Middle East Watch
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December 2019


Akiva Eldar

Akiva Eldar is an Israeli journalist and author, currently a chief political columnist and editorial writer for the Israeli national daily Ha’aretz.


Articles by this author

  • U.S. gave Israel green light for East Jerusalem construction

    Thursday 11 March 2010
    The apology offered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Interior Minister Eli Yishai recalls the joke about the servant who pinched the king’s bottom. En route to the gallows, the servant apologized: He thought it was the queen’s bottom. The statement issued by Netanyahu’s bureau said that in light of the ongoing dispute between Israel and the United States over construction in East Jerusalem, the plans for new housing in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood should not have been approved this (...) continue continue
  • UN official to Haaretz: Israel ’nourishing despair’ in Gaza

    Friday 5 March 2010
    The combination of diplomatic caution and British understatement threatened to turn my interview with John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, into a trap of boredom. However, perhaps due to his approaching retirement, Holmes came out with several incisive, even scathing remarks. This summer, after three and a half years in office, Holmes will return to Britain to head an important research institute. He no longer has to fear the (...) continue continue
  • Israel to build 700 new homes in East Jerusalem

    Monday 28 December 2009
    Israel is planning to build nearly 700 new apartments in East Jerusalem, government spokesman Mark Regev announced on Monday. Under the new blueprint, the Housing Ministry has invited contractors to bid on the construction of 198 housing units in Pisgat Zeev, 377 homes in Neve Ya’akov and 117 dwellings in Har Homa. Palestinians consider Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem to be settlements and say such construction impedes peacemaking. Israel claims all of the city its capital and does (...) continue continue
  • Iran’s nukes in exchange for peace

    Monday 5 October 2009
    One of the best-known sayings bandied about in this region is that "Israel will not be the first country to introduce nuclear weapons in the Middle East." This has been the official position of successive Israeli governments. What is less known is that after a comprehensive, regional peace agreement is reached, Israel will support a regional decommissioning of nuclear weapons. Recently, President Shimon Peres personally confirmed to me that this was the policy he had presented to the world (...) continue continue
  • Tutu to Haaretz: Arabs paying the price of the Holocaust

    Sunday 30 August 2009
    "The lesson that Israel must learn from the Holocaust is that it can never get security through fences, walls and guns," Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa told Haaretz Thursday. Commenting on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement in Germany Thursday that the lesson of the Holocaust is that Israel should always defend itself, Tutu noted that "in South Africa, they tried to get security from the barrel of a gun. They never got it. They got security when the human rights (...) continue continue
  • What about the Arabs’ natural growth?

    Thursday 2 July 2009
    It seems that never before has so much been written and said about the "natural growth" of so few. The issue of construction in the West Bank settlements for the sake of the future generation is threatening to sabotage Israel’s relations with the U.S., or undermine Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s relations with the settlers and their representatives in the Likud and Israel’s right wing. Maybe it is no coincidence that the government spokespeople insist on describing the homes for "sons (...) continue continue
  • If I were a Palestinian

    lundi 27 avril 2009
    In a moment of candor, Ehud Barak once said : "If I were a Palestinian of the right age, I would join, at some point, one of the terrorist groups." If I were a Palestinian, of any age, I would declare an all-out war on all terrorist groups and fulfill the demand of the Jews to recognize the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people. Furthermore, as a present on the birthday of the Jewish people, as it completes 61 years of existence, I would announce that I also respect its (...) suite suite
  • U.S.: Palestinians need not recognize Israel as Jewish state before talks

    Sunday 19 April 2009
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people as a condition for renewing peace talks is unacceptable to the United States, the State Department said during special envoy George Mitchell’s visits over the weekend to Ramallah and Cairo. The State Department released statements saying that the United States would continue to promote a two-state solution. In Ramallah, Mitchell met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud (...) continue continue
  • Is an Israeli Jewish sense of victimization perpetuating the conflict with Palestinians?

    Sunday 1 February 2009
    A new study of Jewish Israelis shows that most accept the ’official version’ of the history of the conflict with the Palestinians. Is it any wonder, then, that the same public also buys the establishment explanation of the operation in Gaza? A pioneering research study dealing with Israeli Jews’ memory of the conflict with the Arabs, from its inception to the present, came into the world together with the war in Gaza. The sweeping support for Operation Cast Lead confirmed the main diagnosis (...) continue continue

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