Tag Archives: Israel

Netanyahu's call to bomb Iran

The new prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has promised to bomb Iran, within months, to halt their nuclear program, unless of course the United States does it for them: The American president, [Netanyahu] said, must stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons—and quickly—or an imperiled Israel may be forced to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities itself. […]

Quote of the Week: Controlling the debate over Israel

Does anyone doubt that it’s far more permissible in American political culture to criticize actions of the American government than it is the actions of the Israeli Government?   Isn’t that rather odd, and quite self-evidently destructive? – Glenn Greenwald This was not in the mainstream news this week (and you have to wonder why), but […]

Pasta and Palestine's right to exist

While our own Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the Middle East proclaiming “vigorous” support for a Palestinian state, there are serious doubts that Israel’s new leaders (Benjamin Netanyahu primarily) will even pretend to support the Palestinians right to self determination. In fact, they seem determined to undermine it. Matthew Yglesias had two thought-provoking […]

Monday Blogging – 2/9/09

Look at me… I didn’t write a post for you guys last night. Sorry! (Above is a picture I found – it’s not me, I promise – while searching for Monday on Creative Commons) 9:40am In 2003, A-Rod tested positive for steroid use. Since it seems like most Yankees fans already hate Alex Rodriguez, I’m […]

60 Minutes reports on the Israeli settlements

If you’re at all interested in the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, I urge you to watch this excellent 60 Minutes report on the Israeli settlements on Palestinian land. Along with walls and roadblocks, the settlements are making life for the Palestinians unbearable and decreasing the likelihood of a two state solution.

Fighting Israels battles for them

Here’s some disturbing news from a few weeks back that I wasn’t aware of: A memorandum of understanding signed Friday in Washington by Tzipi Livni, Israel’s foreign minister, and Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. secretary of state, enhances security cooperation. It draws in NATO and regional allies into the effort, apparently through enhanced monitoring of regional […]

Israel's motives in Gaza

As Israel pulls out of Gaza and the final shots in this battle between Israel and the Palestinians are being fired, many questions remained unanswered. How many are dead in Gaza? How many of those dead are innocent civilians? Will Israel lift the blockade of Gaza? Will the rocket attacks stop for the foreseeable future? But the biggest question […]

Israel brags about control of American foreign policy

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel claims that with a single phone call to President Bush he changed our vote on a UN resolution that Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice helped write. Check out this excerpt from the NY Times: “I said, ‘Get me President Bush on the phone,’ ” Mr. Olmert said in a […]

Gaza News Roundup

They are bombing one and a half million people in a cage (CBS News): The reality of war (Andrew Sullivan):  Thought experiment (Stephen Walt): Imagine that Egypt, Jordan, and Syria had won the Six Day War, leading to a massive exodus of Jews from the territory of Israel. Imagine that the victorious Arab states had […]

Quote of the week

In a democracy, one could expect that politicians would be afraid to express a view that 70% of the citizens oppose. Yet here we have the exact opposite situation: no mainstream politician would dare express the view that 70% of Americans support; instead, the universal piety is the one that only a small minority accept. […]