On Wednesday, Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, is to deliver a letter to the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, informing him that after 44 years of membership, her nation is leaving the European Union. Approximately two years later, after negotiating the terms of that departure, the union will lose at a stroke “an eighth of its population, a sixth of its G.D.P., half its nuclear-arms cache and a seat on the U.N. Security Council,” as Susan Watkins, the editor of New Left Review, noted recently.
Ms. Watkins is a “Lexiteer,” as left-wing supporters of ‘Brexit’ like me are known.… Seguir leyendo »
Israel is at a crossroads: two states or not two states.
Of course, the world does not expect a deal to be made tomorrow — or even soon. These days, no one is that naive. But it does want to hear from Israel that there has been no paradigm shift, no retreat to the old dream of a Greater Israel by annexation, and no abandonment — once recognition, security guarantees and the formal end-of-claims by the Palestinians have been secured — of the commitment to Palestinian statehood.
Because this significant shift is what is at stake, it really matters that Israel’s Naftali Bennett has been making threats again.… Seguir leyendo »