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Wednesday Dec 25, 2013
By Maurice Ostroff   In view of Secretary Kerry's determined and energetic efforts to achieve an agreement between Israel and the PA, it is timely to realize that the stubborn refusal by Mahmoud Abbas to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, his objection to an Israeli presence in the Jordan valley and his insistence on removal of ALL "settlements" east of the Green Line directly oppose exhortations by President Obama.  ...
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Tuesday Dec 17, 2013
  The announcement by the EU of the Horizon 2020 program for research and innovation with an €80billion budget has been treated with acclamation  as part of its drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.   However, although the program's web site states specifically that it will be fully open to international participation, the EU issued guidelines that exclude participation by Israeli entities located beyond the 1967...
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Wednesday Nov 27, 2013
   On the popular MSNBC Rachel Maddow show, Rachel interviewed Joseph Cirincione, president of the publicly supported Ploughshares Fund which is dedicated to seeking peace and security in a world without nuclear weapons. The foundation has raised over $80 million to "fund the smartest people with the best ideas" to achieve its objectives.  (16.54 on the timeline)   And the English language Russian TV station RT TV...
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Saturday Aug 24, 2013
      From Maurice Ostroff                         August 24, 2013   Dear Mr. Waters,   I am impressed by your April 9 statement on Facebook   "In these troubled times, opportunities for serious, measured discourse are too precious to be discarded on the altar of sectarian prejudice. Not to talk is not an option."  I agree, so let's talk....
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Sunday May 12, 2013
  In a NY Times article “Zero Dark Zero”, well-known columnist Roger Cohen wrote  “As Omar Barghouti, a leader of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, put it recently to Yale students: ‘If the refugees were to return, you would not have a two-state solution, you’d have a Palestine next to a Palestine’.”  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/01/opinion/global/zero-...
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