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The Guardian view on Israel: the narrowing of a nationEditorial--With a bill to define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people, a democracy stands on the brink of downgrading itself. dn30/11/2014
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Palestinian Refuge for 6 Decades, Now Flooded From Syria ANNE BARNARDNOV--SHATILA CAMP, Lebanon — An enormous iron key hangs on a water tower above a crossroads in the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila, just south of downtown Beirut. The sculpture alludes to the rusting keys that many families here treasure, from houses lost when they fled what became Israel in 1948. dn30/11/2014
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Sayed Kashua presents: The Palestinian version of Thanksgiving Sayed Kashua--In the new narrative, there would be a `Shukran [Thanks] Feast` and the natives would hand over the land of Palestine with love, and teach the new immigrants what hummus is. dn30/11/2014
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French Jews Flock to Montreal To Build a New LifeJTA--When Dan Charbit and his wife, Gaelle Hazan, moved to Montreal from Paris two summers ago, it was meant to be a temporary fix — a year-long attempt for Charbit to reboot his stalled career as a special-effects artist in Quebec’s thriving film and television industry. They agreed to fly home if the experiment failed. dn30/11/2014
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Red Rag weekly column: Atrocity in Jerusalem; PM Bennett: 3 scenariosGideon Spiro - After Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 Muslim worshippers in a mosque in Hebron, the Rabin government did not dismantle the Jewish settlement in Hebron, and that was an alarming message to the Palestinians: it doesn’t matter how terrible a crime a Jew commits, whether he wears a kippa or not. His house will not be demolished and his family will not be thrown onto the street. 29/11/2014
Binyamin Netanyahu’s nationality bill is at odds with the Hebrew BibleGiles Fraser--The scriptures insist that Jews and non-Jews are to be subject to the same laws. We need to heed this message dn29/11/2014
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Welcome, Diaspora Jews, to the Israel you’ve been avoidingAsher Schechter--For too long, Diaspora Jews have been defending an imaginary Israel. The real one looks much more like the one described in the controversial nation-state bill. dn29/11/2014
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EU Parliament: Palestinian recognition can be delivered through EU common positionPNN - "A coordinated EU "common position" could deliver the recognition of a Palestinian state, the European Parliament was told on Wednesday 26 November in a debate called by the Socialist and Democrat (S & D) Group of MEPs." ca28/11/2014
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Netanyahu`s xenophobia: Bad in America, bad in IsraelLarry Derfner - +972 "In April 2002 he spoke to a Dallas audience at an event sponsored by the National Center for Policy Analysis. Washington Post columnist Ruben Navarrette, Jr. wrote, “The idea was to get Americans to feel Israel’s pain. But, as a Mexican American in the audience, all I felt was nauseated." ca28/11/2014
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Israel Narrows Its DemocracyEditorial Board - NYT "Israel’s courts and laws have consistently defined Israel as “Jewish and democratic,” giving equal weight to both, and on paper, at least, the Arab Israelis who constitute about a fifth of the population have full rights. To go back and emphasize nationality and religion in defining the country, moreover, runs counter to the long-term movement among liberal democracies toward a more inclusive vision of a state." ca28/11/2014
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Will Greater Israel Transform Into Greater Palestine?Henry Siegman - Huffington Post - It is a perspective that accounts for the insensitivity of so many Jewish Israelis to the fact that this latest tragedy occurred only weeks after Israel`s incineration of large parts of Gaza, in which 2,200 Palestinians, mostly non-combatants, including over 500 children, were obliterated, a carnage that a majority of Israelis wanted Netanyahu to continue; to the never-ending assassinations of civilians inside Gaza found anywhere near the fence that imprisons them; to the daily deprivations and humiliations inflicted on West Bank and East Jerusalem Palestinians; and to the assaults by the hilltop youths on Palestinian mosques, homes and olive groves in the West Bank that go unpunished.-rh27/11/2014
Israeli president opposes proposed law to give ‘national rights’ to Jews only : Critics say ‘Jewish nation-state’ bill would diminish freedoms of minorities and give ammunition to enemies abroadPeter Beaumont - The Guardian - Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, has voiced his strong opposition to a controversial proposed new law that would define “national rights” in Israel as reserved for Jews only.-rh 26/11/2014
