Sunday, May 12, 2013

Peace? From the Palestinian Standpoint, There is a Past, No Future

Lital Shemesh
I participated in the Dialogue for Peace Project for young Israelis
and Palestinians who are politically involved in various frameworks.
The project’s objective was to identify tomorrow’s leaders and
bring them closer today, with the aim of bringing peace at some future
The project involved meetings every few weeks and a concluding seminar
in Turkey.
On the third day of the seminar after we had become acquainted, had
removed barriers, and split helpings of rachat Lukum [a halva-like
almond Arab delicacy] as though there was never a partition wall
between us, we began to touch upon many subjects which were painful
for both sides. The Palestinians spoke of roadblocks and the IDF
soldiers in the territories, while the Israeli side spoke of constant
fear, murderous terrorist attacks, and rockets from Gaza.
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Pat Condell again – brave and brilliant
The ‘rabid’ rage of Israel’s enemies
By Robert Fulford, National Post (Canada)
A word jumped off the page when I was reading Haroon Siddiqui’s
column in the Toronto Star the other day: “rabid.” Describing
Qatar’s attempt to steal the International Civil Aviation
Organization headquarters from Montreal, Siddiqui wrote: “There’s
speculation that the bid is also politically motivated, in retaliation
for Stephen Harper’s rabid pro-Israeli stance.”
Siddiqui is an important Star personage, routinely billed as the
paper’s “editorial page editor emeritus,” a title claimed by no
other Canadian journalist. He ran the editorial page in the 1990s, and
the Star apparently wants to recall those glory years every time he
appears in print. What in the world makes him call the prime minister
Oxford defines that word as “Furious, raging; wildly aggressive.”
Doesn’t sound like Stephen Harper. He’s cool and careful. He
speaks quietly of Israel, noting that Canada doesn’t endorse all of
Israel’s policies. He finds it unfair that so much criticism is
directed by others against “the one country of the global community
whose very existence is threatened.” He also draws a lesson from
history: Those who choose the Jewish people “as a target of racial
and religious bigotry will inevitably be a threat to all of us.” He
believes those who target Israel also threaten “all free and
democratic societies.”
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The West Wing on proportional response
The Benghazi Scandal Grows <>
BY STEPHEN F. HAYES, Weekly Standard
CIA director David Petraeus was surprised when he read the freshly
rewritten talking points an aide had emailed him in the early
afternoon of Saturday, September 15. One day earlier, analysts with
the CIA’s Office of Terrorism Analysis had drafted a set of
unclassified talking points policymakers could use to discuss the
attacks in Benghazi, Libya. But this new version —produced with
input from senior Obama administration policymakers — was a shadow
of the original.
The original CIA talking points had been blunt: The assault on U.S.
facilities in Benghazi was a terrorist attack conducted by a large
group of Islamic extremists, including some with ties to al Qaeda.
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