Middle East Monitor, 31 May 2016


The proposals will include RELOCATING settlers; FREEZING illegal settlements; SOVEREIGNTY for Palestinians; RADICAL departures from Israel’s right-wing government policies; and PREPARING the next US president to insist on peace talks.

[...] The latest twist in all of this is different, though. What will have shaken the Israeli prime minister is that this latest initiative is being driven by several independent and influential organisations which have always made sure that they are on the same page as Tel Aviv — until now. In a rare move, it seems that the hugely influential Israel Policy Forum has seized control of the Zionist project, leaving Netanyahu isolated or having to play catch up. After Curiel’s rhetoric at the Oxford Union last Thursday, it looks as if Tel Aviv has been panicked into the latter.