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Thursday, October 28, 2004
Palestine and the Palestinians after Yasser Arafat
After Arafat, Palestine will look pretty much as it does before Arafat, at least for a while. [more]
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Middle East alternative realities - no danger of a shortage
Whatever would we do without the New York Times for amusement? In Sunday's paper, Thomas Friedman provides the latest brilliant exposition of how withdrawal from Gaza will leave Israel in control of more territory, not less, plus, why the Arab-Israeli conflict is George W. Bush's fault. And that's just for starters.
by Analyst @ 06:35 PM CST [Link]
It can happen again: Nine years since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin
We must admit that nine years since the assassination of Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin, we have not yet laid his ghost to rest. [more]
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Disengagement, democracy and hype
There is a ready solution for those concerned about Israeli soldiers forcibly evacuating settlers from Gaza. I don't think Israel should force settlers to leave Gaza if they don't want to leave, but the settlers cannot force the rest of Israel to defend them and pay for their continued stay in Gaza, and suffer the diplomatic consequences. [more]
Sunday, October 10, 2004
Taba Attacks: Tragedy for Peace
The terror bombings in the Taba Hilton and Nueiba resort areas provoked a variety of comment in the Middle East. Many Muslim commentators and some official commentary attempted to link the bombings to Israeli actions against Palestinians in general or to the brutal Israeli "incursion" in Gaza. Surprisingly, some European heads of state tried to make the same link. [more]
Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Will disengagement freeze the peace process?
In a sensational interview to appear in Ha'aretz, Dov Weisglass, a top adviser to PM Ariel Sharon says that the purpose of the disengagement plan is to freeze the peace process and confound domestic and foreign critics of Israeli policy. Is it for real or is it spin? [more]
Arafat is no Mandela
A report in the Haaretz newspaper of October 6, stated that Palestinian President Yasser Arafat intends to step down when the Palestinian state is established. He also compared himself to Nelson Mandela. [more]
by Shimon Zachary Klein @ 11:43 AM CST [Link]
Monday, October 4, 2004
Gaza: The Brutality of Political Inevitability
The tragedy unfolding in Gaza is a miniature of the tragedy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As usual, because of internal political reasons, extremism and activism have been allowed to rule the agenda and "national unity" has drowned out voices of moderation and considerations of long-term policy. [more]
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