Saturday, December 16, 2017

Tag: West Bank

Donald Trump’s Israel ambassador is hardline pro-settler lawyer

David Friedman opposes two-state solution, backs undivided Jerusalem as capital and has acted for Trump's failing hotels. Donald Trump has named as his ambassador to Israel a pro-settler lawyer who has described some US Jews as worse than concentration camp prisoner-guards. David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who represented the president-elect over...

Bibi’s Trump Dilemma: Why a Friendlier Washington Is a Mixed Blessing for Israel

On November 9, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated President-elect Donald Trump through a video message, in which the Israeli leader could barely contain his giddiness at the prospect of a friendlier White House. The ruling Israeli right-wing coalition, which sees Trump as a potential champion of Greater Israel, believes...

U.S. Admits Israel Is Building Permanent Apartheid Regime – Weeks After Giving It $38...

In 2010, Israel's then-defense minister, Ehud Barak, explicitly warned that Israel would become a permanent “apartheid” state if it failed to reach a peace agreement with Palestinians that creates their own sovereign nation and vests them with full political rights. “As long as in this territory west of the Jordan River...

Saudi visit to Israel angers Hamas

Hamas has called on Saudi Arabia to prevent the normalization of relations with Israel. The appeal, which went up on Hamas' website July 31, raised eyebrows among those who understand Hamas' complicated situation and the importance of tightening relations with Saudi Arabia. The leaders of the movement, who only...

Post, Share, Arrest – Israel Targeting Palestinian Protesters on Facebook

On the morning of August 28, 2014, two days after the end of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, Sohaib Zahda hopped into a shared taxi in Hebron that was going to Ramallah, where he had a job interview. Thirty-three-year-old Zahda, who owns a paintball company, is an unlikely terrorist. An avid cyclist who speaks Arabic, Italian, French, and English, he is a member of Youth Against Settlements, a nonviolent organization that protests against Israeli settlers who live in and around Hebron.

Israel and Turkey to Restore Full Diplomatic Ties

Move clears way for an easing of Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. Israel and Turkey agreed to restore full diplomatic ties after more than six years of animosity, clearing the way for renewed cooperation between the U.S. allies and an easing of Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Officials...

The Real Reasons for the IDF’s Break with Netanyahu

The Political Utility of Military Restraint. In recent years, Israel's military leadership has appeared to be more dovish than the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. From 2009 to 2012, for example, the Israel Defense Force’s top brass helped block the Netanyahu government’s plan to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities,...

Could Bibi’s Big Right-Wing Gamble Be His Undoing?

In a surprise reshuffling, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ditched the moderates in his government and taken up with hard-liners. Is it too much for Israel to bear? TEL AVIV — “It’s delusional,” said Benny Begin, a senior Likud parliamentarian, when asked what he thought of Avigdor Lieberman’s incipient appointment as...

Is Israel forming an alliance with Egypt and Saudi Arabia?

Egypt's April 9 announcement of the transfer of two islands, Tiran and Sanafir, to Saudi Arabian sovereignty came as a complete surprise to many in the Middle East. The only country that was not surprised was Israel. A top-level official in Jerusalem told Al-Monitor on April 12 that Israel had been privy to the secret negotiations. Israel...

Why a British Exit From the EU Should Worry Israel

A Britain outside the EU means Israel will lose an important insider voice and critical traction in the shifting and sometimes hostile EU debates about what policies to adopt toward Israel. It will, of course, be an internal, domestic decision for the United Kingdom’s voters on June 23 when they...

Israel can now legally seize Palestinian homes in Jerusalem under ‘absentees’ property law

The Israeli government can now legally seize Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem after judges approved the use of a controversial law. The Palestinian side of the holy city had previously been exempt from the Absentees' Property Law, brought in after the 1948 war to allow arriving Israelis to move into abandoned...

Did Money Seal Israeli-Saudi Alliance?

For more than half a century, Saudi Arabia has tried to use its vast oil wealth to build a lobby in the United States that could rival the imposing Israel Lobby. At top dollar, the Saudis hired law firms and PR specialists – and exploited personal connections to powerful...

U.S. Doubts Over Netanyahu May Spur ‘Other Steps’ on Peace

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. is weighing a new approach to Middle East peace that may be less supportive of Israel, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised doubts that he would ever accept a Palestinian state. U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said on Israeli radio Sunday that if it’s impossible...

Israel’s looming gas empire requires a final solution in Gaza

The fundamental obstacle to the 'peace package' and Israel's interests in becoming a regional energy hegemony is the continued existence of Hamas in Gaza. “The destruction which I have seen coming here is beyond description,” said UN secretary-general, Ban Ki Moon, after his October tour of the Gaza Strip. Operation Protective...

Hillary Clinton: Failure to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS

The former secretary of state, and probable candidate for president, outlines her foreign-policy doctrine. She says this about President Obama's: "Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle." President Obama has long ridiculed the idea that the U.S., early in the Syrian civil...

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