Enter Netanyahu, and his cartoon. Abbas’s warning was all but forgotten. What we saw at the UNGA last week was a microcosm of a much larger and ongoing strategy on the part of Netanyahu: to use the Iranian issue to make the Palestinian issue disappear. Netanyahu uses Iran to marginalize the Palestinian issue and place a check on President Obama.
The US’ veto next week at the UN will be the 43rd time it has been the solitary veto on resolutions condemning Israel. The United States knows that being an impediment to Palestinian self-determination on an international stage is only becoming costlier. The United States is consistently acting against its own interests to serve the interest of a right-wing Israeli government.
When diplomatic sources revealed that the United States was abandoning efforts for an Israeli settlement freeze, many surely did not know whether to laugh or cry. The first two years of U.S.-Israeli relations under the Obama administration has been a debacle. For the next two, what is learned from that failure, and how it’s applied, will be of utmost importance.
Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director, The Palestine Center presents an analysis of settler violence in the West Bank. Learn what type of violence occurs, who is most vulnerable and most targeted, where the violence is concentrated and what motivates it. Yousef Munayyer will present the results of an analysis spanning over 1000 events of settler violence,… Read More »
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz In the late 1980s, Robert Putnam’s argument about multi-level games in international bargaining kicked off a rich debate over domestic constraints. The thesis, in essence, is that interlocutors in bargaining may chose to lend extra power to political opponents to argue that domestic constraints tie their hands… Read More »
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz To say that the proliferation of Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory is an impediment to peace is an understatement. As Israel continues to gobble up Palestinian land, the individual rights of landowners and the Palestinian people are trampled upon, leaving no realistic peace process of which… Read More »
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Last week the government of Israel announced the launch of an investigation into the events surrounding the deadly Memorial Day flotilla raid which left nine activists dead. Many international bodies including the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), as well as human rights groups like… Read More »
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Much debate about the legality of Israel’s naval blockade and siege of Gaza has occurred in the U.S. media with little serious analysis of the laws. Pro-Israel spokesmen and Israeli officials like the Israeli Prime Minister’s spokesman Mark Regev have claimed their blockade and siege is legal… Read More »
What exactly is the blockade of Gaza? By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz In recent days, coverage of the attack on the aid flotilla headed to the Gaza Strip has focused on the lack of availability of certain humanitarian goods. This fact sheet is a reference tool based on international aid agencies and… Read More »
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz On Monday Israeli commandos boarded one of the civilian passenger ships that was part of the “freedom flotilla” sailing to break Israel’s siege on Gaza and opened fire, killing at least nine and injuring many others. My first reaction was, as respected New York Times columnist Nick… Read More »
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Hundreds of activists are on their way to the blockaded Gaza strip via a “flotilla” of boats carrying humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, which are badly lacking in the impoverished Palestinian territory. Israel has promised to intercept the good-willed boats and arrest and deport the activists. The Israeli… Read More »
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz When will there be a Palestinian Gandhi? I’m often asked this question by people who sympathise with Palestinian suffering but are uncomfortable associating themselves with resistance movements that they see as violent or terrorist. The reality of course is that Palestinian nonviolent resisters are not only active… Read More »
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Proximity talks signaling the restart of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, which have been on hold for years, are beginning amidst an important reminder of the root cause of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Saturday, May 15, marked Nakba Day. The Nakba, Arabic for “catastrophe,” was the depopulation of Palestine of its… Read More »
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Among those involved in the Middle East peace process industry there is much talk about “time running out” for a two-state solution. Recently, the same sentiments were echoed by the US state department, reflecting a shift in the way the Obama administration is publicly talking about the… Read More »
By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz This brief appeared today in the Los Angeles Times and is a response to a column written by Benny Morris that was published in the Los Angeles Times on 16 April 2010. Palestinians are in Israel today because they managed to survive the depopulation of 1948, the… Read More »