FAKE PEACE Netanyahu’s Deception: Remarketing Israeli Control of the Palestinians Under the Guise of Peace

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On 9 September, a Norwegian MP named Christian Tybring-Gjedde nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This is the culmination of a large-scale marketing deception, in which the word “peace” is used to describe the formalization of relations that have been going on for three decades with a country with which Israel has no conflict or shares a border. This attempted deception should be seen as a direct extension of “the deal of the century,” which was also marketed as a “peace agreement” even though it centered on a plan to unilaterally annex one third of the West Bank. Another common denominator of the two moves is that both contribute to strengthening Netanyahu and Trump’s political power and that in both cases the Palestinians have been completely excluded from the debate even though they both affect them directly.

Whether Netanyahu and Trump’s two moves were planned in advance or shaped up on the go, it is the Palestinians who pay the price time and again. This is because as part of that marketing deception, Netanyahu keeps taking steps that deepen, exacerbate, perpetuate and, above all, normalize Israel’s control of the Palestinians and the harm it inflicts on them. He then gift-wraps them in a glossy “peace” package tied up in ribbons of US approval and Arab legitimacy and presents it to us. In any case, when Netanyahu seeks to promote a political move that will serve him, strengthen his political power and accord legitimacy to our military control of the territories, he does not hesitate to deceive the public, spread blatant lies and hide the truth.




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Zulat president in a +972 magazine’s webinar on the “peace” agreement with the United Arab Emirates

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Dr. Maha Sabbah Karkabi


Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Tel Aviv University (2015), a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London (2015-2016), a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Sociology at Tel Aviv University (2016-2017), and a postdoctoral fellowship Ph.D. at the Humphrey Institute for Social Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2018-2020).
Dr. Maha Karbahi’s areas of interest focus on the connection between social change, family behavior, and gender inequality in societies in the process of change and specifically in Palestinian Arab society in Israel. Her research draws attention to the study of family life and employment, using a combined “ethnic lens” and “gender lens” and paying attention to the perspective of Palestinian Arab women, a group characterized by intersections between multiple marginal locations, which over the years has remained hidden from the research eye. Dr. Karkabi-Sabah’s research is published in professional journals and chapters in scientific books that are considered pioneers in family research, work, and gender equality.


Prof. Frances Raday

Professor Emeritus in the Lieberman Chair in Labor Law, in the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University and serves as a full professor in the College of Management’s academic track, where she also serves as chair of the graduate program and as honorary president of the Concord Center for International Law Absorption. Radai was a member of a working group of the UN Human Rights Council on discrimination against women. In addition, she is a prominent and feminist human rights activist.


Dr. Rawia Aburabia 

Faculty member of Sapir Academic College’s School of Law, received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research deals with the interface between law, gender, minorities, and human rights. Has published in leading journals on the subject of the matrimonial laws pertaining to Muslim women in Israel. Her book Under the Law, Outside Justice: Polygamy, Gendered Citizenship, and Colonialism in Israeli Law is expected to be published as part of the Gender Series of Kibbutz Meuhad Publishing House.

Dr. Aburabia has extensive experience in international human rights and public law. She has worked as a jurist for the Association for Civil Right and has been invited as a specialist to address such international forums as the United Nations and the European Parliament on the subject of indigenous communities and minority rights. She has interned with Human Rights Watch in Washington DC, and has been a member of the executive board of Amnesty International. In 2018, she was selected by the magazine Globes as one of the 40 most promising young persons in Israel under the age of 40.



Ron Kessler

With over two decades of experience in the field of digital content, Ron has participated in numerous political and social campaigns. He helped run the digital activity of senior public officials, and worked in various NGOs. Ron is a fundamentally optimistic man, who believes that Israel can be changed and so can people. Lives in Tel Aviv.