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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Israel and Gaza: Two rights can make a wrong

Israeli policy, or lack thereof, regarding Hamas control of the Gaza strip, seems to rest on two pillars. Both of them are probably right. The first is that any recognition of Hamas or concessions to Hamas will legitimize that genocidal group and end both the peace process and the Palestinian Authority government of Mahmoud Abbas. The Hamas government must be eliminated. The second that an armed invasion of Gaza to eliminate the Hamas would risk empowering it and likewise bring about the overthrow of the Palestinian authority (See "Heads we win, tails you lose"). These two correct perceptions are applied to produce a wrong policy. [more]

by Moderator @ 01:26 PM CST [Link]

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Israeli-Palestinian peace process? What peace process?

Salam Fayyad, premiere of the Palestinian Authority, met with presidents of Jewish organizations in Jerusalem, the closest thing to the "Elders of Zion" who run the "Israel Lobby" of anti-Semitic fable. This improbably meeting was an accomplishment in itself, but what Fayyad had to tell the assembled Elders and the Jerusalem Post was very bad news. [more]

by Moderator @ 04:00 PM CST [Link]

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Gaza and Sderot: Lighting a candle

There are a lot of angry blogs about Gaza and Sderot, but there is one blog at least that is different. An Israeli from Sderot and a Gazan have set up a Life must go on in Gaza and Sderot blog. It has already drawn the attention of the world press (see here and here). [more]

by Moderator @ 06:22 PM CST [Link]

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The rush to sell out Palestine and peace

Despairing of ever achieving peace or Palestinian rights, extremists and not-so extremists on all sides are rushing to sell out both the Palestinian cause and the long arduous peace process that must be traversed in order to reach the goal. The goal is realization of the right of self-determination for two peoples, living side by side in two independent nation states. Most of the people who are trying so hard to sabotage it are those who never wanted peace in the first place, but a good many are people of good intentions who should know better. [more]

by Moderator @ 10:23 PM CST [Link]

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Hamas: Heads we win, tails you lose

As long as there is no real progress in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian authority, there is little chance that Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian authority can reverse the Hamas coup in Gaza. As long as Hamas rules in Gaza, there is little chance of progress in peace talks. That is the first paradox of the peace process. [more]

by Moderator @ 12:38 PM CST [Link]

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

What am I missing about Gaza??

I have probably written too much about Gaza in recent weeks (eg It's the Gaza strip, Stupid!, Gaza Grief, Gaza Gimmix. That is because for me, at least, there are two or three unsolved mysteries regarding Gaza. [more]

by Moderator @ 02:37 PM CST [Link]

Reading the Winograd Report: Ehud Olmert's Strategy for Political Survival

It is not often that the weather around us comports well with the thrust of political events: terrible disasters have struck out of clear blue skies, and good news has come our way on dark days. But these last few days provided a powerful fit between the physical climate - finally, after a long draught, a real storm broke over our heads, bringing rain to much of the country and a beautiful coat of snow to Jerusalem - and the intense swirl of expectations, fears, speculations, and manipulations that have come to surround the final report prepared by the Winograd Commission on the conduct of the Second Lebanon War. [more]

by Moderator @ 11:38 AM CST [Link]


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