Beating War Drums at the UN

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by Mitchell Plitnick Just a few sentences into Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) yesterday, the entire world was laughing at the President of the United States. Reactions to the rest of his speech might have… Continue Reading  

Lessons from Oslo’s Failure

Yitzak Rabin, Bill Clinton, and Yasser Arafat (Wikimedia Commons)

by Mitchell Plitnick September 13, 2018 marks 25 years since the historic handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leader Yasir Arafat on the White House lawn. Like many people who have spent these years… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Endgame in Palestine

A march in Bilin after the funeral of a Palestinian woman who died during a demonstration (dominika zarzycka via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick Last Friday, the State Department announced it would end all funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN agency that provides many essential services for Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan,… Continue Reading  

On Israel-Palestine, Three New Congresswomen Bring Some Hope

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Wikimedia Commons)

by Mitchell Plitnick As midterm elections near, it is becoming clear that there is an opportunity in Washington to take the first few steps toward measurable change in U.S. politics around Israel and Palestine. Increasingly belligerent Israeli actions toward the… Continue Reading  

Demography Is Not a Threat

A crowd of Mulims answering the call to prayer close to the Damascus gate in Jerusalem (Mick Harper via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick Last week, just ahead of the failed “Unite the Right” rally in Washington, Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham spewed some venomous anti-immigrant statements. She said that “in major parts of the country, it does seem that the… Continue Reading