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Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with "The End of Nature" in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. The group he founded, 350.org, has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. The Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country’s most important environmentalist."
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Posted Jan. 30, 2013
Interview with Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism project at the Institute for Policy Studies, conducted by Scott Harris
Israel’s Jan. 22 election was predicted to safely re-install Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, in coalition with Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu party, for another term in office. While opinion polls had projected that the ruling conservative coalition would win between 32 and 38 seats in the Israeli Knesset, or parliament, when the votes were counted they had won only 31.
Two new parties emerged as beneficiaries from the erosion of public support for Netanyahu. Journalist-turned politician, Yair Lapid, led his new “centrist” Yesh Atid (or There is a Future) party to win 19 seats, in second place behind Netanyahu’s coalition. Lapid’s candidacy capitalized on growing resentment of government subsidies given to ultra-Orthodox Jews and Netanyahu’s inaction on conforming to a Supreme Court order that mandates an end to military draft deferments for Orthodox men when they turn 18.
While much of the world has focused concern on recent Israeli bombing attacks and incursions into the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip and Netanyahu’s expansion of Jewish settlements on Palestinian land, the issues of conflict and future peace talks with the Palestinians was hardly visible in the Israeli election campaign. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism project at the Institute for Policy Studies. She explains why she believes the results of recent Israeli election provide little hope for the renewal of long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
For more information on the New Internationalism project at the Institute for Policy Studies, visit http://www.ips-dc.org/mideast.