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There’s an Arab proverb that goes like this: When an enemy extends his hand to you, cut it off. If you can’t, kiss it. Whom do you think is being classified for receiving either the cutting or the kissing treatment today?

In contrast to the “empower-our-enemies” approach, two of the best Middle East journalists have just written from different perspectives on the real Middle East. The results are refreshing, as elsewhere throughout the media the odds are fixed at about four to one against sanity.

At one think-tank, Khaled Abu Toameh has published “Ramallah vs. the `Peace Process.’” He puts “peace process” in quotes to show his sarcasm, of course. He tells the story of two Israeli Arab businessmen who wanted to open a Fox clothing store in the West Bank, like the one I like to shop at in Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Center.

Although given Palestinian Authority permission and having already made a big investment, they found themselves the target of attacks — and calls for fire bombing the store. The assaults were even organized by PA journalists. So they gave up — costing West Bank Palestinians 150 jobs.

I could easily tell the same story a half-dozen times. As Abu Toameh concludes:

This incident is an indication of the same “anti-normalization” movement which [PA leader] Abbas supports will be the first to turn against him if he strikes a deal with Israel.

But, of course, for both the reason that this is a powerful radical movement and the fact that he is one of the leaders of the anti-peace camp, Abbas ultimately won’t make a deal.

Journalist Aaron David Miller asks: “Does John Kerry’s Peace Process Have a Chance?” In subtle terms, he answers “No”:

Neither Abbas nor Netanyahu wants to say no to America’s top diplomat and take the blame for the collapse of negotiations. This proved sufficient to get them back to negotiations, but more will be required to keep them there, let alone to reach an accord. Right now, neither has enough incentives, disincentives, and an urgent desire or need to move forward boldly.

Unfortunately, right now, the U.S. owns this one more than the parties do. This is not an ideal situation. It would have been better had real urgency brought Abbas and Netanyahu together rather than John Kerry.

In other words, Kerry wants and needs these talks; Netanyahu and Abbas don’t.

I mean it literally when I say that there are only three sensible people given regular access to the mass media on the Middle East. One is Miller; the other two are Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic and Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post. (If I have left someone out, please remind me. But remember I said “regularly.”) If you want to know the real attitude in the Middle East, consider this recent  exchange in Israel’s Knesset:

Jamal Zahalka of the Arab nationalist party, Balad: “We, the Arabs, were here before you (the Jews) and we will be here after you!”

The prime minister asked permission to approach the podium and said in answer, “The first part isn’t true, and the second part won’t be!”

Remember that the Communist Party is the most moderate of the Arab parties.

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Why did Bibi release the murderers? He knew the Palestians would welcome these bastards as heroes in the most obsecene way possible.Not so that the world would see and know the truth but to show the remnants of Israel's left. One can imagine that no amount of Obama or EU arm twisting will sway the electorate when the sham treaty comes up in the legally obligated and binding referendum.
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How can there be an Arab Communist Party? Communists do not support religion of any kind except maybe the religion of Communism; Arabs for whatever faults they may have are very religious people. These two opposing ideas cannot possibly survive together.
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There are many people that seek power and control and climb on any and every bandwagon that they think might get them to those goals. They are in every political group, in America we have RINOs republicans in name only. The democrats have a league of liars that claim to be Catholics and pro abortion. The cognitive dissonance is deafening in Capital cities around the world.
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Dim Wit Heinz's ONLY purpose is to try and give Dear Leader some semblance of foreign policy success regardless how minute; his lapdog sycophants in the msm will of course blow it out of proportion. This is pure desperation from the sinking ship's State Dept. Of course, what we see is NEVER the truth with this syndicate, so beware Israel...stay vigilant, Bath-House Barry will screw you in a second if he thinks he can make a deal with the mullahs.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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I would like to ask Mr Rubin, what is the next chapter of Obama diktat over Israel once the Kerry-Abbas-Netanyahu talks will have failed ? I suspect that Obama will engineer a USA-Iran grand bargain to leave Iran with an almost-ready nuclear arsenal - to lift the economic sanctions - to admit Iran again in the Int.l community- the oil price will plummet -the USA will have secured a large shiite (iraq-iran ) understanding with the USA.Of course Israel will be ditched as the culprit of the talks failure and wll have lost its last justification to attack and derail the iranian nuclear race. I would like to read your opnion on this biased linkage.
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Sir,

I do not believe Kerry needs the two parties to talk. I think Kerry is only doing what his CFR handlers dictate should be done between Israel, and the PA, as well as the rest of the Middle East.

To me, there appears to be a global agenda, which Kerry supports, but the American people do not. At least, those Americans who have not turned Marxists in their cultural views.
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The Egyptian army acted to prevent a street war in their cities that would've eventually resulted in Morsi being yanked out into those streets and hung from a lamppost, and with untold casualties. The army actually saved Morsi's life and that of thousands of his followers, as well has thousands of anti-Morsi demonstrators, not to mention infrastructure and the cost of chaos. The army would not have otherwise acted against the anti-Morsi demonstrators. Acting against Morsi in effect was all they could do to circumvent the anti-Morsi forces in the street.

The army, with two MB sit-ins still ongoing, is still trying to manage the aftereffects. Those sit-ins will have to go.

As usual, the Western press is totally at sea. There is only so much wisdom in a keyboard, internet connection, and blithe stereotypes. The most hilarious part is that Obama has had or can have any effect one way or the other. Just let me know when American diplomats can move around 5 million street demonstrators when those diplomats don't even know why the hell they're in the street in the first place.

Do you think American embassy personnel talk to taxi drivers, doormen and microbus drivers? Do you think they actually walk around Cairo? If I'm wrong, they're mysteriously keeping their knowledge from the entirety of the administration and the Western press. June 30... wha?
1 year ago
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If year after year, decade after decade your 'neighbor' vows to eliminate you and your family, promises to slaughter you and your kin, and periodically attempts exactly that, and you choose to ignore his words and deeds, then you are an imbecile. Obama, Kerry and the US State Dept orthodoxy meet that definition.
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You give them too much credit. What makes you think they care if there's a second holocaust? The important thing is that they score some political points.
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"Note that Zahalka wasn’t afraid to invoke genocide, because he knew he was protected by Israel’s democracy and freedom of speech. That’s the real situation."

Is that really true? We in Israel do not have total freedom of speech in the American sense and even the US Constitution does not allow treason in Congress. Perhaps it would be better to say that they are protected by fear of international reaction if we reacted as the US Congress would, plus a Supreme Court that has stated that Leftist ideology trumps Israeli law.
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The "Palestinian citizens of Israel" have freedom of movement in all of Israel (as citizens), and they have freedom of movement throughout the entire "West Bank". Jewish citizens of Israel do not have freedom of movement or any rights within the West Bank.

The only thing that prevented the "Palestinian Israelis" from opening the clothing store was the stupidity of the "Palestinians" there; it was not in principle forbidden as it would have been for Jews.

A "Palestinian Israeli" member of Knesset (from a secular party) preached and predicted genocide against the Jews in the Knesset. Moreover, he openly stated that they Jews have no right to be there, and he denied all of Jewish history.

If this had happened in any other Parliament in the world, it would have been a "shocking display of antisemitism". But the advocation of open genocide against the Jews is perfectly acceptable talk in the Parliament of the Jewish state.

An article recently in The Times of Israel pointed out that recent changes in voting thresholds and party coalitions will likely increase the number of "Palestinians" in the Knesset. The author of the article seemed pleased by this.

Why do we continue the farce and pretense of calling these people "Arab citizens of Israel"? They openly repeat over and over again that they are Palestinians.

Israel is slowly transforming into a binational state, where if the "Palestinians" were to gain real power, they would help the surrounding Arab states destroy Israel.

There are calls to draft more "Palestinian citizens of Israel" into the military. Is Israel insane? Will that make Israel safer or put her at grave risk.

Eventually, this danger must be openly confronted. Aside from the Iranian nuclear bomb, the most dangerous existential danger to Israel's future is the presence of the large and ever growing "Palestinian" population within Israel.

The only answer is to make Jordan the "Palestinian" state and to transfer them there, a population transfer as was done between India and Pakistan.
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Non-violent population transfer has been done before.
In fact the very first High Commissioner for Refugees of the League of Nations, Fridtjof Nansen , received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 for ending a war that seemed intractable by using non violent population transfer.

I would support the following-

I Muslims in Israel wish to remain where they are? No problem. They can. Their reason would be their business. No need to justify or argue. You want to stay? Stay. As long as they are peaceful and there is no criminal activity, no problem.

