Tag: Palestinians

For Palestinian Families, ‘No Light at the End of the Tunnel’

NABLUS, West Bank — Dina Teeti, 23, tries to tune out politics. But a few weeks ago, around the time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said he planned to begin annexing parts of the West Bank, she turned to her father with a heartfelt question: “What will happen to us?” Samar Teeti had always […]

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Benjamin Netanyahu and the Death of the Zionist Dream

From the 1920s onward, the Zionist movement was split into two groups that put forward rival ideas of the Jewish state, one liberal, the other right wing. David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s founding father and its longest serving prime minister, was the leader of Labor Zionism, the liberal vision; Zeev Jabotinsky was the founder of Revisionist Zionism […]

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Anti-Zionists Deserve Free Speech

The Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, one of the founders of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, was supposed to be on a speaking tour of the United States this week, with stops at N.Y.U.’s Washington campus and at Harvard. He was going to attend his daughter’s wedding in Texas. I had plans to interview him […]

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In Netanyahu’s Win, Arabs See Another Nail in the Coffin of a Palestinian State

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on Wednesday to be on his way to a fifth term as prime minister of Israel, solidifying the sense across the Arab world that the dream of a Palestinian state is more remote than ever — as is the chance that the United States will help create it. Throughout […]

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Mr. Netanyahu’s Next Test

With the election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a fourth consecutive term, Israel reached a fateful moment. Mr. Netanyahu has set a course that could end Palestinian chances for statehood, threaten Israel’s democratic character and deepen the alienation between its right-wing coalition government and a majority of American Jews. Mr. Netanyahu can still choose […]

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Israel’s Lesson for the Democrats in 2020

TEL AVIV — It was a referendum on him and he nailed it. Nobody can take that away from Benjamin Netanyahu. This summer, in his fifth term, he will surpass David Ben-Gurion as the longest-serving Israeli prime minister. Enough said. His victory contains a warning for any Democrat still imagining that the 2020 election will […]

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News Analysis: It’s Bibi’s Israel Now

JERUSALEM — Benjamin Netanyahu’s apparent re-election as prime minister of Israel attests to a starkly conservative vision of the Jewish state and its people about where they are and where they are headed. They prize stability, as well as the military and economic security that Mr. Netanyahu has delivered. Though they have never been safer, […]

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Airbnb Reverses Policy Banning Listings in Israeli Settlements in West Bank

Airbnb said Tuesday that it had reversed its decision to remove listings of properties located in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. In November, the company provoked an uproar in Israel and a flood of litigation when it said that it would eliminate about 200 listings in West Bank settlements that are “at the core […]

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News Analysis: In Trump, Netanyahu Sees an Ally Who Helps Him Push the Envelope

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vow for Israel to annex parts of the West Bank would flout four decades of American policy, under both Republican and Democratic presidents. But nothing emboldened Mr. Netanyahu to take such a risk more than the support of his ally President Trump. From recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan […]

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Netanyahu’s Talk of West Bank Annexations Is a Blow to Peace but No Surprise, Palestinians Say

If Israel were to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised in his re-election campaign, it would be a potentially fatal blow to the already tattered prospects for a peace agreement with side-by-side states, and could unleash a new round of violence, Palestinians warned on Monday. But among Palestinians […]

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Democracy, Israeli Style

JERUSALEM — When will the “deal of the century,” as President Trump has called his forthcoming plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace, finally be unveiled? Certainly not before April 9, when Israel holds its next election. But how soon after? “In less than 20 years,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noncommittally told a congressional committee recently. In […]

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In Israel Election, the Future of the West Bank Is Now on the Ballot

JERUSALEM — As Israelis get ready to go to the polls on Tuesday, a stark, fateful and long-deferred choice has suddenly reappeared to confront them after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s unexpected promise to begin extending sovereignty over the West Bank if he is re-elected. Do voters want to make permanent their country’s control over the […]

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Profile: A Debut Novelist Explores Her Family’s History, and Palestine’s

Reaching Nablus, in the West Bank, from Jordan takes planning, and patience. There is the circuitous drive to the closest border checkpoint. There are the notoriously long lines and waits to make the crossing. But if you’re fortunate, as was the British-Palestinian writer Isabella Hammad, you may have as your guide a “force of nature” […]

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Boycott Israel’s Election? A Palestinian Rapper Says No

JERUSALEM — Frustrated over their choices in the Israeli election, and at Arab politicians whom they describe as ineffective, some Palestinian citizens of Israel have been gathering popular support for a boycott of Tuesday’s ballot. But a well-known Palestinian hip-hop artist released a powerful new video on Thursday pushing back on the boycott, urging Arab […]

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We Are Too Weak to Stop Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Israel is holding an election on Tuesday, and Palestinian communities in the occupied territories are not following it with much interest. This is not because whoever is elected will not have a strong impact on our lives. It’s because none of the leading candidates has a program for peace. The main […]

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How to Make Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan Work

WASHINGTON — After two years of playing coy, the Trump administration is reportedly finally ready to unveil its plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace. The plan’s details remain confidential, but if it is anything like President Trump’s moves so far on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, it will be bold. Some of those steps have worked out far better […]

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A Jewish Councilman Said ‘Palestine Does Not Exist.’ Now He May Be Punished.

[What you need to know to start your day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] New York City, home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel, has often served as a proxy battleground for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mayors — dating back from Robert F. Wagner, who in 1957 barred a welcome for a Saudi […]

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