FMEP in the News
FMEP President Matt Duss talks to James Zogby of the Arab American Institute about what the future holds for Israelis and Palestinians.
The Separation Barrier in the West Bank shows that walls cannot provide security. They can only provide “security theater.”
Security will only exist when the society on the other side rejects the use of terrorism against Israelis citizens and the use of violence against soldiers and police. The other side will not be convinced to loudly voice their opposition to the attacks against Israelis while they continue to suffer and see no hope for positive change on the horizon. No Israeli that I know would ever agree to live under the conditions that exist for Palestinians in the West Bank, east Jerusalem or Gaza.
Israel is to put financial pressure on Palestinian schools in occupied East Jerusalem in a bid to make them switch over to an Israeli-controlled curriculum, according to local activists and officials.
The U.S. ambassador at the United Nations, Samantha Power, told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a meeting in Jerusalem on Monday that the U.S. administration is concerned about legislation that the Netanyahu government is promoting on disclosure of foreign government funding of non-governmental organizations. The so-called “NGO bill,” which is primarily directed at left-wing Israeli groups, could do harm to civil society organizations and Israeli democracy as a whole, Power said, according to Israeli sources who had been briefed on the contents of the meeting.
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said Wednesday that if he is elected president, he would be “neutral” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Now that the Iran nuclear deal has been implemented, the Islamic Republic, Egypt and others are likely to make a much more serious push for a nuclear-free Middle East. And Israel is in a much tighter spot than ever before,” writes Shemuel Meir.
The UN Mideast envoy said Wednesday that threats by Hamas to continue building tunnels into Israel do “not help” reconstruction efforts in war-battered Gaza Strip.
Major rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have reached a “tentative agreement” on forming a unity government, a senior Fatah official said Wednesday.