Officials say Netanyahu to send missive to Palestinian president detailing Israeli position on borders, security arrangements. Demand for recognition of Israel as Jewish state will wait until advanced stages in negotiations, they say. Palestinian official: Settler activity issue more problematic.
FP: There has not been one instance in Netanyahu’s career when he did not macho-talk a great deal and then caved. I have been predicting here that he’ll not deviate from this pattern and that, the rejectionist stance of the Palestinians Israel will continue on the suicidal path of concessions. I rest my case.
Israel continues playing the patsy in the Palestinian game of Blackmailer Paradox. And it does it in the worst way: It did not initially include “Jewish’ in the demand for recognition; it added it recently only to drop it. I would not be surprised if, at some point, Israel will also accept the right of return—that’s where the path from Oslo directly leads.
And here’s the recompense of appeasing the US:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has let it be known that she intends to violate congressional holds on U.S. aid to Hamas-ruled Gaza and the 'Palestinian Authority' occupied areas in Judea and Samaria (AKA the West Bank) and release the entire $147 million package forthwith.
A congressional hold on funds is part on the hold on the purse strings by Congress, an dhas nothing to do with majorities since they are invariably honored no matter who's in the White House. For the Obama Administration to do this is almost unprecedented.
FP: Did I or did I not predict that the US will not stop the aid to the Palestinians no matter what they do or don’t do?
BTW, I predicted the same about the aid to Egypt. The US is essentially funding another Iran in the ME.
While this is not the point of his article, Hussein Ibish writes in Open Zion:
[S]upport for a two state solution also represents, according to almost every existing poll, the Palestinian majority position, as well as that of the Palestine Liberation Organization (universally recognized as “the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people”.)
He's technically right, and he is very, very wrong.
This poll proved that a large majority of Palestinian Arabs do not believe in the "two state solution" in the way that most Westerners (and probably Ibish) do. They want to have a state now as a means to destroy Israel.
This poll was ignored by the mainstream media.
This fact is simply too inconvenient for wishful thinkers to accept. It causes massive cognitive dissonance in the "peace camp." It is exactly the opposite from what we have been told over and over again by politicians and pundits. So they ignore it.
But that is the truth, and any sober analysis of how peace is possible must take these facts in mind.
The West is in crisis and decline and has decided that Israel is an inconvenient state. That’s why the Arab genocide against the Jews is no longer a concern. That Western, particularly American Jews are turning against Israel is the best indicator of that.
Bernard-Henri Lévy: The First Death of Günter Grass
There is North Korea and its autistic tyrant, equipped with a by and large operational nuclear arsenal.
There is Pakistan, armed with warheads -- no one knows how many, nor precisely where they are located, nor what guarantees we have that they will not, one day, fall into the hands of groups linked to Al Qaeda.
There is Putin's Russia, which, in the space of two wars, has accomplished the exploit of exterminating a quarter of the population of Chechnya.
There is the butcher of Damascus, whose body count so far is at 10,000 and whose criminal stubbornness threatens the region's peace.
There is Iran, of course, whose leaders have made it known that their nuclear arms, when they will have acquired them, will serve to strike one of their neighbors.
In short, we are living on a planet where candidates for the most officially pyromaniac State, openly aiming at its own citizens and the surrounding populations, threatening the world with conflagrations or disasters unprecedented in decades, are by no means lacking.
Yet here is a European writer, one of the greatest and most eminent, for he is Nobel prize laureate Günter Grass, who has nothing better to do than to publish a poem in which he explains that there is only one serious threat hanging over our heads, and that this threat comes from a tiny country, one of the smallest in the world, one of the most vulnerable as well and, by the by, a democracy: the State of Israel.
