it has become increasingly clear to many people around the world and among many American Jews that the Israeli government has no intention of creating a politically and economically viable Palestinian state. On the eve of his reelection, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that no Palestinian state would emerge under his next five-year government. Although Netanyahu subsequently qualified this promise by claiming he only meant that the conditions for creating such a state do not yet exist, his party almost certainly owed its electoral victory to his display of staunch opposition to Palestinian statehood. The government he subsequently appointed contains members who are even more extreme and overtly racist than Netanyahu himself. Such a far right government was made possible because Israeli public opinion has shifted significantly against any two-state solution. This opinion is likely to hold until massive external pressure compels Israel to...
What’s Next for Israel/Palestine? An Introduction
michael lerner is editor of Tikkun, co-chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, and rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue-Without-Walls. He is the author of eleven books, including The Left Hand of God, Jewish Renewal, and Embracing Israel/Palestine.
MICHAEL LERNER; What’s Next for Israel/Palestine? An Introduction. Tikkun 1 November 2015; 30 (4): 18–19. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08879982-3328709
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