Tagged: Israeli Elections

Israel’s Last Election?
Josh Ruebner, The Huffington Post

Israel’s Last Election?

Defying all pre-election polling, which showed Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party at best in a dead heat with its main electoral rival, the Zionist Union, the Israeli prime minister romped to a comfortable victory in Israel's election Tuesday, garnering 30 seats against the Zionist Union's 24. The results chart a relatively easy path for Netanyahu to form a right-wing government composed of extreme nationalist, pro-settlement, and religious parties.

on March 23, 2015
White House warns Netanyahu that ‘occupation must end’
AFP/Yahoo News

White House warns Netanyahu that ‘occupation must end’

The White House on Monday bluntly warned Israel that its occupation of Palestinian land must end, dismissing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's efforts to take back controversial campaign pledges. In unusually tough language that underscores the fracture in relations between Washington and Israel, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said "an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.

on March 23, 2015
5 ways Obama can ‘reassess’ US-Israel relations
Josh Ruebner, The Hill

5 ways Obama can ‘reassess’ US-Israel relations

The White House is understandably livid with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who, in a desperate bid to retain power, won Israel's election last week by laying bare the racism and colonialism at the heart of Israel's policies toward Palestinians. To pander to an increasingly nationalist and intolerant voter base, Netanyahu admitted that Israel's colonization of Palestinian land is designed to constrict Palestinian growth, renounced his lukewarm support for Palestinian statehood and engaged in race-baiting against Israel's Palestinian citizens.

on March 23, 2015
What It Feels Like to Be a ‘Demographic Threat’ to Israel
Yousef Munayyer, The Nation

What It Feels Like to Be a ‘Demographic Threat’ to Israel

I am a demographic threat. I am a demographic threat; I am the son, grandson and father of demographic threats; and I am the husband of demographic spillover. I am a Palestinian citizen of Israel, and this is the language that the State of Israel, its leaders and its elites have sanctioned within their discourse to refer to me and to millions of other human beings.

on March 20, 2015
Views You Can Use: Bibi’s Flip-Flop
Rachel Brody, US News

Views You Can Use: Bibi’s Flip-Flop

Following his re-election earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walked back a statement he made in the final days of his campaign in which he opposed the formation of a Palestinian state. "I don't want a one-state solution,” he told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Thursday. “I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution.”

on March 20, 2015
Palestinians: Time for U.S. to reassess Israel relations
A.H. Erakat, USA Today

Palestinians: Time for U.S. to reassess Israel relations

Disheartened but not surprised by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's election victory this week, Palestinian leaders are hoping his strident stance on their statehood will turn President Obama into a more active ally for their cause. It's "about time" the U.S. reassess its relationship with Israel, Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official and lawmaker said, adding she hopes the White House will find the "political will and courage to stand up to Israel."

on March 20, 2015
The Jim Crow Holy Land
Foreign Policy In Focus & The Nation

The Jim Crow Holy Land

The last days of the campaign sounded an awful lot like the Jim Crow South, when African-Americans had officially won the right to vote but still faced massive discrimination. On election morning, a powerful white official running for re-election urged his followers to get out and vote, warning that minority voters were turning out in large numbers—and those trouble-making civil rights agitators, he complained, were busing them to the polls. But this wasn’t Mississippi or Alabama circa 1965. It was Israel in 2015.

on March 20, 2015
In wake of Netanyahu victory, a narrow path forward for Palestine
Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC

In wake of Netanyahu victory, a narrow path forward for Palestine

Diana Buttu was not optimistic about the outcome of the Israeli elections before Tuesday, nor was she surprised. Now, with Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party having retained the majority, and with the prime minister renouncing the two-state solution in a final bid for conservative Israeli votes, the Palestinian attorney, policy adviser and former negotiator sees a narrow path forward for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

on March 20, 2015
Is there still hope for a two-state solution?
Andrea Mitchell Reports, MSNBC

Is there still hope for a two-state solution?

Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, joins Andrea Mitchell Reports to talk about Prime Minister Netanyahu’s attempts to walk back earlier remarks about rejecting the establishment of a Palestinian state.

on March 20, 2015
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