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Affluence is not panacea
2009-09-14 09:25:00
Several groups recently voiced an interest in developing Palestine economically. Jewish right-wingers imagine they can hold onto the territories by postponing the solution, and talk about the Palestinian economy rather than the state. Jewish centrists of Netanyahu?s ilk feel American pressure and know they must do something about the Palestinians, yet they are unable to ...
Affluence is not panacea
2009-09-14 09:25:00
Several groups recently voiced an interest in developing Palestine economically. Jewish right-wingers imagine they can hold onto the territories by postponing the solution, and talk about the Palestinian economy rather than the state. Jewish centrists of Netanyahu?s ilk feel American pressure and know they must do something about the Palestinians, yet they are unable to ...
From Dresden to Gaza City
2009-08-06 09:14:00
Israel lost the war with the Palestinians when she switched from military to the police realm. In the military mode, you carpet-bomb your enemies, you burn them with incendiary bombs, you thrash their infrastructure. In short, you hate them en masse and act on that hate. In the police mode, you seek out hostile elements ...
From Dresden to Gaza City
2009-08-06 09:14:00
Israel lost the war with the Palestinians when she switched from military to the police realm. In the military mode, you carpet-bomb your enemies, you burn them with incendiary bombs, you thrash their infrastructure. In short, you hate them en masse and act on that hate. In the police mode, you seek out hostile elements ...
Gush Katif revisited
2009-02-15 08:46:00
Looking at the recent war in Gaza, one wonders whether disengagement was a right thing to do. The answer is, you can win every battle but lose the war. The disengagement was tactically sensible. From 2001 to 2005, Hamas fired more than 5,000 rockets and shells at Gush Katif. Its former residents who nostalgically extol their ...
Judea Pearl fails his son, and plenty of others too
2009-02-05 15:32:00
Debbie Schlussel writes about Judea Pearl, the father of the murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, and tells that he's simply not what he could be. In fact, some of the things Judea's said and done are disturbing. I think I recall Pearl signaling his support for Steven Spielberg's disgusting Munich movie 3 years ago, and that clued me in that something was wrong with his mindset. But now, I realize
Proportionality is irrelevant
2009-01-22 08:24:00
Israel?s long-term inaction in face of terrorist attacks defies the criterion of proportionality and restoration of status quo ante bellum: the situation immediately before Israeli attack on Gaza is still unacceptable for Israel. During the days before the operation, Israel has been indeed struck with dozens of projectiles ? but there were no casualties. Inflicting ...
Our liberty against the Arabs?
2009-01-18 08:43:00
The main problem with disengagement from Gaza was taking away the Israeli secret services? liberty to operate there. The IDF, including Border Police, and Shabak keep tremendous hold on the Palestinian militants in the West Bank, and that was also the case in Gaza. Even the highest-ranking Palestinian officials sometimes squeak when admonished by special ...
Searching for exit from Gaza
2008-12-30 19:20:00
Israel loses momentum and the best truce deal. After the initial successful attack on Gaza, subsequent operations will be less spectacular and more costly in Jewish lives. In the Gaza operation, brilliant intelligence and tactics confronted strategic ineptitude. In order to reduce civilian losses, IDF warned Gazans to flee and bombed empty shacks, or destroyed ...
Exodus. Now from Gaza.
2008-10-05 10:28:00
The thing that worries me most about Palestinians is their similarity to early Zionists. Palestinian terrorists are patriotic, yet not a part of their traditional communities. Like left-wing Zionists, they consciously develop a ?new Palestinian? outlook and mentality: no longer a suffering peasant whose highest praise is endurance in the face of oppression, the terrorists ...
Stop watering Gaza
2008-08-26 21:31:00
The international law on tendering to the occupied populations? needs is questionable. Even in the recent history, the Allies didn?t supply water in the occupied German territories, but let Germans do the job. In the moral theory of war, an occupying power should not repress or murder civilians, but otherwise is not obligated to assist ...
Do something about Gaza
2008-07-22 18:21:00
Israel employs a classic strategy against Gaza. Beaufre?s third option, it was practiced successfully by the USSR: military, economic, and diplomatic pressure combined with a threat of force. Why doesn?t it work here? Very simply, because Israel actually employs none of the above. The efforts at isolating Hamas diplomatically failed. The terrorist group enjoys formal relations ...
