When It Comes to Settlements, Netanyahu Is No Hardliner

March 17 2015

Diplomats, journalists, and President Obama have castigated Benjamin Netanyahu for his allegedly intransigent policy of expanding Jewish settlement. In fact, as Evelyn Gordon writes, this does not accord with any actual evidence:

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More about: Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Idiocy, Israel & Zionism, Mahmoud Abbas, Settlements

Hamas Is Winning the War for Palestinian, and Israeli Arab, Hearts and Minds

While many in the West seem to think the current fighting in Israel is about housing policy, or human rights, or the selective blockade of the Gaza Strip, the rhetoric of Palestinian leaders and on Palestinian social media makes clear that it is in fact about al-Aqsa mosque. This should come as no surprise: fabricated claims that “al-Aqsa is in danger” have been used to provoke anti-Jewish violence for a hundred years. In this particular case, explains Haviv Rettig Gur, both Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party exploited the claim in their rivalry for Palestinian hearts and minds:

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More about: Al-Aqsa Mosque, Hamas, Israeli Arabs, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict