Monday, April 12, 2010

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Equal opportunity blamers

Posted: 12 Apr 2010 04:05 AM PDT

Jeff Jacoby on a recent new about American support for Israel. Take that Gallup survey, which found that 67 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Israel. The same survey also found that when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 63 percent of the public stands with Israel -- more than quadruple the 15 percent that support the Palestinians. There's not much doubt that the American mainstream is pro-Israel. But look at the disparity that emerges when those results are sorted by party affiliation. While support for Israel vs. the Palestinians has climbed to a stratospheric 85 percent among...

The wages of appeasement

Posted: 12 Apr 2010 03:58 AM PDT

Yesterday, I linked to two articles in separate posts, but I think that one offers a lesson about the other. First there was Shlomo Avineri's article about British appeasement in order to fight the Nazi. But in the winter of 1938-39, the British changed their policy after the government of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain realized that its appeasement of Hitler had failed. Britain began to prepare for a war against the Nazis, and as part of this it changed its Middle East policy. Britain reintroduced the draft, started massive production of tanks and aircraft, and developed the radar. In light...

Better Duck: Muslims Now Allowed To Throw Shoes In Great Britain

Posted: 11 Apr 2010 09:53 PM PDT

At some point, perhaps the British will take into account the sensitivities of those people on the receiving end of having things thrown at them by unhappy Muslims. But until that time comes:SCOTLAND YARD has bowed to Islamic sensitivities and accepted that Muslims are entitled to throw shoes in ritual protest -- which could have the unintended consequence of politicians or the police being hit.News of the concession by the Metropolitan police has come to light amid a series of trials of more than 70 mostly Muslim demonstrators who were charged with violent disorder after last year's Gaza protests outside the...

The Only Thing Scarier Than An Obama Plan For Israel Is That He May Have No Plan At All

Posted: 11 Apr 2010 09:48 PM PDT

Last month, Laura Rozen wrote at Politico:Sources say within the inter-agency process, White House Middle East strategist Dennis Ross is staking out a position that Washington needs to be sensitive to Netanyahu's domestic political constraints including over the issue of building in East Jerusalem in order to not raise new Arab demands, while other officials including some aligned with Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell are arguing Washington needs to hold firm in pressing Netanyahu for written commitments to avoid provocations that imperil Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and to preserve the Obama administration's credibility. ..."He [Ross] seems to be far more sensitive...

The heroic kamm and blau

Posted: 11 Apr 2010 08:50 PM PDT

Last week the New York Times reported about the Anat Kamm/ Uri Blau case: The article by Mr. Blau at the center of the storm was published in November 2008. It focused on an episode in June 2007 in which two Palestinian militants belonging to the Islamic Jihad group were killed by Israeli security forces in the West Bank. The military said at the time that the two were killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli forces. Mr. Blau noted that months before, one of the militants, Ziad Subhi Muhammad Malaisha, had been marked as a target for assassination...

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