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…

Posted on: February 11, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 12

Palestinian Unity: Progress and Pitfalls, Part 1

The preliminary deal struck in Mecca this week for a Palestinian unity government was greeted with a good deal of fanfare and a lot of questions. First and foremost among those questions was whether the deal would be “acceptable” to Israel and the United States and be adequate to lift the economic blockade those two countries have imposed on the Palestinians since Hamas’ election last year. As was the case…

Posted on: February 5, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 25

Attacking Iran?

A supporter of Jewish Voice for Peace sent me this article by Patrick Buchanan and asked for my response to it. Here is a slightly edited version of that response. I am always loathe to agree with Pat Buchanan, and fortunately, while he gets a few things right, his analysis here is sufficiently shallow and simplistic that I don’t have to. There’s a great deal of quite understandable hysteria in…