Israeli history offers lessons for Palestinian leaders

by Rashmee

Posted on December 1, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


When its situation was precarious, Israel made accommodations — sometimes hard and unpalatable ones. It says something that the Arab League waited a whole week to discuss Washington’s declaration that Israeli settlements aren’t illegal. Unfortunately, what it says may not be particularly edifying. Despite criticism, particularly from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, of the altered US … Continue reading “Israeli history offers lessons for Palestinian leaders”

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Russia has fair-weather friends and allies in the Middle East

by Rashmee

Posted on November 30, 2019


Former Israeli foreign minister Shlomo Ben-Ami recently attempted to set everyone right on a crucial question: Is Russia the Middle East’s new hegemon? His answer was somewhat surprising. Russia is not the region’s new hegemon, he concluded. Never forget that its economy is the size of South Korea’s and its military capabilities significantly less that … Continue reading “Russia has fair-weather friends and allies in the Middle East”

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The world changed on March 25, 2019 and may never be the same again

by Rashmee

Posted on May 25, 2019


  Two months ago today, the world changed. Let me explain. As Jonathan Kuttab says, the Golan Heights are going to be a template for future acquisition of territory by war. He’s right. It’s also to be expected that Mr Kuttab would say that. He’s a co-founder of the independent Palestinian human-rights organization Al-Haq in Ramallah, … Continue reading “The world changed on March 25, 2019 and may never be the same again”

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A Tibetan solution to the Palestinian problem?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 16, 2019


  No one talks much about Tibet anymore. I mean about Tibet, as a sovereign state, or even, as the Dalai Lama once proposed, an autonomous region. China doesn’t like such talk and China is too powerful to cross. And no one talks much about Palestine anymore. I mean about Palestine as a sovereign state. … Continue reading “A Tibetan solution to the Palestinian problem?”

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The Ramadan connection and the Trump-Kushner Middle East ‘peace’ plan

by Rashmee

Posted on May 7, 2019


It seems odd to even mention the word “peace” at this point of time, when Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip have been engaging in some of the most intense attacks in recent years. But we recently got a date of sorts for the Trump-Kushner Middle East “peace” plan. We don’t have a date … Continue reading “The Ramadan connection and the Trump-Kushner Middle East ‘peace’ plan”

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From Israel to India and Indonesia, the season of divisive electoral politics will change – eventually

by Rashmee

Posted on April 16, 2019 / The National


Negative political campaigns, filled with chauvinistic nationalism are the order of the day, but some countries have already proved that it doesn’t have to be this way This is election month for the three I’s – Israel, India and Indonesia. Israel has finished voting and the incumbent prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains in charge, India … Continue reading “From Israel to India and Indonesia, the season of divisive electoral politics will change – eventually”

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A tale of two elections: Israel, 2019; US, 2020 – Part II

by Rashmee

Posted on April 8, 2019


While US President Donald Trump will run for re-election in 2020 on a solidly pro-Israel platform, the campaign overall is still likely to generate some heat (and light?) on the Palestinian issue. Consider what’s happening already with the large numbers of Democratic candidates who’ve thrown their hat into the ring. Not too long ago, Beto … Continue reading “A tale of two elections: Israel, 2019; US, 2020 – Part II”

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A tale of two elections: Israel, 2019; US, 2020 – Part I

by Rashmee

Posted on April 5, 2019


Israel’s election campaign came to Washington on Monday, March 25 and how. Both frontrunners for the April 9 poll – incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and challenger Benny Gantz – made high-profile appearances in the American capital. Mr Netanyahu met his buddy and benefactor Donald Trump at the White House. Mr Gantz showed up at … Continue reading “A tale of two elections: Israel, 2019; US, 2020 – Part I”

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A tale of two elections: Israel 2019, US 2020

by Rashmee

Posted on March 31, 2019 / The Arab Weekly


Israel’s election campaign went to Washington on March 25, big time. Both front runners for the April 9 poll — incumbent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his challenger Benny Gantz of the Blue and White party — made high-profile appearances in the American capital. Netanyahu met with his buddy and political benefactor US President Donald Trump at the White … Continue reading “A tale of two elections: Israel 2019, US 2020”

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The whole world should worry about Trump’s decision on the Golan Heights

by Rashmee

Posted on March 27, 2019


Israel’s prime minister Benajmin Netanyahu has put Donald Trump’s March 25 proclamation on the Golan Heights in perspective. “Everyone says you can’t hold an occupied territory, but this proves you can. If occupied in a defensive war, then it’s ours.” There you go. It’s exactly what everyone has lamented. As Quartz recently said, Mr Trump’s unilateral decision to … Continue reading “The whole world should worry about Trump’s decision on the Golan Heights”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK