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Friday Aug 15, 2014
    Two recent articles emerge from IDF's operating in Gaza, and concern the tensions between Israel and other western democracies, most notably the United States.   An item in the Wall Street Journal comes with the provocative headline, "Gaza Crisis: Israel Outflanks the White House on Strategy."   Could it possibly mean that the editors were expressing admiration for Israeli maneuverability?  ...
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Thursday Aug 14, 2014
    The New York Times Israel correspondent, Jodi Rudoren, is dreaming along with Hamas of a seaport in Gaza.   One can imagine that Thomas Friedman, Roger Cohen, and a few others from that otherwise distinguished newspaper are nodding in agreement. The editors gave the article considerable space with a large picture.   Not too many Israelis, nor anyone notable in the Egyptian regime are on the same page....
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Tuesday Aug 12, 2014
    As I look around me this mid-August morning in 2014 I see a number of crap shoots, or games of chance.   We can argue what historical events they reflect. Among the candidates are the establishment of Israel in 1948, the Arab Spring that began toward the end of 2010 with a promise of democracy but now unraveled to barbarism, or the spread of independence throughout the Third World after World War II and then the conquest of...
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Sunday Aug 10, 2014
  One should applaud, perhaps with one hand, the wisdom shown by Barack Obama in his efforts to withdraw the United States from active involvement in the Middle East.   At the same time, we should note that he is at least partly responsible for the present chaos.   That Nobel Peace Prize speech was a disaster. It encouraged democracy and equal rights in cultures that know no such thing. It contributed to rebellions against...
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Friday Aug 08, 2014
 There are limits of what military might can accomplish.   It's a lesson well known to Americans as well as Israelis.   Israel can kill a million Gazans, but if there are a few thousand Muslim fanatics among those left it won't matter. Fanatics elsewhere will do what they can to provide them with money, political support, munitions or whatever else it takes to keep them going.   The truth of the matter is that Israel cannot...
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