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i try and see all invlolved POV. Have no tolerance for people/groups that say one thing in one language or tsxt and then say the complete opposite in another language or text. I expect ALL parties to say what they mean and mean what they say.

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  • Palestinian who filmed shooting says Azaria sentence ‘is a joke, not justice’
    • 1- "thank g-d for my camera......" . As if 90% of Palestinians don't have smart phones with extremely proficient cameras with the ability to film anything they encounter during any day of the week. The point being Shamsya was hired by an ngo to specifically go around shooting footage of incidents that would either expose illegal behavior of IDF, catch them acting in ways which don't conform to military law and/ or code and especially to capture an explosive event that would capture the attention of the circus-like msm bringing international attention and scrutiny on the IDF and the nation.
      . As for approval of Shamsiyas actions? ,i see nothing he did which could be interpreted as illegal. The no he worked for, less so. And..

      2) Palestinians have access to a very advanced network for Wi-Fi and cellular. Probably 90% of Palestinians between 15 and 65 have smart phones with cameras. If incidents like this were more common there are enough cameras around to capture daily life.

      I saw a video posted the other day (it was a pro-israel Zionist journalist/blogger but there was no reason to assume it was illegitimate any more then on-the-spot Palestinian videos. Was it hasbara? Not really. But even if it was so what)

      Anyway, the point was.....he was interviewing Palestinians in the street at ramallah checkpoint asking how long it took,[10 mins average, more on holidays] and whether the soldiers "humiliated" them or abused then in anyway.(again, "no." . And one man said, "i'm old enough to be their father, of course they will treat me with respect" Polite, business like, etc etc. And there is no denying that this can quickly change depending on what pops up on computer or if there is any unusual disagreements)

      Then... (American) blogger split screen with cars and people crossing at ramallah and cars/people crossing from tijuana into USA. The times were the same, 17:00 Thursday. It took the Americans almost 15, sometimes 20mins to pass thru with spot checks, ID inspection, dogs etc.

      And those humiliators and oppressors at ramallah into Israel ?. 3 minutes average per person or car. A little move on holidays.
      But, as long as there are paid agents of specific NGOs furnished with 'camera's (as if everybody doesn't already have phone cams) they can wait for days or weeks until there is trouble, film it and present it like it's every day. That's Palestinian hasbara, btw

  • Jews in Iran: a travelogue
    • Interesting article. Questions...

      Did the author have minders at any point during his travels?

      Persians don't have any modern history of antipathy for jews other then what was typical for a Muslim society in terms of social, legal and employment issues embodied in the custom of dhimmitude .

      Wether those here believe it or not the 20-25,000 Jews left in Iran enjoy lives free of constant fear but with a large% of Iranian Jews living in Israel there have been times the remaining Jewish population is held as a dangling bargaining chip should any escalation arise.

      4 kosher restaurants in a major city?

      With a tyrannical mullah regime it's hard, maybe not impossible, but hard to believe statements about Jewish life I Iran as told by Jews are all that reliable unless there is complete anonymity as Iran is not know for permissive for those critical to foreign press.

      While It cant be determined how many of the Iranian Jews are truly anti-zionist, just prefer living in Iran or can't be open is a question. It's certain that many Jews prefer to remain in Iran while there are often family members living in Israel.

      Bottom line: while many nefarious plans are being cooked up by Khameini and his IRG for the region and it's expansionist goals it's doubtful that any harm to Iranian Jews are part of those plans except as a possible contingency in the event hostilities ensure between Iran and Israel.(at

      Otherwise, this piece comes off as no different then an Israeli article on e.g. : how the leaders of some neighboring Palestinian tribes came to share the Succah in a Jewish town in Judea. Or how far a poor Arab girl rose through Israeli system to become a superior court judge. Touchy feely

  • Albert Einstein's advice to Jared Kushner
    • @i saw no evidence trump is pushing either a single or two state solution where Palestinians would have sovereignty over Jews in Israel. I would say that as rare as it might bevi agree with ec. Where is this 'irony' your gloating about?

  • The day the two greatest salesmen in the world met at the White House
  • Trump says he's 'happy' with one-state outcome, ringing in a new era
    • Read the bibi-don press conference . There is evidently a plan that conceivably would include a multi national security agreement where Israel retains full security control over land west of Jordan. Also the same requisite the Palestinians accept Israel as the Jewish Nation. Bib mentions that both theses conditions are not acceptable to Palestinian leadership now and basically didn't say much more.
      It may sound ridiculous to some and refreshing to others but trump just said, ', 2 state, whichever the Israelis and Palestinians like better is ok with me'. Trump gets points vi or originality. The left leaning msm is naturally cherry picking tidbits that support their own take on trump but that tactic will wear out soon enough.

  • Trump and Netanyahu's 'deal' for separate peace between Israel and Arab countries is a fantasy
    • Kerry had his time in the spotlight. His credibility as a negotiator and important SOS is about as low as an old Turkish toilet and he will be remembered as the sos who negotiated Obama's puzzling and anti American foreign policy. ( at least Obama never took time to explain too American public exactly how his weakening of US power in me, strengthening the mullahs with bullion bds and turning over power to the rising Putin is in the US interest (even long term as obama says he strategically thinks)

  • Israel interferes in our politics all the time, and it's never a scandal
    • PW believes the conspiracy because ' a lot of smart liberals say so' *Smart liberals? Like the smart liberals who detested the so-called deal with Iranian tyrant mullahs and IRG? Like the smart liberals who turned off their brains to Stalins evil post ww2?

      As for Kerry talking about how much aid Israel gets from the US check out the begin-sadat center(BESA) for research on which countries Actually, not just in technical loan guarantees but the actual cost dollars to the US and citizens in dollars and cents. Certainly a different b4 perspective on 'aid' and US blood.

      * Reminds me of what a rabbi told me in my youth to no real avail. In answer to questions about why the specific laws of Judaism must be followed rigorously he said, "all you have to do is recognize that just one person you consider smarter then yourself believes in the torah and Talmud and you can then more easily accept it as an necessary practice that you yourself have not learned the full knowledge of yet" pw listens to smart liberals but probably only the one he already preappoves of in the first place. What an open minded editor.

  • 'We cannot divide the land': Israeli academic Yehouda Shenhav on bridging the gap between Israelis and Palestinians through Arabic literature
    • Uh-oh. must have taken a super dose of Zio-meth to come up with such a simple concept so easily ridiculed on these here in-tel-ek-chew-al Israel/zionist hating sites. I'll bet in response to the 4 word sentence of where Jews come from could illicit over 2billion pages of argument from some of the funnier people here.
      .
      There is no more 'get out' for either Jews or Palestinians in Israel or Judea and Samaria. We are here. They are here. The 5billion hereditary Palestine refugees are not coming back. Some will return but most will either except compensation and be given citizenship in the yellow Arab nation's where they have lived for generations. Or, if they refuse, then ??.
      . When they get over their falsely inspired dream of eventually gaining sovereignty from'river to sea' and start negotiating with Israel rather then continue to try to win back 48 through asst means of international sympathy, lawfare, incitement, terror they can begin to put together a realistic concept of their own sovereign land.

      . And as Netanyahu stated clearly today there is no way in the world-unless It's an all out Armageddon killing Israeli Jew and Palestinian, Arabs and Persians alike- that Israel would cede any security control west of Jordan and the reasons are too obvious to explain. That could change in coming decades, maybe, but first things first. Believing that some type of decree by an already diminished'world court' would force our hand is as foolish as the idea that Israel can keep Iran from building a bomb eventually. Wether the mullahs would ever use one depends on how much of the tyrants are really "rational" actors. Now Iran had killed more Arabs and fellow Muslims in Syria and Iraq then Israel has ever killed I its entire existence. So much for the Iranian apologists crying about Iran never attacking anybody in many years or decades. Right.

    • If Jews came from Judea, even after being banished by titus and chased across Africa through Spain and up and into eastern Europe they still come from Judea which must absolutely cause caustic ulcers among the anti-zionist/israel crowds so intent on proving Jews from eastern Europe are not from Judea and are really from someplace else. Of course this theory is not only recent and totally bogus but pathetic in its denial of what is so obvious only the most mediocre minded true believers would even entertain the idea in the first place.

      It would be as absurd and bigoted as claiming a totally assimilated first nations souix who works in a high rise in NYC, dresses like every other million dollar banker and lives on long island in a mansion is not really a Souix or first nation person. And now I can just imagine all the cries of 'hasbara , stupid meaningless term, whataboutism and how anything preWW2 is irrelevant.

