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The Middle East peace talks – what just happened?

The last 24-48 hours have been like a crazy roller-coaster ride for Israelis and Middle-East watchers. The Obama-Kerry inspired “peace” talks between Israel and the Palestinians have taken so many turns, upsets, switchbacks and hairpin bends that anyone trying to … Continue reading

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How many states for two peoples?

The “two state solution” (TSS) mantra has become the accepted wisdom in the Israel-Palestinian conflict as the only route to bring about a peaceful agreement. However there is growing resistance to the TSS idea since many Israelis believe it will … Continue reading

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Who are our “peace” partners?

The Middle East peace talks, or rather the talks about the Middle East peace talks, have now got under way in Washington, once more dangerously raising expectations on the Palestinian side for a complete Israeli capitulation. One can hardly blame … Continue reading

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Meet our “moderate” neigbours

Israel is constantly reassured by ostensible well-wishers that if only it would make peace with the moderate Palestinians and Arabs, it would sideline the extremists, peace would immediately break out and heavenly angels would sing in massed chorales. (OK, I … Continue reading

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Why the two-state solution is a non-starter

I am not a supporter of the Two State solution (i.e. one Jewish democratic state for Israel and one state for the Palestinians, which are intended to live side by side in peace and security) because it has always seemed obvious … Continue reading

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UN vote on granting observer status to fictitious Palestinian state passes 138:9, 41 abstentions

As expected, the vote in the UN’s General Assembly on granting observer status to the Palestinian Authority as “a non-member state” has passed by 138 votes to 9, with 41 abstentions. The abstentions are more than I expected, but they … Continue reading

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