J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami speaks to the Americans for Peace Now podcast, PeaceCast.
Morning Education, Politico
“Other groups weighing in on the policy shift included J Street, the liberal-leaning Jewish advocacy organization, which slammed the Education Department’s ‘spurious reversal’ on the issue. Its decision to reopen the Rutgers investigation, the group said in a statement, ‘is not about upholding civil rights or a serious effort to combat anti-Semitism, but about advancing a right-wing agenda that seeks to silence open discussion and debate of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.’”
Ben Caspit writes, “The American administration’s offensive against the Palestinian Authority is at its height. Israel enthusiastically backs up the American political maneuvers. The strategy is to pin the Palestinians to the wall to extract the best possible deal for the Israeli side. The problem is that this strategy could boomerang. The Palestinians have already threatened to ‘return the keys’ many times. An Israeli source with expertise on the current goings-on told Al-Monitor this week on condition of anonymity: ‘They will return the keys on the day that the Israeli right will annex the West Bank.’ In other words — never. Nevertheless, in light of the rapidly deteriorating situation, the advanced age of Abbas and the T-junction toward which everyone is being pushed — it is recommended to address the Palestinian threats seriously, this time around.”
The Trump administration’s Middle East Envoy, Jason Greenblatt, speaks to Reuters about the administration’s plans.
Kushner Says Punishing Palestinians Won’t Hurt Chance for Peace Deal, The New York Times
Three days after the Trump administration evicted the Palestine Liberation Organization from its offices in Washington, Jared Kushner defended the latest in a string of punitive actions against the Palestinians and insisted that none of them had diminished the chances of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Israeli military found and destroyed an improvised explosive device along the southern Gaza border on Friday, the second such case in two days.
President Donald Trump’s administration offered the Palestinians $5 billion in aid if they negotiate with Israel, according to a report by the Israeli business paper Globes.
Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, was warned in 2016 by journalist Bret Stephens about allegedly inappropriate behavior towards 14 women by David Keyes, Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu’s spokesperson.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure that would codify into law the $38 billion defense aid package for Israel over 10 years that was negotiated in the final days of the Obama administration.
Punishing the PLO isn’t going to win Trump any ‘deal of the century’, Los Angeles Times
Dov Waxman writes, “The Trump administration’s decision to close the Palestine Liberation Organization’s office in Washington this week is the latest in a series of punitive actions it has taken against the Palestinians. The purpose is clear: to force the PLO and its ailing octogenarian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, to restart peace talks with Israel, and, ultimately, to accept the administration’s long-awaited peace plan. This strategy of coercion and collective punishment is bound to fail.”
Muhammad Shehada writes, “25 years into the saga of wars and repeated crises that followed Oslo, the current growing distrust of all political groups is significantly influenced by the failure of both parties to come up with any solutions, or at the very least, transcend their internal division and reconcile for the sake of their people. The repeated failures of the reconciliation process developed a collective sense of skepticism, and the belief that neither one of the Palestinian political groups have the people’s wellbeing and interests at the heart of their agenda.”