Palestinian Authority Archive

  • For a moment it seemed that an opportunity for change had come: the prospect of increased voter turnout among the Arabs; the squabbles in the outgoing government coalition, from Lieberman to Lapid; some generous assistance from the anti-Netanyahu Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot and the v15 movement, and – voila! – we can stop Bibi!

    It’s the Palestinians’ turn

    For a moment it seemed that an opportunity for change had come: the prospect of increased voter turnout among the Arabs; the squabbles in the outgoing government coalition, from Lieberman to Lapid; some generous assistance from the anti-Netanyahu Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot and the v15 movement, and – voila! – we can stop Bibi!

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  • According to Netanyahu’s understanding of reality following the Arab Spring, Israel has enemies in common with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan: the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran. The Brotherhood is the main enemy of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, while Shiite Iran aspires to regional hegemony at the expense of the Sunni states. In Netanyahu’s view, these are positive developments which may enable him to reach a regional settlement while skirting the Palestinian issue. Later, he will impose autonomy on them, as Sadat did.

    Oslo out, Autonomy in

    According to Netanyahu’s understanding of reality following the Arab Spring, Israel has enemies in common with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan: the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran. The Brotherhood is the main enemy of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, while Shiite Iran aspires to regional hegemony at the expense of the Sunni states. In Netanyahu’s view, these are positive developments which may enable him to reach a regional settlement while skirting the Palestinian issue. Later, he will impose autonomy on them, as Sadat did.

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  • Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the disintegration of the Iraqi army. There is no apparent connection between the two, but one man dreamt up a connection and made full use of it for his own political ends. That man was Israel’s imaginative prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

    ISIS in Israel

    Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the disintegration of the Iraqi army. There is no apparent connection between the two, but one man dreamt up a connection and made full use of it for his own political ends. That man was Israel’s imaginative prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

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  • The Daam Workers Party has been active in Israel for many years. For most Israelis, Daam is the hardest political party to understand: It criticizes the establishment Arab leadership but also attacks the government. It consistently supports the Arab Spring but is a firm opponent of the Islamists. Unlike Hadash, it chose a socialist, feminist woman to lead it: Asma Agbarieh-Zahalka. The party aims to protect the rights of workers but refuses to surrender to the aggressive regime of Ofer Eini’s Histadrut (General Federation of Labor); instead, it organizes workers such as truckers in Ashdod and finds employment for Arab women via its union, the Workers Advice Center (WAC-MAAN). As a Marxist party, it follows an unequivocally secular line, but is happy to enter homes lined with portraits of venerated rabbis, Koran texts or statuettes of the Virgin Mary. It has tens of thousands of supporters, yet in the last election it won just 3500 votes.

    Against the tide: Daam’s long journey

    The Daam Workers Party has been active in Israel for many years. For most Israelis, Daam is the hardest political party to understand: It criticizes the establishment Arab leadership but also attacks the government. It consistently supports the Arab Spring but is a firm opponent of the Islamists. Unlike Hadash, it chose a socialist, feminist woman to lead it: Asma Agbarieh-Zahalka. The party aims to protect the rights of workers but refuses to surrender to the aggressive regime of Ofer Eini’s Histadrut (General Federation of Labor); instead, it organizes workers such as truckers in Ashdod and finds employment for Arab women via its union, the Workers Advice Center (WAC-MAAN). As a Marxist party, it follows an unequivocally secular line, but is happy to enter homes lined with portraits of venerated rabbis, Koran texts or statuettes of the Virgin Mary. It has tens of thousands of supporters, yet in the last election it won just 3500 votes.

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  • In March, after Bibi Netanyahu forms Israel’s new government, U.S. President Barack Obama intends to arrive for a first historic visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Obama wants to talk with the Israeli people, but has nothing of note to tell them. First on the American president’s crowded agenda will be Iran, and then Syria. Last will be the Palestinian issue, concerning which he has no new initiative.

    What’s left on the Palestinian side of the Separation Barrier?

    In March, after Bibi Netanyahu forms Israel’s new government, U.S. President Barack Obama intends to arrive for a first historic visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Obama wants to talk with the Israeli people, but has nothing of note to tell them. First on the American president’s crowded agenda will be Iran, and then Syria. Last will be the Palestinian issue, concerning which he has no new initiative.

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