Last weekend, I did an interview with PressTV about the Israeli “peace rally” in Tel Aviv. 3,000-6,000 Israeli liberal Zionists rallied for peace talks of some sort with Palestinians of some sort. They made clear they really, really don’t like Bibi Netanyahu. Oooohhh, Bibi’s runnin’ scared from these political titans. His rule hangs in the balance. This, friends and readers, is the vaunted Israeli “left.”
Speakers from Meretz, Labor and Peace Now addressed the faithful. Before the demonstration began, Aida Touma-Suliman of the Joint List (a Palestinian-Jewish coalition which is third largest in the Knesset) asked to join the speaker list. She was refused because, as Yariv Oppenheimer said, the list was “closed.” He might have added “closed to Palestinians.” In rejecting their participation, he proved once again that liberal Zionism is part of the problem, not anywhere near being the solution. Liberal Zionism concerns itself with not so much with Israel, as with Israeli Jews. Palestinian citizens of this state, and even more so Palestinians of the Territories might as well live on Mars.
Today, Mint Press News published my latest piece, Kerry’s Al-Aqsa ‘Deal’ Is Little More Than A Band-Aid On A Bleeding Ulcer. It casts a skeptical eye on Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest round of band-aid diplomacy, in which he brokered a deal between Israel and Jordan that virtually left an irrelevant Mahmoud Abbas out of the picture. The deal is short-term and will likely fall apart at the earliest opportunity. Please disseminate it via social media and other forums.
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