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Bring back Kfar DaromGideon Levy - Haaretz - The settlements must be returned to Gaza. Anyone who cares about the fate of those living in the Gaza Strip should wish for the re-establishment of Netzarim and Kfar Darom.19/11/2006
The campaign that should never stop Eyad Sarraj - Bitterlemons - Why was the mother who lost her child screaming so? It struck me that this mother was not yet in mourning but in the grip of an overwhelming state of fear. She knew too well how vulnerable and exposed they were and that there was no escape. She knew well that when "they" decide, they kill.19/11/2006
Bankruptcy of ideas Ghassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - The killing of 20 Palestinian civilians in Beit Hanoun last week exposed the limits of the unremitting Israeli use of force to advance Israeli aims.19/11/2006
When a Country Doesn`t Take ResponsibilityJeff Halper -- Tikkun -- "Only when the international community — led by Europe rather than the U.S., which appears to be hopeless in this regard — decides that the price is too high and adopts a more assertive policy toward the Occupation, will the ability of Israeli governments to manipulate it end. Since governments will not do the right thing without being prodded by the people, what the Israeli public needs for a peaceful resolution to the conflict is not the ‘support’ of its supposed ‘friends’ but the active intervention of international civil society. Even if the Israeli government accepted this, the organized Jewish community in the Diaspora and Christian fundamentalists may not appreciate it"18/11/2006
Grossman`s DilemmaUri Avnery -- Gush Shalom -- "The Grossmanian [camp] calls itself the ‘Zionist peace camp’. Its strategic concept is that it is wrong to stray from what is called the ‘national consensus’. If we lose contact with the consensus, so they believe, we shall not win over the public. Therefore we have to tailor our message to what the public at large is able absorb at any time. […] The second camp, usually called the ‘radical peace camp’, carries out the opposite strategy: to spell out our message loudly and clearly, even when it is unpopular and far from the consensus (as it usually is). The assumption is that the consensus will follow us when our message proves right in the test of reality" 18/11/2006
The Secret Meaning of "Kidnapping" / This Merchandise, SecurityYitzhak Laor – CounterPunch – “Whatever the historical nature of the IDF battle against the Palestinians, the abuse of the Palestinians during the second intifada is also a significant part of the years of the IDF`s decline. Those army commanders may know how to move divisions, to speak English, to write procedures. They grew up in the shadow of the `real` wars (tank vs. tank in Sinai, the capture of the Golan Heights), but all that is left for them and the tremendous army at their disposal is to strike at poor neighborhoods, to raid frightened towns at night, to frighten young people and mothers, to kill people before the eyes of their families, using 21st-century weapons” 18/11/2006
A project of dispossession can never be a noble causeAhdaf Soueif -- The Guardian -- Israel`s liberal intellectuals lament the malaise that grips their country - but refuse to face up to the ethnicide at the heart of it 18/11/2006
Hamas and the Quartet: The locals are unwelcome to the clubAlastair Crooke- Daily Star (Lebanon)-"But suddenly, the three conditions imposed on Hamas have become five. In addition to recognition of Israel, renunciation of violence and a commitment to past agreements (whether or not they represent flawed and failed instruments), Hamas must now also accept Quartet validation for ministers in a new government and for its policy guidelines. "17/11/2006
Israel rejects Franco-Spanish peace initiativeAttila Somfalvi-YNet News-"The terror groups aim their acts at the civilian population, at kindergartens, and think of civilian casualties as a great victory. We do all we can to avoid hitting civilians and we educate our children not to hurt innocents."(Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni) (Ed.Like a dreydl - spin spin spin)17/11/2006
Make a deal with HamasMark A. Heller-International Herald Tribune - "A more promising approach would be to look for a simpler way out of the downward spiral: renewal of financial assistance to the present Hamas government in return for an effective cease-fire."17/11/2006
