Why the Israel-Palestine ‘Negotiations’ Are a Complete Farce

Noam Chomsky AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/world/chomsky-why-israel-palestine-negotiations-are-complete-farce?paging=off The Israel-Palestine negotiations currently underway in Jerusalem coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Accords. A look at the character of the accords and their fate may help explain the prevailing skepticism about the current exercise. In September 1993, President Clinton presided over a handshake...

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How Israel Is driving the US to War in Syria

Max Blumenthal Mondoweiss http://mondoweiss.net/2013/09/dubious-intelligence-and-iran-blackmail-how-israel-is-driving-the-us-to-war-in-syria.html President Barack Obama’s August 31 announcement that he would seek congressional authorization to strike Syria has complicated an aggressive Israeli campaign to render a US attack inevitable. While the Israelis are far from the only force in bringing the US to the brink of war –...

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Iran, Not Syria, Is the West’s Real Target

Robert Fisk The Independent/UK http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/iran-not-syria-is-the-wests-real-target-8789506.html Before the stupidest Western war in the history of the modern world begins – I am, of course, referring to the attack on Syria that we all yet have to swallow – it might be as well to say that the cruise missiles which we...

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My Surprisingly Inspiring Trip to the West Bank: Echoes of Our Civil Rights Movement

Jeff Cohen Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/27-3 As I prepared for a grueling fact-finding trip to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank (occupied for 46 years), Secretary of State Kerry announced that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had agreed to resume peace talks without preconditions. On the day my delegation flew to the region,...

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Any Other ‘Statesman’ Who Negotiated Peace Like John Kerry Would Be Treated as a Thief

Robert Fisk The Independent/UK http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/robert-fisk-any-other-statesman-who-negotiated-peace-like-john-kerry-would-be-treated-as-a-thief-8760028.html Has John Kerry no shame? First he cuddles up to both Palestinians and Israelis and announces the renewal of a “peace process” which the Palestinians don’t trust and the Israelis don’t want. Then Israel announces that it will build 1,200 new homes for Jews – and Jews...

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Israel Mocks ‘Peace Talks’

Juan Cole Informed Comment http://www.juancole.com/2013/08/announcement-squatter-palestine.html The Israeli government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Sunday that it would take bids on nearly 1200 new housing units on Palestinian territory occupied by Israel. The news from Tel Aviv further underlines what a charade the John Kerry-pushed “peace talks” are between a powerful Israel...

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John Kerry’s Doomed Peace Process Is Deja Vu All Over Again

Phyllis Bennis Mondoweiss http://mondoweiss.net/2013/08/john-kerrys-doomed-peace-process-is-deja-vu-all-over-again.html Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest foray into Middle East negotiations should be called the Einstein peace process.  Doing the same thing over and over again and still expecting different results is the great scientist’s definition of insanity. This time around, indications are that Kerry actually...

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Peace Talks: A New Chapter in An Old Book

Robert Jensen Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/27 New negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians may begin next week, with much talk of a “new chapter” in the seemingly intractable conflict. A new chapter, perhaps, but who is writing the book? Any public discussion about the “peace process” is tense, in part because there...

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Israel’s ‘Indigenous Invaders’

Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini Al Jazeera http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/12-3 How Israel justifies the immanent relocation of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin by characterizing them as invaders.   On June 24th the “Prawer Plan for the Arrangement of Bedouin-Palestinian Settlement in the Negev” passed its first reading in the Israeli parliament. If implemented, the Plan...

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