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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

U.S. Middle East Policy - Going Where?

This year there was no Crystal Ball assessment. It seemed unwise to pretend to know what the Obama administration will do with any accuracy, though that didn't prevent a lot of people from doing it. [more]

by Moderator @ 03:30 PM CST [Link]

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

War in Gaza: Another Take

With over 900 killed and 3,700 wounded since the Israeli offensive on Gaza it might make sense for the international community to appeal for an immediate ceasefire. This focus on the worsening humanitarian situation also results in Israel being seen as the villain in the popular media. [more]

by Moderator @ 01:16 PM CST [Link]

The facts about Hamas

During the current Gaza conflict, MidEastWeb has been bombarded with strange comments and e-mail messages about the Hamas movement. To set the record straight:

MidEastweb and Hamas: Mideastweb for Coexistence and this Web site do not support Hamas or any other extremist movement in any way. It is not clear how this rumor has spread. We do not send our sons to be suicide bombers. Please do not send us any harassing letters asking why we support terror and why we send our sons to be suicide bombers. [more]

by Moderator @ 12:55 PM CST [Link]

Monday, January 12, 2009

War crimes: Setting the Record Straight on Gaza and Mark LeVine

In an article published in Al Jazeera, Professor Mark LeVine makes the following most alarming, but false, assertion:

Additionally, numerous flippant remarks by senior Israeli politicians and generals, including Tzipi Livni, the foreign minister, refusing to make a distinction between civilian people and institutions and fighters - "Hamas doesn't ... and neither should we" is how Livni puts it - are rightly being seen as admissions of war crimes.

. [more]

by Moderator @ 11:35 PM CST [Link]

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Hamas' Interests

I. Introduction

In 2008, despite a six-month cease-fire, Israeli civilians suffered 1,730 rocket and 1,528 mortar shell attacks from the Gaza Strip. The first four months of the cease-fire bore witness to a relative calm, with less than 30 attacks against Israel. However, roughly two months prior to the truce's termination, there was a dramatic military escalation between Gaza and Israel. The reason for a swell in attacks against Israel's civilians can be traced to the events of November 4, 2008, the day the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) executed a preemptive operation on the Gazan side of the border against a violative Hamas tunnel system. Following the IDF's anticipatory strike of November 4, which breached Gaza's territorial border with Israel, Hamas and other Gazan organizations launched a campaign of rocket and mortar shell attacks against Israel's proximate civilian population. [more]

by Moderator @ 09:01 AM CST [Link]

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Gaza: Israeli Options

In Gaza, as we have seen, Hamas is waiting for Barak and the Israeli government to make up their minds. Hamas claims it is confident that it can inflict significant casualties on Israel if Israel widens the war. Even if it doesn't really believe it, Hamas is confident they can get Israel to believe it, or it is sure that Israel will not attack for fear of creating horrendous numbers of civilian casualties in Gaza. The Hamas scenario is based on an Israeli attempt to take cities in house to house fighting. [more]

by Moderator @ 03:41 PM CST [Link]

Gaza Tragedy - Waiting for Barak?

The Gaza tragedy continues on its inevitable course. Despite the carnage reportedly inflicted by Israel in Gaza, the Hamas rejected Egypt's cease fire plan and Hamas rejected the UN cease fire call. Clearly, the Hamas want to give Israel more time in Gaza. [more]

by Moderator @ 03:10 PM CST [Link]


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