Israel secretly studies `bold` peace bidMITCH POTTER-Toronto Star-"But it seems to me Israel needs also to step forward. It is not just about singing about peace to score points and show a good image to the United States or France or Canada," he said. "They must realize the difference between dictation and negotiation. Do they want Jewish settlements or do they want peace?"17/11/2006
For Evangelicals, Supporting Israel Is ‘God’s Foreign Policy’ DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK - nytimes - " Now, in tandem with the Israeli government, many evangelical Christians have focused on a new villain, Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Evangelical broadcasters and commentators have seized on Mr. Ahmadinejad’s comments questioning the Holocaust and calling for the abolition of the Israeli state. "16/11/2006
Poetic license (about The rebuke David Grossman delivered at the Yitzhak Rabin memorial rally )Meron Benvenisti - Haaretz - " Where is the call to join the struggle against the injustice of the security fence, the choke-hold of the roadblocks, the siege on Gaza, the killing of women and children, the destruction of the institutions of the Palestinian Authority, the deporting of Palestinian families "without documents"? After all, only these unheroic practical matters are important in the creation of life together in the land of Israel, and not "peace plans," on which endless controversies only enforces the status quo. " 16/11/2006
Above the government Baruch Kimmerling - Haaretz - " The impression one gets is that the centers of decision-making are not to be found among the elected institutions but rather in the hands of two closed sects over whom nobody has control, and which in effect administer Israel`s social and defense policies...One sect is composed of Finance Ministry officials... The strength of the second sect that rules Israel, the defense establishment... "16/11/2006
The blind and the crippleNahum Barnea - ynet.news - "The crippled shall help the blind, said our forefathers. The cripple in this analogy is Bush, while the self inflicted blind man is Olmert."15/11/2006
Israel`s key ally: U.S. evangelicalsDavid D. Kirkpatrick - The New York Times - " The Bible assigns Israel a pivotal role as a harbinger of the Second Coming. "15/11/2006
South Africa seen as model for PalestineAli Abunimah - Chicago Tribune - "For decades, the conventional wisdom has been that this conflict can only be resolved by partitioning the country into two states. Yet despite enormous political and diplomatic efforts to achieve this, the two peoples remain thoroughly if unhappily intertwined. Israel`s project of establishing settler-colonies inside the territories where Palestinians wanted to create a state has rendered separation impossible..."14/11/2006
The Democrats Don`t Care: Screw the Palestinians, Full Steam AheadKathleen and Bill Christison - Counterpunch - "This obscenity of oppression and murder does not faze the Democrats or any of Israel`s Zionist supporters in the U.S. Whatever Israel wants is all right with the Democrats. The 110th Congress will screw the Palestinians just the way the Republican 109th did. "14/11/2006
Peace Not Apartheid: Jimmy Carter`s RoadmapExcerpts from J. Carter`s book, selected by N. Finkelstein - Counterpunch - "The bottom line is this: Peace will come to Israel and the Middle East only when the Israeli government is willing to comply with international law--by accepting its legal borders. All Arab neighbors must pledge to honor Israel`s right to live in peace under these conditions. The United States is squandering international prestige and goodwill and intensifying global anti-American terrorism by unofficially condoning or abetting the Israeli confiscation and colonization of Palestinian territories."14/11/2006
No one is guilty in IsraelGideon Levy - Haaretz- " There is never anyone guilty in Israel... Israel after the disaster was split: There were those who did their duty and "expressed sorrow," like the prime minister and the defense minister, and there were those who hastened with appalling insensitivity to cast the responsibility onto the Palestinians, like the "moderate" foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, and the deputy defense minister from the Labor Party, Sneh. The silent majority did not bother to emerge from its yawning indifference."14/11/2006
Israel: Recognize This! Noura Khouri -- IMEMC News -- "why does one of the world`s largest and most well equipped army in the world need Palestinians, stateless, with virtually no representation or military power, to recognize it!? After all Israelis are doing a fine job in getting on with their lives and forgetting that we exist. The majority seem happy enough with us shriveling away in the confines of the oPt, behind the ever expanding wall and settlements, ongoing incursions, daily kidnapping, administrative detention and killing of whomever they like"13/11/2006
