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