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“If you want to free a society, just give them internet access. Because people, the young guys, you know, are all going to go out and see biased media, see the truth about other nations and their own nation and they’re going to be able to contribute and collaborate together.”
▸ Israel-Palestine: As talks begin, Jewish settlements loom as challenge

Compact recapping article. re: settlement/landswap prospect

And then issue of Jerusalem. And Right of Return - 

I wonder what Hussein Ibish meant by (sort of) still some kind of bottom up? tier of relation can be build through this Peace Talks. Personnels from both sides - can emerge for such relation building? But - both side’s internal politics doesn’t look like allowing such cooperative relationship to ever emerge. 

I mean, and this DC meetings is even Talks for starting Talks - 

And everyone knows Obama is leaving, the region is in influx, 

it’s not a time to talk about binding ‘final’ status. (People there have to prepare for something far worse, far more challenging.) 

Maybe it’s necessary to create serious contact venue for Israel-Palestine with US attendance - but … 

Jul 31, 2013, 7:01am  0 notes      

“Now we wait to see what he meant by that vision, and whether he and the prime minister, spurred by a fascinating election outcome, can find the common ground to implement it.”

Israel’s elections: What just happened?, David Horovitz, The Times of Israel

And if as Horovitz says in this piece - members of Yesh Atid are ‘new generation’ of Israeli politicians, then that change would eventually bring about something new in Israel’s relation/thinking re: Palestinians - ?

remains to be seen. Very subtle - indirect. But still. Let’s see. 

January 23, 2013, 8:56pm  0 notes

What we need is a geek like Nate Silver on Israeli domestic opinions.

We don’t need ‘commentators’, analysts, experts no more. The pond is over-crowded and their writongs are over-saturated. 

What we need is someone who actually cares and listens, and measures and tracks public trends (opinions, thoughts, choices, and whys). With accurate sense of the size of each ‘segment’ while having also the sense of ‘the whole/entire population’.  

There gotta be that type of Israeli brains though. Especially from younger generation, who just skips all this ‘villagers talk/gossips/yanks’ about their ‘leaders’ (politicians and political figures) 

but look at numbers and datas - and come back and basically unseat everyone at the couch or dinner table. 

We need that kind of geeky approach to Israeli domestic politics. I bet there are people - in Israel - either Jewish or Arab or Druse or Ethiopian - Ashkenazi or Mizrahi - got brains/natural inclinations for such cool angle/approach. 

There gotta be. And that kind of coolness and factness - bringing it in could work on positively (possibly current, numerous, unrefined and uncivilized ways of) how Israeli people goes about political ‘analysis’, writings and debates. (Now I wonder how these Center or Center- right type people thinks and talks.)

January 23, 2013, 4:53pm   0 notes
▸ Edward Said: The Morning After, London Review of Books [Said's take on Oslo Accords]

- 21 October 1993

And this is by far, the most intense ‘thinking’ piece by Edward Said I read - encountered. It’s really intense.

And that means - I say - readers have to think and seek way forward as intense - and expansive as the author did.

At some points, I do feel it sounds like he is really writing to his fellow Palestinians.

Bu then reality is - I really just don’t witness anyone actually thinking this intensely and expansively. 

But that’s always the case about humans. Unfortunately.  

One big name. 

It arrives among us just to be quoted and tossed around. Always impossible to find real successors.

(I’m so genuinely sick of this pattern, but that’s always the case.) 

[…] one can already see in Palestine’s potential statehood the lineaments of a marriage between the chaos of Lebanon and the tyranny of Iraq.

If this isn’t to happen, a number of quite specific issues need to be addressed. One is the diaspora Palestinians, who originally brought Arafat and the PLO to power, kept them there, and are now relegated to permanent exile or refugee status. Since they comprise at least half of the total Palestinian population their needs and aspirations are not negligible. A small segment of the exile community is represented by the various political organisations ‘hosted’ by Syria. A significant number of independents (some of whom, like Shafik al-Hout and Mahmoud Darwish, resigned in protest from the PLO) still have an important role to play, not simply by applauding or condemning from the sidelines, but by advocating specific alterations in the PLO’s structure, trying to change the triumphalist ambience of the moment into something more appropriate, mobilising support and building an organisation from within the various Palestinian communities all over the world to continue the march towards self-determination. These communities have been singularly disaffected, leaderlees and indifferent since the Madrid process began.