Destroy Gaza legally
2008-07-17 15:46:00
The legal theory of war allows Israel a free hand in Gaza. Civilians are safe from attack if they abide by the terms of surrender; otherwise, the attacker is only obliged to avoid the tactically unnecessary harm to civilians. If a territory has originally surrendered but later guerillas launched a full-scale offensive, the surrender no ...
Anti-Jewish Racists Deny the Jewish Right to Live in Judea-Samaria
2008-06-18 05:14:00
It seems that the Palestinian Authority is the tail that wags the Western dog, making its overly generous Western benefactors jump through the hoops of "politically correct" Judeophobia and anti-Jewish racism, particularly, but not only, on the "settlement" issue. Do Jews have the right to live in Judea-Samaria, the heart of the ancient Land of Israel? The palestinian authority denies this right. Its brothers in the Arab League delightedly pick up the relay baton to beat the Jews with, and major Western powers fall in line. Saudi Arabia shares the denial of Jewish rights with other Arab League members and has great influence over American policy as well. Saudi money also influences other Arab states. Indeed, one report claims that a proposed UN Security Council resolution against Israeli "settlements" actually originated with the Saudis, not the palestinian authority.Meanwhile, Condoleezza Rice has accepted the Arab claims and joined in the hate chorus against Israel. She does not w...
Faith is contagious
2008-06-10 20:18:00
Many times I?ve seen zealous communists turn religious Jews. Jews are inherently messianic, long for reforming societies for good. Once they saw redemption in communism, but once disappointed in that shining path, some turned to religion. Moshe Sneh, the late leader of Israeli communists, left a surprising testament declaring atheism nonsense. I?m more concerned with ...
Settlements against cosmopolitanism
2008-06-08 10:30:00
Israel, along with America, ranks the top in terms of social inequality. In America, however, the inequality is fluid: most wealth is not inherited, and the list can change from generation to generation. In Israel, income distribution follows the oligarchic model: about twenty families concentrate half of the wealth. In America, income inequality is ...
The case for Judea
2008-05-27 10:17:00
There is no justification for Jewish nationalism, statehood, and existence other than Judaism. What are the alternatives, anyway? I cannot stand silliness of the ?historical right.? Look into an encyclopedia. Jews were sovereign on this land, in traditional chronology, from David?s conquest of Jerusalem in 1034 to 719 BCE when Assyrians sacked Israel, a total ...
End Gaza
2008-04-06 18:15:00
Gaza's political difference from the West Bank is telling: Palestinian national expression developed in the West Bank, but not in Gaza. The main factor behind that difference is the neighboring countries' attitude: Jordan fueled the West Bank Palestinian nationalism in the hope of sublimating the energies of its own Palestinians away from fighting the monarchy, ...
Back to Judea
2008-03-02 11:02:00
The ancient division of Jewish homeland into Israel and Judea was not incidental, but a built-in feature of the Jewish way of life. For Jews to maintain the principles different from the rest of the world, we must remain separate, ?the people that dwell alone.? Our principles do not run contrary to pagan ethics, but ...
Bureaucracy in the small land
2008-02-18 08:22:00
Size worked against Israel. Huge United States provided its early pioneers with vast expanses of empty land to live free. By the time American bureaucracy has established control over the subjects, they grew used to freedom. Israel lacked that immense advantage of space. The early Israeli kibbutzniks were pioneers not inferior to American. The Israelis ...
Biblical History - The Judea and Israel kingdoms [del.icio.us]
2008-01-22 11:06:00
In approximately 930 B.C.E., the short-lived United Monarchy, which ruled over all the tribes of Israel, was divided into two kingdoms: Israel in the north, led by Jeroboam son of Nebat, and Judea in the South, led by Rehoboam the son of Solomon. The two
Down with Gaza
2007-12-30 01:13:00
What can we do about Gaza? The peace process tales are all very fine, but realistically there could be no peace there. The most benevolent Jewish policies would make 99% of Gazans content with Israel; still, fifteen thousand discontent radicals can carry out suicide operations in Israel ad nauseum. Near absence of terrorist infiltrations from ...