And then, Germany. Europe and Germany. Or Germany and Europe. This ill wind that blows across Europe and has filled the sails of what one is compelled to call a neo-antisemitism. No longer racist antisemitism. Nor Christian. Nor even anti-Christian. Nor, really, anticapitalist, as it was at the beginning of the 20th century. No. The new antisemitism. The one that has a chance of being audible and, before that, expressed, only if it can identify "being Jewish" with the supposedly criminal identity of the State of Israel, ready to launch its thunderbolts upon the innocent Iranian State. This is what Günter Grass is doing. And this is what makes this affair terribly indicative.
FP: This should tell you how scary the self-induced crisis in the West is, how pathetic the West has become in the face of the barbarians at the gates and, therefore, how profound the psychological need for scapegoat-the-Jews/Israel delusion. And check out the comments for the profundity of ignorance, stupidity and hatred.
Fresno Zionist: Why Günter Grass should be persona non grata
I thought the Günter Grass issue was behind us yesterday, but it isn’t letting up. After Israel’s Interior Minister Eli Yishai announced that Grass would be persona non grata in Israel (on the basis of a law that, understandably, bars former Nazis), a number of voices were raised against the ban, while agreeing that Grass’ poem was obnoxious.
All are missing the point. His freedom of expression is not being limited by the ban — he can say whatever he wants in Germany, or even Iran, or any other place — just not in Israel. And really, do we need “a free exchange of ideas” like these? Sometimes an accusation is so absurd that even refuting it gives it a status it doesn’t deserve.
Rather than pique, the decision — which as far as I know is purely symbolic, with Grass showing no desire to visit Israel — is an expression of a more important principle, that of Jewish sovereignty.
By shutting the door in Grass’ face, Israel is saying something like this:
We can’t prevent people like Grass from making vicious and hateful statements, but we don’t have to let them in our house.
Jews have been forced to listen to vicious libels and demonization from the mouths of those that hate them for hundreds of years, often trembling in fear at what they portend. Now we have our own house. Here we have the right — and the power — to demand respect.
We don’t have to take abuse, to pretend that disputation with antisemites is simply an “exchange of ideas.” We don’t have to defer to idiots like Grass, nor do we have to beg our powerful enemies to let us live.
Maybe we are a little touchy sometimes, but given our history it is understandable.
FP: Absolutely right. But why bother with Grass’s freedom of expression when the basis of the law is his Waffen SS membership?
Bill Katz: SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE
LEGAL MINDS – The vice president of the United States, Joe Biden, today described former Saturday Night Live comedian, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, as a "leading legal scholar." As Johnny Carson used to say, "I did not know that." Franken is not a lawyer, but he did go to Harvard. Maybe, in Joe Biden's mind, that makes him a scholar in everything. Somehow, I don't think so.
SICKENING – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is a racialist, today heaped praise on Al Sharpton. He thanked Sharpton “for your partnership, your friendship, and your tireless efforts to speak out for the voiceless, to stand up for the powerless, and to shine a light on the problems we must solve, and the promises we must fulfill.” Yeah, right. We in New York know Sharpton as a racial arsonist who has contributed essentially nothing to the lives of his own people, but contributed much to himself. The man is an embarrassment, and so is our attorney general.
MUST BE A DEFECT IN THE CALCULATOR – It turns out that the Obama White House, which accuses the GOP of a "war on women" has been paying female employees much less than male employees for the same work. Britain's Daily Mail reports that there's an $11,000 median difference in salaries. And Mitt Romney is turning the tables on Obama, charging that it's the current administration that's waging a war on women, pointing out the number of women thrown on the unemployment roles since Obama took office.
IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF POLITICS – The Republican National Committee has issued a video showing speeches by President Obama, made a year apart, but using almost identical language. “During moments of great challenge and change like the one that we’re living through now, the debate gets sharper and it gets more vigorous,” Obama said in 2011. In 2012 he said, "During moments of great challenge and great change like the ones that we’re living through now, the debate gets sharper, it gets more vigorous.” Many other mirrored quotes were found. I wonder how much the speechwriters are being paid.
FP: America, this is a just a random quick snapshot of your political system!