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  • If voters won't get rid of Netanyahu, will the elites do it for them?

    The same political system that Netanyahu thinks he has mastered could now bring about his demise. If it was up to the Israeli public alone, Benjamin Netanyahu might well continue as prime minister when the vote on Sept. 17 is over. Polls so far show almost no change in voting patterns for the ideological party blocs from April, when the right wing parties won a majority of seats, as they have for the last decade. The opposition parties of the center, left and Arab parties continue to hold a minority. [tmwinpost] But an outright win for Netanyahu looks increasingly unlikely. A…

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  • IAEA chief's death could spell the end of the Iran nuclear deal

    With the recent death of the head of the IAEA, Netanyahu is finding renewed opportunity to bring the ‘atomic archives’ back to center stage and further sabotage the Iran nuclear deal. This is a grave strategic mistake. By Shemuel Meir The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the multilateral agreement that restricts Iran’s nuclear program and prevents it from developing nuclear weapons, has reached a critical juncture. In the midst of the crisis surrounding the future of the JCPOA, Yukiya Amano passed away. Amano, who was the head of the IAEA from 2009 until his death, played a major role in…

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  • Despite its flaws, we need to fight for Israel’s High Court

    By propping up a legal system that does not protect the most vulnerable and powerless, the justices of Israel’s High Court have planted the seeds of its own destruction. By Michael Sfard It is widely expected that the next Netanyahu government will set its sights on hollowing out the judiciary in Israel. According to countless reports and statements by Netanyahu and other senior politicians, the fifth Netanyahu government plans to advance legislation to strip the High Court of Justice of its power to revoke unconstitutional laws and strip it of the power to scrutinize administrative acts, government policies and executive…

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  • With Trump's help, Netanyahu is making the occupation permanent

    Netanyahu may have succeeded in convincing Israelis that facts on the ground can defeat Palestinian national aspirations. He forgot to tell them that holding millions under endless occupation is unsustainable. By Susie Becher Regardless of whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes good on his promise to annex areas of the West Bank during his new term in office, the very fact that he made such a statement is damaging. Together with his friend in the White House, Netanyahu has been slowly whittling away at the principles that are internationally recognized as the basis for any Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. By uttering the word "annexation," he has…

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  • The Israeli opposition failed. Here's how it can redeem itself

    Israel’s next coalition stands to be one of the most pro-annexationist parliaments in the history of the state. Now, it's up to the opposition to defend democracy. Dear Opposition — There is really no way to say this nicely: you failed. You failed in the campaign, and you have failed over the past decade, while Netanyahu governed with a far-right hand. [tmwinpost] Blue and White, you failed to realize that voters who oppose Netanyahu wanted a difference in substance. By the end, I heard too many people complaining that your party didn’t have any. Perhaps you thought that anyone who wants…

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  • Who needs Bennett when Netanyahu is already annexing the West Bank

    Unlike satellite right-wing parties, Netanyahu advances the annexation of occupied Palestinian territories with little public scrutiny and at no cost. Israeli politics provide very few moments of relief for the beaten-down left. That Naftali Bennett’s “New Right” party might not make it past the election threshold, and that his political partner, former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, might have to beg the Supreme Court — which she so much abhors — to defend her political survival, are certainly two examples of such relief. [tmwinpost] But the joy over Bennett and Shaked’s troubles, justified as it may be, must not interfere with our…

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  • Racism is the only factor that can sway Netanyahu's base

    For the first time since he took office, Netanyahu did something that angered his loyal base to the extent that they are threatening to vote for another party.  On Monday Benjamin Netanyahu proved two things: one, that his base of fanatically loyal voters are motivated primarily by racism; two, that Facebook's "angry" emoticon can drive government policy that affects the lives of tens of thousands of human beings. [tmwinpost] Netanyahu reversed his government's policy of a decade when, at a Monday evening press conference, he announced that he had made a deal with the UNHCR: rather than giving the asylum seekers, primarily from Sudan and Eritrea, the choice between deportation…

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  • Netanyahu to Facebook followers: Israeli media is all 'fake news'

    The prime minister, who has attacked individual reporters and media outlets for reporting 'fake news,' has abandoned any pretense of respect for freedom of the press. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today described the Israeli print and broadcast media, almost in its entirety, as "fake news" and "liars." The prime minister posted a list of nearly all the Israeli mainstream media outlets and platforms on his Facebook page today, with the following caption: Here is an example of daily fake news: self-important journalists and analysts like Moshe Nussbaum reporting on confrontations with state's witnesses — something that never happened and to which there is…

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  • Netanyahu's downfall is nothing to celebrate

    Netanyahu needs to go, but progressives are mistaken if they think that the end of his rule will halt Israel's rightward march.  The myriad corruption scandals engulfing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have, on a near daily basis, been growing and spreading like cracks in a windshield. True or not, the question of if King Bibi’s reign is coming to an end feels like it has officially been supplanted by predictions about when the house of cards will come crashing down. [tmwinpost] Even more dizzying is how we are becoming privy to corruption, attempts to corrupt, and general malfeasance in nearly…

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  • Trump confirms what Israelis and Palestinians already know

    All those living in this country live under a single Israeli sovereign, and the U.S. is an avid supporter of that regime. Now that the veil has been officially lifted, maybe something can actually start to change. By Mairav Zonszein and Aziz Abu Sarah Headlines and experts have warned that President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and eventually move the American embassy there is a catastrophe that upends decades of American policy. That it will kill the peace process. From the ground, though, it doesn’t look like Trump is breaking with U.S. policy, but rather authenticating it. And he can’t kill the peace…

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  • Netanyahu's Israel is a cauldron waiting for the next explosion

    While Israel proceeds along its merry way, each day building more settlements and demolishing more Palestinian homes, it is far from being the secure and stable dream Netanyahu envisioned. By James J. Zogby For half of the past two decades Benjamin Netanyahu has served as prime minister of Israel. Whatever his ultimate fate (given the ongoing criminal investigations he is currently facing), it is clear that he has had a profound impact on Israel, the Palestinians, and the entire region. [tmwinpost] There are those who have doubted that Netanyahu had any core beliefs, other than the desire to retain power.…

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  • By nixing German FM meet, Netanyahu ups Israel's tyranny a notch

    While Netanyahu's move appears to be extreme, it actually fits coherently with his government's orchestrated campaign against Israeli human rights organizations. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled his meeting on Tuesday with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel just one hour before it was slated to begin, after the latter refused to cancel scheduled meetings with anti-occupation organizations B'Tselem and Breaking the Silence. Both organizations refused to comment on the matter, but confirmed their meeting is taking place as planned Tuesday evening. [tmwinpost] It is important to note that Netanyahu himself has not publicly stated his ultimatum or the cancellation at any point, with the messages…

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  • New Israeli campaign pushes racism in guise of two-state solution

    Former top generals and commanders in Israel have launched a new campaign that pushes for unilateral separation from Palestinians. But their messaging reminds us just how racist the notion of a Palestinian 'demographic threat' really is. A new campaign in Israel by a group of former top military and security officials warns that Palestinians will soon be the majority in the country. It is billed as a centrist, pragmatist approach to enhance Israel's security in lieu of a peace process, which it may be — but it is also blatantly racist. [tmwinpost] Launched Sunday to coincide with the Paris Peace summit that…

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