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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Gaza Grief

I am not enthusiastic about the army of "analysts" who repeat themselves incessantly, saying the same things on every occasion. However, the truth is, that despite all the recent commotion, nothing has changed in the Gaza strip situation since I wrote It's the Gaza strip, Stupid and Gaza Gimmix. Hamas control of Gaza sits on across the road to peace like a giant roadblock. Each party to the conflict is exploiting it for their own interests, and nobody is interested in any of the solutions that might work, precisely because they might work. [more]

by Moderator @ 04:44 PM CST [Link]

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Gaza Gimmix

The Gaza "crisis" can only be understood if we remember that none of the governments and leaders on either side are being completely honest, and some, like the Hamas, are simply lying. The result of these manipulations is the people of Gaza and and the people of Sderot, Ein Hashlosha and other communities inside Israel are suffering in order for the various sides to advance their political agendas. [more]

by Moderator @ 03:59 PM CST [Link]

Monday, January 7, 2008

Bush in the Middle East

US President Bush is coming to Israel for his first official visit as he swings through the Middle East. Though originally perceived as a bid to jump start the Israeli Palestinian peace process, Washington Post analysts point out that the purpose of the visit is no longer so clear, and that the real issue may be crumbling US prestige due to waffling on the issue of Iran. [more]

by Moderator @ 02:14 PM CST [Link]

Sunday, January 6, 2008

The war of the Zionist right against Sari Nusseibeh

As noted by Engage, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has called for a boycott of Al Quds University in East Jerusalem in response to alleged comments made recently by Sari Nusseibeh, the university's President and translated by MEMRI.

In a television panel with Ahmed Tibi, Nusseibeh said:

The Israelis now living in the territories of the future Palestinian state should return to living within the borders of the state of Israel. No Jew in the world, now or in the future, as a result of this document, will have the right to return, to live, or to demand to live in Hebron, in East Jerusalem, or anywhere in the Palestinian state."

A number of right-wing bloggers have characterized these words as antisemitic. According to the heavily cut interview clip Nusseibeh also insisted that Jaffa, Acco and other Israeli cities could or should be annexed to annexed to a Palestinian state. Campus Watch, like ZOA, seems to support a boycott of Al-Quds University and Sari Nusseibeh. [more]

by Moderator @ 12:15 AM CST [Link]

Saturday, January 5, 2008

US Presidential candidates and the Middle East

From a distance, here are impressionistic views of an American citizen on how American presidential candidates stack up on foreign policy. These views are impressionistic because they represent not the unknowable substance of the candidates' real foreign policy knowledge and positions, but only what they may show us in their Web sites and public foreign policy statements, fileted through my own faulty perception of those views. If these impressions are incorrect, I hope that readers will hasten to correct them.

The Iowa caucus results may not mean much. It is hard to believe that Mike Huckabee, for example, can really become a national candidate based on those results, or that Rudy Giuliani is really finished as a presidential candidate. But these non-binding popularity contests give us a sense of what Americans want and what is important to them.


by Moderator @ 03:44 PM CST [Link]


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