APN Weekly Update – Security Hawks Turn Doves, Israel-Turkey in the News, and More

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Americans for Peace Now: June 29, 2016

"There is something that happens to those who go to serve as Heads of Mossad and Shin-Bet. Something in this post turns them into leftists."

David Bitan (Likud), Israeli Government Coalition Chairman, while speaking at a cultural event in Beersheba.

Hard Questions, Tough Answers with Yossi Alpher


Yossi Alpher is an independent Israeli security analyst. Views and positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent APN's views and policy positions.

June 27, 2016 - All those new schemes for dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Q. Perhaps you'll start with the most prominent plan: the unilateral security plan presented by some 300 retired generals and senior security personnel known as "Commanders for Israeli security."

A. Under the heading "Agreements Out, Arrangements In", the commanders' plan proposes a regional yet unilateral process to consolidate political-security arrangements with the Palestinians and the Arab States...

Q. Does the commanders' plan connect with the two-state security plan developed by a team of Americans, Israelis, Egyptians, Palestinians and Jordanians that was recently unveiled in Washington?

A. A number of the 300-strong commanders are on this team too...

Q. Then there is the very different "Two States, One Homeland plan".

A. This is very much a local Israeli-Palestinian initiative whose boosters include a number of relatively moderate settlers...

Q. How about recent references by prominent Jordanians to the idea of a Jordanian-Palestinian confederation as a way of alleviating Israeli concerns regarding the emergence of a Palestinian state?

A. This is in some ways a Jordanian version of the "Arab solution" that PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Lieberman, as well as other prominent Israeli right-wingers and a few left-wingers, like to talk about...

Q. To sum up. . .

A. Under present circumstances, wherein both Israel and the Palestinians suffer from an acute leadership deficit, all these ideas are non-starters. Their very provenance attests to growing alarm and despair in many circles over the future of the two-state model. Still, it’s good to have them on the agenda.

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