Pinochet in PalestineJoseph Massad -- The Electronic Intifada -- "The Chilean example is important to keep in mind when one looks at the Palestinian situation today, as it functions as a sort of training video for US-planned anti-democratic coups elsewhere in the world. Not only are the US and Israel financially backing the open preparation for a coup to be staged by the top leadership of Fateh [...] but so are the intelligence services of a number of Israel-and US-friendly Arab countries whose intelligence services have set up shop openly in Ramallah more recently"13/11/2006
An irrelevant test of intentionsAkiva Eldar -- Haaretz -- "It`s a shame that people of conscience in Israel and the world over have fallen asleep on their watch and have grown accustomed to living with innumerable deliberate injustices that have become routine. It`s a shame that they wake up only when one bomb misses its mark”13/11/2006
Just one more deceptionZvi Bar`el – Haaretz – “‘Anyone who hides terrorists near his home, or terrorists who operate near residences, should know the consequences,’ asserts the Israeli position, as though it were an advertisement for those slaughter films. But in Gaza there is no place that isn`t near residences, that is free of children and mothers, of unemployed people who fill the alleys and of young people without hope”13/11/2006
M-A-S-S-A-C-R-EUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - The commander of an army knows very well that so-and-so many percent of shells fall some distance from the target. The ammunition used by the gunners against Beit-Hanoun - the very same 155mm ammunition that was used in Kana - is known for its inaccuracy. He who decided to use this ammunition against a target right next to civilians knowingly exposed them to mortal danger.12/11/2006
Interim favours the strongGhassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - One of the features of Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking attempts has been the division of the process into interim and final stages12/11/2006
A moment before next warGuy Bechor - Ynet - [An international presence in the Strip is strongly advocated by Dr. Guy Bechor, who is a well-known Israeli Orientalist and far from being a left-winger. Meanwhile, the government of Israel regards the call for stationing international observers in the Gaza Strip as "anti-Israeli" and asked the Americans to veto the draft UN resolution. A.K.]11/11/2006
I remained silentLaila M. El-Haddad - Ynet - "Withdrawing" implies, in whatever vague and euphemistic sense, an end, or at least, a waning of hostilities. But yesterday I woke to discover that the Israeli army has perpetrated a massacre on a scale unseen in Gaza for a long time11/11/2006
Yossi Beilin: The clash of Israeli and American civilizations Yossi Beilin - Haaretz - In 2006, there is a conflict of interest between Israel and the U.S., which is of unprecedented magnitude in the relations between the two countries. The Bush adminstration is boycotting the Hamas and President Assad, while the Israeli interest is to start immediate negotiations with Syria and the Palestinians. 11/11/2006
Violence puts peace initiatives in perilRichard Beeston - The Times - "The clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian fighters come at a very precarious moment in the region, where diplomatic efforts have largely stalled, tensions are again mounting across the border in Lebanon, and America is unable to seize the diplomatic initiative." 9/11/2006
UN officials voice `shock and dismay` at deadly Israeli shelling of Gaza civiliansUN News - "United Nations officials voiced shock and dismay at Israel`s shelling of a residential area in the occupied Gaza Strip in which 18 Palestinian civilians were killed, including eight children and seven women, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan calling on the Israeli Government to cease its military operations there forthwith." 9/11/2006
Hamas says death of 18 civilians will be avengedRory McCarthy - The Guardian - "The leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas called on his fighters yesterday to "activate resistance" hours after an Israeli artillery strike killed 18 civilians, mostly women and children, from a single family in Gaza. Khaled Meshaal, who lives in exile in Damascus, promised retaliation after a wave of artillery shells landed before dawn on a residential street in Beit Hanoun. Several homes were hit, all belonging to one family." 9/11/2006
