The HBO mini-series “Our Boys” dramatizes the investigation into the killing of a Palestinian teenager following the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teenagers by Hamas militants in 2014. In the first episode, Simon, the investigator with Israel’s security agency, the Shin Bet, questions his commander’s decision to give the Israeli public false hope about the fate of the three Jewish boys. Thousands of Israelis had joined the parents of the abducted boys to publicly pray for their safe return. To allow the hopefuls to believe such an unlikely outcome, Simon feels, is to prime them for heartbreak and anger if the boys do, as he suspects, turn up dead.… Seguir leyendo »
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When President Trump announced that the United States would formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he upended a central tenet of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process: Under the first Oslo Accord in 1993, the status of Jerusalem was to be resolved through direct negotiations, and not through unilateral declarations by Washington or other third parties. For over two decades, Labor, Israel’s main center-left party, has been committed to a two-state solution that would honor the Oslo agreement.
Times have evidently changed for the party. Its new leader, Avi Gabbay, who scored a stunning victory in Labor’s leadership election in July, celebrated Mr.… Seguir leyendo »
For decades, Israel has prided itself on its anti death-penalty stance. But in the past year, calls for the use of capital punishment have started to rise again, heightened by the trial of Elor Azaria, a sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces. Sergeant Azaria has been charged with manslaughter for killing Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, a Palestinian. Mr. Sharif had stabbed an Israeli soldier, and been shot and wounded by the soldier’s colleagues. In a video of the event, he can be seen lying supine and still for several minutes before Sergeant Azaria calmly points the gun at his head and fires.… Seguir leyendo »