Israel’s UN ambassador puts another nail in the two-state coffinNoam Sheizaf - +972 - "..the consensus in Israel is moving toward the right, and Israeli officials are more explicit than ever in their rejection of Palestinian statehood or any form of equal rights." - id26/11/2014
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Abiding by international law — when it`s convenientGerard Horton - +972 - "Israeli institutions seek to obtain the benefits of the international legal order while refusing to accept the corresponding burdens and obligations." - id 26/11/2014
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Israel Narrows Its Democracy Editorial - NYT - "In any form, it should be defeated. At best, the law would have no useful effect; at worst, it would seriously antagonize an already seething Arab minority and erode Israel’s standing among democratic nations." - id25/11/2014
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Is the `Jewish nation-state` bill good for anyone at all?Dahlia Scheindlin - +972 - "Now the law is making exclusivity and inequality part of Israel’s legal DNA. Yes we are changing – but not in the right direction." - id 25/11/2014
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How rumors hurt the Palestinian causeAkiva Eldar - Al Monitor - "Journalists on both sides must expose the irresponsible politicians and clerics whose deeds do nothing to further democracy, freedom, equality and freedom of expression." - id 25/11/2014
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What lies ahead for Israel ?Yuval Diskin--he Jerusalem Intifada offers a glimpse into the future to which the right-wing is leading us: A bi-national state with mixed populations and a reality of escalating confrontations. This deterioration can be stopped, but the government, in particular our prime minister, excels at doing the opposite.dn23/11/2014
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Déjà Vu in Jerusalem? Neve Gordon--In the latest round of violence, the Israeli government has been rebuked by its own security chief. dn

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Why We Need International Recognition of the State of Palestine Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi--After two decades of sham negotiations, it’s the best way to put pressure on Israel to end the occupation. dn23/11/2014
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The Unholy CityUri Avnery--IN ITS long and checkered history, Jerusalem has been occupied by dozens of conquerors. Babylonians and Persians, Greeks and Romans, Mamluks and Turks, Britons and Jordanians – to mention just a few. The latest occupier is Israel, which conquered and annexed Jerusalem in 1967. dn23/11/2014
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First Relief, Then Tracing the Roots of Bloody Har Nof AttackJ.J. Goldberg--News of terrorist attacks in Israel can strike us in many different ways. For some the first reaction is anguish; for others it’s rage. There are those who look on with mixed feelings, horrified at the bloodshed yet wanting to understand what drives the killers to such crimes. For still others, it’s that very ambivalence of the onlookers that most infuriates.dn22/11/2014
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Netanyahu`s revamped Jewish nation-state bill won`t constitutionally guarantee equality for all citizensJonathan Lis--Proposal doesn`t take as hard a line as earlier draft, but also doesn`t express commitment to equality of all citizens, as Livni wants. dn22/11/2014
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Israel`s top news channel: Gov`t asked us to show more Gaza devastationOren Persico - +972 "As someone who sits in front of the screen all day, I see two completely different wars,” the Channel 2 News editor explained. “There is one war that you see on BBC, CNN and all those channels, and another war that you see on [Israel’s] Channel 1, Channel 2 and Channel 10. Totally different pictures.” ca21/11/2014
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Infighting mars memorialAhmed Al-Sayed - Al-Ahram "Mutual recriminations and threats between Fatah and Hamas following the explosions that targeted the homes of several Fatah leaders in Gaza and led to the cancelation of ceremonies to commemorate President Yasser Arafat have revived fears of a return to factional violence in Gaza...Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused Hamas of carrying out the bombings. “Who committed this crime? The leadership of the Hamas movement did, and it’s responsible,” Abbas shouted at a Fatah rally for Arafat in Ramallah." ca21/11/2014
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Lies, paranoia and superstitions Nahum Barnea - Ynet - "Before complaining about the incitement and falsehood culture on the Palestinian side, we should take a look at what`s happening on our own side." - id 25/11/2014
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An Interview with Norman Pollack - Unconditional Support for Israel?Norman Pollack – CounterPunch - “My pride in and identification with being Jewish as I grew up had to do with recognizing that Jewish people were in the forefront of radicalism and the arts. Therefore the criticisms I now make are not that of a self-hating Jew, the standard put down to silence all criticism of Israel, but the prideful affirmation of the Judaism I once knew, that of a progressive social force” [ry]24/11/2014
