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Friday, November 25, 2005

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- Human Rights Watch writes to Hilary Clinton and explains a few facts about the Israeli occupation and Israel's "security" fence. Anybody who thinks Clinton will be a dynamic and bold American President should really set their sights much higher.

- Noted Israeli economist Avishai Braverman: "I believe that the state of Israel is at a crossroads today. If Israel continues on its present path, it will degenerate into a Third World country."

- The Sydney Morning Herald's Peter Hartcher wonders if the West is winning the "War on Terror." The inanity of such a column astounds. Like most corporate journalists, he quotes US government statistics, Donald Rumsfeld and other reliable sources. No mention, of course, of the innocent civilians murdered during the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan or the hornet's nest created by America's clueless and damaging militarism.

- Ariel Sharon's adviser ensures the world understands what the "peace-maker" thinks about the Israel/Palestine conflict. The occupation is not regarded as the main source of terror, according to Eyal Arad. Everybody clear about that?


Blogger Bernard said...

As Finkelstein says, Sharon and his ilk are "not a proponents of the two-state solution, this is nonsense.... They support a one state solution for Israel and a phone booth for the Palestinians."

However it does seem to though that with the limited withdrawal from Gaza and Sharon's resignation from Likud, he will support what the right would not, namely further limited withdrawals from the West Bank, with a final border something like the Wall.

Friday, November 25, 2005 12:53:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

There is an interesting report in the Guardian (,2763,1650426,00.html?gusrc=rss)

It states that a British Foreign Office document accuses Israel of rushing to annex the Arab area of Jerusalem, using illegal Jewish settlement construction and the vast West Bank barrier, in a move to prevent it becoming a Palestinian capital.

Friday, November 25, 2005 3:34:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Israel has always stated, with the exception of the Barak offer which Arafat turned down, that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel. Sharon is just following through.

Saturday, November 26, 2005 11:52:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Agree with you on Hartcher, although I have found his recent pieces on IR reform and domestic politics to be on the money.

Sunday, November 27, 2005 6:39:00 pm  

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