However they must remain as citizens of Jordan, which already controls seventy-seven percent of territorial Palestine. If Jordan wishes to change its name to Palestine, as the late King Hussein Ibn Talal suggested, that is its right.


Population transfer has become a ” dirty word “. Some would have you believe it is ethnic cleansing. It is not.

Fridtjof Nansen was a true giant yet few know his name.

” In 1919, he became president of the Norwegian Union for the League of Nations and at the Peace Conference in Paris was an influential lobbyist for the adoption of the League Covenant and for recognition of the rights of small nations. From 1920 until his death he was a delegate to the League from Norway.
 
 In June, 1921, the Council of the League appointed Nansen its first High Commissioner for Refugees. Stateless refugees recieved a ” Nansen Passport ” , a document of identification which was eventually recognized by fifty-two governments. In the nine-year life of this Office, Nansen ministered to hundreds of thousands of refugees – Russian,Turkish, Armenian, Assyrian, Assyro-Chaldean – utilizing the methods that were to become classic: custodial care, repatriation, rehabilitation, resettlement, emigration, integration.
 
 In 1922 at the request of the Greek government and with the approval of the League of Nations, Nansen tried to solve the problem of the Greek refugees who poured into their native land from their homes in Asia Minor after the Greek army had been defeated by the Turks. Nansen arranged an exchange of about 1,250,000 Greeks living on Turkish soil for about 500,000 Turks living in Greece, with appropriate indemnification and provisions for giving them the opportunity for a new start in life.” Nobel Prize Website

IN 1922 FRIDTJOF NANSEN WAS AWARDED THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE .

” We all know from the history books of the exchange of Turks and Greeks, which took place after World War I when, after the war ended, there was a further war between Greece and Turkey, at the end of which, the Greek and Turkish governments agreed on an exchange of populations. And as it appears in the history books, the Greek minority in Turkey was sent to Greece; the Turkish minority in Greece was sent to Turkey. That’s what it says in the history books. But if you look at the treaty in which this agreement was incorporated, it says something different. The parties to be exchanged are defined as Turkish subjects of the Greek Orthodox faith and Greek subjects of the Muslim faith. And if you look more closely at who the people actually were, they were, to a very large extent, Turkish-speaking Orthodox Christians from Turkey and Greek-speaking Muslims from Greece. This was not an exchange of two ethnic minorities. It was a deportation of two religious minorities. ”
Prof. Bernard Lewis, April. 27, 2006 interview, Pew Forum

Those of us , like myself , see population transfer as the most sane and humane solution to many of our problems should remind the world of Fridtjof Nansen , his success and recognition. We should not allow ourselves to be demonized. This is the only way to peace in the middle east.
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Having asked my Arab colleagues at work, I do not believe this is true. Arab Israelis have the same restrictions as other Israeli citizens, although perhaps it is easier for them to get a permit.
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As an outsider, seeing how ilegante's take over parts of the US, were I an Israeli I would be just as afraid of Palestinian Take Over (PTO) from within as from with out.

That the Palestinians are too stupid to figure this out is self evident. In 25 years or so (much less than the 65 years and thousands of lives already wasted) they could have the place; with leftist Israelis cheering them on, just before being beheaded. (Palestinians want maximum blood, no gas chambers for them)
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Luckily, thanks to the good life and civil rights they have in Israel, their birth rate is declining.
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I'm not quite sure if you have changed my thinking or Robert Kagan and Reuel Marc Gerecht have changed theirs, because I used to always strongly always agree with them over the Iraq war. Robert Kagan's brother designed and sold the surge which was at the very least better than giving up. And Gerecht was about the only Western observer I found who understood the difference between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq and regularly wrote about those issues coherently. From my point of view, it they are really supporting the Muslim Brotherhood as moderates then they have been at the Kool Aid. Even at a my own superficial level of understanding of ME politicas I have not for one moment thought the founding organization of Islamism was or could be moderate. Like fascism and bolshevism, they are totalitarians to the core who put secular power above God. The main difference that I can see between the MB and the predecessors who inspired them is that they bolster their secular megalomania in the name of God. When guys like Kagan and Gerecht join the appeasement camp I know I have underestimated how profoundly the West has forgotten what George Keenan had to forcibly remind Averill Harriman and Harry Truman - you can't do quid pro quo with uncle Joe.
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