Posted on: March 10, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 24

Where’s the Outrage? Condi Rice Forbids Peace

For the second time in a span of six months, the United States has expressly forbidden Israel from pursuing a potential peace deal with Syria. This time, it was Condoleeza Rice doing the dirty work and she brought a simple message on the subject: Don’t even think about it. The action is not surprising. Despite the fact that peace between Israel and Syria is in the best interests of Israel,…

Posted on: February 28, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 13

Who’s “Beyond the Pale?”, Part 2

In Part 1 of this essay, I addressed Rabbi Ira Youdovin’s characterization of Jewish Voice for Peace as “beyond the pale” because we supported the views of former President Jimmy Carter. Now, I’d like to address his other basis for drawing his arbitrary line between JVP and the Jewish community, divestment. Simply by saying that “JVP supports divestment,” Youdovin misrepresents JVP’s position. Our stance is explained at length here, but…

Posted on: February 27, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 20

Who’s “Beyond the Pale?”, Part 1

In a recent op-ed in the Jewish weekly, The Forward, Jewish Voice for Peace was described as being “beyond the pale” because we “support divestment and … urge Congress to heed Carter’s words.” Interestingly, JVP receives a huge amount of support from the great many Jews all across the country and around the world who believe we not only embody the spirit of tikkun olam (repairing the world), but are…

Posted on: February 21, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 38

The Myth That Stays With Us: Camp David 2000

Although I’m something of a historian by trade and inclination, in this space I try to keep to current events. But some historical events are of particular importance because they continue to shape today’s events. This is especially true of the failed attempt at Camp David in 2000 to cobble together a final peace agreement based on the Oslo process between israel and the Palestinians. The common view that Arafat…

Posted on: February 11, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 24

Palestinian Unity: Progress and Pitfalls, Part 2

The primary purpose of the Palestinian unity agreement this week was internal Palestinian unity. But Palestinian security also depends on the lifting of the economic blockade they have been under since the election of the Hamas government. In the short term, this agreement is not going to change the stances of the main actors in that blockade, the US and Israel. In fact, it may well harden their stances. Israel…