Joe Klein Has It Right About Israel

Joe Klein is a Jewish, American, political journalist who has his own column in Time magazine. I like to read him. His column in Time magazine, March 30, 2015, is entitled "Disgrace in Victory." It is about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu winning the Israel election last week in a disgraceful manner. I blogged about it last week.I didn't mention in the blog post that Netanyahu used a scare tactic by saying Israeli Arabs were voting in droves like never before. Well, they had always … [Read more...]

Netanyahu Wins and Israel Loses

Israel held elections Tuesday, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won his fourth term in a surprising, last-minute turn of events. Friday polls showed that Hertzog and his Zionist Union party were leading among voters and therefore poised to win an upset victory. But the crafty Netanyahu stooped to low-down politics in the last hours of the campaign by announcing that there would be no two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during his watch if he remained prime minister. This … [Read more...]

Palestinians Seek Membership in the Criminal Court of Justice

The U.S.'s concerted efforts at diplomacy in reviving the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fell apart early this summer. Since then, matters have signicantly deteriorated, especially because of last week. Israel and the Palestinians are getting farther and farther apart.This past week the Palestinian Authority (PA) applied for membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is located in the Hague, Netherlands. It was the PA's planned move after the UN Security … [Read more...]

2014–Not a Good Year for Israel

This has not been a good year for the State of Israel.First, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry conducted Kissenger-like shuttle diplomacy in trying to renew the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. But his efforts failed largely because Israel's politically-conversative adminstration of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not much of a partner. It was mostly due its apparent reneging on a commitment to release some Palestinian prisoners and its continued approval of … [Read more...]

Sweden Recognizes Palestinian Statehood

Yesterday, Sweden became the first EU member and the third Western European nation to recognize Palestinian statehood. The others are Cyprus and Malta. Such recognition is no more than a symbolic gesture. But it is a public announcement that Sweden now takes not only a political stand advocating the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but that it now recognizes the State of Palestine even though Palestinians don't have an actual land they can claim as sovereignly their … [Read more...]

UK Votes for “Palestine Alongside the State of Israel”

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Yesterday, the UK's Parliament voted unanimously to recognize Palestine as a state. Of course, it is not much more than a symbolic gesture in support of the Palestinians' desire for a state. The British House of Commons voted 274 to 12 to support a motion for the British government to "recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.""Palestine alongside the state of Israel" is not what Palestinians and the international community have been focused on for over 45 years. U.S. … [Read more...]

A Palestinian State in the West Bank Will Be Intolerable

The General Assembly of the United Nations just met last week in New York City. Both Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered speeches there. Some of their remarks concerned the recent war in Gaza, which lasted 50 days. Gaza suffered 2100 Palestinians killed and much destruction that will take years from which to recover with building projects and be very costly. The Israelis only suffered 72 casualties. It's always the same … [Read more...]

Should Egypt Give the Restive North Sinai to Palestinians?

Ever since the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, Islamic terrorists have infiltrated the far North Sinai Peninsula, just south of the Gaza Strip stretching southward to the city of El-Arish, and caused much turmoil there. Plus, the bedouin living there have been dissatisfied with Egypt's poor governance of their territory. Several gun battles recently have occurred in this region between terrorists and Egyptian police. In one such battle, nineteen Egyptian military personnel … [Read more...]


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