President Biden’s Visit to Israel – Insights and Implications
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Paul Salem – President, Middle East Institute David Schenker – Taube Senior Fellow – Director, Program on Arab Politics, WI for Near East Policy Mona Yacoubian – Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace Ambassador Hesham Youssef, moderator – Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace
As Lebanon contends with cascading humanitarian, economic and political crises, the May 2022 parliamentary elections offered a glimmer of hope with the success of an unprecedented number of reform-minded candidates. Yet, the country is still grappling with the consequences of an imperfect peace that began with the 1989 Ta’if Accord, which ended a 15-year civil war. This flawed peace continues to resonate both internally and throughout the region.
A new plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that proposes the creation of a confederation instead of relying exclusively on a two-state solution, and would allow West Bank settlers to remain in their homes, is being presented to Biden administration officials and the United Nations this week.
The proposal for a “Holy Land Confederation” is a 100-page document that was been crafted over the past two years by Yossi Beilin, one of the architects of the Oslo Accords in the early 1990s, together with Palestinian attorney and veteran peace negotiator Hiba Husseini. Along with a small team of Israeli and Palestinian advisers, they met regularly over Zoom during the pandemic to craft their plan.
The effort was underwritten by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a German organization associated with the Social Democratic party.
Könnte ein derartiges internationales Engagement (mit robustem Mandat) die Situation verändern, hätte es überhaupt eine Chance auf eine entsprechende Beschlußfassung im Sicherheitsrat der Vereinten Nationen. Hier jedenfalls eine entsprechende Position von Daoud Kuttab, einem palästinensischen Journalisten und Aktivisten, der genau dafür plädiert.
Opinion: With absence of a desire for peace by Israeli side and its rejection of globally accepted two-state solution, UN-sponsored blue helmets are needed more than ever in West Bank
Mit Blick auf die aktuellen Entwicklungen und die Reisebegegnungen des israelischen Ministerpräsidenten in der arabischen Welt, lohnt sich noch einmal ein Blick (zurück) auf die Umstände der sog. Abraham-Accords im Rahmen der US-amerikanisch-israelischen Beziehungen.
Ein passendes Datum - 74 Jahre danach ... Webinar: Montag, 29.11.2021, 19:00 Uhr (Deutsche Zeit/MEZ)
American Friends of Peace Now im Gespräch mit dem US-Kongreßabgeordneten Andy Levin, der im September 2021 einen Gesetzentwurf zur ‚Rettung‘ der Zwei-Staaten-Regelung in das US-Repräsentantenhaus eingebracht hat.
Ofer Zalzberg spricht in einer Veranstaltung der George Washington University
Mittwoch, 27. Oktober 2021 – 19.00 Jerusalemer Zeit / 18.00 Berliner Zeit
In Anbetracht der aktuellen Entscheidungen der israelischen Regierung hat der Titel der Veranstaltung, der ja schon lange feststand, eine besondere Note!
Have Religious Zionists, the Islamic Movement and Right and Left-wing secular parties found common ground?
Ofer Zalzberg explores the unprecedented alliance of Arab and Jewish religious conservatives with secular parties that ended Binyamin Netanyahu’s 12 years in power. Zalzberg will trace the evolution of cooperation between the current government’s diverse factions, its political potential and implications for Israeli society and Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy.
Ofer Zalzberg is Director of the Middle East Program at the Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Conflict Transformation. He previously served as Senior Analyst fot the International Crisis Group’s Middle East Program, covering Israel’s relations with its neighbours, with a focus on the nexus between religion, national identity and conflict. Oferhas facilitated dialogue workshops for paramilitary organizations in Northern Ireland and Jewish and Muslim religious authorities in the Middle East.
There is a straight line from defining the nonviolent struggle against the occupation as “diplomatic terror” and designating human rights groups as terrorist organizations. The literal meaning is clear: All resistance to the occupation is terror. Israel is undermining the distinction between legitimate and illegitimate struggle.
This is a boon to terrorist organizations and the use of violence. If all forms of resistance constitute terror, how can one resist the occupation without being a terrorist? It’s not clear what Gantz was thinking when he signed the order.
Is he, like Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, flirting with an imaginary right-wing electorate, dreaming of the day he’ll be crowned to lead the right after Benjamin Netanyahu? Is it an attempt to counterbalance his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, which gave him a leftist taint?
In any case, it’s indicative of complete confusion, which positions the so-called ‚change government‘ in the extreme right and turns the participation in it of leftist and centrist parties into a joke.
If this is the change the government is leading and these are its political colors, it’s not clear how its continued defense in the name of a fear of the alternative of another election can be justified. We can only hope that in the absence of internal resistance, the harsh U.S. reprimand and request for clarifications will end this shameful move.