Al-Aqsa under threat as Israeli elections loom

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 17/1/2019 Muslims arrive at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound to perform the Friday prayer in Jerusalem on 26 October 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency] When Muslims first prayed, they faced Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem rather than Mecca. When Prophet Mohammed (Peace be Upon Him) ascended to heaven, he did so …

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Israel’s botched operation in Gaza comes with consequences

First published by the Arab Weekly on 18/11/2018 The Palestinian group behind that attack scored a public relations victory because it refrained from firing until Israeli soldiers left the bus. War advocacy. Israeli residents from the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon demonstrate against the Gaza ceasefire, on November 14. (AFP) A botched Israeli operation 3km …

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Israel’s attack on democracy for non-Jews form the river to the sea

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 26/9/2016 Member of the Knesset Haneen Zoabi If Israel is not lauding its army, the Israeli Defence Force, as the self-proclaimed “most moral army in the world”, it is claiming to be the “only democracy in the Middle East”. The IDF’s oppressive treatment of Palestinians in the …

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The two-state solution is dead; long live the two-state solution

First published by the Middle East Monitor 2/7/2016 The Middle East Quartet has released its long-awaited report and to no one’s surprise it is claiming that the two-state solution is “in danger”. It alleges that this “danger” comes from Palestinian terrorism and incitement, and Israeli settlement building and takeover of the West Bank’s area C. …

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Israeli society and its leaders are hastening its complete isolation

Israeli society and its leaders are hastening its complete isolation First published by the Middle East Monitor on 30 May 2016 The news that the Israeli cabinet has confirmed the appointment of extremist settler and former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman as Defence Minister is troubling to Palestinians and their supporters. The leader of Yisrael Beiteinu …

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The next generation of Israeli leaders could complete Israel’s isolation

The next generation of Israeli leaders could complete Israel's isolation This was first published on the Middle East Monitor on Saturday, 19 March 2016 Photo from the Middle East Monitor The nature of Israeli politics tells us that elections could be called fairly quickly. Should that happen in the next couple of years it is …

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Abbas commits to more negotiations while violence escalates

The Middle East Monitor publiched my article on 15/1/2016 Abbas commits to more negotiations while violence escalates    Image from the Middle East Monitor In his first speech of 2016, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reviewed the situation facing the Palestinians and set out his approach for the forthcoming year. He started with the …

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The International Community has Created a Rogue, Nuclear State, Israel

Israel is a nuclear state, there can be no doubt about that. It's actions in defying countless United Nations Resolutions, continuing an illegal military occupation, annexing Palestinian and Syrian land and expanding illegal settlements.  This and many of its policies and practices make it a Rogue State.Benjamin Netanyahu was as clear as he can be …

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Who cares about the Israeli elections?  

Don't mention the 'p' word in the Israeli elections. It won't turn heads and it would only bring a shrug of the shoulders and a rolling of eyes. Israel is 'managing the conflict' with the Palestinians and as long as the cost of the occupation is low, there is no incentive for it to change …

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