Personal musings on Israel, Jewish matters, history and how they all affect each other
OT but so delightful it is a must readthe link is from a comment at CiFWatch - may all the angels of Justice assist NGO-Monitor, Mr. Steinberg and his helpers Silke"The Israeli watchdog group NGO Monitor is suing the European Commission for refusing to reveal which groups received $48 million in funds since 2005 “to actively work to demonize and de-legitimize Israel and fuel the Israeli-Arab conflict.” The suit is to be filed in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg this week."http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/135614
Al-Zahar is a gasbag, but behind his bravado and posturing is some serious meaning. Why would Hamas consider abandoning terror? They see Israel being forced to free their hands, while they surrender nothing. How does the Quartet propose to strengthen Abbas' position now? This is the world's gift to Hamas, and to the terror methods that will come back around to bite us all in the end. What a world of fools.
70-75 years back, Germany used the Jews to throw the world off-balance.It's a recipe tried and true.
As Barry Rubin observed, the consequences of Israel's caving into world pressure on Gaza will be to ensure NO Palestinian state will emerge in our own lifetime. That is the only blessing in disguise of the West's policy to protect the Hamas regime. And more suffering and another war are inevitable in the future.
I don't know what you mean by "codes." :(From Al-Zahar's point of view, everything he says makes sense. He sees terror as having achieved his political goals. What a horrific, evil man!Nycerbarb
". . .elections, which were the most fair in the Arab world"True that. But is he implying something?Bruce
Barrywe (Germans) made our mark at the latest in January 1933 - from then on it was clear to anybody who could read or listen, that we had become a rogue actor (at best) but when we had the Olympics 3 1/2 years later the world decided to party with us - trying to get us back into the fold by reaching out to us?Now it seems to me that they "reach out" to Turkey, the golden possibilities of Erdogan's diplomatic reach is too much for the commentariatto read that will probably make decent Turks feel as left alone as decent Germans must have felt when the world came to pay hommage to Hitler.Silke
Yes, I would imagine that secular Turks are feeling bereft and desperate.As are the political parties in the Turkish opposition, whose only hope for political gain may well be (seeing that the anti-Israel animus fanned by the government has reached frenzied status) to show that they are more anti-Israel/Jewish than the AKP.That is, if they're not "saved" the effort by the Turkish army, whose emasculated state leaves such a deux ex machina very much in doubt.
Barryin the summer of 1932 Churchill was travelling Germany as a private man. In Munich he was contacted by a Hitler-man (Putzi Hanfstaengl) who asked whether he'd be willing to meet Hitler. Churchill said yes and that he was interested to hear from the man himself "Why is your chief so violent about the Jews?"Nothing came of it, if it was because of that question or something else, Churchill never learnt. i.e. "it" was knowable already then ...Silke
Anyone who thought that easing the blockade would result in any other response than emboldening Hamas is naive.
I read Al-Zahar's quotes only now - if I translate it into office gossip I'd say off the cuff that he is talking to the US i.e. that he (he himself?) is the one the US must negotiate with and if it doesn't he will let loose in US-area i.e. the West-Bank all the myriads of groups which are a lot more nutty than even Hamas is and which Hamas for the benefit of all is able to control not only in Gaza but also everywhere.in short he sounds like any middle management guy who wants to recommend himself for advancement via direct sucking up to the very top of the food chain.Silke
This week I was astonished by a BBC documentary about a palestianian that gave up firing rockets, got an Israeli internet friend, was ostracized and then jailed by Hamas. I forgot the name of the journalist.What amazed me even more is that he decribed the Gaza situation in a fair way,even pointing out that after the 2009 operation the no. of rockets fired at Israel plummeted dramatically. This is rarely if ever pointed out. There is some hope for BBC after all.
Sergio,I would like to search the BBC website to see if this documentary is available online. Can you give us some key words?David E. Sigeti
Dear David,The reporter, which was imprisoned by Hamas for a month for trying to defend the palestianian guy (Mohammed abu Muialeq) is called Paul Martin.Best
Dear David,Here's also, from NYtimes about his arrest and making refs to the case. Still, I couldn't find a link to the doc.http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/world/middleeast/16mideast.html
for David and Sergiocheers Silkeoh if it is from earlier this year then it should be thishttp://search.bbc.co.uk/search?go=toolbar&q=paul+martin+palestinianand specifically probably thishttp://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/news/2010/03/100312_paul_martin_gaza.shtml
Maybe the bbc aired the documentary by mistake. :) It's a sad story, but shows clearly how Hamas executes dissidents at will. Maybe because the journalist was arrested and had a taste of Hamas' humanitarianism, made the difference.
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