FP: Due to work load there will a period during which I will make an effort to post at least a list of links to reads that convey the spirit of this blog. If and when I can I will quote or comment. I will return to the regular schedule as soon as I can. Thanks for understanding.
PA president says Palestinians fulfilled all obligations, accuses Israel of working to destroy 2-state solution through settlement policy; Chief PLO negotiator Erekat prepares to depart for Washington for talks with Clinton.
FP: The Arabs show once again that they know how to play the game better than Israel. Imagine Obama getting reelected in these circumstances? Would you bet that his policies won’t be to pressure Israel for more concessions without reciprocation?
Ethics board finds Shikun and Binui ‘in breach of international humanitarian law in East-Jerusalem’
FP: It was predictable that Oslo would treat Israel like it did South Africa.
Noooooo, you think?
Daniel Greenfiled: Eating the State
William Jaconson: Explain to me again why they are called “reporters”?
Bill Katz: WEREN'T THEY JUST FRIENDS?
FP: Europe comes unglued at all its seams and the consequences seem to be exactly the same as those when Hitler came to power. The EU has achieved exactly what it was supposed to prevent. Just like the UN.
The U.N. observers have been the only working part of a peace plan brokered by international envoy Kofi Annan • U.N. Mission chief: "The lack of willingness by the parties to seek a peaceful transition ... is increasing the losses on both sides."
See what I mean?
Free Syria Army representative reportedly meets with high ranking officials in Washington D.C., provides list of weapons that the resistance requires to defeat the regime • U.S. agrees to coordinate support for the resistance.
And just as I predicted, the US does the worst: it gets involved when it’s too late and probably is being played by the rebels.
Yoav Limor: In the service of the Muslim Brotherhood
The motive behind the Grad attack is to drag Israel into retaliating, to escalate border tensions and embarrass the current Egyptian leadership.
I’m now informed, by sources at least as reliable as the reporters of Haaretz, that there is NO evidence of involvement by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in Friday’s rocket attack on Israel. My original post at the link. IDF bracing for increased rocket fire from Sinai
FP: I’ve insisted from the first day of the Arab “spring” that regardless of who it brought to power, you could count on their distracting from the utter failure of the Arab world and its dire circumstances, and their oppressive regimes by scapegoating Israel and get it into a conflict. Whether this was true in this specific instance or not, you can count on it.
Zalman Shoval: New talks, old lessons
Israel's right to the territories is no less than that of the Palestinians, and may even surpass it.
Asaf Agmon: Be bright, not just mighty
The IDF, the strongest army in the Middle East, should also strive to be the smartest.
FP: My sense is it’s going in the opposite direction.
Shlomo Cesana: Arad thought Netanyahu worked for him?
There is a common thread running through Meir Dagan, Yuval Diskin and Uzi Arad. All three think they know better than the Israeli public.
FP: Well, if you had their jobs, wouldn’t you? And I don’t mean they have better information.
Some members of Plesner Committee, tasked with finding alternative to Tal Law, oppose Justice Ministry recommendation saying new draft law should not apply to Arab sector • Recommendation states "no legal obligation" to change the existing arrangement.
FP: The ultra-orthodox wouldn’t be of much use in the army, the Arabs would be dangerous.