Illiberal IsraelShlomo Ben-Ami - The Strategist at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute | February 10th 2017

After a half-century of occupying Palestinian territory, Israel is succumbing to its deepest ethno-centrist impulses, and increasingly rejecting recognized boundaries. Israel is now on its way to join the growing club of illiberal democracies, and it has Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to thank. Over the course of 11 years as Israel’s prime minister, Netanyahu has reshaped the country’s collective psyche. He has elevated the isolated, traumatized ‘Jew’—still at odds with the ‘gentiles,’ not to mention the ‘Arabs’—above the secula...

Has Obama "Betrayed" Israel at the UN?Henry Siegman - The National Interest | December 28th 2016

Has Obama "Betrayed" Israel at the UN?If there has been a betrayal in this latest chapter of America's relations with Israel, it is Netanyahu who has betrayed President Obama. Has America’s president betrayed Israel, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of his government bitterly accused after President Obama failed to veto a UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israel for its settlements in the West Bank? True, President Obama told the international community in his address to the UN General Assembly in 2011 that an ...

What President Obama Must Tell Israel Before January Henry Siegman - The National Interest | November 4th 2016

There has been much speculation during the electoral campaign season whether there is still something President Obama could do before the end of his term to change the course of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Most of this speculation has focused on the possibility President Obama would finally support a UN Security Council resolution that spells out terms of reference for a two-state agreement, ending Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. The critical moment of decision for such a presidential intervention is now, as Israel is about to cross a line with its illegal settlement project ...
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