Israeli Arrogance and Victim Playing

On Tuesday, Israel approved construction permits for 6,000 illegal housing units for its settler squatters in Area C of the occupied West Bank. Area C, which is where Israel maintains full civil and security control, covers at least 60 percent of the West Bank and is occupied by no less than 325,500 settlers. All Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory are totally illegal under international law.

American Enabling of Israel’s Annexation Addiction

“In a recent interview, the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, told the New York Times “Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all” of the Palestinian territory of the West Bank.In a later conference held by the Jerusalem Post in New York, US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt said, ‘I will let David’s comments stand for themselves. I think he said them elegantly and I support his comments.'”

For Palestinians, It Doesn’t Matter Who Wins Israel’s Elections

By Mohamed Mohamed

Israeli elections have just concluded, and the results indicate that Benjamin Netanyahu is set to win a fifth term as Israeli Prime Minister. The race between Netanyahu and his strongest challenger, Benjamin Gantz, who is a former Chief of Staff of Israeli military forces, was very tight. But even if Gantz and his associated political parties had won, Palestinians would still gain nothing.

David Sheen, an independent Canadian-Israeli journalist, recently gave a talk about Israeli politics and Israeli public opinion at the Palestine Center. In his presentation, Sheen outlines the facts and realities of the Israeli public’s attitudes, and how they correlate with the platforms of Israeli political parties.

Israel and American Politics

By Mohamed Mohamed

In the latest annual human rights report released by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, the Golan Heights is no longer described as “Israeli-occupied,” but rather, “Israeli-controlled.”

This change in language is similar to one that started to show up since last year’s report, when the “Israel and the Occupied Territories” section was renamed to “Israel, Golan Heights, West Bank and Gaza.”

Arab Normalization With Israel

By Mohamed Mohamed

In a recent US-led conference in Warsaw, Poland on “peace and security” in the Middle East, Gulf Arab states appear to have cozied up even more with Israel. This conference has been widely viewed as an American attempt to incite greater world opposition to Iran, which is something that Israel and a number of Arab countries completely support.

Buying Back the Iron Dome

By Mohamed Mohamed

The US Army has announced that it plans to purchase the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which has been developed and produced by Israel’s government-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems company. Iron Dome is a military system that is designed to detect and intercept incoming rockets, artillery, and mortars. It has been operational since 2011 and was used and tested extensively during Israel’s massive assaults on Gaza in 2012 and 2014.  

US Army Colonel Patrick Seiber said in a statement that Iron Dome would be “assessed and experimented” with to protect deployed US military forces.