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Goodbye Arab Spring, Welcome Back Misery

By ranfuchs, published on Aug 6, 2012

Story 1:

In 2010, before the Arab spring, a serious of shark attacks on swimmers in the water of the Egyptian resort of Sharm El Sheikh lead to the Egyptian media blaming Israel for training the sharks to destroy the Egyptian economy.

Story 2:

At the onset of the Libyan revolution, Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan tyrant – for years a supporter of anti-American and anti-Israeli campaign – was blamed by the Arab media for working for the Israeli Mossad.

Story 3:

When his father, Hafez al-Assad died, there was a moment of hope that the UK-educated, self spoken new... (more)

Tags: israel, arabs

The day the war broke

By ranfuchs, published on Jul 7, 2012

...translating the words of the announcer. In the background Gamal Abdel Nasser, the president of Egypt, gave a speech.

"The Jews threaten us with war and we say to them, ahlan wa shlan, you are welcome. Rabin we are waiting for you. We are ready! We will not accept any coexistence with Israel. Today the issue is not the establishment of peace between the Arab states and Israel. Our basic objective will be the destruction of Israel. The Arab people want to fight…”

An image of a map replaced Nasser's speech. The announcer kept talking. Abba did not. “Why did you stop?... (more)

Tags: israel, war

Leaves of Grass

By Anastasia , published on May 6, 2012

... background, which meant he kept quite about it for decades, all the while throwing around homilies on this on that and on the other, a little like Zeus firing lightening bolts from Olympus.

Now he has written a poem, not about his Nazi past but about the ‘threat’ that a nuclear-armed Israel represents to world peace. The poem called What Must Be Said was published last week in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He can say what he likes, this great moral arbiter, I just wish he hadn’t said it poetically, or not very poetically, if you take my meaning. In German the rhyming scheme is... (more)

Tags: israel, germany, writers, anti-semitism

The New Appeasers

By Anastasia , published on Apr 5, 2012

I took part in a discussion recently on Blog Catalogue which focused, or began to focus, on the right of Israel to exist as a nation. It was quite illuminating, not because it added anything of substance to my own views on this issue, but because it made me aware of a new trend, a new mode of thought, one that looks like becoming a feature of policy making in the cabinet rooms and chanceries of the West.

I’ll come to this a bit later but first a word or two about the debate in question. In the course of it I mentioned that I once visited Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, the place where all... (more)

Tags: israel, palestine, appeasement, the middle east

My First Weapons Lesson

By ranfuchs, published on Mar 6, 2012

... As more defenders were killed or injured, we runners found ourselves taking on new roles. Judith, the medic took charge of our training. She was one of the oldest defenders – maybe in her mid twenties – and everyone obeyed her. She taught us how to administer a tourniquet, and scolded us when we giggled in mouth-to-mouth resuscitation lessons. I could see that she was hiding a smile, and I was not afraid of her. I wanted to be just like her. It was then that I vowed to become a nurse.

In our weapon lessons, Judith gave each of us a pile of empty magazines and ordered us to scrub... (more)

Tags: israel, jerusalem, war of independence

War and Friendship

By ranfuchs, published on Feb 3, 2012


The defenders used my knowledge of the city to pass massages between the posts. I became a runner. We can’t see the posts from here, but they were nothing more than ordinary apartments: bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms. As the British often hunted for weapons and underground members, we kept the rooms inconspicuous, just like in any other poverty stricken room with piles of mattresses and blankets, washing bowls and dirty dishes.

The Quarter was under siege, and as we were always hungry, I took it upon myself to find food. I met with Salwa, my best friend, in our secret... (more)

Tags: israel, jerusalem, war of independence

Obama appears to be building a coalition against Iran

By TonyBerkman, published on Nov 14, 2011

Israel has been saying for years now that it will only be a matter of years before Iran acquires nuclear weapons. On November 8 the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that they "highly doubt" Iran's claim that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes. Iran despite prior U.S. intelligence reports has continued to develop components to manufacture nuclear weapons. These include neutron initiators, the device that triggers the nuclear chain reaction, and the complex explosives necessary to manufacture a warhead that can fit on top of a a ballistic missile.... (more)

Tags: israel, obama iran coallation, iran nuclear weapon, moussad blow up irans missiles

UNESCO to be hurt by US withholding of funds

By TonyBerkman, published on Nov 2, 2011

M.J. Rosenberg wrote in Al Jazeera what he calls "the UNESCO mess." Rosenberg claims that the United States is committed to carry out Israeli' wishes whether it is in U.S. national interests or not. Rosenberg uses the term Israeli wishes and not interests since he believes that it is not really a matter of Israeli interests being hurt by the Palestinian move. Rosenberg fails to recognize the interests of those in the world whose lives will immediately be affected by the decision the Palestinians to seek admission into UNESCO and the fact that it undermines efforts being made to achieve peace.

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Tags: israel, middle east, unesco, us funding of unesco

A Defeat without a War

By Anastasia , published on Oct 20, 2011

...first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proferred to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.

It was this, it was these words that came to me thinking about Israel’s deal with the terrorists of Hamas, by which Gilad Shalit, kidnapped and held prisoner illegally for five years, was released in return for 1000 militants, many of them serving life sentences for hideous crimes. The loyal and brave people of Israel, who fight day by day for survival, should... (more)

Tags: terrorism, israel, hamas

Israel Palestine 1000:1

By ranfuchs, published on Oct 18, 2011

...prisoners are about to be released. Prisoners with many heads on their belts: heads of butchered children, of toddlers, of people who took the wrong turn; prisoners who planted bombs in school busses, or knifed civilians and cut their hearts out.

In return for these prisoners, a single Israeli soldier will be released. And the Arab street is rejoicing. Not only does it celebrate the release of sons and daughters. It celebrates bringing Israeli to its knees. A thousand to one, can there be a bigger victory against the empire of evil?

The world, as well, does not understand.... (more)

Tags: israel, terror

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