Judea, not bad
2007-12-24 11:43:00
Judea, the second Jewish state in the West Bank, is assured of last-resort Israeli protection. Even the Jews who dislike ultra-Orthodoxes won?t stand idle as Arabs butcher them. Israel would intervene to retain its claim of representing all Jews. Because of that claim, Israel will oppose establishing of Judea but, once she is established, extend ...
Judea and Samaria: IDF Rounding Up Jews? Weapons
2007-12-06 20:17:00
sraelNN.com) The IDF is conducting a large scale operation to confiscate weapons from the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, according to Channel 10 TV. The purpose of the operation is described as “putting the settlers’ gun permits in order.” The security coordinators of the communities in Samaria have been summoned to a meeting with IDF ...
Poor Jews are not poor at all
2007-11-26 11:12:00
Isolation is a means of Jewish existence. Anything not isolated, assimilates. If Jewish purpose is different from other nations?, then the Jewish life must be different. One cannot lead a different life while intermingling with others. Judaism is a full-day occupation. One cannot be a person like others (Gentiles) during the day, and remain Jewish ...
Independence means obligations
2007-11-25 11:07:00
Why the Palestinian Arabs don?t proclaim a state? Nominally, they declared independence twenty years ago at the PLO meeting in Algeria, but have never followed it through with real state-building. Palestinians have all the pre-requisites for a de facto state: foreign exchange through transfers and aid, decent by the Arab standards economy, established political parties, ...
More on Nadia Abu el-Haj's Frauds
2007-11-22 11:18:00
UPDATING ADDITIONSince I last posted on Nadia Abu el-Haj, Columbia University gave her undeserved tenure.The Current, a publication at Columbia, invited three scholars [Fall 2007 issue] to consider Abu el-Haj's book, which apparently won her tenure. Tenure means that a professor cannot be dismissed. [Here is the link]. These scholars are David Rosen, an anthropologist, James Russell, a specialist in Armenian studies, and Dr Jonathan Rosenbaum, President of Gratz College in Philadelphia. Let's just take a few quotes from Rosen and Russell and comment on them.David Rosen, Professor of anthropology, Fairleigh Dickinson University:Facts on the Ground takes issue with the archeological exhibition at Burnt House, a museum located in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. The official interpretation is that Burnt House is the home of a wealthy Jewish family, possibly of the priestly class, that was destroyed during the Roman siege and conquest of Jerusalem in 70 AD. El-Haj particip...
End the Arab occupation of the West Bank
2007-11-22 09:27:00
In 2004, Israel assassinated Hamas leader Ahmed Yasin. All members of the UN Security Council except America approved a resolution condemning Israeli raid. In 2005, police of Saudi Arabia, a major US ally and weapons buyer, arrested forty Christians in a private house in Riyadh for non-Islamic worship. The Saudi action caused no official condemnation. ...
Anarchy, autonomy, whatever
2007-10-26 22:23:00
We?re tired. Tired of living in a Jewish state that condemns Jews for shooting Arabs in self-defense and sentences Jews to years in jail for drawing cartoons of Mohammad. Tired of listening to endless rationalizations of the suicidal urge, the peace process, the mantras of peaceful coexistence despite all evidence of implacable hostility of Arabs. ...
The cruelty of goodness
2007-08-31 08:54:00
Residents of the Bronx are ethnically and linguistically similar to those of Californian suburbs. They share the same history, goals, and enemies. Even so, no reasonable politician would apply to them similar prescriptions. Yet Israel insists on treating Gaza and the West Bank as a single entity. Such an approach won?t work. Palestine drifts into ...
Jesus In Judea
2007-07-19 00:55:00
Early Work In Judea Jesus began his ministry in Galilee, the northern part of Palestine and the lakeside town of Capernaum soon became his base. But now that the Feast of Passover was approaching, Jesus decided to travel south to Jerusalem, where people from all over the country were gathering for the festival. When Jesus ...
