Perhaps it's natural for Netanyahu and the Cotton 47 to think: Netanyahu has gotten away with fake diplomacy with the Palestinians, why can't the U.S. do fake diplomacy with Iran?
The development of Gaza Marine would undoubtedly be a positive step. However, the exploration of Palestinian gas reserves must not be permitted solely in return for Israel securing gas purchase agreements with neighboring countries. Such hijacking of the Palestinian gas reserves merely reinforces Israel's control of Palestinian resources.
Twelve years ago today, 23-year-old U.S. human rights defender Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while peacefully protecting Palestinian homes in Gaza from demolition. For these past 12 years Rachel's family has sought accountability for her killing, while also shining a spotlight on Israel's ongoing violations in the occupied Palestinian territory.
For Netanyahu, the story of Purim, which comes from the Book of Esther, was a story about Jewish survival in the face of intended annihilation. But he forgot to finish the story.
The case of the citation to the Ramallah governor and the attempts to backtrack due to political pressure are not new in the US. But pro-Israel groups are more and more frustrated as their powers to silent Palestinian voices are slowly weakening even though the battle for telling the Palestinian narrative is a long way from becoming mainstream in the US.
If we want to win on Israel-Palestine, we have to win on Iran diplomacy. This is as much a must-win for people who are focused on justice for Palestinians as it is for people who are focused on Iran diplomacy.
A critical mass of Stanford students have decided that justice for all includes freedom for Palestine, and that we as students can and must take action to bring it into being. Solidarity with Palestine is here to stay, and in all likelihood to grow, at Stanford.
It suffices to say that despite the entrenched institutional backing of anti-divestment sentiment, students will mobilize around ending the occupation of Palestine.
In the early 1990s, Israeli and Palestinian leaders began sparring over rumored natural gas deposits in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Gaza. In the ensuing decades it has grown, and has already inflicted mind-boggling misery.
Unfortunately, it's not only Western audiences that have grown to believe these absurd stereotypes, but the Arab world has started down a path that now seems hell bent on destruction.
If we want our children to make the distinction between right and wrong, if we want them to understand and protect themselves from fundamentalist ideology, we need to condemn elected officials who play with fire.
Completing the Palestinian quest for international justice and legitimacy means convincing the world of their historical narrative. But playing the exclusive role of victim still does not absolve Palestinians from their own responsibilities.
Does the Administration really want to give Netanyahu the "cold shoulder" treatment? Then give him a display of what his world would look like without U.S. diplomatic protection for his policies in the West Bank.
The coming months might not see much outward change, but it would be the perfect time to resolve internal issues and be ready to present a strong and unified Palestinian position.
My trip to the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem and Israel with black and Latino journalists, musicians and community organizers from Ferguson, Missouri, Black Lives Matter, Black Youth Project 100 and Dream Defenders for 10 days in January was an emotional roller coaster.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has already lasted for well over a century. If no Palestinian state is established, it will probably go on for another 100 years. Preventing this was the logic behind the Swedish government's decision to recognize Palestine. The rest of Europe should follow.