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Daybreak: U.S. Slams Building

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Israelis in the Jewish Gilo section of East Jerusalem.(Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

• The State Department criticized newly announced building in East Jerusalem as President Shimon Peres makes the rounds in Washington, D.C. [Haaretz]

• A group of prominent, mainstream centrist Israelis will present a peace plan—with all the standard basic parameters—that it hopes will catch on and push both leaderships toward a deal. [NYT]

• Juliano Mer-Khamis, the Israeli-Arab director and actor who tried to promote interfaith tolerance (he also appeared in Miral), was killed yesterday in Jenin by Palestinian terrorists. [NYT]

• The Palestinian village next to the settlement of Itamar has been the subject of a massive, intrusive probe in order to find the Fogel family killers. [NYT]

• Both human rights activists and some Capitol Hill leaders have called on the administration to take a tougher line on the Assad regime’s crackdown on Syrian protests. [WSJ]

• The Goldstones are going to Israel! [AP/WP]

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fred lapides says:

Far be it from me to begin to suggest answers to the Arab-Israeli issue, but what we seem to have is a routine that gets endlessly repeated:
Israel told by US to stop building in occupied areas; Israel builds, Arabs object and say no peace talks as long as building goes on. Repeat over and over.
Isn’t it perhaps time for someone somewhere to change the dance card in some way ?

Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

re: The new Israel “peace” plan

Mr. Tracy, you vision is badly skewed. Mainstream? Definitely. Centrist? No way. Danny Yatom did a stint as a Labor Party MK and was viewed as being of the left-end of the party. Ya’akov Perry was also known for his left wing views. Rabin’s daughter is known for her rather left wing views even though she was an MK from the short-lived Center Party (political parties come and go in Israel). Rabin’s son (who basically lives in the USA, but visits Israel to vote & pontificate) does oscillate on a left wing – center axis. I guess 1 out of 4 ain’t bad.

But the real problem is that their plan is divorced from reality. As the Washington Post’s Jackson Diehl reported in his epiphanous interview of Abu Mazen two years ago, the Pals already turned down essentially either this plan or a more generous plan that was offered to him by Olmert. Abu Mazen explained that the offer was too far from anything the Pals would accept to even consider making a counter-offer. So why do they think it would work now? This is an instantiation of Einstein’s definition of insanity.

Also, the ostensible “Great White Hope” (to terminally delusional Oslo Accordians) of Israeli politics, Tzippy Livni, was horrified by Olmert’s offer and insisted she would would never concede as much in negotiations with the Pals. So why bother?

Regarding Syria & the Golan, ex-Gen’l Uri Saguy, who more than anyone else is identified with giving up the Golan in exchange for a peace agreement with Syria, conceded in a radio interview that offering the Golan now to an unstable Syria, with a real chance that the Muslim Brotherhood and / or an al Qaeda affiliate will gain power is not wise to put it mildly.

I might also add that a number of centrist scholars (real ones) insist that the first thing the Syrians would do in the Golan would be to move in a million or so civilians, setting up a massive Goldstone trap from which they could freely lob rockets at Israel.

Once was enough.

hg

Barry says:

Notwithstanding the satanic Islamic teachings that Obama imbibed from Revs. Farrakhan and Wright for 20 years, the Jews are back in Israel. Mohammed’s prophecies about exterminating the hymies were a lie.

Jews living in Jerusalem prove that Mohammed was as charlatan, a pedophile, and a criminal. Rev. Wright, Moammar Qadhafi, Farrakhan and all the other friends that Obama surrounds himself worship a false god.

May Jews continue to occupy the East and West Banks of the Jordan. May they retake Mecca and Medinah. Fuck Islam.

Price Tag Now!

Does Julian Schnabel have anything to say about the terrorist murder of one of his actors, apart from the obligatory statement from his PR rep?

drudge reports the fbi has a mole in abc news.
go on google and search bernstein+cia+media to read watergate reporter carl bensteins list of american spies in the media

theMoja says:

This is insanity, these schoolyard politics. Attack & retaliation. Trash talking, name calling & finger pointing. Promises made, promises broken. Threats both loud & covert, buzzing around like hives of blinded bees. This, people, is the inevitable result of patriarchal social devolution. There are alternatives to aggression & violence that are not based on power over & domination. And I am NOT addressing these words to Israel or any other country, but to all the individuals who are stuck, trapped really, in a universe of the mind that has no room for such non-macho ideas like compassion, lovingkindness, peaceful conflict resolution.

Question: which is more holy–the land or the people?

I’ve said this before & I’ll keep saying it: All men with social, national, economic & political decision-making power, step down. Stay home. Shut up. I mean it. Women– immediately withdraw your support & participation from patriarchy enabling institutions. It is time for us to run the show. We need to make compassion, non-aggreesion, nurturing, forgiveness, equal access to resources GLOBAL priorities. No more violence, no more wars. Impossible? Then we better get started right away. I urge all women to study the ways in which testoserone-fueled thinking have shaped our societies. Form committees, think tanks, consciousness raising groups, political parties, schools, curricula & whatever else you can think of to de-rail this out of control, millennia-old juggernaut of destruction followed by more destruction. There are options. Let us find them.
With love for all,
Shalom.
Amoja Three Rivers

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