Posts Tagged ‘BESA’

 

DEBATE: Would a Change in Palestinian Authority Leadership Affect the Peace Process?

editor 8 May 2018

By Dr. George N. Tzogopoulos.. BESA Center Online Debate No. 10, May 6, 2018

Q:   In 2005, Mahmoud Abbas was elected to a four-year term as president of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Thirteen years later he remains in the position without having held any further elections. While the date of his departure cannot be predicted, scenarios for the new leadership of the PA are already being examined. BESA joins the debate by posing the question: Would a change in the PA’s leadership affect the peace process?

Respondents: Ido Zelkovitz, Hillel Frisch, Amir Tibon, Asaf Romirowsky, Gregg Roman, Jonathan Rynhold [Photo top right: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he delivers a speech in the West Bank city of Bethlehem January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Awad]. (more…)

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The Hysteria over the Polish Law

editor 4 April 2018

By Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen.. BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 785, April 3, 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The essence of Zionism as a national liberation movement is the Jewish People’s return to history as a sovereign actor – a nation among the nations. Insofar as the Holocaust is not the justification for its sovereign existence, Israel’s response to the Polish law forbidding Poles from being accused of involvement in Nazi crimes must take into account pragmatic considerations in the changing political arena. [Photo top right: Theodor Hertzl | Wikimedia Commons | Credit: Carl Pietzner (1853–1927) um 1909]. (more…)

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Debate: Should US Aid to the Palestinians Be Suspended?

editor 24 March 2018

By Dr. George N. Tzogopoulos.. BESA Center Online Debate No. 6, February 8, 2018.

Q: On January 2, 2018, US President Donald Trump threatened to pull funding from the Palestinians with the tweet: “But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?” Two weeks later, the US said that it while it remains committed to a voluntary contribution of $60 million to sustain Palestinian schools and health services, it is holding back a further $65 million for reconsideration. BESA joins the debate by posing the question: Should US aid to the Palestinians be suspended? [Photo top right: Donald Trump and Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office, May 4, 2017, Official White House | Photo by Shealah Craighead].  (more…)

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Reframing the Middle Eastern and Palestinian Refugee Crises

editor 16 March 2018

By Dr. Alex Joffe and Dr. Asaf Romirowsky.. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: There are two Middle Eastern refugee crises currently vying for resources and attention. One is nominally focused on Syria but in fact extends from Libya to Afghanistan. The other crisis is Palestinian and has supposedly been going on since 1948. A closer look at the causes of these crises shows the former to be primarily the result of the collapsing Arab state system and the rise of militant Islam, while the latter cannot be considered a crisis at all. [Photo top right: RAFAH REFUGEE CAMP, GAZA STRIP – MAY 15: Palestinian refugee Mohamad Mahmoud AL-arja 80 year from Rafah refugee camp, shows off the keys of his house in Beer AI-saba, which is now located in Israel, during rally 15 May 2007. In Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza strip Palestinians Commemorate May 15 as Nakba Day or Catastrophe Day, to mark the 59th anniversary of the al-Nakba the day the Israeli state was created in 1948. (Photo by STR Getty Images)]. (more…)

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Why Is Israel’s Image Improving in Greece?

editor 28 October 2017

By George N. Tzogopoulos.. BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 625, October 24, 2017.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Israel’s image in the Greek media has been negative for decades. However, the rapprochement between Athens and Jerusalem and improvement in their political and economic relations since 2010 have affected Greek journalists. While sympathy for the Palestinians has not completely faded, Israel is no longer represented exclusively as a villain. It is now often portrayed as a useful partner. While anti-Semitism remains a problem in Greece, this new media attitude could lead to its decline over the long term. (more…)

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How Palestine “Occupies” Itself

editor 14 October 2017

By Dr. Asaf Romirowski.. BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 606, October 7, 2017

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: “Occupation” has become an all-purpose Palestinian tool. On the one hand, the Palestinians claim the Israeli “occupation” makes serious negotiations with Israel impossible. On the other, they claim the “occupation” makes the development of local institutions and civil society impossible. Western and Israeli diplomats have largely avoided criticism of this strategy, possibly because it has become a central tenet of Palestinian identity. [Photo top right: Nabeel Shaath, Member of Fatah Central Committee, Representative of the State of Palestine. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons]. (more…)

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Palestinian Settler-Colonialism

editor 7 September 2017

By Dr. Alex Joffe.. BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 577, September 3, 2017

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The concept of “settler colonialism” has been applied with almost unique vehemence against Israel. But the fact that Jews are the indigenous population of the Southern Levant can be proved with ease. In contrast, historical and genealogical evidence shows Palestinians descend primarily from three primary groups: Muslim invaders, Arab immigrants, and local converts to Islam. (more…)

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Guide for the Diplomatically Perplexed: Trump 1.0

editor 28 January 2017

By Prof. Gerald M. Steinberg.. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The “art of the deal” does not translate directly from the world of business to the world of diplomacy. Diplomatic deal-making requires mastery of four basic elements: integration of diplomacy with the credible threat of force; the rewarding of friends and the punishing of enemies (rather than the opposite); a diplomatic focus on interests rather than emotions; and a refusal to condescend to the citizens who will be affected.  (more…)

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