Likud Chairman Threatens Citizenship of B’Tselem’s Executive Director

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by Mitchell Plitnick Earlier today, Likud Knesset Member, David Bitan, who chairs the governing faction in the Knesset, stated on an Israeli talk show that he would try to find a way to strip the citizenship of Hagai El-Ad ,… Continue Reading  

Is this the real Gaza ceasefire?

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by Mitchell Plitnick Israel and Hamas have agreed to another ceasefire, and there seems to be some sense that this one will last. The terms of the agreement leave many issues up in the air, which tends to work strongly in Israel’s… Continue Reading  

The Hamas-Likud Double Standard

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by Mitchell Plitnick The Palestinian Authority installed its unity government today. The responses have been as telling as they were expected. For Palestinians, the development is welcomed news, but it’s being greeted with caution. Palestinians have seen unity proposals collapse before and,… Continue Reading  

Oslo Process: The Walking Dead

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by Mitchell Plitnick John Kerry’s words at a report-back to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sent shock waves all the way to Jerusalem. “Unfortunately, prisoners were not released on the Saturday they were supposed to be released,” he said. “And… Continue Reading  

J Street Looking less and less like a Potential Game-Changer

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami addressing the organization's third conference

Four years ago, there was some hope in Washington that J Street, the self-proclaimed “pro-Israel, pro-peace” Jewish lobbying group, could someday provide a counterweight to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). No one expected J Street to seriously challenge… Continue Reading