The PA has reached the point where it has to decide whether it is working with us or against us

On Monday, September 28th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Tensions are mounting between Israel and the Palestinian Authority following Ramallah’s call on the International Court at The Hague to examine claims of “war crimes” that the IDF allegedly committed during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. The issue is already weighing in on the relations between the leadership of Israel’s defense and security establishment with their counterparts in the West Bank, and is part of a growing list of Israeli complaints about the behavior of PA officials. Meanwhile,

Gideon Levy on Holocaust-mongers in High Places

On Friday, September 25th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Gideon Levy Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cheapened the memory of the Holocaust in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. He did so twice. Once, when he brandished proof of the very existence of the Holocaust, as if it needed any, and again when he compared Hamas to the Nazis. If Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust, Netanyahu cheapens it. Is there a need of proof, 60 years later? Or, the world might think, is

Some good news

On Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Yair Lapid Part 1 of article We are no longer cool. We always had problems around here, but up until a few years ago we were still one of the coolest states on earth. When we would meet Americans and tell them we’re from Israel, their immediate response would be “Wow.” It wasn’t always clear why they said it – because of the high-tech, the most beautiful girls in the world, the Entebbe Operation, the Six-Day War, the kibbutzim,

End of a love affair

On Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

To paraphrase a recent Jewish organizational tagline, I’ve “hugged and wrestled with Israel” for 20 years now. At first, it was all embrace: Zionist songs and culture nourished me like mother’s milk, and on my first trip to Israel I kissed the tarmac at Ben Gurion, as did the other USY (United Synagogue Youth) kids. Eventually, the wrestling came to the fore, particularly as I became more conscious of Palestinians, settlements and religious-secular divides. In 2002, I wrote about being

The Palestinians' worst enemy

On Sunday, September 20th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

NEW YORK, (PIC)– Miguel Brockmann, the head of the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly, expressed Wednesday his disappointment at the UN’s failure to address the Palestinian cause and blamed indirectly the Palestinian delegation, representing the Ramallah authority led by Mahmoud Abbas, for not pushing hard enough in this regard. This issue was referred to during his last speech before the General Assembly prior to turning his office over to his Libyan successor Ali Triki who opened the 64th

"charges are being leveled against precisely that country which protects human and military ethics more than the world has ever seen" — The maniacs among us

On Friday, September 18th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Israel Harel As a result of the destructive, toxic report of the United Nation’s Goldstone Commission, from now on all of the haters of Israel will be celebrating anti-Semites. And the UN – the imposer of peace on the world – provided especially catchy, volatile, flammable fuel for them to throw on the fire. Oppressive regimes and terrorist organizations are again finding that no international charges will ever be brought against them – never against them. Instead charges are

"I do not see in any of the reports a reason to change the values or ethics of the IDF or the military's doctrine, which places an emphasis on the value of life" — Israeli "philosopher"

On Friday, September 18th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

The distorted and one-sided content in the United Nations report on Operation Cast Lead proves that Israel had been right not to cooperate with the fact-finding mission led by South African Judge Richard Goldstone, IDF Judge-Advocate General Brig.-Gen. Avichai Mandelblit told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. “From an initial review of the report it is clear that it is biased, astonishingly extreme, lacks any basis in reality and is a sharp deviation from the mandate given to the mission,” Mandelblit

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