The Choice is Now

Posted 23rd July 2012, by & filed under Angela Godfrey-Goldstein, Convergence Plan, Ehud Olmert, Greater Jerusalem, Ideas, Settlements.

Ehud Olmert’s “convergence plan,” detailed in an interview with Karby Leggett of The Wall Street Journal (April 12, 2006), has major ramifications for Israel-Palestine, regional peace and the international community. Olmert talks of “a large pullout from parts of the occupied West Bank within the next 18 months.” He plans “to evacuate as many as… Read more »

Countdown to Apartheid

Posted , by & filed under Apartheid, Convergence Plan, Ehud Olmert, Jeff Halper, Mahmoud Abbas, Road Map.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s address to both houses of Congress was perhaps the most skilled use of Newspeak since George Orwell invented the term in his novel 1984. (He had help: author and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel reportedly drafted large sections of the speech.) Just as Orwell’s totalitarian propagandists proclaimed WAR IS… Read more »

The Problem with Israel

Posted , by & filed under Convergence Plan, Framing the conflict, Ideas, Israeli Public Opinion, Israeli security doctrine, Jeff Halper, Peace process.

Let’s be honest (for once): The problem in the Middle East is not the Palestinian people, not Hamas, not the Arabs, not Hezbollah or the Iranians or the entire Muslim world. It’s us, the Israelis. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the single greatest cause of instability, extremism and violence in our region, is perhaps the simplest conflict… Read more »

Keeping on a Steady Course to Apartheid

Posted , by & filed under Apartheid, Convergence Plan, Ehud Olmert, Hamas, Ideas, Jeff Halper, Road Map.

For all the attention and hysteria the latest events in Gaza have generated since the Hamas “takeover,” for Israel they represent nothing but a minor blip in its inexorable drive towards its own unilateral “solution:” apartheid. Israel’s end-game, explicit and unruffled by the recent turmoil on the ground, is clear. It is laid out in… Read more »