What killed the two-state solution?
“The international community stood by and patted themselves on the back while Israel expanded the settlements and instituted a system of racial separation with exclusive rights for Jews. And this was called the peace process. Case closed. The question becomes not whether the two-state solution was ever possible, but whether it was ever preferable.” - Adam Horowitz
“Many people on both sides recognize that the two-state outcome may not be as viable as it once was. [...] We have to begin to think of creative ways to live together.” – Ahmed Moor
Haaretz‘s Natasha Mozgovaya reporting:
It’s not that he’s changed his mind on the conflict, he just says blaming Israel has become too easy.
“Nobody really defends Israel anymore,” he said in an interview. “If you go on college campuses, there are some Hillel faithfuls who are bringing an IDF soldier to try to explain that not all IDF soldiers are war criminals. And among the 60 to 100 people in the audience, there are Palestinian supporters who come with tape over their mouth, and when the soldier starts to speak, many people stand up and walk out.
“They’ve lost the battle for public opinion,” he says. “They claim it’s because American Jews know too little – I claim it’s because they know too much about the conflict, and young liberal Jews have difficulty defending the use of cluster bombs in Lebanon or supporting the Israeli settlements. I was bashing Israel in the past because nobody else was exposing its true record. Many people are doing it now, so I switched hats from a critic of Israel to a diplomat who wants to resolve the conflict. I have not changed, but I think the spectrum has moved.”
This photo shows one of the strongest explosions in Gaza today [via Gaza Youth Break Out]. [Correction: The picture above is from the 2009 attack on Gaza: From @felimmcmahon tweet: "Normally excellent @MaanNewsAgency ran 2009 pic without caption in early report of today's airstrike ... http://lockerz.com/s/191346127" ... "They often run 'file pic' alert in grey caption box. In fairness, anyone can make a mistake. Lots of ppl tweeting that pic today." --- I'll keep the photo posted though as a reminder of the continuing tragedy that reigns there.]
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Sur cette terre, il y a ce qui mérite vie :
l’hésitation d’avril, l’odeur du pain à l’aube,
les opinions d’une femme sur les hommes, les écrits d’Eschyle,
le commencement de l’amour, l’herbe sur une pierre,
des mères debout sur un filet de flûte
et la peur qu’inspire le souvenir aux conquérants …/…
- Mahmoud Darwich
Une Antigone palestinienne