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
No one who has observed Mahmoud Abbas over the past few years could have failed to take note that he is a politician of a vastly different caliber from Arafat. While Arafat was a crude ideologue with no diplomatic finesse (even though he did possess the shrewdness of a fox) and remained forever the militant - in word, deed and demeanor (he never gave up appearing in public in uniform and with a gun in his holster), Abbas has learned to advance his cause - Palestinian Statehood - by utilizing more acceptable diplomatic venues that appeal to the world arena and by publicly discouraging violence and instead embracing parliamentarian methods. He even learned the game of staring down his political opponent and waiting to see who blinks first.