Washington Babylon — August 27, 2007, 6:00 pm

Siegman on Israel

Check out this article by Henry Siegman, former head of the American Jewish Congress, in the current London Review of Books. Excerpt:

The Middle East peace process may well be the most spectacular deception in modern diplomatic history. Since the failed Camp David summit of 2000, and actually well before it, Israel’s interest in a peace process–other than for the purpose of obtaining Palestinian and international acceptance of the status quo–has been a fiction that has served primarily to provide cover for its systematic confiscation of Palestinian land and an occupation whose goal, according to the former IDF chief of staff Moshe Ya’alon, is ‘to sear deep into the consciousness of Palestinians that they are a defeated people’.

As far as I can tell, Siegman has a far easier time writing for publications abroad than he does here in the U.S. One suspects he won’t be advising any American presidential candidate any time soon, though he’s far more interesting than most of the “experts” routinely quoted in the media.

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