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Jerusalem terror attack shatters brief remissionBen Caspit - Al Monitor - "Surprisingly, Cohen confirmed the spirit of what was published here last week, citing a security source who said that Abbas does not encourage terror, not openly and not under the table. These statements are perceived as contradicting what Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya`alon and the rest of the right-wing leadership are saying, accusing Abbas of the incitement that brought about the attack." - id 19/11/2014
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After attacks in Jerusalem, growing fears of religious warAhmad Melhem - Al Monitor - "“The world has gone through religious wars,” Hussein said, adding, “It now knows their effects and catastrophic repercussions on world peace and security.”" - id 19/11/2014
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Radical alliance fueling renewed bloodbathTami Arad - Ynet - "A handful of provocateurs on one side and a handful of incited murderers on the other side are dragging the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships by the power of destructive inertia." - id 19/11/2014
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East Jerusalem under `collective punishment` Gregg Carlstrom--Jerusalem`s most disenfranchised residents are being targeted in a `draconian` crackdown, rights groups say. dn18/11/2014
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THOSE WHO LAMENT THE DECLINE OF `LIBERAL ZIONISM` ARE ENGAGED IN A FUTILE ENTERPRISEALLAN C. BROWNFELD--THOSE WHO LAMENT THE DECLINE OF "LIBERAL ZIONISM" ARE ENGAGED IN A FUTILE ENTERPRISE---SINCE IT NEVER REALLY EXISTED This article will appear in the January/February 2015 issue of The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. dn18/11/2014
Letter from JerusalemDavid Remnick--Israel’s conservative President speaks up for civility, and pays a price. dn18/11/2014
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Is Exile Better? Jane Eisner--The political scientist Alan Wolfe published his latest book about the Jewish diaspora, “At Home in Exile,” in late October, just weeks before Sheldon Adelson uttered his most recent outrageous remarks. Too bad. Adelson’s unfortunate rant would have provided another example to prove Wolfe’s point. dn18/11/2014
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Palestinians are unheralded guardians of IsraelAmira Hass-It is the Palestinians who are struggling with fervent consistency for Israel as a democratic, law-abiding state, and the day will come when the Jews will thank them for their efforts. dn18/11/2014
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Is every Palestinian kid who throws stones a terrorist?Smadar Ben-Natan - +972 - In a reality where children aged 10 and 11 are arrested by 18- and 19-year-old soldiers who have been indoctrinated for military service since kindergarten, this kind of discussion seems completely out of place. A human rights attorney spends the day at one of the occupation’s more bizarre PR events [ry]17/11/2014
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Jerusalem: Israel is not crazyNassar Ibrahim - AIC - Israel`s escalation in Jerusalem is not crazy, but logical and consistent political behaviour meant to create new facts on the ground. Nassar Ibrahim explores [ry]17/11/2014
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The moral clarity of Richard FalkRod Such--In this wide-ranging book, the professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University embraces the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, advocates abandoning the two-state solution and argues that the best way of understanding Israel is as a settler-colonial state.dn16/11/2014
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Settlers mourn their ‘beautiful daughter’ as a Palestinian father sinks into despairPeter Beaumont--While one family has been left grieving by the cycle of violence that claimed Dalya Lemkus’s life last week, another is bewildered about why their ‘happy, normal’ son committed murder dn16/11/2014
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Is it effective to throw flowers over the border?Jakob von Uexkull - World Future Council/Right Livelihood Award Foundation - Many years ago in Beirut, Ghassan Khanafani told me he always looked for the most effective strategy of resisting and added with a smile: “If I thought it would be effective to stand at the Israeli border and throw flowers, I would.” Since then, many flowers have been thrown and many compromises offered over the years, culminating in the Oslo accords. But what had been the response? ak 15/11/2014
The Temple Mount is a powder keg, and arsonists have the upper handAsher Schechter--The Temple Mount is a powder keg, and arsonists have the upper hand This is no accidental fire. This was (and still is) an arson job. But who are the suspects? dn 15/11/2014
