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Wednesday Sep 04, 2013
Syria dominates domestic discussion and debate, as it should. Whether and how the United States reacts to the evidence of Syrian use of chemical weapons on August 21st is a consequential matter, not to be taken lightly regardless of where one falls on the range of views.   Those for whom it’s a slam-dunk one way or the other may be missing something big.   For the full-speed-ahead, damn-the-consequences camp, pause for just one...
Tuesday Aug 27, 2013
The tweet arrived last week from a respected journalist. It read: “18 Palestinians killed in #Syria chemical attack.” I subsequently checked other mainstream news sources to see if there were comments on the story. One of the few was Ma’an, the Palestinian news agency, which put the number killed at 31.   How revealing, I thought. Had the tweet read “18 Palestinians killed in #Israeli chemical attack,” it...
Thursday Aug 22, 2013
To His Excellency Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:   I must confess my surprise at your recent statement that, "No, I don't think there is discrimination against Israel at the UN.”   Respectfully, Mr. Secretary-General, there is discrimination against Israel at the UN, and it is not new, either.   For starters:   • Israel is the only UN member state that has been targeted for annihilation by another UN member...
Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
After recently publishing “Give the Peace Process a Chance” in the Huffington Post and Jerusalem Post, quite a few comments came my way – some highly critical   They were from the left and right, once again giving me the joy of being the target of both political poles.   The criticism from the left boils down to three main points.   First, “Israel is not interested in peace.”   To which I say,...
Sunday Aug 11, 2013
There’s no shortage of cynicism and skepticism about the restarted, U.S.-facilitated Israeli-Palestinian peace process.   The questions come fast and furious:    Why, of all times, now, when the Middle East is in upheaval and its future course is anyone’s guess?    What’s the American obsession with this issue, when Iran, Russia, Syria, Egypt, North Korea, and China all cry out for greater U.S....
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