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Monday, March 31, 2008

Arab Summits: A modest proposal

The Middle East still has many poor and needy people, so I think governments and civil society should pay close attention to my money saving proposition, especially in view of the looming recession.

Each year there is an Arab League summit, which decides almost nothing at all. Each year, all the newspapers in the Arab countries of the Middle East write editorials bewailing the inaction and powerlessness of the Arab League. Of course, each set of editorial writers wanted the summit to take a different and opposed action. The Syrians do not understand why the summit did not agree to their plan. The Saudis bewail the fact that the summit did not adopt their plan, and the Egyptians complain that the summit did not serve Arab interests by adopting their proposals. Muammar Qaddafi, Dictator President of Libya, generally gets the best mileage out of Arab League summits by making some outrageous statement. True to form, he did not disappoint this year either. He told the assembled leaders that they were all about to be destroyed by the United States, like Saddam Hussein. Qaddafi himself became a favorite of the West after giving up his nuclear development program and offering some nominal cooperation. So has nothing to worry about in that regard. [more]

by Moderator @ 01:36 PM CST [Link]

Monday, March 24, 2008

Germany and the Middle East

German Chancellor Merkel's visit to Israel and Knesset speech were far from routine. They were symbolic of the miraculous transformation of German-Jewish relations following the horror of the Holocaust.. [more]

by Moderator @ 10:38 AM CST [Link]

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Killing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process again

Those who do not study history, are condemned to relive it. Those who do study it, are also condemned to relive it. While the former are saved a great deal of boredom, the latter at least can see what is coming.

In a year or two, there will be a war of mutual recriminations over who killed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, accompanying an actual war of guns and bombs. [more]

by Moderator @ 06:37 PM CST [Link]

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Palestinians and Israel: Wrecking the peace process

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meekly observed:

"I have not hidden the fact that I think that there is a lot of room for improvement on both sides concerning road map obligations,"


by Moderator @ 03:38 PM CST [Link]

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Israel's Terrible Choices in Gaza

"The Gates of Gaza were too heavy for his shoulders, and they overcame him," mourned General Moshe Dayan, then Israel's chief of staff, in the last line of one of our best-known funeral perorations. It was given on April 29 1956, over the grave of an idealistic young man from Kibbutz Nahal Oz, Ro'i Rotberg, abducted, killed, and mutilated by Palestinians penetrating from the Gaza Strip. More than fifty years have passed; the last seven--and, in particular the thirty months since the Disengagement from the Gaza Strip--marked by a steady escalation in rocket attacks on the town of Sderot, the neighboring kibbutzim and moshavim, and now the city of Ashkelon. The Gates of Gaza still lie heavy on our shoulders, and the terrible dilemmas posed by Palestinian realities are still unresolved. When a problem of such persistent proportions and tragic implications remains at a boil, under these conditions--when all around, advice of many sorts is being freely proffered to Israeli decision-makers--it should be obvious that the broader context in which it is mired makes this Israel's most intractable dilemma. [more]

by Moderator @ 04:41 PM CST [Link]

Friday, March 7, 2008

Massacre in Jerusalem: A mighty blow for greater Israel

Whoever sent him, the terrorist who killed eight Yeshiva students in Jerusalem yesterday struck a mighty blow for greater Israel and racism. The Merkaz Harav Yeshiva is the ideological hub of the National Religious Party and the greater Israel movement. Many of those killed were from settlements in the West Bank, but that is not too relevant, since the Hamas insist that Jerusalem and Sderot are "illegal Zionist settlements" as well.

Those who caution Israel against "fueling the cycle of violence" and unifying Palestinian society around extremism, must understand that it works both ways. British PM Brown got the point when he insisted:

"Those who wish to stop the peace process by violence should be stopped from doing so by the combined voices of people throughout the world,"


by Moderator @ 04:49 PM CST [Link]

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Gaza: Holocaust or The Hashoah?

There is no doubt that the recent Israeli escalation in Gaza is unwise. It will not end the Qassam rocket fire on Sderot or the Grad rocket fire on Ashkelon. It will not bring peace. It will not end the rule of the Hamas in Gaza. On the contrary, it might help to legitimize and entrench the Hamas. [more]

by Moderator @ 03:16 PM CST [Link]


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