If Netanyahu Wants to Stop the Rockets, He Needs to Accept a Just Peace

Joining us from Tel Aviv, Israeli journalist Gideon Levy argues that Middle East peace will never come until the Israeli government drops its rejection of basic Palestinian rights. “Sure Israel wants peace, Israel just doesn’t want a just peace,” Levy says. “It is all about justice. You look backward and you ask yourself in which stage, in which moment, was Israel willing to give up the occupation? Give me one example in which there was a genuine readiness to put an end to the occupation. It was never there. It was all about gaining time and maintaining the status quo — namely the West Bank occupied, Gaza under siege, peaceful life in Israel. … If you want the ultimate proof for it, it’s the [West Bank] settlements. Israel never stopped building settlements, and [in doing so] says to the Palestinians and the world, [we] have no intention to give up this piece of land.” Levy also discusses why he has received threats after calling on Israeli Air Force pilots to refuse to bomb Gaza, and why he sees a potential Palestinian effort to take Israel to the International Criminal Court as a positive step.

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    Sanda Aronson July 23, 2014 8:13 pm 

    I thought the segment was good. My first piece of art on my Flickr public photostream page was of the 2008/2009 Israeli attack on Gaza; it is on the bottom of the page, as Flickr posts the newest at top of page. There are now 39 pieces of art. The first one lists three cities: Guernica, Warsaw, Fallujah and the occupied territory, Gaza. I hope that I did not do a Kassand_a and foresee the wipe out of Gaza when I did the piece, completed on Jan. 3, 2009.

    I have done a new piece last week about the attack on Gaza, “#1 BULLY – U.S., SUPPORTS #2 BULLY -ISRAEL” and includes “Like sitting ducks” and “collective punishment” and a gold Star of David that I put on the toy plastic airplane as symbol.

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