One of the first tasks is a Palestinian census, which has to be regarded not just as a bureaucratic exercise but as the enfranchisement of Palestinians wherever they are. Israel, the US and the Arab states – all of them – have always opposed a census: it would give the Palestinians too high a profile in countries where they are supposed to be invisible, and before the Gulf War, it would have made it clear to varions Gulf governments how dependent they were on an inappropriately large, usually exploited ‘guest’ community. Above all, opposition to the census stemmed from the realisation that, were Palestinians to be counted all together, despite dispersion and dispossession, they would by that very exercise come close to constituting a nation rather than a mere collection of people.


Dec 21, 2012, 6:20pm  1 note      

▸ [Re: Israeli Left] Israel needs a real opposition, Carlo Strenger, Haaretz

But at some point Yacimovich and Lapid will have to ask what is good for the country. Each in their own ways want a better, cleaner, more humane Israel, but they will not have the leverage to change the course of Bibi’s right wing coalition from within, and they will not reach any of their goals. 

Why? though?

That is the question needs real, complex, real answers. And real, serious, persistent discussions over them need to follow. 

In the piece the author goes on to allude one major answer - Israeli siege mentality - ‘Who cares about Goym/gentiles?’ - ‘weaklings’ only. 

And Israel - pulled by Far-right politicians in Likud-Beitenu - might really step into new level of isolation or ‘unilateral’ zone. (Then it might wake up?)

But then, last summer’s protests, questions about economy, budget, and cost of Orthodox population and settlements, IDF draft etc - there are many issues which look might make some part of Israeli population (deeply) rethink their political options. 

And I don’t mean this in any those frenzy (and stupid) Pro-Palestinian way. If Israeli people’s thinking is confused or clarified - that’s one thing - should be articulated. And then, over that confusion, confused status - 

the world only can offer another wave of anti-semitism, and frenzy, blind Pro-Palestinian collectivist/mob (pretty much shallow and blind as KONY2012) only - 

and if that’s putting, fixating Israeli (much of Israeli people) to think in survival mode, determined to push through in the way they feel they got to push through - 

if we can strongly present such structure (if it’s the case) - 

I think that still proves some point in this world. At this point of history.

I think it will have significance. 

I just really wish there are Jewish thinkers who think and talk like this. I think that’d real make sense. 


Anyway, this second? header sounds banal but really important: 

If Labor and Yesh Atid join Livni and stay out of the government, there will be a sizeable opposition that cannot be laughed off and delegitimized as ‘extreme left.’

Source: haaretz.com

Dec 08, 2012, 10:16pm  0 notes      

“One of the central arguments of The Crisis of Zionism is that the American Jewish establishment has not found an authentically Jewish language in which to discuss the ethical responsibilities of power.”

December 03, 2012, 3:57pm  0 notes

[Israel-Palestine] Why Haaretz, +972mag - and to much extent OpenZion really don’t make sense

Is because - you can see in that survey just posted from Ynet - 

  • There are enough signs that there appears to be - sensible decisions or inclinations are held by seizable amount of Israeli public. 

But Haaretz, +972, OpenZion - writers are addicted to, depend on 

  • sarcastic takes on Israeli politicians, and their extreme/simplistic ideologies, and loose cannon utterances, and jingoistic/manic behaviors and acts

Yeah. It’s easy to depend on ‘cartoonish’ figures - those who constantly supply exaggerated behaviors and speeches - materials for ‘they are doing it again’ articles. And yes, they are part of the reality - 

but the serious problem is - even when sounding analytical or factual - actually, readers don’t get anything more than impression that Israel’s political decisions are made from such terrible, and strong ideological reflexes and are very simplistic and spasmodic. 

But. But it seems that really isn’t the all part of the reality. There are signs that there are potentially enough seizable amount of Israeli public - holding quite respectable views and decisions. 

Then why not -

  1. verify them
  2. why not track them
  3. why not log their shifts and changes
  4. why not really engage
  5. and why not analyze them?
  6. (or just sometimes, simply relay or represent them? - to the world?) 


Why not? 

November 30, 2012, 11:20pm   2 notes
EXCLUSIVE: Former Israeli PM Olmert Supports Palestine U.N. Bid
“On Tuesday, [French Foreign Minister Laurent] Fabius called France’s position on the United Nations bid a point of “coherence,” saying,

“The constant position of France has been to recognize the Palestinian state.””

November 27, 2012, 5:48pm  0 notes

“Two senior Israeli officials and an American official, who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the subject, said the American message to Israel was not to take any irreversible actions and to act wisely the day after the UN vote.

The Obama administration thinks it is necessary to try and minimize the potential damage of the Palestinian move in the UN, said the U.S. official. Extreme acts by Israel the day after will not help, they will only make the situation worse, he added.

Clinton told Netanyahu that such punitive steps against the PA would only weaken it, which would not serve Israeli interests, said a senior Israeli official. Clinton emphasized that steps such as annulling the Oslo Accords or freezing Palestinian tax funds could bring about dangerous consequences, including the collapse of the PA, said the official.”

Clinton warns Netanyahu not to punish Palestinian Authority for UN bid, Barak Ravid, Haaretz

USA might be able to exercise pressure on Israel on this - to prop up/support Palestinian Authority. 

But the problem is - Egypt’s move to support Hamas and pushing moves/changes in West Bank. By so far, repeatedly, experts on Egypt say USA has no leverage/influence towards Egypt’s policy/decisions. 

But the situation after this Gaza war - is different. Ceasefire settlement and following negotiation setup - in this USA might have more leverage toward Egypt. 

Have to wait and see how - Egypt/Morsi (and Hamas) would make moves on power balance between Hamas and Palestinian Authority in West Bank. 

November 22, 2012, 11:20pm  2 notes

▸ [Obama-Israel] US urges Israel not to build in E-1 areas, Jerusalem Post

Washington pressuring Israel not to allow construction in area located between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim as a possible response to the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition November 29 at the UN.

Washington is urging Israel not to allow construction in the area known as E-1 between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim as a possible response to the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition next week at the UN, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

Building in E-1, which would create contiguity between Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim to the northeast beyond the Green Line, is something various Israeli governments have long wanted to do, but which US opposition has prevented.

Building there is one of a number of measures Jerusalem has discussed as a possible retaliation for a Palestinian statehood bid.

As Haaretz reported earlier, Clinton/USA warned Netanyahu/Israel not to punish Palestinian Authority for UN status upgrade move. So this Jpost’s report is about that Clinton’s warning included specific request not to build on E1, which basically disables Palestinian state from emerging in a contiguous shape.

Then again, on this ‘E1’ problem - there really isn’t good map/visual. NGOs make such complicated map at such small image size - doesn’t contribute to public understanding of the issue. They do need to make 

  1. More easy, clear visual
  2. Concise description of issues (particulars in bullet points) 

Even on Wikipedia’s entries, descriptions are - not clear:

This plan, if fully implemented, will cut off East Jerusalem from its Palestinian surroundings once-and-for-all, and critics of the plan say this is the real intention of this policy. The massive bubble is intended to cut the West Bank in two, and the E-1 plan is intended to seal off eastern Jerusalem and cut it off from the West Bank.

The severing of the northern part of the West Bank from the southern part will also result from the plan’s implementation, resulting in the total isolation of east Jerusalem residents from their natural Palestinian environs.

According to the Palestinian presidential chief of staff, Rafiq Husseini, “The E1 plan would separate the northern and southern West Bank from East Jerusalem, which would prevent the establishment of Palestinian state”


There is a separation wall running to ‘bubble in’ (‘envelope plan’) Eastern side of surrounding area of Jerusalem - (can’t be even sure how much it is completed or not) 

And within them? - filling E1 area will 

  1. cut off Northern and Southern West Bank?
  2. also East Jerusalem become isolated enclave, unreachable from West Bank’s Palestinian area? 

cf: http://www.peacenow.org/entries/archive1100#.UK71FOO32xE (re: Bush Jr admin opposed E1 plan)

[Seems, it’s called Jerusalem ‘envelope plan’, greater Jerusalem plan, Jerusalem security envelope plan etc. Encircling surrounding area with separation wall, and then filling E1.] 

The most ‘telling’ and comprehensive map I found is this (I don’t know why any organization cannot make easily intelligible map/visuals.)

E1 is the area light blue in the middle. 

Source: jpost.com

Nov 22, 2012, 9:56pm  0 notes      

One more!

One more!

“All border crossings are to be opened 24 hours after the ceasefire takes effect, easing restrictions on travel of people and goods in and out of the Gaza Strip.”

Details of the Egyptian-sponsored truce deal between Israel and Gaza - Al Jazeera Blogs


Al Jazeera intentionally fabricating or Arabic version had different text D: 

English version said re: border issues nothing is decided, and will be dealt with in next 24 hrs. 

November 21, 2012, 2:07pm  1 note

“"Yes, to armed resistance" was scrawled on the outer wall this week, but quickly painted over.”
in West Bank, Palestinian Authority hasn’t done enough - says angry West Bank, Rebecca Collard, The National (UAE)

November 20, 2012, 5:23pm  1 note