Joel Braunold

Entries by Joel Braunold

Has the Third Intifada Already Started?

(95) Comments | Posted 28 February 2012 | (23:00)

"Time is running out for the two-state solution" is perhaps one of the most over-used phrases in the diplomatic sphere today. For the past few years the chorus of voices chanting this mantra have increased and have warned of dire consequences if this hourglass run out of sand. One of...

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Political Failure Does Not Change Reality for Israelis or Palestinians

(102) Comments | Posted 25 January 2012 | (23:00)

Today, 26 January, will mark another line in the sand in the morbid negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Whether or not this is the date that the Quartet has stated its deadline to get each side's documents presented to each other is currently under dispute by the sides themselves....

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Israel-Palestine Peace Talks: Competing and Accommodating Will Never Deliver a Two State Solution

(15) Comments | Posted 3 January 2012 | (23:00)

With such low expectations, the outcome of Tuesday's direct meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators - another meeting scheduled for a week later - has been seen as a positive step. Neither managed to do anything in three and half hours worthy of blowing up the process.

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Betwixt and Between the Israeli Democratic Dream

(8) Comments | Posted 6 December 2011 | (22:00)

Over the past few years a steadily increasing chorus of voices have been warning about anti-democratic legislation finding its way into the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset. Hillary Clinton joined these voices last week in remarks she gave at a conference. This evoked a furious response by various members...

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Middle East Conflict: Those on the Outside Continue to Bash Our Heads Against a Brick Wall

(27) Comments | Posted 20 November 2011 | (22:00)

In the past two years there has been far more effort put into attempting direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, than looking at how the negotiations would come out with a positive result.

Direct negotiations are not a solution but a tool, and a tool that has failed for the...

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Why the UNESCO Membership is About More Than Palestinian Independence

(4) Comments | Posted 1 November 2011 | (22:00)

The Palestinian Authority achieved another milestone on their quest for UN membership on Monday when UNESCO voted to make them a full member. Despite the fact that the organisation now stands to lose 22% of its budget as the US cuts its funding, this has been seen as a righteous...

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Palestine: What Now?

(24) Comments | Posted 24 September 2011 | (00:00)

With a week of non-stop op-eds offering different views of the goings on in Turtle Bay, it's time to focus on practical, real-world solutions if we are still dedicated to the Two State Solution.

As the high stakes diplomacy at the UN starts coming to an end, we need...

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September in Palestine

(97) Comments | Posted 5 September 2011 | (00:00)

As Britain and France work out their exact response on a diplomatic level to the Palestinian UN initiative, on a grassroots level the exact wording is no longer important.

September has heightened expectations in the Palestinian street to the extent that even those who are against the positive outcome,...

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