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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Springtime for Sharon

Only last week, it looked, for just a moment, as though the Israeli left had miraculously been resurrected by the election of Amir Peretz to the head of the Labor party, and the defection of Ariel Sharon from the Likud. What could be better than renewal at home and confusion in the camp of the enemy? However, it is apparently not to be. The Israeli political system is confusing, surprising and illogical. The vicissitudes of Israeli politics are determined by the electoral process, the nature of Israeli society and perhaps by sunspots and bum luck. [more]

by Moderator @ 03:54 AM CST [Link]

Monday, November 21, 2005

Israel political earthquakes: Sharon quits, Peretz resurrects Labor

Ariel Sharon today virtually destroyed the Likud party that he helped to create in 1977. He announced his resignation from the party and called for new elections. With this move, and the election of Amir Peretz as head of the the Israel Labor party, the Labor party, mourned only a few weeks ago as defunct, will probably become the leading political party in Israel once again, with the largest bloc of Knesset votes. If there are no further surprises in store, Amir Peretz would be the next Prime Minister of Israel, an inconceivable idea just two weeks ago. As usual, however, Sharon is planning surprises. [more]

by Moderator @ 02:13 PM CST [Link]

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Rice brokers deal to lift Gaza Siege - Maybe

The siege of Gaza is due to be lifted, after US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice overstayed her scheduled stop in the Middle East to broker a deal between Israelis and Palestinians. If true, that has to be good news. [more]

by Moderator @ 04:27 PM CST [Link]

Monday, November 14, 2005

Laptop computer evidence of nuke program - is it conclusive?

Dramatic claims for an Iranian Nuclear program were presented in the November 13 issue of the New York Times. In an article entitled "Relying on Computer, US Seeks to Prove Iran's Nuclear Aims" by William J. Broad and David E. Sanger asserted that the US had presented documentary evidence that Iran is developing nuclear warheads for its missiles. ISIS President David Albright is skeptical about the article, but he was quoted earlier as saying the documents are indicative of a nuclear weapons development program. [more]

by Moderator @ 11:00 PM CST [Link]

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Terror in Jordan kills 57: Enough is Enough

Wednesday evening, terror attacks at three hotels in Jordan killed 57 people and wounded up to 200. At least two of the explosions are believed to have been suicide bombings, but in reality it makes no difference how they were carried out. Our hearts go out to the victims and to the people of Jordan.

These depraved attacks should be a wake-up call to those who have temporized about fighting terror, and to those who have dignified murder of civilians as "resistance" and extolled the perpetrators as martyrs.

Terrorism did not begin in Jordan, and it not begin with last night's attacks. It has been carefully nurtured and coddled for many years. UN resolutions and Arab League resolutions characterized massacre of innocent civilians as part of the "legitimate right to resistance". Foolish would-be intellectuals praised suicide bombers as altruists. Imams abused religious authority and freedom of expression to encourage acts of terror. Governments, peace organizations and human rights groups have been mostly silent. The UN is still working on its convention against terror. Unless we all do something, they will probably still be working on it when Al-Qaeda blows up the UN. [more]

by Moderator @ 06:45 PM CST [Link]

Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Thank the al-Khatib family for their gift to peace

The parents of Ahmed al-Khatib, a twelve year old boy killed by accident by the IDF in Jenin, have given a gift to the peoples of Israel and Palestine, and to peace. They have allowed the organs of their son to be used to help save the lives of Israeli children. [more]

by Moderator @ 06:52 PM CST [Link]

Self-righteousness will come home to roost ( or NY is Fun City, Paris is a riot)

The news from France is not good. The riots that are engulfing France should elicit the concern of all decent people. Instead, they have generated an incredible outpouring of self-righteousness, very often by people who were never in France. [more]

by Moderator @ 02:54 PM CST [Link]

Thursday, November 3, 2005

The legacy of Yitzhak Rabin - Ten years after

Commemorating, or perhaps celebrating, the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the settlers' Web site, Arutz-7 coupled Rabin's picture and memorial with that of Rehav'am Ze'evi, and cited a home video that allegedly "proves" that Rabin was not assassinated by right-wing settler advocate Yigal Amir. If that is so, then it is truly a mystery why Yigal Amir's mother and brother appeared on television to explain that since Rabin was a criminal, killing him was not really a crime, and posted a petition for the release of their son. [more]

by Moderator @ 05:43 PM CST [Link]

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

A Palestinian Responds to Ahmadinejad's call for destruction of Israel

Below is a Palestinian response to the call of Iranian president Ahmedinejad for the destruction of Israel. Ahmadinejad had said, among other things:

'Today the Palestinian nation stands against the hegemonic system as the representative of the Islamic Ummah [nation]. Thanks to God, since the Palestinian people adopted the Islamic war and the Islamic goals, and since their struggle has become Islamic in its attitude and orientation, we have been witnessing the progress and success of the Palestinian people.'

"'... They [ask]: 'Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism?' But you had best know that this slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved.

Significantly, in the Arab and Muslim Middle East, Palestinian leaders led the way in rejecting Ahmadinejad's statement. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said:

"We have recognized the state of Israel and we are pursuing a peace process with Israel, and ... we do not accept the statements of the president of Iran," Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said. "This is unacceptable."

Walid Salem of the Panorama Center in Jerusalem wrote the letter below and asked that it get the widest possible circulation.
Ami Isseroff

A Response to Ahmadinijad: Questions of Strategy

by Walid Salem

Personally, as a Palestinian working responsibly for the last thirty-one years, including five years in prison as a political prisoner, it is very difficult for me to continue as if nothing has happened when hearing a President of an Islamic State returning to the 1960's and 1970's slogans calling for the elimination of Israel. At that period, these were the slogans of the Arab nationalist movements (and also the Palestinian armed Marxist organizations). Today, these slogans have become Islamist political propaganda resurrected by the Iranians and different political movements that use Islam as their announced ideology. [more]

by Moderator @ 03:40 PM CST [Link]


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