Tag Archives: Palestinians

Your tax dollars at work in Israel

This weekend Israel attacked Turkish ships in international waters that were on their way to delivering humanitarian aid to Palestinians trapped in the Gaza strip. At least nine civilians aboard the transport ships were killed, many more were wounded. Israel has been blockading Gaza since Hamas won the 2006 elections in the occupied territory. Israel’s […]

Israel fortifies opposition to peace

(Updated below) Like Presidents Clinton and Carter before him, Barack Obama is trying to broker peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. As a start, Obama asked Israel to stop expanding settlements, a.k.a. stealing Palestinian land. However, just yesterday, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected an important part of Obama’s request: “In my conversation with […]

What Obama should have said in Egypt

Good afternoon. Assalaamu alaykum. I’m going to keep this short and simple, because I need to get back to fixing America’s health care system and designing the next Corvette. So let me start off by saying We’re Sorry. Invading Iraq was a mistake. Instead of making the region safer or spreading democracy, all we’ve done […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Devastating commentary on Israel

If you’ve limited yourself to major American news sources and the official statements of our government’s top officials, you might be inclined to think that recent crisis in Israel/Gaza is unquestionably the fault of Hamas, the ruling party in Gaza. That impression would hardly be accurate. Here’s what Gideon Levy in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz […]

Israel continues to pound Gaza

As I mentioned over the break, Israel has been conducting strikes in Gaza. According to the New York Times, those strikes are continuing and have already claimed over 300 Palestinian lives. In 2006 when Israel invaded Lebanon, the Israeli armed forces showed a similar lack of restraint. Yglesias thinks the attacks are meant to improve […]

Bush likens 64% of Israelis to Nazi appeasers

President George W. Bush addressing the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem on Thursday, May 15, 2008: Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland […]

The Obama Fallacy

“There’s a mighty big difference between good, sound reasons and reasons that sound good” — Burton Hillis Super Tuesday was an important day in the ongoing charade — namely, the one that’s sometimes laughingly referred to as an election. Voters — those who bothered to show up — chose between pre-approved candidates, none of whom will […]