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The result when governments encourage extremism

Right-wing extremist settlers in Israel attack IDF soldiers Netanyahu says he will use “all of his power” to respond. But he’s been encouraging such extremism for decades, throwing them red meat, backing them politically. Now he’s shocked, just shocked at what happened?

J Street frames the debate: Global Israel vs. Greater Israel

Polizeros contributor Byron DeLear attended the recent J Street (“the political home for pro-Israel pro-peace Americans”) conference in D.C., a three year old lobbying group with a decidedly more pro-peace message than the troglodytes at AIPAC. A potent meme emerged at the conference, which, for me, accurately frames the debate between the two rival Jewish-American advocacy organizations. […]

Lawsuit against Jimmy Carter’s book is assault on Freedom of Speech

A class action lawsuit has just been filed in New York against former U.S. President Jimmy Carter for his 2006 book, “Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid.” The suit, captioned Unterberg et al. v. Jimmy Carter et al., is the latest salvo from the right-wing activist Israel Law Center, which claims to be an “Israeli based civil […]

Healing collective trauma will lead to peace in the Holy Land

There’s a common misperception that the constant state of warfare and conflict that besets the Holy Land, Eretz Israel, or in Arabic, Bilad Ash’ Sham, is a result of some cultural or racial flaw—“oh, they’ve been fighting for two thousand years, they’ll never stop.” Even the most cursory examination of human history reveals skirmishes, battles, […]

Egypt, and the reaction of the US and Israel

Wouldn’t it be nice if the U.S. could figure out whether it prefers the democracy it’s always talking about publicly or the “stability of dictatorships” it has always funded with military aid, though? The US (and Israel) are totally in favor of democracy except when they aren’t. In fact, Israel just said “I’m not sure […]

UN fact-finding mission says Israelis “executed” US citizen

The report says Dogan had apparently been “lying on the deck in a conscious or semi-conscious, state for some time” before being shot in his face. The forensic evidence that establishes that fact is “tattooing around the wound in his face,” indicating that the shot was “delivered at point blank range.” The UN isn’t usually […]

Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites

Saudia air defenses have been tested and will stand down if Israeli jets pass through them on the way to bombing Iran nuke sites. Despite the tension between the two governments, they share a mutual loathing of the regime in Tehran and a common fear of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. “We all know this. We will […]

A Special Place in Hell / The Second Gaza War: Israel lost at sea

Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, says what the commandos did was lunatic and self-defeating. We are no longer defending Israel. We are now defending the siege, which is itself becoming Israel’s Vietnam. We were determined to avoid an honest look at the first Gaza war. Now, in international waters and having opened fire on an international […]

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