Our younger sister, Independent Jewish Voices, is holding a two-day conference on how far pursuing equal rights can cut to the chase while diplomats and politicians get nowhere (even when they want to). All the people you want to hear.
In the last decade, the EU has edged towards making trade with Israel conditional on its reaching an agreement with Palestinians, while Israeli politicians regard Europe as the bad old past which must be left behind. Now a group of academics has advised that Europe is not nearly as hostile as many Israelis think and it is in Israel’s interest to get to know the EU better and establish better relations with its biggest trading partner.
Since last December Israel has not handed over the tax revenues it collects for the PA. Forcing the PA into insolvency is a punishment for joining the International Criminal Court. PM Netanyahu fears he’ll look soft to the right wing if he authorises the fiscal transfer. John Kerry and IDF strategists have warned that the collapse of the PA is in no-one’s interest.
This week. February 16th – 22nd, 2015, we have our second Signatories Blog, from Prof. Lynne Segal How Israel tries to instil despair, on the importance, but difficulty, of not succumbing to despair when the power you’re opposing, for example Israel’s over the Palestinians, takes many forms and many routes. This space is open to […]
Netanyahu’s hectic attempt to make the international headlines are souring his relations with many national leaders. He has broken the bi-partisan support for Israel in the US by accepting a Republican invitation to speak to Congress – but upset many by his rudeness to Americans’ President. He is insulting leaders of European nations by suggesting they cannot protect their Jewish citizens and indeed suggesting Europe should be ethnically cleansed of all Jews – in their own interest of course. He is banking on all this pleasing Israeli voters.
Perhaps for psephological wonks, assessments of the polls on how Israelis will vote in the March election. As we have posted before, only the Joint List makes racism and the treatment of Palestinians its prime issue, but because Likud is so identified with Netanyahu, his slow drift from grace will have effect. Polls which ask what issue is most important get the result ‘the economy'; polls which ask about Palestinians get the result – outside intervention needed.
In 2015, seven Jews (2 at Charlie Hebdo, 4 at the Hyper-Cacher supermarket, 1 in Copenhagen) were killed by Islamists. The number of non-Jews killed in the same attacks was far higher. In Israel, the number of Jews killed in 2014 by Palestinians was 46. Uri Avnery, doubting the claimed rise in antisemitism, asks why Bibi is making hay out of Jew-killing in Europe and insisting that Israel is their only safe haven.
The All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Antisemitism has issued the result of its inquiry saying that to dismiss its reality in the UK is ‘a sop to the antisemites’. It gives surprisingly short shrift to the argument that the degree of antisemitism is directly related to public awareness of the nature of Israeli power over Palestinians.
A Prime Minister who treats public funds as his own and uses them to pursue a lavish lifestyle for himself and his wife… The hedonism was obvious but , as Netanyahu’s a very rich man, it was assumed he used his own money. That he didn’t is likely to affect his election chances – though he blames media schemes against him and an embittered ex-employee.
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