      Sure it is. So by that logic, Balfour is far too old to even reconsider at all. Lol

    • So compelling is the simplicity of US senator Cotton

      "Go back to":

      Japan where Japanese came from

      China, where Chinese came from

      Iran were Iranians came from

      Judea, where Jews came from

  • 'We go to heaven, you go to hell': Israeli settlers caught on video threatening to kill Palestinians in Hebron
    • @ec

      . Don't feel too bad. While I assume you don't like my opinions and probably do like the funny man's general body of commentary I will throw you a bone:

      . Msr is an idiot who rarely comments on substance and almost always resorts to inane quips or puns which almost nobody but the most dedicated of anti-israel commenters even follow let alone 'get'

      As for the'hilarious' ongoing reference to billions it would have've something to do with the idea that the clown Prince of MW is referring to the relatively small number of Jews and zionists and how he thinks they act as if they number I the billions. It is a subtle wish for and unconscious desire for all out war. He would never accept that he's a warmonger but that's how zionists see him. Anyway, you have your explanation and your free to appreciate it's attempt at lame humor. He probably thinks he means well anyway.

  • Rights group: Israeli online incitement towards Arabs doubled in 2016
    • And yet, ms. Zoabi travels freely around the nation she espouses as illegitimate unmolested. In fact, poor Zoabi was so victimized that she was convicted of assaulting a police officer (who did nothing to harm her) .

      I was just about ready to see if this group had any credibility and then popped out Zoabi as the biggest victim. Oh wow, what a surprise. As surprising as itb would be to report that trump generates more 'impassioned' (read: violent, angry, hysterical, racist, etc) tweets then any President b4 him. Zoabi is a totally self- made lightning rod and would be a total nothing were she not generating highly controversial opinions and discussion including comments from racist bigoted Israelis and hate filled self righteous Arabs.

  • The centrist US political system will defeat Trump
    • @j

      you read too much mondowss and too much "elsewhere" . try reading an alternative point of view and you might actually come to understand how very very small not only the readership of anti-israeli hate blogs are but how much even smaller are the regular commenters on such sites. it almost feels like being stuck at a boring (read:red and yellow paperback hagada) seder with your shtty family. they all say the same old thing and especially the chronic a-hole 'rebellious' children who have to spoil everything with their vicious lies in support of that damn zionist entity surviving all these damn years starting with the obnoxious and eons old story (oops, i mean lie) of exodus

    • @K

      your second responsive paragraph is, unfortunately, comically tragic but with a definite ring of truth to it. trump has been rendered almost immediately impotent giving the illusion that somehow these 'crowds' of non-voting, non-registered 'caring' young folks really got things moving. i don't remember a press this hungry , wild-eyed and energized since nixon-and thats without noting how far the press corps has fallen since the 60s in the first place.
      it is still quite a curious thing whatever the hell compelled trump to want the job in the 1st place? he;'s already be fleeing down to his palace in florida after a big 3 weeks. wait until he realizes he can call up air force 1 to scope out more golf courses.

      the person, it turns out, with the most integrity is melania who never wanted the spotlight, to be 1st lady, or to be bothered in her bubble at all. She is smart enough to stay as far away from her husband for as long as possible.
      and-i am definitely not alone in thinking he will be-probably not impeached-but otherwise forced to step down and then you have the pefect "centrist" republican mushroom- red lobster pence ready to convert all the gays back to the mid-western state of 'normal' and get on with 'america's centrist interests' (at least until after he figures out how to close down hamilton for code violations or something like that.)

    • @ct

      i don't see that much difference between the US system of 'leadership' you are complaining about (somewhat rightly) and any number of powerful nation states, empires etc throughout history. Leadership is always in somebodies pocket and except for short brief intervals (e.g. -the colonial congressional power circa 1770s thru washingtons stepping down after 2 terms) The best of these societies work to achieve checks on how much access to pockets there is and also how to check that leadership cannot run with one pack and not the other. i think trump just had his first lesson with that "so-called" judge the other day.

      as for netanyahu and his "war drums" for iran...you act as if israel is the only enemy of the tyrannical mullah regime. at 800+ miles israel and iran had no natural beef whatsoever until the mullahs decided they wanted to spread their 'revolution' through the lebanon(hezbollah) and then iraq(thanks GWB) , and syria to the med. sea. the mullahs and irg are hardly a benevolent regime. there is no love lost between russia and iran and iran has plenty of natural enemies in their own geographical region not including the very large % of educated and working class iranians that would love to dump the tyrants MUCH more then they feel the need to 'liberate' the already liberated jerusalem. i would bet your average iranian could care less about jerusalem and anything that involves entangling themselves in the affairs or conflicts of arab regimes.

    • @j

      so what? your saying netanyahu is an authoritarian ruler who has no countenance for liberal politics, lifestyles or policy?

      and while i will admit that certain expressions of facial movements and foolish countenance are similar between mussolini and trump i have yet to see any indication the US is in any danger of having a fascist and totalitarian leader take charge. if anything-it appears more like trump might have trouble controlling simply the cabinet members he himself [or whomever] has chosen let alone having a voting body of citizens , courts and judges go along with anything even close to fascistic. either you goofing around or you have lost your grip on reality.
      (and no, sorry, i did not click on the link if for some reason that explains the comment reasonably)

    • @Kth

      I know about 'naked shorts'. who doesn't? but "financialization "? that is a new one. not particularly grosse in terms of grammar nor deductions or contributions withheld but in terms of
      expounding the theme it isn't clear your turning the noun into an adjective or explaining a new action.
      anyway, as often occurs, when your responses are not focused on the i/p i agree with much of your suppositions. This capitalizing on the numbers is not as new as all that however. One can reference the strategy of numbers manipulation in MLBaseball, pop music, and even the much earlier , complex but rather brilliant concept of using the electoral college to offset sheer majority. I am only thinking that the more things change the more they seem to stay the same, just worse. i guess an optimist would tend to believe there may actually be a game changer some day and not just a turnover

  • 'Israel receives more US military aid than every other country in the world combined' -- New York Times reveals
    • the information regarding US military loan guarantees to Israel needs to be exposed?

      what a joke. how long have israel-haters, anti-zionists jew-haters and critics of israel alike been shouting from the rooftops about how much aid israel gets? for at least 20yrs and probably much longer. this line has been one of the most standard positions uttered by the anti-israel crowd forever. the only people not satisfied with the coverage of israeli loan guarantees are those completely and totally obsessed with israel, jews and how israel can be weakened so as to capitulate to arab aggression and arab desire to gain back sovereignty over all the land-from the river to the sea...one of the most popular chants from anti-israel pro=palestinian crowds.

  • Netanyahu scandals reflect corruption at the heart of Israeli society
    • @b

      hellhole: no answer, no clue.

    • @b

      You have obviously never been to Israel or you wouldn't use the idiotic reference to a "hell hole"

      Not only do Israeli Arabs prefer to live in Israel rather then ANY entity run by Palestinians but now,. new surveys have popped up claiming that large majorities of gulf Arab citizens would prefer to live in the 'hell hole' that is Israel rather then any of the paradise nations in the Arab world or in the ME.

      Nobody wants to move to Iran though one might think from reading the asinine comments here supporting the Iranian regime that it was some type of peace loving heaven rather then the supporter of assad, murderous IRG and its proxy Hezbollah who rules southern lebanon. Unless forced... Who would move to Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt Lebanon Libya oman, Sudan, and most other regional me majority Muslim nations.
      . But then the "hellhole" not only has supported large influx of African immigrants who are Jewish Christian and Muslim but also had to deal with an equally large influx of refugees that were raised, educated and believe that Israel is an enemy nation and are only trying to take advantage of the economic advantages of refugees in Israel as opposed to say.... Egypt where they are sold, killed or worse.
      . So, if Israel is a hellhole in your mediocre minded opinion then where would be the great paradise in the ME where you believe life is worth more then a pittance, where all religions can pray freely at their own holy sites and where Arabs, Druze, Bedouin, Christian and Jew coexist as doctors, police, soldiers, judges, athletes teachers and even fishmongers. A figment of a warped and uneducated imagination.

      But you know the old fascist saying,.' A far left wingers shithole is probably everybody elses paradise'. And don't forget how many decades Israel's decline has been anticipated by so many Zionist-haters when making predictions about the demise of Netanyahu. People have been counting him out for decades too. It's like anticipating the demise of FDR in the 40s. Big whup. It's not like his successor will be all that much different, wether right or left. And Israel will continue to be the sole regional praise for years to come. At least until there are direct 2party negotiations and a settlement of hostilities. I don't know ANYBODY on the left who wants that.

  • The Palestine Philharmonie -- an orchestra is born in Bethlehem
    • what a wonderful counterpoint to the article the other day on the small protest in brooklyn of the israeli dance company accused of complicity in israeli policy

  • Signs you may be a 'normalizer'
    • @d

      It's not particularly refreshing to see that commenters here continue to put words in other people's mouths but I guess that's just how you moral beaconeers roll. Fyi, I never said or wrote "everyone does evil" . You said that.

    • @oG.

      What admirable crocodile tears you shed for people you think trivialize or normalize the holocaust. All of your 'moral beacons' are so pure. The fact still remains that the world has been, and will continue to be shaped by one form of colonizing or another. But first you admirable folks have to tear down Israel before you can focus on anything else. I think you all should be called the 'israel firsters'

    • IDK. What about them. Where were they during the Arab conquest. In sure you and your pals here will come up with an elongated answer both semantically twisted and stamped with the approval of the far left and UN post ww2 revisionist narrative which has determined that most if not all of the Jewish narrative from Israel is a lie and everything the UN resolves against Israel is truth. I can't wait to be persuaded buy the convincing and profound argumentation here.

    • Your view of history and it's importance and relevance to the world at large is small minded and narrowly focused on the century(that still hasn't passed yet) since the end of WW2. In light of this I can understand your support for the author of this op-ed piece.

    • This author is the other side of the mirror from a don trump. The same but obverse. Just a different set of tyrannical , spiteful and ridiculously broad as well as ignorant opinions that can easily rile a crowd of stupid people. the entire history of the earth is comprised of one group 'colonizing' another and the Arabs did their own fair share of colonizing, slave trading and subjugation that it's difficult to read an article like his without the normalizing laughter it so merits.

  • Trump 'promise' to move US embassy to Jerusalem stirs international furor
    • most palestinians -except activists and the commenters here don't give a rats ass if the embassy is moved to a lot in western jerusalem. either they don't care because it will have zero impact on their lives or-if they believe that east jerusalem will be their capital one day an w.j. is meaningless.. palestinians are not so stupid as to not understand that the US 'promise' to move embassy has always meant the same thing politically and moving it or 'promising' to move it to w.j. doesn't change anything. (except to far left wingers and obsessed anti-israel zionist hating activists.

      A) if they continue to be denied a state of their own-the embassy doesn't matter as the struggle is not to build an embassy but establish a state.

      B) If there was ever a 1ss and palestinians gained political majority(as many dream)-their embassy would still be in jerusalem

      C) if there is a 2ss they will build their embassy in the parts of east jerusalem that become theirs.

      even the quran alludes to jerusalem being the city of the book people. only the irritated , hate filled , bilious zionist haters here thrive on making bogus intellectual arguments on why jerusalem is not or should not be the israeli capital. its almost as pathetic as the 'quipster princes' inane spurts.

      If anybody in the west started to count the number of times politicians hyperventilated about the "explosion" that will surely come if the west does A, B or C they would probably feel like sheep. Muslims are understanding a lot better how political leaders that do not have their interests in mind at all are perfectly happy to rile up parts of the muslim world into violent protests which kill who? Muslims.

      And IS is not bombing Germany, Syria, Turkey and Russia because of Jerusalem as much as some would like to bel;I've

  • It's happening
    • @CL

      one of your trump cartoons showed up on a random blog of 'best political cartoons of 2016 about Trumps swearing in' on the facebokk. not this one though. have no clue what site or who judged but the cartoon was more to do with trump, gop and the world then israel or the me.

  • Jared Kushner fired me over Israel ten years ago
    • i knew PW was dying to tell this 'story'. its not much of one at that. he got in his silly attacks. he's a harvard guy but ' book dumb' . beady eyed. icey , limited intellectually , or so PW and his mentor liked to think while whispering to each other. oh, and how greatful he was to travel on kushner's dime and still write a piece he knew would cross jk's political views. what a jerk that jk was.

      but it is true that pw can thank JK for helping him decide wether to go all in on his blog-which he did. pw has a widely read blogsite [..] as are breitbart, EI, and other sites promoting politically extreme views and depending on who is doing the labeling .

  • The truck attack that killed four Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem was not 'terrorism'
    • @a

      your mind is that indoctrinated that you really see israel as ally of isis AND al-quaeda. if your thinking was even remotely sane there could easily be a peace deal made with israel having such favourable circumstances. and of course it would never occur to you that anything the idf might be doing could be construed as a both a warning and a guarantee? and naturally you would oppose any attacks on the syrian regime because why? because its israels fault that the assad clan has been brutalizing it own people for 50yrs of tyrannical iron-fisted murderous rule? oh yes, of course the assads have used the evil israel as an excuse for why the assads need 90% of all state money to defend the glorious syrian people from the evil zionist entity just next door.

    • @an

      so you are saying that you can be supportive of a bds movement that you believe is legitimately non-violent as a tactic to achieve 'liberation' from occupation while at the same time you can be supportive of palestinians using violent means to fight against an occupation that uses violent means itself wether in 'defense' or 'offense'? And imo, that is fine. I feel the same way about both parties tactics in the i/p conflict.

      i just don't believe there is any sense to be made from terms like 'proportionate' responses like say, limited bds and don't kill too many soldiers/fighters (as if there is a magic number of deaths that is acceptable and one more then that number and holy hell breaks out?) proportionate implies a certain sense of fair play which itself implies there is certain element that wants to extend the given conflict until the situation on the ground may be much more conducive to their own position. interesting. isn't that just sooooo surprising that such strategies exist? none of that going on in the i/p however. now way.

  • 'Progressive' Defenders of the Racial State: Reflections on the Modern Language Association BDS vote
  • Netanyahu has isolated Israel and is driving the US 'off a cliff into chaos' -- Lloyd Doggett
  • After Israeli soldier is convicted of manslaughter, Times and Post portray case as isolated incident
    • oh wow. YH must be a psychic. Such a hard prediction to imagine a split reaction to the killing of somebody who was more then just "alleged" to have carried out an attempted murder of another israeli soldier MW, pw, and (((()))) can downplay that all they want to their peanut gallery but the facts are that had the palestinian not tried to knife an israeli he wouldn't have been lying on the ground.
      Personally, I don't see this verdict setting any precedents and as with most trials surrounded by the hysterical and rabid foreign press-it will be blown up until its over engorged and then burst into shreds of nothing. I think he may absolutely be guilty of conduct (manslaughter)unbefitting an idf soldier. And YH-it has nothing to do with your grand theory of Israeli culture. Take the same incident in the US and have a local policeman shooting a terror suspect (e.g. -somebody who just shot up a marine recruiting station) dead you will definitely have a large portion of americans supporting law enforcement.

      And of course it is no surprise that in phils mind this incident is foolishly comparable to a pre-70s era lynching of an american black a la 'strange fruit' style. This case is so far from a typical southern US lynching its ridiculous. He is always stretching credulity to try and make a point.

      As a counterpoint-were the four palestinians who killed, chopped up, sexually mutilated and/or eviscerated an israeli soldier they captured and then threw his remains out a second story window punished? Were palestinians by and large supportive or were they split on the 'heroic' nature of that act where they displayed their blood soaked palms to the world to see. did they name a plaza . playground or park after him? get real. is there bad blood? there is bad blood and YH-the rules of poker don't really apply . predicting the israeli public will be split is about as skilled as predicting the democrats in the Us will try and stymie trump in his first year in office

      and @k
      i agree-the man who filmed this incident-while not capturing what led up to it was right in filming it and turning it over at risk to his own personal well being. it matters not wether he is arab or jew. this is one video that has proven to not be susceptible to manipulation, editing and or alternative explanations. it is what it is. it proves only that some israelis treat (or approve of) those who kill their incapacitated enemies as 'heroes' while others do not. Not very different then palestinians who treat the murderers of sleeping 13yr old girls or make jokes about 2 parents shot in their car with their baby children watching in the back seat as 'martyrs' while others thought it horrendous.

  • John Kerry picked the wrong timeline for the Jewish state
    • omg! Ho-Hum. So ho-hum in fact, i had to do the evelyn woods thing lest risk falling asleep. who on earth is this directed at other then the specific bunch of lefties that comment on mw?

      the point?..

      1-palestinians have started to use balfour as a point of attack to resolve their dispute with israel in their overall campaign of lawfare utilizing the ICC, UN, so-called human rights orgs and other venues.

      2. kerry is out-of-touch and living in the post vietnam political scene. his obama appt. as SOS was probably his last best chance at achieving any office higher then senator.

      3. if balfour is declared illegitimate then israel can be declared illegitimate .

  • Hamas celebrates 29th anniversary amid local and international challenges
    • Oh poor poor Hamas and all their 'charities' they run for the poor. Of course that doesn't include stealing most the the money meant for these people so they can build tunnels, buy weapons and pay for training operations against Israel and pay the millions (if not billions) it takes to support their leaders like Mashaal and others (just like their counterparts in the PA, Abbas's family and select Fatah members) in fine dictatorial style. No oversight , no bullshit control. Break out the 1inch violin for the wretched Hamas.

      No need for polls or polling. One could just step up ask any ordinary citizen in the streets of Khan Yunis or Gaza their honest opinion about the Hamas as long as they are guaranteed anonymity. Not that they have any love for Israel, but still, what balderdash.

  • Waqf: 14,806 Israeli settler incursions on Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in 2016
    • @can't wait til the funny man chimes in about the coming '2 billion' "incursions" , "attacks" or "storming" the waqf anticiaptes next year.

  • UN resolution on settlements is a step back for Palestinians
    • @gz

      ..I would feel safer if the mad mullahs had nukes and israel did not no matter how offensive i find thead (sic) mullahs to be."

      a) there is just one mullah who runs the whole show and

      b) your statement provides the exact rationale for why the far left is ignorant, careless, tyrannical and as dangerous to freedom as anybody on the far extreme right.

      c) your admission that israel will not fall in your lifetime but certainty it will fall is right up there with, "one day the sun will implode".

  • Why Obama waited 8 years to take on Netanyahu
    • @ai
      Yes. Further away. Nobody getting the Message. Circular thinking. Etc. Etc

    • obama has much bigger things on his horizon then the low down politics of illinois. you vastly underestimate the mans ego, haughtyness and his intelligence. more likely he'll follow in clintons footsteps with a bit more emphasis on his 'hope' issue.
      The fact remains that while many on the far right and fringe left are certain of the longterm results of obama foreign policy but short of educated opinions-nobody can really tell this early wether it will be the disaster I believe it will be or that his penchant for long-term strategic thinking will pay off with partners such as iran, hezbollah, assad, putin, and so on. there is just as much uncertainty and insecurity involving what obama has already done then there is about what trump may do.

    • the man/family who built comcast did it from scratch, the hard way from working. roberts can do whatever they want with a company their father built from dust without being associated with a racist bigoted conspiracy obsession the owner of this blog promotes. that you consider them part of your fantastical conspiracy is just one more proof of why PW will always be considered a jew-hater who happens to be jewish and owns a blog which has consistently been labeled a "hate site"

      p.s. the "reason" that obama and kerry didn't push their 'true and heartfelt' views on the UNSC or the american public is simple. thye were total cowards. there would have been a shtload LESS shenanigans with netanyahu had obama spelled out his position in january '13 (i'll even give the wanker the first 4 where he would be 'too scared' of losing the 75% jewish vote in '12). There would have been the usual dustup but the policy position would be out there for the US congress to deal with. I still think he gives great speeches with an amazing speaking voice but he has proven himself haughty, under-handed and immature worried more about a questionable legacy then america's standing in the world. and kerry? he may truly be heartfelt which doesn't make him right. but he served at the pleasure of the president. so- that puts it on BO and his puppet master-BR. Cowardly backstabbing and rhodes admitted he created lies to cover themselves.

  • The formal end of the two-state solution
    • @cz

      new zealand is the epitome of a cononial settler project. they sailed into maori land, killed many off and stole it to and set up their "4th most peaceful country" while handing out bones and culturally meaningless bullshit recognition for the defeated peoples island nation. they are the height of hypocrisy and bullshit.

  • Hear O Israel these parting truths -- John Kerry
    • @rh
      which includes jordan

    • @mh
      i seriously doubt an american president with the integrity of say, a lincoln or a truman would have sheepishly avoided, lied about and kept secret foreign policy goals they considered essential to americas place in the world just to make sure he gets re-elected or that his distrusted and widely disliked sos could succeed him in office. or that he was 'so afraid' of so-called 'jewish backlash' (what? the 75% jews that voted with him?) this is the action of a cowardly and shrewd politician concerned above all with his own place in history and not somebody concerned with decisions in th US best interest.

  • Abstention at the UN, or the Owl of Minerva of American Diplomacy
    • @mg

      if i had a nickel for every time i had to remind people that if i had i nickel for every time it was predicted that israel would soon be a "pariah" state and and the terrible things that will soon be happening to it i would be as rich as trump

  • Making David Friedman ambassador to Israel is a boon for ISIS
    • so-the left and far-left are having a coniption fit over freidman. and the msg. they are putting out is: if he doesn't do things our way it won't only be trouble for the u.s. but trouble for israel as well. check.

  • Hell just froze over: the New York Times runs an article saying Zionism is racist
    • pw and the assistant professor- (and i am so thrilled tns is upholding their far-left fixation with boehm as i paid for daughter2 (for some reason i suppose) to attend TNS. it took me more then a few years to understand how pathetically indoctrinated, biased and inflexible some of the assistant hires were. however-nikita khrushchevs grand-daughter was thought provoking and i think there was even a russian spy she exposed taking her class of all the crazy things.)
      but pw and boehm keep harping on the rabbi who didn't know how to respond to the nazi and they never considered he didnt know what to say because he was an absolute idiot who was overwhelmed by his own cowardly fears and preconceptions about himself that-if he wasn't an idiot-all his sense flew out of his brain for that time and must have recollected after the spector passed. PW-never one to under-react to stupid antics and asinine presumptions. (e.g. -hell froze over at the nyt. maybe the funny-guy archivist can look up the vaunted MW files and count how many times pw yelled 'hell froze over in the past.)

  • David Friedman is out of step with American Jews and dangerous for Palestinian human rights
    • @r

      so then you probably heard the joke that the way to solve the crisis in the middle east is make the 22 arab nations along with israel and the west bank into the united states of israel.

  • Israel threatens to toss Antony Loewenstein after he asked Lapid question about apartheid
    • @k

      i'd like to know how the hell you know who these "backward and ignorant jews" are? maybe one name some might say is typically jewish but thats it. so it must be assumed you are a bigot from the outset and besides that-how do you know these responders are even 'liberal'?

      Also-always had respect for ralph nader for his exposure of the US auto industry but he is so obviously out of his element on the topic of the middle east. he may idolize jimmy carter but there are so many factual errors in his letter it should be shocking but then if one thinks about it-ralph nader was over with years ago. he earned his hero status but is more successful now at raising money then exposing anything

  • Historical evidence does not support Zionist claims re the Western Wall
    • @m

      more then you do as PW's court jester

    • @mh

      of course others have long standing links to jerusalem. even if one wants to count the three abrahamic faiths as complete myths they still recognize the unique jewish connection to the city and its temple.
      And while the very early christians were simply either an orthodox-or-radical off-shoot of judaism(depending on which gospel) and the temple remained a central point in jesus's story the arab conquest and with it the coming of islam tacitly accepted the importance of the mount by buiding their own temple upon the ruined 2nd temple but there is no connection to the city in the holy islamic quran.
      while that does not erase the centuries old connection of muslims and colonial arabs to jerusalem it definitely puts the perspective of religious and spiritual significance into a certain light.
      I have heard explanations by fiery muslim commenters that 'jerusalem' is mentioned in the quran but just by other names. this seems a bit specious. but-as you stated-links to this city are bound up in much more then just pure spiritual/religious connections. they are political, colonial, religious, historical and so on.

    • considering the type of modern weaponry available to nations what exactly is 'funny' about your commentary. i suppose it is just playing to your own peanut gallery's [..] fantasies that 'evil zionist' people couldnt possibly understand.

    • @mh

      a reasonable response. your article is interesting but by no means conclusive. but then there is very little written on the subject(by experts or amateurs) that is absolutely conclusive. modern archeology is rife with disputes going all the way back to leaky and his 'lucy' methodology and further back still to the opening of tut's tomb.
      so-again-nice article and as usual-the byline is whats questionable

  • Israel's free ride on the F-35
    • @l,j

      You want to have a discussion about communism vs. capitalism, fine. I'm commenting on the author's failure to mention these planes are not "free". And just as any country is eager to sell its wares to another available market, ,(the US own Obama allowed his European buddies open access to the new 'open' Iranian regime by signing his 'best bad deal)

      And do us all a favour by not trotting out the tired old Eisenhower quote warning against an industrial/military complex ........ Not that it wasn't prescient, it's just so f-ing old!

    • I guess the author mm doesn't understand that the US makes money from Israel paying back its military loan guarantees.

  • Challenging an ideology means rupturing with community and family
    • whenever i hear the word "uncompromising" coming from a left wing outlet like MW it gives me pause.. to wonder about what is so different from their pov and anybody else in the spectrum of opinion who believes in "unflinching, uncompromising" plans for change.

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