According to the New York Times , Palestinians Defy U.S. and Israel, Putting Mideast Talks in Peril Mr. Abbas’s actions came after a frenzied day of rumors in Israel, where officials said a deal was emerging in which Jonathan Pollard would be freed before Passover. Israel would free the remaining long-serving prisoners …“Facilitation is only [...]
Kuwait is hosting the Heads of Arab states for their annual summit for the first time since joining Arab League.
Qatar is being pressured to stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical movements through the region. Along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Mirates, Egypt is trying to isolate Qatar. Yet it [...]
CBS, By Dan Raviv, March 1
Washington – As Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flies to Washington – due to arrive on Sunday (March 2), to prepare for talks with President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday – it’s clear that there are several points of friction between Israel and the United States.
Israel-Palestine: When the Map Lies
The US and Iran are negotiating to end the over 33 years of lack of diplomatic recognition and the US-led sanction on Iran. This effort causes the Right Wing Israeli Government to scream “Nooooooo…”.
Consequently AIPAC is putting pressure, successfully we’d assert, on the US congress to pass laws [...]
Fragmentation Netanyahu might have a bolder ambition in mind than merely preventing Iran from advancing its nuclear program. The Middle East is changing more rapidly than at any time since the end of the First World War and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Countries in the region are vanishing from the maps of the [...]
The agreement between Iran and the P5+1 powers has been received with considerable optimism in much of the world, as has the beginning of its implementation this week. Iran will limit its enriched uranium program and halt further work on the Arak heavy-water reactor capable of producing plutonium. In exchange, Iran will get substantial though [...]
Arial Sharon – Coming and Going. Finally.
I stumbled across this on Open Culture today. It is long (53+ minutes) and the final version will be longer still. It is horrific to the point of emotional numbness. If you cannot watch it entirely, I understand, but I would suggest you at least try, if only [...]
I think Bibi Netanyahu might have a problem with Nelson Mandela’s legacy:
Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu may find himself out in the cold in Israel as well as the rest of th world.
Netanyahu used illustrations like this at a UN speech warning on Iranian WMD DonkeyHotey
RT, Nov 24
The deal with Iran is not a “historic mistake”, as claimed by Benjamin Netanyahu, [...]
“Israel is working on coordinating plans for a possible military strike with Saudi Arabia, with Riyadh prepared to provide tactical support to Jerusalem, a British newspaper [The Times] reported early Sunday.
“The two countries have both united in worry that the West may come to terms with Iran, easing sanctions and [...]
Israeli aircraft have carried out a strike near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, a US official says.
BBC, November 1
The official said the strike targeted Russian-made missiles intended for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
Latakia is a stronghold of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, where his Alawite community is concentrated.
This is believed to [...]
Any signs of openness to peace rather than war is welcomed. This is a pretty gutsy approach for a U.S. lobbying group in behalf of Israel. But, whatever it takes to eliminate the war mongers, war economy, and mechanisms of ultimate destruction. Three cheers for J Street!!!
From the Jerusalem Post: J Street, [...]
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s terse dismissal of Iranian President Rouhani’s recent overtures to the West was based solely on the two countries’ recent hostile past, not on an understanding of the two countries’ previous longstanding cooperation. Nor was it based on understanding the geopolitical realities upon which that longstanding cooperation was built and recognizing that [...]
Reuters, By Noah Browning
Israeli soldiers manhandled European diplomats on Friday and seized a truck full of tents and emergency aid they had been trying to deliver to Palestinians whose homes were demolished this week.
A Reuters reporter saw soldiers throw sound grenades at a group of diplomats, aid workers and locals in the occupied [...]