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 | 1 comments
Hamas were in more desperate situations than today's. Right now, Israel is increasing the number of items allowed into Gaza, and there is talk (or even some action) about allowing some exports. So the situation in Gaza is actually improving and there is no reason for despair. I think Hamas is simply acting CLEVERLY. The peace negotiations between Abbas and Israel have lead no where, as Hamas has predicted all along and every Palestinian knows that. What Hamas had claimed since its inception was that the only way to extract anything from Israel was by force. And now they are using FORCE. This is a demo for the Palestinians, telling them: Just watch us and watch Abbas: He leads you nowhere and we are the ones carrying out the struggle. I think this is a great political message from Hamas' point of view, and they will reap the benefits if/when Palestinians in the West Bank have to do some voting or express preferences.