Intifada or Ingratitude

Posted 25th July 2012, by & filed under Camp David, Ideas, Israel control, Jeff Halper, Peace process, Second Intifada, United States.

The Ideological Geography of Israel To understand the Israeli reaction to the Palestinian uprising (call it Intifada II, Intifada 2000, the Palestinian War of Independence, anything except “The Al-Aksa Intifada,” which carries the seeds of an irresolvable religious conflict), one has to understand the ideological and everyday geography of the country. Israel is a country… Read more »

No Return to Oslo

Posted , by & filed under Fourth Geneva Convention, Ideas, Jeff Halper, matrix of control, Oslo, Palestinian refugees, Peace process.

This is yet another crucial moment in the capricious Middle East peace process. The new political reality that has emerged since September 11th has dramatically changed the dynamics of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. For the first time, the United States perceives a direct and immediate interest in resolving the conflict – or at least minimizing its… Read more »

Why Israel Won’t Make Peace

Posted , by & filed under Ideas, Israeli Public Opinion, Jeff Halper, Occupation, Peace process, Settlements, Zionism.

  Why won’t Israel make peace with the Palestinians? On the face of it, this seems like a strange question. After all, doesn’t Israel repeat endlessly that it wants peace? Didn’t it offer the Palestinians 95% of the West Bank in the Taba negotiations last January? Wasn’t it the Palestinians who began the violence, the… Read more »

A Middle Eastern Confederation

Posted 24th July 2012, by & filed under Ideas, Jeff Halper, Middle East Union, Peace process, Two-state solution.

  Part One: A Regional “Two-Stage” Approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict   The time has come to begin “imagining” a truly New Middle East. Bereft of a peace process (if there ever was one), faced with an Occupation spewing violence and suffering in all directions, the inhabitants of both Palestine and Israel have sunk into… 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 »