Friday, May 27, 2016

Some May 2016 quotes from the heart of Israel

IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan speaks at a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Kibbutz Tel Yitzhak on May 4, 2016

"If there is something that frightens me about the memories of the Holocaust, it is the knowledge of the awful processes which happened in Europe in general, and in Germany in particular, 70, 80, 90 years ago, and finding traces of them here in our midst, today, in 2016."

SOURCE: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.717948

THEN, a few days later...

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon explains his resignation at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv on Friday, May 20, 2016
"But to my great sorrow, extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel and the Likud Party and are shaking the foundations and threatening to hurt its residents."
 

"Sadly, senior politicians in the country have chosen the way of incitement and segregation of parts of Israeli society instead of unifying it and bringing it together. It is unbearable to me that we will be divided among us out of cynicism and lust for control, and I expressed my opinion on the matter more than once out of honest concern for the future of society in Israel and the future of the next generations."

SOURCE: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.720653

Ex-Israeli Prime Minister and Ex-Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak with wife Nili Priel
Israel has been "infected by the seeds of fascism," former prime minister and defense minister Ehud Barak said during a TV interview on Friday night. (May 20, 2016)

Responding to the resignation of Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon earlier in the day, Barak said that it "should be a red light for all of us regarding what's going on in the government."

Ya'alon's resignation is "the end of a chain that began with the case of the soldier who shot [a wounded Palestinian assailant to death], such incidents give us an X-ray image that is opposed to the will of the people."

"What has happened is a hostile takeover of the Israeli government by dangerous elements. And it's just the beginning."

"Life-sustaining Zionism and the seeds of fascism cannot live together," Barak told a Channel 10 interviewer.

SOURCE: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.720715

Monday, May 23, 2016

[ePalestine] PSR: Asynchronous and Inseparable Struggles for Rights and a Political End-Game (By Sam Bahour)


As part of the 6-month policy research on new directions for the Palestinians conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) under the title:

What directions for Palestinians?
Changing the Status Quo: What directions for Palestinians?
September 2015-March 2016


My contribution may be found in the following paper which addresses the one-state - two-state debate:

Asynchronous and Inseparable Struggles for Rights and a Political End-Game
Sam Bahour, author

Radi Jarai and Mohammad Daraghmeh, commentators
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

[ePalestine] Haaretz: Why Would That General Compare Israel to 1930s Germany? Hmm...

BRILLIANT! And in an Israeli English newspaper...tell me the times are not changing...

Haaretz

Why Would That General Compare Israel to 1930s Germany? Hmm... 

B. Michael May 15, 2016

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.719740

http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.719740

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

[ePalestine] TWIP: Start Up Your Market (By Sam Bahour)

http://bit.ly/start-up-your-market


http://bit.ly/start-up-your-market

Starting a company is no joke. Well, let me say that in a different way: starting a serious company is no joke. Over 90 percent of start-up companies fail; as this number is high, it is a time-tested factor to consider before taking the leap of faith.



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Monday, April 25, 2016

[ePalestine] FORWARD: Q&A — Michael Chabon Talks Occupation, Injustice and Literature After Visit to West Bank (By Naomi Zeveloff)

http://forward.com/culture/books/339119/qa-michael-chabon-talks-occupation-injustice-and-literature-after-visit-to/#ixzz46mZImSny

 Naomi Zeveloff

"It is the most grievous injustice I have ever seen in my life."
"This is the worst thing I have ever seen, just purely in terms of injustice. If saying that is going to lose me readers, I don't want those readers. They can go away and never come back."
~Michael Chabon

This man has earned my R-E-S-P-E-C-T (and friendship)!
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

[ePalestine] +972: Why Land Day still matters (By Sam Bahour and Fida Jiryis)



+972 Blog

Why Land Day still matters

By Sam Bahour and Fida Jiryis

No need to rewrite, just add two years

http://bit.ly/LandDay2014


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Friday, February 12, 2016

[ePalestine] BROOKINGS: No unilateral Israeli path to two states (by Sam Bahour)

The Brookings Institution

SERIES: Markaz: Debating Israeli-Palestinian futures

No unilateral Israeli path to two states

Sam Bahour
February 12, 2016



The composition and track record of the current Israeli government leads Palestinians to expect very little from Israel in the way of advancing peace. After five decades of military occupation, and repeated failures of two decades of bilateral negotiations based on the Oslo Accords, there is a clear need for new ideas. But the proposals offered by Amos Yadlin's post last month, "Two states, four paths for achieving them," do not accord with basic realities on the Palestinian side, and as such do not offer a viable pathway to a two-state outcome.

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