Thinking Aloud: “After Gaza: Getting Back to the Peace Process,” Part I

Thinking Aloud: “After Gaza: Getting Back to the Peace Process,” Part I

Not What You Might Think

Nov. 24, 2014 by Darius 

Last week, I attended the Middle East Institute’s annual conference.  One of the panels was on “After Gaza: Getting Back to the Peace Process.”  All four panelists had interesting remarks.  Today I’ll share the comments of Shlomo Ben-Ami, a former Israeli politician, member of the Knesset, and member of Israel’s delegation to the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference.

Mr. Ben-Ami discussed recent changes in Israel.  He said that there has been a radical shift in Israeli public opinion against trust that the peace process will eventually deliver.  According to Ben-Ami, “peace process” has almost become a dirty word for the entire political spectrum right-of-center.

Ben-Ami also said that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has sold his government on two claims.  The first is that with Netanyahu in charge, there is security for ordinary Israelis.  The second is economic growth.  Now, though, both these points are under…

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