Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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The Palestinian Leader (Who Actually Isn't) Got Approval (Not Really) For Peace Talks

Posted: 11 May 2010 12:32 PM PDT

This should be reassuring every time Abbas signs his name to an agreement.Last year, I wrote in If Hamas Says Abbas's Term Has Expired, Why Can't Israel?, that there are serious legal questions as to whether Abbas is still president. Of course, we already know from what happened in Honduras that the Obama administration is not concerned with foreign laws that it finds inconvenient.So it's not all that surprising that Abbas--who claimed he could not proceed with the proximity talks without approval of the Arab countries and the PLO--faked the results.The following is a translation from the Hebrew of a post on Jerusalem Center For...

No diversity pick

Posted: 11 May 2010 04:27 AM PDT

I never really knew what the big deal was when people started speculating that with Justice Stevens' retirement there might be no more Protestants on the Supreme Cournt. For the most part, one's religious identity in the United States isn't essential to one's legal philosophy. The issues most likely to be affected by one's religion would be abortion and the death penalty.But those issues are more likely to be affected by how religious one is; not which religion he or she adheres to. This is more of a cultural change than a judicial one. David Bernstein, on the other notices...

J-call's unintended irony

Posted: 11 May 2010 04:24 AM PDT

Great observation in the Jerusalem Post about J-Call, the European J-Street. Still, one cannot escape the sad irony inherent in the initiative: Here they are, the remnant of European Jewry, expressing their lacking faith in the political reason of their own brethren - the Jewish leaders of Israel - while choosing to placing their own destinies in the hands of Germany, France, Austria and other countries that failed miserably to protect their Jewish citizens during the Holocaust. Europe's historical baggage did not escape the authors of the petition. Indeed, they noted that "history confers on Europe a particular responsibility in...

Can israel supply a grecian formula?

Posted: 11 May 2010 04:08 AM PDT

The Jerusalem Post reminds us: The European Union's unfolding Greek tragedy finds analysts outdoing each other in scripting hyperbolic doomsday scenarios. Time will tell whether they are right or exaggerating. But it might serve us Israelis well to recall that, back in 1985, we were on the precipice of an even worse catastrophe, but managed to pull back and have since achieved unprecedented economic security and prosperity. As far as we can tell, which may not be all that far in this unstable and unpredictable financial environment, Israel is now sitting in a much better position than many Western economies....

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