Wednesday Aug 27, 2014
The following article by Charles Krautkammer appeared in the Washington Post nearly a month ago. Its criticisms of the Obama Administration approach to Israel, the Gaza War and the Middle East in general remains as valid today as earlier. Whatever the outcome of the current round of “cease-fire” talks, the entire region previous states allied with America are further weakened, and distanced from the fading superpower....
Wednesday Aug 20, 2014
As with others I prefer to believe that repeated efforts at a cease-fire by Israeli leaders’ are based on judgment rather than wish. To all appearances Netanyahu has taken a page from Obama’s seven year and counting “effort” to achieve a breakthrough with Iran, an effort Bibi justifiably criticizes as “impotent,” “naïve” and “amateur.” At this point, and heading into...
Wednesday Aug 13, 2014
“Never before since the Holocaust have we seen such a situation as today. We are potentially looking at the beginning of another Holocaust now.”
“On the streets, you hear things like ‘the Jews should be gassed’, ‘the Jews should be burned’ – we haven’t had that in Germany for decades.”
For several years Jewish leaders and scholars in Europe and Israel have been warning...
Friday Aug 08, 2014
When the US went into Afghanistan and Iraq 2002-3 the major criticism it justifiably faced from the start was that Bush had no clear goal for the wars, no Exit Strategy. Such is not the case with Israel’s third Gaza incursion. Prime Minister Netanyahu clearly stated his goal for the “operation” as “quiet for quiet.”
On what basis did the prime minister decide that he could impose his will...
Thursday Jul 31, 2014
I came across two conflicting versions of Israel’s next step in the war against Hamas. One describes the Security Cabinet ordering an intensification of ground ops and the call-up of 16,000 reservists. The second appeared in Debka this morning and indicated an imminent withdrawal:
DEBKAfile's sources say that the order to end the ground operation in Gaza would not mean that the war is over. There are no illusions about the...