ANALYSIS: Beit Hanun is the Palestinian Kfar Kana Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff - Haaretz - "For months, GOC Southern Command Yoav Galant has been laboring to persuade everyone - government, public and media - that Gaza`s IDF is not Lebanon`s IDF. Then came the botched shelling in Beit Hanun on Wednesday, proving once again that it`s still the same army, making the same mistakes, with the same disregard for enemy civilians." 9/11/2006
Not with a whimper Michael Handelzalts - Haaretz - " Today we have a good reason to fear that it will end in a bang, not a whimper." 8/11/2006
A cease-fire in Gaza Editorial - Haaretz - "Israel should call on them to come to the negotiating table without prior conditions."8/11/2006
The Conflict Cannot WaitRoni Ben Efrat - Challenge - "As long as America is paralyzed, very little can change here. ..On the major question, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we can only see years of deep freeze ahead. The trouble is that the conflict cannot wait. Politics abhors a vacuum. Force rushes in to fill it."7/11/2006
Palestinian leaders at oddsAl-Ahram - "Speaking to Dina Ezzat in Ramallah and Gaza respectively, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah appear far too much at odds to be able to join hands in leading one of the toughest struggles ever -- the Palestinian struggle for freedom and statehood "7/11/2006
Justice and Hypocrisy: A Guilty Verdict on America, as WellRober Fisk - the Counterpunch -"So America`s one-time ally has been sentenced to death for war crimes he committed when he was Washington`s best friend in the Arab world. America knew all about his atrocities and even supplied the gas--along with the British, of course--yet there we were yesterday declaring it to be, in the White House`s words, another "great day for Iraq".7/11/2006
At the price of bloodshed Danny Rubinstein - Haaretz - "Newspapers came out in special editions bearing big black headlines announcing dozens of dead. What made the Israeli government take on such an extensive operation?"7/11/2006
Letter: European inaction and complicity as Gaza burns Ali Abunimah - The Electronic Intifada7/11/2006
The Pillar of Shame - November 2006 – General Dan Halutz Yesh Gvul - Haim Bar’am (translation and footnotes by Assaf Oron) - a monthly column dedicad to an infamous person of the month.6/11/2006
Bellicose governmentKhaled Amayreh -- Al-Ahram -- Israeli intransigence on any prisoner swap, combined with increasing pressure on Hamas, caused by a US/Fatah collusion, promise a bleak future for the Palestinian people and their government 6/11/2006
Neck-and-neck in troubleZvi Bar`el - Haaretz - "There seems to be a moment when any strong country, not to mention a world power, begins to choke on its own might. "5/11/2006
Listen to Maj. Gen. Stern Gideon Levy - Haaretz - "A bloodbath is taking place in Beit Hanun, the Israel Defense Forces runs rampant and kills at least 37 people in four days - and Israeli public opinion yawns with indifference. ...[And] the shocking reality of the second Lebanon war. For example, the number of people Israel killed is not only almost 10 times higher than the number of people Hezbollah killed, but the number of soldiers Hezbollah killed is three times higher than the number of Israeli civilians they killed, while the number of Lebanese civilians killed by Israel is about three times the number of Hezbollah fighters. So whose arms are purer? "5/11/2006
Lovable Man Uri Avnery on Israel`s deteriorating democracy facing Lieberman5/11/2006
Jews and Arabs can never live together, says Israel`s vice PM Interview by Harry de Quetteville in Jerusalem - The Sunday Telegraph - "In his first interview since taking office – exclusively with The Sunday Telegraph – Mr Lieberman said that the best means of achieving peace in the Middle East would be for Jews and Arabs to live apart, including those Arabs who now live inside Israel. " [Editor`s comment (VB): This is called apartheid. It was already tried in the past in South Africa. The outcome is well known.]5/11/2006
The Real Reason for Israel’s Wars on Gaza And LebanonRachelle Marshall - Washington Report on Middle East Affairs - "Israel’s attacks on Lebanon and Gaza have undermined democratically elected authorities and made victims of entire populations. But they will not make Israel more secure. As long as there is an occupation there will be resistance. The Israelis can end it only by agreeing to negotiations based on Israel’s return to its pre-June 1967 borders—the only borders recognized as legal by the United Nations Security Council and by most of the nations of the world." 2/11/2006
