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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Arab Peace Initiative: Israeli- Palestinian Joint Statement

We are pleased to bring to your attention this important joint statement of Israelis and Palestinians.

On the 28th of this month, the Arab League Summit will be held in Riyadh/ Saudi Arabia. One of the questions that are facing the summit will be: What to do in order to promote the Arab Peace Initiative adopted by the Arab Summit of Beirut 2002?. [more]

by Moderator @ 03:26 PM CST [Link]

Monday, March 19, 2007

Israel and the Palestinians after the unity government

A majority of Israelis disagree with the government position that it not going to talk to any ministers in the Palestinian unity government, only to Mr. Abbas. 40% said Israel should be talking to the government, and an additional 17% percent favor talking with Fatah members only. [more]

by Moderator @ 04:04 PM CST [Link]

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Syria: Which way?

An effort by the EU and USA is underway to engage Syria, after many years of isolation. The EU sent Javier Solana to Damascus with a package of goodies, and US, Iraqi, Syrian and Iranian representatives met in Baghdad to discuss the stabilization of Iraq, with another, higher level meeting, reportedly planned soon. [more]

by Moderator @ 01:19 PM CST [Link]

Friday, March 16, 2007

Israel: The occupation is not so moral either

Recently, I discussed the morality (or immorality) of Palestinian "resistance,", which expresses itself as blowing up innocent people, shooting children with sniper rifles, machine-gunning residential neighborhoods and aiming rockets at random at towns. [more]

by Moderator @ 02:54 PM CST [Link]

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Resistance: Moral or Murder?

One of the key issues on the table between Israel and the Palestinians is the so-called "right of resistance." Quartet and Israeli conditions for recognition of the Palestinian government include an end to violence, while Palestinians continually uphold the "right of resistance," which is a major principle of the Palestinian Prisoners' Letter. In practice, resistance always seems to include suicide attacks, shootouts and rocket attacks on civilians. Intentional attacks against civilians are crimes against humanity and cannot and should not be tolerated by the international community, nor should they be justified by "peace" groups. [more]

by Moderator @ 04:28 PM CST [Link]

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Middle East - Waiting for disasters to be handled by incompetents

At this moment, there are a number of disasters waiting to happen in the Middle East. That has probably been true at any time in the last 80 years, but it is especially acute right now. It is also true that the people in charge in every country and sphere, those who should be on the side of the "good guys," have all demonstrated frightening incompetence at every turn. When and if any of these disasters occur, they will be the ones in charge of damage control. [more]

by Moderator @ 12:00 PM CST [Link]

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Religious leaders want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem

NEW YORK - An historic event took place in New Delhi, Feb ruary 5-7, 2007, when a delegation of senior rabbis from Israel and other countries met top Hindu leaders for the first time to discuss a range of subjects including the relevance of tradition in everyday life, similarities and dissimilarities between the two religions and the promotion of education. They affirmed their shared values, condemned violence, and pledged to address the challenges of poverty and illness. At the same time a rare and significant meeting took place between the Jewish delegation, which included the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yona Metzger, and senior members of India's Islamic community led by the President of the All India Organisation of Imams of Mosques, Moulana Jameel Ahmed Ilyasi. [more]

by Moderator @ 06:32 PM CST [Link]


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