but Palestinians are struggling for freedom. By Mitchell Plitnick On April 21, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Palestinians must prove that they want peace. “I think the first test of peace is to say to them, ‘Hey, you want peace? Prove it,” Netanyahu told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. [tmwinpost] This is very typical of Netanyahu’s statements on peace over the years. But perhaps it’s time to consider the issue too rarely…

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  • Netanyahu looks like a bully, but he doesn't care

    Any blowback Netanyahu receives after snubbing the German foreign minister will be short-lived: his base is behind him, he has the patronage of the U.S., and the status quo will remain exactly as it is. This week Netanyahu gave the world another lesson in how authoritarianism disguised as democracy works. Upon learning that the visiting German foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, refused to accede to his demand that he cancel his meetings with two NGOs that document human rights violations in territories controlled by Israel, the Israeli prime minister went ahead and canceled their own scheduled meeting as a punitive measure. Haaretz, Israel's lone liberal…

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  • Germany's foreign minister calls Netanyahu's bluff — and rightly so

    German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel will learn far more from his meetings with B'Tselem and Breaking the Silence. Given an ultimatum of meeting with Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem or meeting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel very simply made the right choice to forego Netanyahu. And not in order to “defy” Netanyahu, as per a breathless Bloomberg headline, or to give any message at all. [tmwinpost] He was right simply because what would he have actually learned from Netanyahu? Those organizations will give Gabriel concrete information: B'Tselem will update him on developments regarding the 50-year-old occupation and…

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  • The endgame lurking behind Netanyahu's new settlement policy

    Netanyahu's new settlement policy doesn't just pave the way for massive construction in the West Bank — it also, with the blessing of a right-wing U.S. president, risks freezing Palestinians out of the diplomatic process entirely. By Mitchell Plitnick On March 30, the Israeli government announced that it had approved the first new settlement in 20 years. The new settlement is part of the government’s compensation package to the settlers of the recently evacuated outpost named Amona. The Israeli courts had ordered the demolition of this illegally built settlement for the first-time way back in 2006. This February, Amona was…

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  • Explained: What’s the story with Netanyahu and the media?

    The editor of Israeli media watchdog The Seventh Eye, Shuki Tausig, explains the current scandals involving Netanyahu and the media, and what they mean for journalism and democracy in Israel. The Israeli media is often lauded by outsiders as fierce and independent, often in order to demonstrate the ostensible strength of the country’s democracy. But a number of public scandals and political dramas over the past few months have exposed a far less flattering picture. [tmwinpost] Most of the story includes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in one way or another. The latest political showdown saw Netanyahu trying to shut down…

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  • Thousands of Israelis and Palestinians march in anti-occupation protest

    Palestinians and Israelis took to Jerusalem's streets in their thousands on Saturday night in order to protest the occupation. Meanwhile, diverse protests sprung up elsewhere in Jerusalem, as well as in Tel Aviv. By Eli Bitan A string of demonstrations saw thousands of people take to the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on Saturday night to protest the occupation; the recent Netanyahu-backed government agreement to close the news division of the new Israeli public broadcasting authority; the failure to secure the release of Avera Mengistu, an Ethiopian Israeli who crossed into Gaza in September 2014 and has not been…

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  • 'The occupation will collapse. And then we'll build a moral society here'

    On Saturday night, thousands of Palestinians and Jews gathered in Jerusalem for an anti-occupation protest marking 50 years since the occupation began. Breaking the Silence head Yuli Novak spoke to demonstrators about the importance of solidarity and resistance to the violence and racism of the Israeli government. Below is a transcript of the speech, translated from Hebrew. By Yuli Novak These are dark, somber days. Our country is dominated by occupation, messianism, racism, ignorance, callousness, and violence. Blaming the right-wing government won't help. Nor will sitting in our living rooms fantasizing about the day they'll be replaced. And please, enough with the…

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  • Netanyahu’s Alt-Zionism has no need for American Jews

    Instead of firmly speaking out against the more than 190 anti-Semitic threats and attacks over the past few weeks, Netanyahu has decided to throw the American Jewish community under the bus of right-wing Israeli fanaticism. By David Sarna Galdi Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week told a delegation led by Reform Movement head Rabbi Rick Jacobs what it wanted to hear — that he was attuned to their concerns. But Netanyahu’s shocking silence during the recent wave of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States was far louder than his words. Netanyahu, who just a couple of years ago declared that…

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  • Against the Israeli Right's state of war

    Despite the fallout from the State Comptroller's report on the 2014 Gaza war, we must remember that the violent atmosphere it created was a boon for an Israeli Right that fosters nationalism, racism and persecution of the Left. By Alon Mizrahi 1. Throughout my life, I have witnessed Israel take part in a long list of military operations and wars. I have also seen a great deal of terrorism. There was the First Lebanon War, the First Intifada, the Gulf War, the Oslo Accords, the Second Intifada, Operation Defensive Shield, Operation Cast Lead, and Operation Pillar of Defense. Like every Israeli,…

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  • Accepting the truth about Umm al-Hiran killing isn't enough

    The slander and lies that accompanied the lethal shooting of a Bedouin teacher in Umm al-Hiran last month were nothing out of the ordinary. Walking it back won't be enough. In the end, it took a looming police internal affairs report for one of Israel's most senior government ministers to even consider walking back his insistent mislabeling of last month's double killing in Umm al-Hiran as a terrorist attack. For weeks, even as every single detail of the police's account of the incident withered in the face of witness testimony and video evidence, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan — along with the…

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  • American anti-Semitism rises, and the Israeli Right remains silent

    Why is nearly every Israeli elected official silent in the face of the violent anti-Semitism sweeping across the United States? By Amir Segal Ever since Donald Trump was elected president, the United States has witnessed a disturbing increase of anti-Semitic incidents. This is a wave the likes of which we haven't seen for many years, accompanied by outright racism that has been bolstered by Trump's election, his right-wing and racist supporters, and specifically by the fact that the president had, until Monday, refused to condemn racism and anti-Semitism outright. What is especially disturbing, however, is the fact that the Israeli Right continues…

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  • Trump's radical message to Israel

    The American president shocked many with his willingness to abandon the two-state paradigm. But that wasn't the radical part of his message to Netanyahu and Israelis. “I’m looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like.” Ever since President Donald Trump uttered that surprising sentence at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Wednesday, commentators and politicians alike have been trying to analyze and understand what exactly he meant and what it might mean. In Israel, Thursday…

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