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Israel/Palestine: One State/Two State?

Ralph talks to Israeli activist, Miko Peled, author of The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine about whether a two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is even possible.  Also, Mark Green rejoins us to discuss whether president-elect Donald Trump has already violated The Logan Act, which prohibits private citizens from negotiating on behalf of the U.S. with a foreign government.

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Miko Peled is an Israeli writer and activist living in the US. He writes a blog that is “dedicated to tearing down the separation wall and transforming the Israeli apartheid system into a secular democracy, where Palestinians and Israelis will live as equal citizens.”  Mr. Peled was born and raised in Jerusalem.  His grandfather was Dr. Avraham Katsnelson, a Zionist leader and signer on the Israeli Declaration of Independence.  His father, Matti Peled, was a young officer in the war of 1948 and a general in the 1967 war.  Driven by a personal family tragedy to explore Palestine, its people and their narrative Miko Peled has written a book about his journey called The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.

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Mark Green is an author and a radio and TV commentator, whose latest book is entitled Bright, Infinite Future: A Generational Memoir on the Progressive Rise .  He also co-authored a letter to the New York Times with Harvard Constitutional law professor, Laurence Tribe, reiterating his call that Donald Trump either divests himself of his business interests or face impeachment for violating the U.S. Constitution.

7 Comments

  1. Brett Gleason says:

    I didn’t know Ralph had a news hour. I was denied need to know information.

  2. Leslie says:

    Thank you, Miko Peled, for your continued voice of truth and for the rights of Palestinians….. My father fought the Israeli courts for years and millions of dollars to get his family’s land back… he has been denied any rights to that land. The US media makes the Palestinians out to be the terrorists, and will quickly broadcast any violence of a Palestinian against an Israeli, rather than showing the realities of the persecution of the people of Palestine! The media reports nothing of the IOF home raids and abduction of children for “crimes,” the settler violence against Palestinians, the Knesset members who speak out to kill Palestinians and the imbalanced treatment of Arabs in the Knesset. Nothing is mentioned of the Israeli government restricting electricity to citizens in Gaza for 3-4 hours a day, the restriction of safe water to Gazans, harassment (and murder) of Palestinians at checkpoints, blockade of access to health care, the arrest of peaceful and unarmed protesters or the harassment protesters (who protest against Israel’s policies)… Many IOF members have also come out sharing the way in which they are trained to treat Palestinians and the mistreatment of Palestinians in the West Bank. Hopefully social media will help to expose the truth to the American public!

  3. Diane says:

    Miko Peled interview was incredible in honesty and expressed the truth that is so hard to find anywhere in the US! Thank you! His optimism is inspiring as well.

  4. Good to hear the stories of both parties. I can’t imagine a two state solution? It has to be one nation on earth!!!! Let’s start with these two brothers as one. Two sisters as one.

  5. Brux says:

    Oh please … you cannot pick out 2 second of this guy’s diatribe that is not
    obviously full of lies and hate and I only marginally follow this issue from a
    secular non-religious point of view.

    This issue of the Middle East is the one issue that impeaches Ralph Nader’s
    point of view for me.

    Miko’s mother sounds like a decent person, but this guy is a hack.

    Always on this issue, from the Palestinian perspective we hear endless
    stories about how evil the Israelis are, with never the slightest admission
    that the Palestinians, Arabs, Iranians and Muslims local to the area have
    anything to do with this mess.

    It is always close ups of the people hurt, and never a mention about how
    Hamas and the Palestinians in general care more about destroying Israel
    than an independent state?

    Never a mention of the TV shows that steep the Palestinians in hate of
    Jews, the dressing children up in suicide bomber’s outfits and teaching them
    to hate and want to die for Allah.

    A situation like this is bound to provoke outbursts and incidents on both
    sides, but in this case there is the whole Muslim/Islamic world that
    surrounds this situation and perpetuates it in the name of Islamic
    domination of whole nations.

    We hear about how unfair Israel is the Palestinians, but walk over to
    any Islamic country in the area and look at where they all are in terms
    of social justice and equality.

    God knows where this “speaker” gets his ideas or why … but from what
    I can intuit there is some severe mental problems within his family and
    his relationship with his father that he has chosen to work out this way.
    He may well be justified in his feelings – but what he says objectively
    and intellectually do not seem to rate a platform to speak except for
    those who do not care about truth and are only rabidly anti-Israelis.

    Shame on Ralph Nader for doing this way overly partisan show and not
    doing a show that promotes facts and the perspective of both sides.

    • James McCabe says:

      This interview is not full of “lies and hate,” but is rather a refreshing illustration of facts, rarely ever spoken on the generally one-sided, pro-Israel coverage by most of US mainstream media. God bless Ralph Nader for his commitment to truth and justice. It is also inappropriate to make speculation that anyone has “severe mental problems” because they are sharing information which differs from your belief systems.

      In addition to the implication that any criticism of Israel is labeled as anti-Semitism in an effort to stifle discussion, there was recently the anti-BDS boycott bill introduced by Marco Rubio which prioritizes Israeli commerce and image over American citizens’ free speech rights via boycotts.

      The coverage of Gaza has been mostly pro-Israel in US mainstream media. From Bitchute.com, “Israel can saturate the media with its spokespeople. But there’s still the problem of massive Palestinian casualties showing up on television screens. You can’t make those images go away. An Israeli official actually said, “In the war of pictures, we lose. So you need to correct, explain, or balance it in other ways.””

      “Rockets raining down on Israel” is a catch phrase used to justify the disproportionate violence used by Israel, which is “collective punishment” by definition, and illegal under international law.

      From The Guardian, “A UN inquiry found Israel’s actions may amount to war crimes, as snipers had shot at journalists, health workers, children and persons with disabilities knowing they were clearly recognisable.”

      As of 2005, direct U.S. economic and military assistance to Israel amounted to nearly $154 billion (in 2005 dollars), the bulk of it comprising direct grants rather than loans, making Israel the largest cumulative recipient of US foreign assistance since WW2. When we give this much, including $2 annually from private US individuals and organizations, we have a responsibility to ensure that Israel follows international law.

      The Palestinian Territories are by definition an occupation, and have been since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. The Fourth Geneva Convention (1949) Article 49 reads: “The occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”
      UN Resolution 242, 1967: “(i) Withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;”

      “Israel is currently in breach of, or has been the subject of, over 30 UN Security Council resolutions directed at it alone for violations which it has never taken action to remedy.” (ipsc.ie, “Israel’s violations of international law – A brief introduction.”)

      In 2017, there were 422 settlements in the Israeli-occupied territories- 42 settlements in the Golan Heights, 380 sites in the occupied Palestinian territories to include 213 settlements and 132 outposts in the West Bank, and 35 settlements in East Jerusalem. There are now 400,000+ West Bank Israeli settlers and more than 300,000 in East Jerusalem.

      “The United States has opposed, and will continue to oppose, settlement activity in territories occupied in 1967, which remain an obstacle to peace.” White House Statement under President George H.W. Bush

  6. Tara carreon says:

    Dear Ralph: I love you with all my heart (I think) but the difference between me and you is that I have lost all desire to fight for any of the meager services offered by what is left of our government after its complete rape by the military industrial complex, and it occurred to me that you might be tempted to think this way as well, but you are not allowed considering your lifetime of activism and the reputation that adheres to your person. Do you feel constrained by your lifetime experience from taking a really dark view of it all? Do you really expect us to go to meeting after meeting to harass our representatives? *Isnt it all in fact utterly hopeless? I mean, I love your optimism but I tend to think you are fooling yourself, no disrespect intended and I stand ready to be corrected.

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