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Netanyahu’s “Shibboleths” Scuttle Peace Talks

January 8, 2014


by James M. WallNetanyahu

“No partner for peace” is one of several “shibboleths” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and his cabinet are now using to scuttle any peace agreement with President Mahmoud Abbas, no matter how often U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Tel Aviv.

As readers of Judges 12:6 are well aware, pronunciation of the word “shibboleth” is used to separate friends from enemies.

In episode eight of the second season of the television series West Wing, for example, President Josiah Bartlett used “shibboleth” to determine that Chinese immigrants were truly Christian and therefore deserved admission to the U.S. To assert that Israel “has no partner for peace” is a verbal signal,  a “shibboleth”,  which quickly certifies that the speaker is “with Israel”, without reservations.

When John Kerry returned last week to the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks for his tenth visit, he brought with him a proposal to…

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  1. January 8, 2014 10:41 am

    I don’t post very many entries from other bloggers…but I usually make exceptions for three people – Conn Hallinan, Ibrahim Kazerooni and James Wall.. Here is one by James Wall about the latest barrier in Israeli Palestinian peacemaking.

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