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EU’s aid to oPt is merely a life-support system for status quo

Most European parliaments have voted to recognise Palestine statehood. Most European governments have not only ignored the elected representatives who put them in power; they also ignore EU guidelines on trade. It is about time all these leaders who trumpet principles like ‘British values’ acted on them.

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When will Bibi atone for his insult to Arab voters?

Despite Netanyahu’s hysteria-inducing message (Arabs are coming out in droves) it is estimated that 3-5% of Arab Israelis voted for Likud usually because they some personal link to the party though the large majority voted for Joint List. But all Arab-Israelis agree that there is deep inequality between their and Jews’ living conditions. They expect the PM to show his remorse or good will by actions to reduce the disparity.

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Israel has failed to meet its obligations in West Bank says EU

The EU is donating €3.5 million for infrastructure projects in Area C of the West Bank. Water supply, roads, education and medical amenities are all lacking and often destroyed by the IDF. In a sharp rebuke, Michael Köhler, who signed the agreement with PM Hamdallah, said Israel was not meeting its obligations as the controlling power to Palestinian people.

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J-street students protest at power of rich rightwingers in Hillel

The student body in J Street (pro-peace pro-Israel) has rebelled against the role of rich right-wing donors in the Jewish campus organisation, Hillel. This is the second rebellion against Hillel following the creation of Open Hillel as a body where students could discuss BDS and Palestinians.

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Fifty year Occupation must end says Obama’s fixer

In this new era of undiplomatic hostility between the US and Israeli governments, the President’s Chief of Staff tells the J Street conference that the occupation – yes, he used the word – must end and that negotiating with Iran was the best and proper way to contain Iran’s supposed ambitions.

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Israel spies on its patron to scupper Iran talks

Netanyahu’s whole premiership and successful election campaign were based on tales of an imminent threat from Iran. He is now furious, not so much at the P5 talks with Iran but that Israel’s security is not the defining issue in those talks. WSJ reveals the extent of the snooping.

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US unlikely to endorse Netanyahu’s stance on Palestinian state

For the first time ever, the US may not back Israel. The Obama/ Netanyahu conflict makes the prospect of UN recognition of a Palestinian most unclear. It was assumed the US would block it at the UN. But such is the hostility between Obama and Netanyahu, this may not happen. What will the rest of the world do without US leadership?

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Bringing civil debate into strife about Israel in UK

Arguments among Jews in Britain about Israel can be hostile, unforgiving, discarding factual evidence for emotive assertions, Hannah Weisfeld, the unreligious founder-director of Yachad wanted to change that. Here she is interviewed by a sharp-witted Mehdi Hasan on what can and can’t be said if one is ‘pro-Israel, pro-peace’.

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Israel defenders have lost the plot

In 2010 the Cambridge Union debated “Israel is a rogue state” . It was defeated by 74% of those voting. The same motion was debated this March with the result Ayes 51%, Noes 19%, Abstentions 30%. There are rational arguments against this definition of Israel but those used sounded more like an ancient chant of faith than any engagement with facts and reason.

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This week’s postings on JfJfP.com

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Obviously, the dominant theme in this week’s postings, March 16th-22nd, is the Israeli election. But first, for the benefit of those who are sick of reading about the election or were never interested in the first place these are some of the other pieces of interest: Tony Blair’s performance as Quartet envoy, a position from […]

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An end to the charade called PA

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas prays at the start of a meeting for the Central Council of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, in the West Bank city of Ramallah

Only the Palestinian people, who are politically impotent, have a profound interest in ending the rift between Fatah and Hamas. To the Israelis in particular, and most other actors, the rift is a Godsend. As long as Fatah and Hamas are at war, they need do nothing. Here Daoud Kuttab gives his usual intelligent strategic ideas of the way forward for the PA. In the same issue of Al Monitor is an account of the bitter rivalry with Hamas, where the military wing has gained the upper hand. The Ramallah leaders are not the innocent victim of this – if they had authorised elections, movement might have taken place.

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Bibi says there will never be a Palestinian state. EVERYthing he says is a lie

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Israeli analyst Shir Hever has no doubt that Netanyahu intends to run a racist, colonial regime. He thinks he will do so in a stable coalition with right-wing religious parties. That would leave Zionist Camp, not Joint List, heading the opposition. That removes the more liberal fig-leaf – and also the incentive to launch an another war on Gaza.

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The myth that holds British Jews together

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All of Israel’s supporters sound so reasonable. Even the most zealous, like We Believe in Israel (not confined to Jews) say they believe also in the 2-state solution. This is the orthodoxy – which all bodies in the Jewish establishment sign up to. Which Bibi has just renounced. Robert Cohen points out the value of this illusion of Israel wanting such a peace, and the contradiction between what that establishment says and its enforcement of an uncritical position on Israel.

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Telling a story about Israel / Palestine

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It’s not the holocaust, which many say cannot be represented by fiction. The current Israeli-Palestinian conflict is open to fiction writers – though few outside Israel have tried. Deborah Maccoby examines those who have. For the pro-Israelis, Howard Jacobson comes over as propaganda). Otherwise there’s the sentimental ‘we can all love each other’ contributions. Anger and justice have no part.

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How could the media have been so blind?

The stunning mismatch between pollster and media predictions are explained in different way here: the last minute switch of opinion as voters scampered for safety with Likud; voters lying; polling errors magnified by Israel’s complex electoral system; commentator bias, out of touch with the hinterland and seeing what they wanted to see.

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Time Americans stopped defending Israeli leaders

American Jewish organisations have constitutions committing them to opposing racism. American Jewish organisations responded to Netanyahu’s openly racist election campaign – by sending him their warm congratulations as a great leader. Some mistake surely? Jewish Forward calls out the hypocrites.

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Israel chooses path to dystopia

Veteran peace activist Gershon Baskin is aghast at the election result and what the dumping of the two-state solution will mean for both Israelis and Palestinians. He thinks the only option left will be for everyone-but-Israel to support universal democracy throughout a single territory.

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An election that shunned reality

Open Democracy discusses the Israeli election result with Amira Hass and Dr. Jamal Zahalka, MK and member of the Joint List. Amongst their points – most Israelis find the Occupation is a good thing for them, that the result was a product of popular racism and that the Joint List stood for a truly progressive position.

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If after six years of sowing hatred and despair this is the nation’s choice then it is very ill indeed

Gideon Levy despairs of the Israeli people.

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International sorrow and shock at Bibi win

Most of the international community was happily expecting Netanyahu’s downfall. His intransigence and ambitions keep relations between the EU and USA with Arab and Muslims nations stuck in impotence. Will Israel become more isolated – or will others have to bend to his ambition?

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