- Honest Debate Needed about Legacy of Israel’s Expulsion (Ethnic Cleansing) of the Palestinians – Ken Livingstone
Having fought to get a deal between the IRA and Britain for over a decade before that was achieved, I can’t see any difference with the current situation in between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East.
Israel is just under a year away from its next election. The prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, came close to being forced out of office last month when his coalition partner, the defense minister Avigdor Lieberman, resigned his position. Lieberman’s resignation was triggered by Netanyahu’s refusal to launch a more brutal attack against the Palestinians following their alleged rocket attacks against Israel.
Lieberman’s defection left Netanyahu’s coalition with just a majority of one in the 120-member Israeli parliament. Whilst most expected Netanyahu’s government to collapse, so far he has managed to hang on and it looks like he will be the first Israeli government for thirty years to serve out its full term although there are current police investigations of allegations of corruption against both the prime minister and his wife.
All this takes place against a background of a massive ramping up of controversy around the Israeli government. President Trump’s decision to switch the American embassy to Jerusalem caused international controversy and so far only the government of Guatemala has taken the same decision, although the strongly pro-Israel prime minister of Australia is planning to do the same thing. Whilst this caused massive media coverage there was much less reporting of Trump’s decision to cut all US funding for the UN’s support for Palestinian refugees which will have a devastating effect for five million Palestinians whose schools, social services, and health care have been funded by this UN programme.