Lieberman and the sock it to `em schoolYitzhak Laor - Haaretz - "Avigdor Lieberman is the successor to Meir Kahane, Rehavam Ze`evi and the settlers` faction in the Knesset. They have all promoted and are promoting racist politics, whether explicit (transfer) or in an implicit manner (Israel`s right to the territories), under the aegis of Israeli democracy." 2/11/2006
Why did Oslo fail?George Giacaman - Bitter Lemons - "It should be clear that if Israeli politicians are left to themselves, peace cannot be achieved with the Palestinians."1/11/2006
Book Review: Ramzy Baroud`s `The Second PalestinianRemi Kanazi - The Electronic Intifada - "The generalization that all Palestinians are "terrorists" or "militants" allows the Israeli government to act with virtual impunity."1/11/2006
Pause for PeaceAHMED YOUSEF - The New York Times - "Hamas has honored its previous cease-fires, as Israelis grudgingly note with the oft-heard words, "At least with Hamas they mean what they say."" 1/11/2006
Israel`s New ArsenalEthan Heitner - Tompaine - "This is neither the first time that Israel has lied about its weapons nor the first time it has used Lebanese civilians as live guinea pigs for its weapons." 1/11/2006
From massacre to LiebermanTamar Gozansky - Ynet - "For Hebrew speakers he marketed softer messages, while Russian-language signs read: "Lieberman – a strong man for a strong people"." 1/11/2006
This week in Palestine….. Behind the news Hanna Siniora - Jerusalem Times - "An ongoing feverish internal debate concerning the need to save the school year has failed to return the teachers back to the classroom."1/11/2006
Italy calls on the U.S. to press Israel on Palestinian conflict Reuters - Haaretz - Italy`s Foreign Minister Massimo D`Alema (...) called on Bush to press Israel, where he said the military was lashing out in Gaza to prove its might after failing to defeat Hezbollah in Lebanon.10/11/2006
Deputy Defense Minister Sneh: `IDF must stop Iran`Gil Hoffman - Jerusalem Post - The danger, Sneh elaborated, was that Iran`s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would "be able to kill the Zionist dream without pushing a button." That`s why we must prevent this regime from obtaining nuclear capability at all costs. [SIC!]10/11/2006
Why aren`t they forgiving us?By Shai & Dror - Ma`ariv - The next artillery shell is already on its way, followed by the next apology. And then one more shell and one more apology. That`s the way we are. Moral and considerate, killing and apologizing. Thanks, sorry for the killing and see you next time.10/11/2006
The Shame ParadeYehonathan Gefen - Ma`ariv - So much are we talking and disputing about the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem, and so little do we talk about how our level of morality goes every day deeper under the red line, how the strongest army in the Middle East is here and now weakening us and the justification for our existence in this region. 10/11/2006
In a Stormy Year, Peretz Raises and Then Forfeits Left’s Hopes Gershom Gorenberg - Forward - "Whatever its security merits, the Bir Nabalah checkpoint does prove one thing: Having appeared there last June — a month after Labor Party leader Amir Peretz became defense minister — it has become one more symbol of the Israeli left’s burning disillusionment with Peretz. The onetime trade union chief captured the leadership of Labor one year ago, promising a new wave of activism and energy on the left. He’s since become the latest Israeli symbol of political haplessness."2/11/2006
Cabinet tells IDF: Keep pressure on Hamas and ready for Gaza operationAluf Benn - Haaretz - "The security cabinet voted Wednesday to keep up the military pressure on Hamas in the Gaza Strip, but not to expand the operation. However, it ordered the Israel Defense Forces to prepare and train for a larger operation, "should one be necessary." 2/11/2006
The rise of the rightwinger who takes his cue from PutinJonathan Steele - The Guardian - "The return to power of Avigdor Lieberman and his anti-Arab racism is a mark of the point Israeli politics has now reached" 2/11/2006
Hamas: Gaza raid will have `negative influence` on Shalit deal Avi Issacharoff - Haaretz - "Hamas said Wednesday that the Israel Defense Forces operation in northern Gaza would have a "negative influence" on negotiations being brokered by Egypt to try to arrange an exchange of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel for the release of captured IDF Corporal Shalit." 2/11/2006
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