Posts Tagged ‘Settlement Freeze’

Make Up For the Letdown

March 6, 2010

Maybe proximity talks are about to start between Israel and the Palestinians. Here’s my take, and why I don’t think, in and of themselves, such talks mean very much at all.

Misdiagnosing Israel’s Ills

January 15, 2010

My latest piece for Zeek Magazine examines Henry Siegman’s call for an imposed solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict as well as Israel’s own unwillingness to admit that its diminishing popularity is due to its policies and actions.

A Most Unlikely Source of Hope

December 26, 2009

An article I really can’t believe I could write. But my latest at Zeek describes a report from one of the most hardcore right-wing people in the DC scene and how it reflects a real opportunity to turn things around in the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians.

Reclaiming Hanukah From the Occupation

December 14, 2009

My latest in Zeek Magazine, some thoughts on Chanukah and Israel.

The Enemy Within

December 7, 2009

My latest article in Zeek examines the threat posed by the settlement movement and their blatant disregard for Israel and Israeli law.

Freeze Means Ruse in Hebrew

December 1, 2009

My latest piece in Zeek can be read here. Wish I could take credit for the title, but that would have to go to my editor, Joel Schalit.

I want to add a bit to the piece here. I made a great effort to debunk the settlement freeze, and I stand by it. I may, though, have given the impression that the freeze is absolutely false, and that’s not the case. There is certainly some real impact on the ground, and, more importantly, it is drawing much clearer lines between the settlers and the forces of even the most duplicitous of diplomacy. These are good developments.

But they still fall well short of a step that can realistically bring progress. And, while it seems that the Obama Administration understands this, leading members of Congress, as usual, apparently do not.