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Monday Mar 31, 2014
    First published in American Thinker under the title "Factoids and the green Line" By Maurice Ostroff     A primer for pundits who express "authoritative" comments about the Arab-Israel conflict.   Tagged on to the end of a word, the suffix "oid" indicates resemblance to that word, for example an anthropoid resembles, but is not, a human being. Norman Mailer coined the word...
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Saturday Mar 29, 2014
 By Maurice Ostroff Edited by Charles Abelsohn    As my blog titled "The 1967 map is less relevant to Israel's future borders than the 1920 map" provoked some serious comments which deserve considered replies I am responding in this blog rather than in separate talkbacks.   Johnboy4546 wrote   "There are several very serious errors in this article. 1) The SanRemo communique was simply a statement...
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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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