The lack of self-awareness from an expert peace processor here is stunning. It is precisely the withholding of funds tied to pay-for-slay & the shifting regional diplomatic architecture that have yielded the concessions he notes here. More ironic is the transparent projection:
The expert processors swooped in in 2009 demanding purifying "daylight," some public pressure on Israel which would supposedly earn the US credit with the Arab world, yield Israeli concessions, and unlock the peace process.

They engineered fake crises and exploited stupid provocations from right-wing Israeli politicians for loud showy spats, and quietly informed the Israelis right at the outset that they no longer saw the previous...

... administration’s commitments (as outlined in the 2004 Bush-Sharon letter) as binding, almost ensuring that no Israeli would ever again consider a territorial withdrawal of any kind for anything less than a full peace treaty including an explicit termination of claims.

And what did they have to show for all this? The Obama administration was possibly the most successful presidency of the past half century, but ironically, the only administration since the Yom Kippur War to have exactly zero accomplishments on Arab-Israeli peace.

Ford: Disengagement of Forces agreements
Carter: Camp David, Egypt Peace
Reagan: Lebanon withdrawal, Taba arbitration
Bush: Madrid conference, first direct talks in Washington
Clinton: Oslo, Jordan peace
Bush: Roadmap, Gaza withdrawal
Trump: normalization agreements

What is so frustrating to processors like this is knowing that they are so much smarter than the other guys, so much better, so much purer, so much more world-wise — and yet they are consistently wrong about everything.

They were convinced Palestinian autonomy in the 90's would lead to a reduction in terrorism; the opposite happened. Convinced that demands for "right of return" were just bluster; they weren't.

Convinced that an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan to the Kinneret shoreline would stabilize the region (memory holed since 2011). Convinced that Erdogan represented a moderate for of democratic Islamism that the rest of the region could learn from.

Convinced that a US recognition of Jerusalem would “explode” the region. Convinced that normalization couldn’t happen in the Gulf.

And the “daylight” cultists will be angling for positions in the incoming Biden administration.

For these experts, the earnest desire for “daylight” often has less to do with a comprehensive view of the Middle East or America’s interests and a great deal to do with the pursuit of a symbolic and cleansing fight with Israel.


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OK, before the rumor mill spins out of control, I think I should just come clean.

I’m the one who wrote that parody article about Israel being responsible for repression in the Arab world and submitted it under Peter Beinart’s name.

It was a silly prank designed to make him look foolish. I now see that I went too far, and I’d like to apologize to the readers and editors who were taken in.

Honestly, I was sure I’d get caught before the article ran. By no empirical measure are Arab countries more repressive now than they were in decades past, and by no measure are the 3 new normalizers any more repressive than their immediate neighbors who haven’t normalized.

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In order to be even minimally plausible, we would need to also see: (1) No Islamist violence in other European countries, as they don’t have burqa bans or laïcitié &c. (2) Radical violence from other minorities in France who, after all, are subject to the same systemic racism.

Neither of these is remotely true. But without them, the thesis of this article is ridiculous.

When people believe something slightly wrong or ambiguously wrong, there is not much to learn from it.

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Rosh Hashana 20 years ago and the Second Intifada broke out. Some events were historical accident and coincidental, some were fully intentional, even if the consequences weren’t.

But the rejection of a two-state peace agreement and historic reconciliation between two peoples was a Palestinian act, not an Israeli or American one, and a costly one at that.

Anyone who claims to care about the Palestinians and the cause of Palestinian liberation needs to take stock of what was gained in the seven years before the outbreak of hostilities and what was sacrificed to sustain it.

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This @jimwaterson attempt to explain the controversy about the antisemitic conspiracy theory that Israel trains American cops to be racist and violent shows exactly why the @Guardian can’t seem to get it right on this issue.…

He doesn’t say that this conspiracy theory has been lurking online for years and comes up predictably whenever police violence is an issue, not just in the US but also, for example, in France.

He doesn’t mention that in 2019 a massacre at a kosher supermarket was carried out in Jersey City by an assailant who believed he was getting revenge against Jews for police violence against African-Americans.

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I’ve been reading newspapers compulsively every day since about the age of 8. Since the 1990’s, when the internet made it possible, I’ve been bingeing on a steady daily diet of multiple papers in multiple languages. I mention this all this as context for the following:

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When future generations study how a pandemic-addled society passed on an opportunity to address structural racism and violence and chose instead to descend into ritualized struggle sessions — where the titillation of the baying mob was only enhanced ...

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Adam, you know. And you've known for a while. Not sure what evidence is missing.
The first step is to stop speaking about Corbyn’s antisemitism as some sort of moral failure deep in his heart. It’s not like we’re talking about someone’s nan using a no-longer-politically-correct term for an immigrant group.
We are talking about a comprehensive worldview that puts a kind of transnational conspiratorial power keeping good people down at its centre.
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