Judean anarchy
2007-06-07 14:50:00
Judea has to be moderately religious. Israeli leftists resent the religious Jews, accept their de facto autonomy, and many would gladly accept their exodus, though others would want to oppress the religious Jews in Israel. The world would protest a second Jewish secular state, but not a religious entity akin to the Vatican. Arabs and Israeli police alike would find it harder to attack Jewish refugees with hair locks than secular “mad settlers.” The religious Judea would be assured of evangelical support and the Vatican would concur. Judea is a test ground for ultra-liberal society. A religious state won’t concern itself with earthly matters, thus Judea will be a free society. Judaism includes many sects: several strains of Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox, conservative, reform, reconstructionist, Karaite, and others. Atheist nationalist Jews will move to Judea from leftist Israel. Judea can only accommodate them by allowing communities full administrative autonomy, even significant...
Melanie Phillips Understands that Judea-Samaria Are Not "occupied"
2007-05-24 18:17:00
Melanie Phillips has written three hard-hitting posts on her blog about the international legal status of Judea-Samaria and of the Land of Israel as a whole. This must be the first time in a long time that any mainstream journalist in the United Kingdom has been able to exercise historical memory going back to the true legal status of the Land of Israel established in 1920. It takes a great deal of honesty and integrity to overcome the legacy of BBC & the Guardian & the Independent's slander of Israel that has been going on for so many years, overcoming the legacy of Christopher Mayhew and Robert Fisk and Tom Paulin and so many other scribblers. Here are her three posts: here & here & here.The fact that the League of Nations recognized the Jewish National Home principle, embodied in the Mandate to the United Kingdom to rule the Land of Israel, has been conveniently forgotten by Israel's enemies, not only among the Arabs but in the West. The mainstream media go along with the i...
Israel cannot counter the Judea
2007-04-26 16:50:00
According to the Law of Return, every Jew has a right to live in Israel, with or without its citizenship, for any period of time. Israel won’t change the law of return to punish the settlers at least because the policy is not to touch it. Any revision of the law cannot avoid addressing the return of the Arabs demanded by the extreme left. Israeli banking system will continue to serve Judeans as it serves other foreigners. Israel is unlikely to impose sanctions on Judea, and even then Judea could rely on foreign and Internet banks. Eventually, Judea will have its own bank offices. Deregulated economy will draw investment and financial infrastructure. Local workers, such as teachers will have to rely on local incomes. Parents will pay for schools, and foreign donors will help. The settlers will negotiate tax repatriation agreement, such as the one enjoyed by Palestinians. But ultimately the Jews of Judea will have to become self-sufficient, if they want a state of their own. The...
The legal code for Judea
2007-03-09 13:11:00
Fundamentalism is attractive. Protestants – Christian fundamentalists - are respected, and Muslims respect their fundamentalists. In the world of discredited democracy, fundamentalism is associated with honesty, absence of corruption, and moral values. Torah is an excellent code of common law, precedents, and customs. It remains an actionable legal document. Secular jurists devised a system of formal law, whereas each law is explicitly listed, and nothing else. That system failed: a legal system which rejects customs and relies exclusively on formal laws is doomed to be driven over the edge. Where the customs and common sense are disregarded, attorneys dominate justice and righteousness becomes a matter of legal tricks. Formal law permits gay marriage and only the leftovers of common sense still prohibit incest. The Roman law, taken as a model for modern legal systems, was only superficially codified: judges had great latitude in applying it, thus the importance of orations. Anci...
Honest Jews have two options: create a state of Judea or cha
2007-01-15 05:19:02
Honest Jews have two options: create a state of Judea or change the state of Israel. To change Israel, diagnose her illness: fearful indifference. Most Jews hate to live with Arabs, and hate to give away Jewish land. Faced with immensely strong government, they don’t hope to prevail. It’s hard to live with a loss, and Israelis convince themselves that the government is wiser than they are, and living with the Arabs, and giving away the land is counter-intuitively fine. If only we show Israeli masses a solution, a way of reaching our common ideals despite the workings of treacherous elite, the masses would join our quest for Jewish Israel. The policemen are also Jewish, and detest anti-Jewish Israeli government. They respect the strength, and lean to the government, but would join the people if the people are winning. The solution is well known: non-violent (not really peaceful) protests. Persistence is the key. A thousand people could be sent to jail for incitation and ...
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