Benjamin Netanyahu has turned to a 14-year-old Arab peace plan in trying to project a softer image internationally for a new governing coalition in Israel widely seen as more hardline towards Palestinian statehood.
A new ad aims to counter the outpouring of opposition to Benjamin Netanyahu by retired military brass. J.J. Goldberg says it winds up highlighting just how serious the anti-Bibi effort is.
Three of Israel’s senior ex-defense officials came out last week, almost simultaneously, with blistering attacks on the security policies of Netanyahu’s coalition.
In what may be the largest-ever joint protest by senior Israeli security personnel, 106 IDF ex-generals and spy chiefs signed a letter urging Netanyahu to ‘initiate a diplomatic process.’
Israeli and Saudi ex-spy chiefs Amos Yadlin (left), Prince Turki al-Faisal (center) dialogue in Brussels, May 26. Moderator David Ignatius at right. / German Marshall Fund-YouTube screen grab
This is a news flash for anyone who’s waiting to hear the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas declare publicly in Arabic that he’s ready to recognize and make peace with Israel. He said it. You can watch it here.
Israeli politics were turned upside down this week by the surprise acquittal on Wednesday of Avigdor Lieberman, the blunt-talking, Arab-bashing, Soviet-born former foreign minister and head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party. He had been charged with fraud, witness tampering and breach of trust for allegedly promoting a crony to an ambassadorship. The promotion was allegedly in exchange for leaked information about an ongoing police investigation into Lieberman’s business affairs.
After pundits from across the spectrum predicted John Kerry’s peace project would never get off the ground, it turns out he got the last laugh — for now.
Three weeks after Israeli finance minister Yair Lapid stunned his liberal base by staking out a hardline stance on peace issues, his disappointed lieutenants are coming out in open rebellion.
Secretary of State John Kerry called on American Jews to support the peace process, but when they look to Israel, they hear two very different messages.