Israelis Want Peace, Palestinians Want Freedom

On April 21, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Palestinians must prove that they want peace. “I think the first test of peace is to say to them, ‘Hey, you want peace? Prove it,” Netanyahu told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

This is very typical of Netanyahu’s statements on peace over the years. But perhaps it’s time to consider the issue too rarely discussed by those of us who work for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The government’s actions aside, most Israelis do very much want peace. But on the Palestinian side, again setting aside the statements of Palestinian Authority leaders, peace is not at the top of the agenda.

This is one of the biggest, most fundamental disconnects in the Western approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians are not struggling for peace; they are struggling for freedom. That struggle may be against second-class citizenship for Palestinian citizens of Israel, the expansion of settlements and land confiscation in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, or the strangling siege in Gaza. But in all cases, it comes down to a struggle for freedom and a future where today’s Palestinians and future generations can forge their own future outside the yoke of Israel. Read more at LobeLog

A Call for Action: An Emergency Fund to Support the Protest Against the War in Gaza

An Israeli peace activist sent me the following announcement. Many of you might be looking for something to do, or something more to do about the carnage in Gaza. The fact is, the solution to both short and long term problems in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel can best be solved by Israelis and Palestinians who can work together in an atmosphere of real mutual respect, not as occupier and occupied.  Continue reading

A blog worth checking out

Some of my readers here, at least those of you gracious enough to have borne with me despite my lack of recent postings, will be aware that I have left B’Tselem and don’t really know where I’m going next.

In the meantime, I hope to be posting more in the coming days as I pursue some projects, including a book, and see where my work in pursuing peace in Israel-Palestine will take me. But I want to recommend a blog that is worth following. It is written by a pseudonymous author, Moshe Yaroni, and is very much along similar lines to what you will find here.

The blog is called Realistic Peace in Israel-Palestine and you can get there by clicking here. I hope you support it. Its circulation has been growing of late, but it could really use some more readers. Thanks.

New Stuff: Miller, Avishai and J Street

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