Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 4 comments
Tzfonit, Hamas hasn't yet officially indicated that it wants to talk directly to Israel, so I can't really blame Israel on that (although it would be great if the initiative for dialogue would once come from the Israeli side). But again, I am not blaming Israel for that, at least until Hamas has cancelled its charta. But with regard to Syria it looks a bit different to me. I think the Syrians have clearly indicated over the past weeks that they would be interested to sit down with Israel. Now you are saying it doesn't make a lot sense as long as they are supporting Hamas and Hezbollah. But you know, wouldn't it be the (hopeful) outcome of exactly those talks that Syria would abandon or at least lessen its support for those two organizations...??