Author Archives: Richard Silverstein

About Richard Silverstein

Richard Silverstein writes the Tikun Olam blog (www.richardsilvertein.com) about Mideast conflict and Israeli human rights and democracy.

Why Yair Lapid’s Electoral Success Is Not Really a Centrist Victory

Both Israeli and foreign media have repeated the same prevailing narrative about Israel’s election—a narrative in which the Israeli center has returned to full strength and the Israeli right has taken a whipping. But in fact the right is in a comfortable position to forge a ruling coalition. The two current hard-right parties together won forty-two seats, a formation far more stable than the center-left parties with their forty-eight seats. Further, those hard-right parties have purged themselves of any vestige of center-right leaders of the past.
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Israeli Occupation and LGBT Rights: Inextricably Intertwined

Improving the lot of gays in Israel without addressing the suffering of Palestinians under Occupation is a palliative measure. The oppression facing Israeli minorities, whether they be LGBT or Israeli Palestinians derives from the same root: the original sin of racism and dispossession.
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U.S. Gay Rights Activists: Stop Pinkwashing Palestinian Suffering!

Richard Silverstein looks at how Israel’s gay rights hasbara seeks to blind Americans to Israeli mistreatment of Palestinians.
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Negotiations Between Iran and the West: An Opportunity for Compromise or Prelude to War?

It feels like war against Iran grows incrementally closer each day. Yet websites like Israel Loves Iran, Facebook pages like Israelis Against the War, and Twitter accounts are filled with a message sorely discomfiting Israel’s leaders. How does American presidential politics feature in the run-up to war?
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