On the face of it, last week’s election for a new leader for Israel’s left-wing Labor Party is a positive signal of change. But in reality, this internal party election, held less than four years after the previous one, is a strong signal of the weakness of the political left in Israel. It’s also a sign that its main political vehicle — the Labor Party — is in a poor state and not likely to successfully challenge its main rival on the right, Likud, and take power from its longtime leader and current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
As sometimes happens, the first round did not lead to a clear winner.… Seguir leyendo »
President-elect Donald Trump has set the foreign policymaking world on edge with his and his team’s repeated insistence that as president he will move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The goal: support Israel’s claim to the city as its “undivided, eternal capital.” By nominating David Friedman — who agrees with that position — to be ambassador to Israel, Trump apparently emphasizes this commitment.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has resisted resolution for decades. But Trump has insisted that “a deal is a deal” and that because he is “a negotiator,” he will be successful where others were not. In this case, presumably Trump plans to offer the Palestinians compensation to accept Israel’s claims to Jerusalem.… Seguir leyendo »