Seeking Peace, Living at War

On this page I've collected essays which attempted to describe the long-term structure of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

A discussion of the 1967 lines.

Peace with the Palestinians is not possible, but evacuating most of the West Bank is probably a good idea for Israel; and here I responded to my many critics on the same matter.

Here's an essay from April 2011 suggesting steps Israel could take to improve its positions, in a reality where peace isn't possible.

In January 2011 I explained how the reality on the ground was moving ever further away from a bi-national state.

Late in 2010 I was hoping for lower-case peace, instead of upper-case Peace.

In 2009 I went to Hebron with B'selem to see the sights. The tour generated a series of essays about what I saw there, what others see there, and why the sad tale of Hebron must be understood before rushing to the next Israeli-Palestinian agreement. I rounded up all the items here.

The lack of peace means Israel must forever be able and willing to wage war, though of course not eager to. I wrote many times about the price of war; the single most important essay was written while my son was fighting in Gaza, in January 2009. I hope this essay, on the death in battle of Nitai Stern, transcends its immediate context. Perhaps this essay about Leora, likewise. Actually, after four years of blogging, these essays and the ones on Jerusalem may be the only ones worthy of preserving. The Dead in the Library, an account of remembering fallen soldiers from many generations - before me, mine, and that of my children - was also worth writing, I hope. During the Gaza war I posted an essay I had written years earlier, in 2002, when our oldest son came home from the scene of a suicide murder: Meir Deals with Evil, I called it.

After the Gaza war the UN launched its travesty of an investigation, the Goldstone Report. I joined a group of bloggers and others who read the document and analyzed it - all 575 pages. I posted my report here, but there are almost 60 posts in which I related to the issue; see the Goldstone Report label.

War or Peace, too many people think - or fear, or hope - that Israel's existence is not permanent, that it can or will be made to go away. One year I spent the afternoon of the 9th of Av - the fast-day which commemorates the destruction of two temples - to explain why I don't see any such danger. The end of Israel is not near.