- Nasrallah Has Presented His Conspiracy Theory--What Do The Lebanese Think?
- Watermelons Force Palestinians To Institute Checkpoints For Palestinians!
- A better idea
Posted: 11 Aug 2010 08:24 AM PDT
Nasrallah has now openly accused Israel of murdering Rafik Hariri back in June 2005, claiming that Israel wanted to create instability in Lebanon--this in his defense over the impending report that will allegedly find Hezbollah as the perpetrators of Hariri's death.
Of course, such a theory doesn't do anything unless the Lebanese--and the world--buy Nasrallah's explanation.
According to Ha'aretz, Nasrallah has no smoking gun tying Israel to Hariri murder, but that doesn't mean the the Lebanese people won't eat up this sort of story:
Michael Totten, who has visited Lebanon on many occasions agrees that the Lebanese will be wary of Nasrallah's convenient explanation and thinks Hezbollah Can't Pin Hariri Murder on Israel:
This all leaves Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri--son of the murdered Rafik Hariri--in a difficult position: Syria and Iran of course want him to ignore the findings of the inquiry while on the other side is the US, which is already angry over last weeks ambush of the IDF and is currently withholding aid to Lebanon as a result.
(This is not to mention that the PM would supposedly like to see his father's murderers brought to justice.)
With Al-Jazeera in Nasrallah's cheering section and the threat of renewed violence from Hezbollah should the inquiry find Hezbollah responsible, it may not matter what the Lebanese people may privately think.
by Daled Amos
Posted: 11 Aug 2010 05:20 AM PDT
Oh, the horror!
Oh, the outrage!
The Palestinian Authority is trying to do more than just keep out Israeli goods. Lenny and Shellie Ben-David write that more than just good prices can be found at the Rami Levy Supermarket. In Middle East Coexistence? On Aisle Two, Next to the Cornflakes, they write:
Rami Levy is no ordinary supermarket. Shellie Ben-David writes:
Rami Levy is something of a phenomenon, one that has been ignored by a media that has its own agenda on how to portray the Israeli-Arab relationship anyway. They don't know what they are missing:
This may sound like a unique experience--and maybe it is, but it needn't be. The fact is that this is not a new idea at all:
When the Palestinian Authorities and Abbas get it through their heads that only peace will bring the prosperity they claim to want for their people, maybe there will be real movement by them to at least take the step of talking face-to-face with Israel.
Maybe it would help if their wives would take them shopping.
by Daled Amos
Posted: 10 Aug 2010 11:27 PM PDT
A great deal has been made recently about a recent modest proposal to build, next to the planned Ground-Zero Mosque, a center for Bi-Fidels, Trans-Fidels, Cross-Fidels, and other non-traditional Muslims. While the idea has considerable merit, it has, I believe, one glaring drawback: it threatens a certain Massad-ization of the Muslim viewpoint.
I believe that I can propose an alternate plan much more conducive to building bridges and healing the currently strained relations between the two great civilizations. What was the greatest good fortune ever to befall the Hebraic and Christian faiths? Surely there is nobody who will hesitate to aver that it was the advent of Higher Biblical Criticism. What greater gift could we give our Muslim brethren, what greater demonstration that we know that 9/11 was merely the work of a few crazed misfits, than an institute for historical and textual study of the Quran, right next to the site where Bin Laden's minions played into the clammy hands of Islamophobic bigots like Rush Limbaugh and Pam Geller?
Shall the scripture that is the basis for all scientific discoveries languish for lack of truly scientific study? Will we let our Mohammedan brethren base one of the world's great faiths on silly superstitions and outmoded notions of Divine revelation when a truly scientific foundation beckons? If Bin Laden's propensity to bomb an institution is the greatest recommendation one could make for establishing it, then surely everyone will agree that the Al-Wellhausen Institute for Higher Quran Study should be built even before all the funding is in place for the admirable Cordoba House project. And the BFTFCF community will just have to wait its turn.
Crossposted on Judeopundit
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