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Kafr Kanna isn`t Ferguson, it`s much worseSeraj Assi and Lawrence McMahon--The two deadly shootings that dominated the Israel-Palestine news cycle this week have three things in common: Israeli police killed an Arab; the entire incident was captured on CCTV; and the shootings were unjustified. dn15/11/2014
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Israel is lurching toward international isolation Alex Fishman--The Jordanians might be leading the charge, but the entire world seems to think that Israel is becoming increasingly disconnected from reality; meanwhile, both Israeli and Palestinian officials are busy making extreme comments. dn15/11/2014
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The new American Jewish struggle over Israel: Hawks versus ultra-hawksPeter Beinart - Haaretz "The most important trend in American Jewish politics today is the collapse of the center. The American Jewish establishment isn’t only being challenged by left-leaning groups like J Street. It also faces a less widely recognized, but equally powerful, challenge from the right." ca14/11/2014
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Shin Bet chief: Abbas is not inciting to terrorAttila Somfalvi - Ynet News - While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly points an accusing finger at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the head of Israel`s top secret security service said Tuesday he did not believe Abbas was responsible for the current round of terror and violence.-rh19/11/2014
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"One-State Solution" For Israel/PalestineLudwig Watzal - Countercurrents - Israel`s economy minister Naftali Bennett, the leader of the right-wing party "The Jewish Home", published an article in the New York Times in which he buried the concept of a "two-state solution" as a way out of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Bennett does not belong to the radical Zionist fringe. Although he is an advocate of extremist colonial Zionist ideas, he is considered to be the successor of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.-rh 12/11/2014
Israeli Assault on Palestinian IdentityNORMAN POLLACK - Counterpunch - "I say: Israel contaminates Judaism with its militarism, arrogance, oppression of the weak, its international role of backing fascist-type governments which themselves murder Jews–Israel, God is watching, will someday pay the price for its Nazi-like conduct toward others in the present day." - id 12/11/2014
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How Hamas uses Temple MountShlomi Eldar - Al Monitor - "The Temple Mount has become an effective tool of intimidation in the Hamas propaganda, which presents an alarming picture of the catastrophic acts planned by Israel on the Temple Mount, liable to culminate in the destruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque." - id 12/11/2014
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Hamas: Israel fails to implement cease-fire dealAdnan Abu Amer - Al Monitor - "Israeli warplanes have returned to the skies of the Gaza Strip, reminding the Palestinians of the war." - id 12/11/2014
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Israel`s government and security forces are losing controlAlex Fishman - Ynet - "Palestinian and Israeli Arab incitement, loss of fear, feelings of deprivation and admiration for the Islamic State are the engines of violence leading us to a third intifada." - id 12/11/2014
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The countdown to the next war has already begun Shimon Shiffer - Ynet - Without an Israeli initiative, without pursuing an agreement, our leaders` refusal to look reality in the eye is leading us to another violent conflict with disastrous results. [bz]11/11/2014
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The Politics of Self-Delusion - The Peace Process HustleLawrence Davidson - CounterPunch - "An intractable process, one that never seems to resolve itself, is either no process at all or a fraudulent one contrived to hide an ulterior motive. The so-called Israeli-Palestinian (at one time the Israeli-Arab) `peace process,` now in its sixth decade (counting from 1948) or fourth decade (counting from 1967) is, and probably always has been, just such a fraud" [ry]10/11/2014
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Netanyahu: Those who call to destroy Israel should have citizenship revoked Mairav Zonszein--Just hours after thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel demonstrated in the northern Israeli village of Kafr Kanna Saturday in response to the overnight killing from close range of 22-year-old Khir Hamdan by police, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement: dn9/11/2014
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How a minister called for on-the-spot death sentence for murderersHaaretz Editorial--“A terrorist who attacks civilians should be sentenced to death,” the minister ruled following the terror attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday. He added that he wished all such events would end that way. dn9/11/2014
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Naftali Bennett’s Wake-up Call to the WestJohn V. Whitbeck--In this article, Mr. Bennett argues that “for its security, Israel cannot withdraw from more territory and cannot allow for the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank” and then proceeds to propose his own “four-step plan” for peace. dn9/11/2014
