Ilan Pappé On the Israeli Election
The recent Israeli election has become a public relations disaster for Western governments, with reelected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party promising not to allow the creation of a Palestinian state. Many thought the more liberal Zionist Union would be able to oust Netanyahu, but prominent Israeli historian Ilan Pappé expressed no surprise at the results. In a post-election article in Electronic Intifada, he wrote “Those of us who know the nature of the beast could not have been surprised by the results of the Israeli election. Like many of my friends, I was also relieved that a liberal Zionist government was not elected. It would have allowed the charade of the “peace process” and the illusion of the two-state solution to linger on while the suffering of the Palestinians continues.” (Photograph: Salih Zeki Fazlioglu—Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
This week, Khalil Bendib spoke with professor Pappe to get his take on what Netanyahu’s re-election says about Israeli society and whether we might now see a shift in the West’s unconditional support for Israel. Ilan Pappé is a renowned Israeli historian and the author of a number of books on Palestine, including his most recent which he co-authored with Noam Chomsey, titled we celebrate National Poetry Month by bringing you some of the work of the Middle East’s most celebrated poet, Palestinian Mahmoud Darwish, translated by Iraqi poet Sinan Antoon.