Opinion | From Balfour to Trump: Denying Palestine, one dirty deal at a time

First published by the Middle East Eye on 30 January, 2020 Yet again, the leader of a 'civilised' western democracy has told millions of Palestinians that we have no rights US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announce the ‘deal of the century’ on 28 January in Washington (AFP) US President Donald …

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With Israeli talk of annexing the Jordan valley, does anyone worry about peace?

First published by the Arab weekly on 26/1/2020 Netanyahu has indicated that he would use the gathering of world leaders in Jerusalem to urge that they impose sanctions on the ICC. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on January 19. (AFP) Last September, Israeli Prime Minister …

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Trump’s 12 days of Christmas: The gift that keeps on giving – to Israel

First published by the Middle East Eye on 24/12/2019 From the Jerusalem embassy move to UNRWA funding cuts, the US administration has lavished Israel with gifts while erasing Palestinian rights US President Donald Trump stands on stage after his address to the Israeli American Council National Summit in Florida on 7 December (AFP) Christmas - …

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Israeli elections are being fought by annexing Palestinian land

First published by TRT World on 12/9/2019 The Israeli right led by Benjamin Netanyahu is having to grab increasingly more land from neighbours in order to shore up support at home. Next week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces his second election of the year, having failed to form a coalition government in his first …

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Palestinians remain key player in Middle East peace dynamics

First published by the Arab Weekly on 29/6/2019 Kushner claimed the political plan would not be based on the Arab Peace Initiative but would be somewhere between the initiative and what Israel’s position is. Accommodating hosts. Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa (C) attends the closing session of the US-sponsored Middle East …

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US peace deal’s outcome foreshadowed by talk of West Bank annexation

First published by the Arab Weekly on15/6/2019 Despite their apparent weakness, the Palestinians hold the trump card, that of their needed signature to any deal, economic or political. Heavy bias. A 2018 file picture shows White House senior adviser Jared Kushner (R) speaking with US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman upon Kushner’s arrival at the …

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Three Mecca summits show support for Palestine but no action

First published by TRT World on 2/6/2019 Solidarity will not bring justice for the Palestinians at a time when they have been abandoned by their neighbours. General view of Arab leaders during the14th Islamic summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia June 1, 2019. ( Reuters ) Islam’s holiest city …

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Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ staggers after Mecca summits

First published by the Arab Weekly on 2/6/2019 While the American pair’s purpose of the visits to Jordan and Morocco was to drum up support for the Manama workshop, it appears this failed. Consensus issue. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during the Arab League Summit in Mecca, …

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‘Deal of the century’ is a surrender note, and Palestinians will not sign

First published by the Middle East Eye on 10/5/2019 Considering the US administration’s bias towards Israel, there is little hope for a genuine peace deal The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, listens as White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks in Jerusalem on 14 May 2018 (AFP) Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and …

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New Governments in Israel and Palestine but peace is a distant goal for Palestinians and Israelis

24/4/2019 The Israeli people have spoken through the ballot box to give Benjamin Netanyahu another term, while the Palestinian President has acted to impose a Fatah led Government on the Palestinian People. Neither the exaggerated Israeli democracy nor the Palestinian President’s autocracy will bring the Israelis and Palestinian closer to peace. On the 9th of …

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