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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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up to I looked at the bank draft for ?8182, I didnt believe that...my... father in law woz like they say really making money part time at there labtop.. there great aunt had bean doing this for only about twenty one months and a short time ago repayed the loans on their place and bourt a new volvo. I went here, .... http://www.BBC13.com
49 weeks ago
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his bff is erdogan in turkey who just put any opposition in prison. there's no peace process with the arabs. war is coming. americans elected apresident who has been in league with the muslim brotherhood from his beginnings. he's even starting to emenate their stench.
49 weeks ago
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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.
49 weeks ago
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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.
48 weeks ago
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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!
49 weeks ago
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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.
49 weeks ago
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Alas, the 'peace' process and all its mischief making, many thousands of DEAD Jews notwithstanding - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/08/08/the-ever-elusive-quest-chasing-palestinian-israeli-peace-illusionsdelusions-what-can-israeli-zionists-do-to-stop-it-dead-in-its-tracks-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Regardless of all the mayhem and murder in the Mid East (and beyond), 'peace' between the genocidal PA/Fatah junta and Israel remains a global (Washington) obsession. Why? Herein lies the caveat and crux.

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
49 weeks ago
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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.
49 weeks ago
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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?
49 weeks 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.
49 weeks ago
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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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