Other Israel-Palestine links from the past few days:
The WINEP web site has an interview with David Makovsky, “A Political Vision for Israel.” Makovsky is a sharp analyst, even if I don’t necessarily agree with him—or share the WINEP world-view—100% of the time.
Gershom Gorenberg’s latest post on The American Prospect web site, “The Strange Alchemy of the Settlements,” discusses the extremist inhabitants of the more extremist settlements. À propos, the above photo (mine, from 2009) is of the Ma’on settlement in the south Hebron hills. This is populated by ultra-Orthodox fanatics who make life miserable for their Palestinian neighbors. Hidden from view behind the wooded hill is Havat Ma’on, the “illegal outpost” (that’s how it’s referred to, as if Ma’on and other settlements are somehow not illegal), which is populated by even more fanatical settlers, who do not only make life even more miserable for the impoverished Palestinians in their midst (regularly pelting them with projectiles, poisoning wells, killing sheep, and the like) but relish doing so. Apparently the IDF in the area dislikes the Havat Ma’onites. Do they do anything to stop them, let alone get them out of there? Hah!