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Netanyahu may go down in history as prime minister who lost JerusalemShimon Shiffer - Ynet - On Wednesday, Netanyahu lashed out at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas again, accusing him of incitement. But conversations with senior European diplomats, who are monitoring the situation in Jerusalem with a lot of concern, reveal that Europe and the United States mainly hold the Israeli side fully responsible for the deterioration due to, among other things, the announcement of construction plans within Palestinian population centers in East Jerusalem and what appears as a change in the status quo in the city`s holy sites. [bz]8/11/2014
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Has Israel become the black sheep of the North American Jewish family?Allison Kaplan Sommer--Nothing brings a family together like a new kid- but kids grow up, and one can`t always expect them to stay young and adorable forever. dn8/11/2014
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Censorship in the American Jewish communitySeth Morrison - +972 "The past year has seen increasing efforts within the American Jewish community to censor anybody who believes that boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) are the way to end the occupation — censorship that is most often targeted at Jewish Voice for Peace. And yet, JVP continues to grow. JVP is not anti-Israel, it is anti-occupation." ca 7/11/2014
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Strange bedfellowsLubna abdel Aziz - Al-Ahram Weekly "And if the US is Israel’s “best friend”, is Israel America’s best friend? If you think so, think again! Israel has no ’best friends’. Israel only looks out for Israel. The US has shielded Israel from accountability and its brutality goes unchallenged." ca7/11/2014
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Europe Is Blocking Mideast PeaceNAVI PILLAY - NYT "Europe should support Palestine’s bid to join the court because I.C.C. jurisdiction could become the ultimate deterrent that breaks the cycle of conflict.It could ensure that both Palestine and Israel are held accountable for future war crimes. After decades of impunity, and no redress for crimes committed — including indiscriminate firing of rockets, bombing of civilians and targeting of hospitals and schools — I.C.C. accession would deter the worst violence." ca 7/11/2014
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How Likud became the Almightly`s contractor at the Temple MountTomer Persico - +972 - "Welcome to the end times." - id 5/11/2014
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Red Rag weekly column: the face of a Chosen PeopleGideon Spiro - The attempt on the life of Yehuda Glick by a Palestinian assailant who was identified within a few hours as Mu’tazz Hijazi and executed by police who surrounded his house in East Jerusalem has unleashed a filthy wave of Jewish racism.4/11/2014
Why are Israelis sleepwalking toward a one-state solution?Sever Plocker - Ynet - The advantage – from the government`s point of view – of a specific economic protest is that it is undamaging in governmental terms and can be quickly quelled at a minimal cost. The price of pudding will be reduced, and to hell with the state. [bz] 4/11/2014
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The only way to stop stone throwing is to end the occupationMairav Zonszein - +972 - If Israel was serious about restoring security to its capital, it would recognize the Palestinian claim to East Jerusalem and find a way for all residents to live in dignity [ry]3/11/2014
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Chickenshit Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - “In Netanyahu`s view, in any confrontation between Congress and the White House over Israel, the President is bound to lose. So there is nothing to be afraid of. Netanyahu, in fact is playing roulette with all the capital of Israel in the vast casino called the USA. Perhaps he has been infected by his mentor and protector, the Casino Czar Sheldon Adelson, who has a hand in conducting Israeli policy in the US” [ry]3/11/2014
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Remembering Rabin: The last of the non-chickenshitsAsher Schechter--Yitzhak Rabin was murdered 19 years ago next week. In his death, he left us with people who are too afraid to decide. dn2/11/2014
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Netanyahu`s self-serving conflict with US Yuval Diskin - Ynet - So if the prime minister realized that a quiet freeze is needed, and if the prime minister realized that such an exposure (just like during his meeting with the president) would be met with harsh reactions and jeopardize the State of Israel`s interests – how does he explain the decision to advance the planning of 1,060 apartments in East Jerusalem, which is currently on fire? What kind of logic can explain this lack of logic? [The writer is a former Shabak head-bz]1/11/2014
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