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
They've lured him in with a nice big shiny prize, those 20 fighters. He was so greedy for those that, rather than continuing to insist as before that he couldn't even discuss continuing the freeze, he has now allowed continuing the freeze back to the top of the agenda. Now, though, it turns out that dazzled by all those shiny F35s Bibi didn't notice that actually he's not being offered anything new at all for continuing the freeze. What's happening is that stuff he had anyway, like the existing F35s and US cover at the UN is being made contingent not just on continuing the freeze but on actually progressing a peace deal with the Pals. If he now rejects the US offer, though, he marks himself out as the one who is rejecting peace and he enables US moves against him, perhaps at the UN. If that;s all true, this could get really interesting. On the other hand Clinton and Obama could yet bow the knee to AIPAC. We'll have to wait and see.