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 | 2 comments
When Abbas succeeded Arafat, he was completely ignored by Israel. No Israeli official would even meet with him. After Hamas was elected to power, Israel finally embraced Abbas as a long lost friend. They had discovered a use for him. Israel trained and armed Abbas faction in order to use them as a cats paw against Hamas. As part of this plan, Israel made some promises to give Abbas some concessions to present to his people. In the end, the coup failed and the promises were forgotten. Abbas, who up to that point, was viewed with suspicion by everybody, was seen as a tool of Israel. After Israels predictable failure to deliver on their promises, Abbas made an attempt to rehabilitate himself, finally representing his people as a leader and not an agent of Israel. This brings us up to date. None of this was secret. It was all well reported.