Jeremy Ben-Ami

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The world is far too familiar with the seemingly intractable problem: Jews and Palestinians who live in the same small stretch of land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea and, despite decades of trying to divide the land into two independent states, seem incapable of agreeing on how to do it. Some progressive activists, pundits and political scientists are so frustrated by that failure that they now offer an alternative: Stop trying to divide what can't be divided and start figuring out how to live together as one big, happy family in one binational state.

It's easy to see why this idea has some superficial attraction, especially for American liberals who have become used to lauding the development in our own nation of an increasingly multiethnic, multicultural society.…  Seguir leyendo »

Secretary of State John Kerry has run into a buzz-saw of negativity as he strives to jump-start diplomacy to reach a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Critics claim he’s on a fool’s errand with little chance of success and call on him to spend more time on other matters.

The Israeli daily Haaretz says Kerry is a “freyer” — Israeli slang for sucker or dupe. A front-page New York Times analysis questions Kerry’s focus on Israeli-Palestinian peace as “chaos in the Middle East grows.” Reuters calls his efforts “quixotic.” The “expert class” seems united in its belief that the chances of success are so low the secretary shouldn’t bother trying.…  Seguir leyendo »

No American president has spoken to Israelis quite the way Barack Obama did on Thursday in Jerusalem.

Importantly, President Obama began by establishing beyond doubt that he understands Israel’s security needs and that he has internalized the Jewish-Israeli narrative. He paid tribute to the full sweep of Jewish history and acknowledged not only that Jews have the right to exercise their national self-determination on their historic homeland, but that Israel is a living, breathing reality that is not going away.

He also acknowledged that friends speak truth to friends; they give honest advice that comes from the heart. They challenge friends to be the best they can be.…  Seguir leyendo »

A mere 24 hours after it takes office this month, President Obama’s new national security team will come face to face with a fundamentally different political reality in Israel and the Palestinian territory than their predecessors dealt with.

The real story of the Israeli election scheduled for Jan. 22 is the meteoric rise of the right-wing HaBayit HaYehudi (Jewish Home) Party and its new leader, Naftali Bennett. Likely to head the second- or third-largest party in the next Knesset, Bennett advocates immediate annexation of 60 percent of the West Bank.

Gone from Israel’s next government will be any semblance of a moderate voice favoring a two-state solution.…  Seguir leyendo »

Advocates of strong U.S.-Israel relations have aimed for decades to keep Israel from being a divisive issue in American politics. Yet Israel is one of very few foreign policy issues already rating attention in the 2012 presidential election.

Republican candidates recently staked their claim to the “pro-Israel” mantle in front of the Republican Jewish Coalition Forum. President Obama made his case on Friday to 6,000 Reform Jews gathered in Washington.

Studiously avoiding talk of peace, two states or America’s interest in the diplomatic resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, most Republican candidates express unqualified support for Israeli government policy and unprecedented backing for Israeli settlement beyond the pre-1967 Green Line.…  Seguir leyendo »