Hamas has lost Iran, they have lost Syria and they are losing Egypt. They are muchmore isolated.
What Amb. Shaked said makes a lot of sense. Of course, how weakened Hamas mightbe is something only the future will tell.
At this moment it’s just “wait and see time”.
To read the Ambassador’s full interview click here.
http://www.dw.de/for-israel-its-a-hostile-environment/a-16929750 ISRAEL - PALESTINIAN UPDATE Actually there isn't much to report except a lot of discussion about - discussion. Thelatest round of positive and/or negative talk (depending how you look at it) came aboutbecause of U.S. Secy. of State's speech at AJC's Global Forum in Washington back inearly June and a statement made by Israel's right-wing economic minister NaftaliBennett who said that the that the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflictwas dead. At the AJC meeting, Kerry encouraged the American Jewish organizations to use their influence with the Israeli government to move more vigorously toward a peaceagreement
. The Forward
"Kerry, speaking at the annual meeting of the American Jewish Committee, called on American Jews to support his effort and to provide political backing for leaders willing to take risks for peace.
―You can help shape the future of this process and help Israel direct its destiny,‖ Kerry said in his speech, adding that ―no one has a stronger voice‖ on the issue of a two
-statesolution, than the American Jewish community.
Following this came the Bennett statement which drew a sharp rebuke from AJCExecutive Director David Harris.
―Since he is a member of the
current Israeli coalition government, it is important that his view be repudiated by the
country‘s top leaders.‖
―Bennett contravenes the outlook of Prime Minister Netanyahu and contradicts the
vision presented earlier this month to the AJC Global Forum by Minister Tzipi Livni,chief Israeli negoti
ator with the Palestinians,‖ Harris continued. ―Livni stated clearly that
a negotiated two-state settlement is the only way to assure that the State of Israel will
remain both Jewish and democratic. That is a view we at AJC have long supported.‖
―We are un
der no illusion about the difficulties of achieving a two-
state accord,‖ Harrisconcluded. ―But Bennett‘s alternative scenario offers only the prospect of a dead
strategy of endless conflict and growing isolation for Israel.‖
This statement made some on the left and in the "peace camp" ecstatic including Roger Cohen of the
New York Times