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In the Trenches

Wednesday Aug 06, 2014
  In an earlier piece I offered ten candidates for the Moral Fog Award.   These were countries, institutions, and leaders who couldn’t, or wouldn’t, make a clear moral distinction between Israel, a democratic nation seeking nothing more than quiet on its border with Hamas-ruled Gaza, and Hamas, a terrorist regime determined to fulfill its charter calling for Israel’s destruction.   Before moving on to my top ten...
Thursday Jul 24, 2014
  In the current conflict, there are those who refuse to grasp the simple, stark truth.   Although the distinction between Israel and Hamas couldn’t be clearer – between a democratic nation and a terrorist organization, between the victim and the aggressor, between a society that protects its civilians and one that uses them as human shields, and between a military that operates by a strict code of conduct and a group...
Sunday Jul 13, 2014
    Two centuries ago, the great German poet Goethe said: “The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.”   It’s as true today as it was then.   The difference between Hamas and Israel couldn’t be greater, yet you wouldn’t know it when listening to some observers.   For the Non-Aligned Movement, it’s all about Gaza’s innocence and Israel’s guilt. One fine day,...
Tuesday Jul 08, 2014
  Want to be taken seriously by Israel and its friends?   Here’s your moment to demonstrate your bona fides.   If you really mean what you say about criticizing Israeli policies but not questioning Israel’s inherent right to live in peace and security, then raise your voice right now.   Not tomorrow, not the day after, but today.   Speak up and say that the scores, if not hundreds, of rockets being fired from...
Sunday Jul 06, 2014
    Try as I might, there are some things I just don’t get.   For starters, I’m seeking to understand Israel’s options in today’s Middle East.   To listen to some observers in the media and in foreign ministries, it’s all quite simple and yet puzzling – simple because the answer is obvious, and puzzling because somehow Israel is the only country that doesn’t get it.   These...

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