Posted on: June 30, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

Lapid, not Bennett, is the Israeli leader to watch in Washington

With the long reign of Benjamin Netanyahu finally over in Israel, it is only natural that most people are scrutinizing his successor, Naftali Bennett. But when it comes to the growing debate within the Democratic party over US support for Israel’s apartheid policies and denial of Palestinian rights, it is the alternate prime minister and foreign minister, Yair Lapid, who merits our scrutiny. I make this case in my latest…

Posted on: June 14, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

Netanyahu’s legacy: Allying with US hawks and fomenting division in Washington

Netanyahu is out and very little will change as a result. Israel’s apartheid policies, inside and outside its internationally recognized borders, will continue. Creeping annexation will continue. Efforts to undermine the JCPOA will continue. Much of what will be attributed to Netanyahu, such as Israel’s sharp rightward and nationalistic turn, was not his doing, although he did take full advantage of it. But there are some things that Netanyahu will…

Posted on: June 9, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

Netanyahu and the long shadow of an Israeli demagogue

While the ever crafty Benjamin Netanyahu can never be counted out until he’s really out, it is looking more and more like his long-time reign over Israel is about to end. Considering that Netanyahu is not now and has never been a particularly popular figure in Israel and has not had much of a vision for the country’s direction, it’s remarkable that he will leave as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister…

Posted on: June 2, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

300 Jewish Leaders say: “We won’t be distracted or divided”

I am proud to announce that I am one of over 300 Jewish leaders who came together to make it absolutely clear that we stand strong against antisemitism, and that we will not allow it to distract us from our work supporting Palestinians rights. Some of the signatories include Ady Barkan, Lara Friedman, Ariel Gold, Dove Kent, Hadar Susskind, Mik Moore, Ayelet Waldman, Michael Chabon, Dave Zirin, Eric Levitz, Kate…

Posted on: June 2, 2021 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

What the new government in Jerusalem means for US-Israel relations

There will be no policy changes from this new Israeli government regarding the Palestinians or Iran. But for the Biden administration and activists in the US, there will be some new twists. Joe Biden will have every excuse he needs to avoid pressing Israel for concessions because the new coalition is so fragile and he knows that those who will press him on this will not want to see Netanyahu…