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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Tasty Israeli cookies

Marvel at George W. Bush presenting Ariel Sharon with a collection of Laura's home-made "Israeli" cookies. The US President once again proves that America will never be an honest-broker in the conflict with comments rivalling his infamous quip about Sharon being a "man of peace" a few years ago.

"Prime Minister Sharon is showing strong visionary leadership by taking difficult steps to improve the lives of people across the Middle East", Bush told Sharon, "and I want to thank you for your leadership."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cookies? COOKIES????



Tuesday, April 12, 2005 5:34:00 pm  
Blogger Khalil said...

Antony, this post reveals more than you'd like it to about your understanding of the history of the conflict.

I'm sorry, but if you don't see precisely how much Sharon has changed over the last thirty years (a far greater hawk-to-dove transformation than even Rabin could have boasted) then you really know far too little about the situation to comment on it with any credibility.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 8:01:00 pm  
Blogger Darp said...

Only two Israeli leaders have tried the "Hawk to Dove" transition. Begin being the first and Rabin being the last.

I'm yet to see anything from Sharon which amounts genuine "dovish" behaviour so to insinuate that he is making the transition away from being a battered old warhawk is a bit much.

If you think that his Gaza withdrawl plan is anything other than a strategic repositioning of settler collateral so as to annex more of the West Bank, you my friend, as Darryl Kerrigan from The Castle would say, "are dreamin."

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 8:39:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annex more of the West Bank? Have you even bothered to look at the map showing the new boundaries? It is a massive withdrawal to ground that Sharon (a former military commander) believes is most defensible in the event of a war with the fledgling Palestinian State.

I'm sorry, but only a strategic nincompoop would be able to look at the withdrawals already being enacted against massive resistance from the Israeli right, and think that A) Sharon has not changed since the days when he was killing captured Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai and B) That this represents an expansion of settler resources, and not a severe blow to all of Kahane's beloved hilltop flock.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 11:14:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I understand that Antony is writing a book about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I'm curious to know what his political/historical credentials are.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 11:58:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Facts on the ground. As Uri Avnery always say, ignore what Sharon says and watch what he does. Thus far, there has been NO movement in the territories other than expansion, building of jewish only roads, more of the apartheid fence etc. it's easy for orientalists, of whom there are many in the west, to claim that israel is building this for protection. bollocks. go there and see for yourself. realise that the aim of the wall is to ruin the chances of any future palestinian state. to divide and conquer.

as for rabin, sadly settelment expansion grew hugely during his time in power. he may have been better than sharon, but his background suggests a strong dislike of palestinians. like virtually all israeli leaders.

now, i'm asked what credentials i bring to writing a book? oh goody. let me see. i'm not daniel pipes. i don't hate arabs. that's probably an issue for many. i've spent time in the region, written on the conflict for years, read widely, and believe strongly in a palestinian state, and an anti-zionist. let me guess. i'm not objective, not balanced and biased. it's called balancing the equation. isn't it about time we heard from the palestinian perspective? no, of course not, israel is the lone tiger fighting terrorism in the region? yawn. snore. my book will be unlike what has come before in australia. if that doesn't appeal, find the latest daniel pipes. he'll confirm your prejudices about the arab world. i will not.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005 10:32:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balancing the equation? You believe that the majority of books written about Israel are supportive of the Jewish State?

Are you mad? Or just a shameless liar?

Wednesday, April 13, 2005 6:34:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least Daniel Pipes has gone past the undergraduate level of tertiary knowledge in a pertinent field of study.

Well, he's actually a former Harvard Professor, but that's no reason why someone without so much as a BA in middle east history or international relations can't look down his nose smugly at him.

You're only being commissioned to write the book because of the massive leftist domination of publishing, Antony. You mouth all the right meaningless slogans and rhetoric, none of which requires the slightest evidencing. You admit to open bias, and no relevant educational qualifications.

If you strayed one inch from accepted doctrine, they'd dump you because you are, ultimately, a nobody who knows nothing.

I'll bet your book won't even have footnotes, you fucking simpleton.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005 9:23:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

It's a left-wing conspiracy? I never knew, must let my publisher know.
You don't know my publisher, or what I'll be writing, or what I've seen or witnessed, or who I've spoken to, but they're commissed me because I'm saying the right things? I actually believe them. Hard to believe for you, but true.
I'm a nobody? Coming from a person who won't even reveal themselves online? My work speaks for itself, whether you like it or not. You seem to resent that I'm getting published. You're right, censor views that oppose you!
Take your abuse elsewhere.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005 10:49:00 pm  
Anonymous Doylie said...

I love the simpleton remark.

Thursday, April 14, 2005 9:42:00 pm  

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