• Don’t expect much, if anything, from John Kerry’s visit

    New York Times Room for Debate, March 27, 2013 The previous secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, thought that making efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were, as one Israeli news media outlet put it, “a waste of time.” Clinton delegated the task to George Mitchell — a sure sign that she did not expect …

  • Israelis fight over neighborhood’s soul

    Al Jazeera English, September 27, 2012 Just like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the ongoing struggle for Kiryat Yovel began with a small strip of land. Residents of this predominately secular neighbourhood of West Jerusalem call it “Warburg Lot”. Located in the heart of Kiryat Yovel, locals have taken to holding cultural events on Warburg on Friday …

  • Why would Israel budge?

    The New York Times, March 8, 2012 Might Israel attend the meeting about a nuclear weapon free Middle East in Finland? Certainly. Just like it has “participated” in the peace process–with no real intention of making concessions. In both cases, there are no consequences for Israel sticking to its agenda. So why would Israel budge? …

  • What State? Whose Authority?

    The Boston Review, October 10, 2011 The stage and big screen are ready and waiting in Ramallah’s Clock Square on September 23. Workers unload plastic chairs from a truck. Banners bearing the slogan “Palestine 194” hang from nearby buildings. Preparations are almost set for the public viewing of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech …