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  • Against self-determination
    • What a soup of mixed identities, misconceptions, demonization and rejectionist approach to the "other"- a perfect example of a non-starter and dead-ended path of "liberal" anti-whatsoever. But I should really spare my words here and let the example to do the talking:
      " As a liberal, I think this really is a better way to be, tolerating others, worshiping whoever you want" and there goes this gem: " Jewish democracy and the Jewish people’s right to self-determination are out of step with the culture that Jews and others have fashioned in my country over the last 30 or 40 years".
      Who gives a .... about your idea of a Jewish culture, if you don't have a first clue about it? Who you are trying to influence or change, while simultaneously denying their choices and believes? You are entitled to your own opinion, but it certainly doesn't make it the only right one, especially in Jewish and Israeli historical perspective. What value your views hold if on one hand you're OK and approve Palestinian/Arabic national aspirations, while saying that Jews should assume your, a very fringed and low-carb, version of Jewish-flavored life.
      There is a multitude ways of being Jewish, and Israel is a living, constantly changing and vibrant example to it. Yours is a narrow and pointless as of ultra-orthodox sects in Brookline, NY.
      The have only a Torah word for it and you have a collections of liberalistic catchphrases.
      I'll be curious to see , what would last longer.

  • Invest in thorough, accurate news to build a fair future for Israel/Palestine
  • A Knesset without Arab parties?
    • But, but whatabout apartheid ?!! Whatabout 20& of Arab population of Israel- you are saying that they do not vote completely and fully for the Arab parties? But why, if , according to the gospel here, "evil Zionists" exclude and humiliate Arab population of Israel. It doesn't make any sense- are you spreading a whitewashing hasbara, Alison?

  • Palestinian flag is an 'enemy' flag-- Netanyahu's latest crackdown
    • From the same article:
      "Despite their plight, many of the Palestinians -- Muslim fundamentalists from the Hamas and Islamic Holy War groups -- seemed far from unhappy because they saw a chance to muster international sympathy that their declared armed struggle against Israel might not ordinarily bring.

      News reports from southern Lebanon quoted the men as urging the Lebanese Government to keep them out, thereby forcing them to stay in a desolate buffer strip that lies between the nearest Lebanese and Israeli army checkpoints."
      Cry me a river.

  • 'Lesson: The Jews will defend themselves even if it means killing children'
    • A fantastic response! Richard Cohen seems to get it as well:link to washingtonpost.com
      Here, you are an odd bunch of Jewish and non-Jewish pseudo-intellectuals and elitists, mixed with a hefty dose of antisemitic ( I'm sorry -anti"Zionist') activists, and Arab and Muslim supremacists.
      It's a war there and in every war there are civilian casualties. However, Israel is the ONLY state to go to such extends to try and minimize their losses. Hypocrites, crying about "genocide", "apartheid" and a new Holocaust, are immoral and hateful group of people indeed.

  • Avishai says we misrepresented his views
    • Wonderful reply to a whole MW ideology.
      "This isn’t the place, either, to explain all the ways I find your views about historic Zionism misinformed, even crude, and your political analysis one-sided".
      Ha.

  • Why Israel's legal justifications for 'Operation Protective Edge' are wrong
    • "The Gaza Strip is entirely surrounded by a concrete wall"- baloney...
      Now, back to the subject- please provide the international law guidelines for urban combat, when one party is hiding behind civilian population. There is none and the reason is quite simple-all these laws were written in the context of standard warfare.
      Therefore, any military operation against mixed combatant and civilian populations is ILLEGAl by the definition of law. By mixed population I mean the lack of regular armed forces and a "revolving door" for militants to go in and out from the hostilities.
      Ratios of military vs. civilian losses in Gaza are unparalleled to any armed conflict in urban areas, especially as densely populated as this one.

  • The deafening silence around the Hamas proposal for a 10-year truce
    • @talknic
      I'm sorry but your use of words "b*tching" and "whining" prevents me from fully responding to your comment.

    • @Aaron.
      You may certainly try to demilitarize one state (e.g. Israel) but it would require to announce war on it- are you going to fight it, Aaron?

    • @Ron Edwards.
      There is no obligation to provide a free trade access and employment (as one of the Hamas demands). The rest are as unreasonable as this one.

    • @WeAre....
      If I would be the losing site (as author mentions) - I'll perhaps consider your offer for what it worth. Same as Germany and Japan did, but Israel is not a losing side. There is no obligation to provide Gazans with free access to Israel (sic!) territory, there is no obligation to provide the access for their goods to be exported via Israel ports, there is no obligation to not shoot anyone who tries to enter Israel's borders, and certainly there is no obligation not to defend itself and citizens from the indiscriminate bombardment by rockets from Gaza,

    • @JeffB.
      Spot on.

    • "Without any pressure by the international community, Israel, the party who has the upper hand in this conflict, will feel legitimized to keep refusing negotiations for a real truce with Hamas"- so if Israel has the upper hand, why is Hamas the one who makes the demands? Why not Israel?
      For example, here is a simple and , in author's words, " a very reasonable one"- give up your arms/rockets, proclaim Gaza demilitarized zone under UN/OSCE/LGA control, subject to the international monitoring of goods and people coming in/out of Gaza and denounce the goal of eliminating Israel. Does any of them require loss of lives or any harm to Palestinians- I don't think so.
      What it does absolutely requires is the fundamental change in mentality and giving up the supposed "Palestinian people's honor"- therefore I have no doubt that it will never happen.

  • Finally, Israel is alienating the US mainstream media
    • Don't you think that the American public cares about pictures of dead children?
      Iraq/Afganistan/Syria had completely desensitized their perception. That's why Israel stands alone, since if those were Israeli children the reaction in general would be the same.

    • The problem with this, another optimistic/things-are-changing/Israel-is loosing assay is quite simple, although is buried under the pile of quasi-intellectual nonsense.
      If the things are changing, as all things are, to which direction:
      To support Hamas? Muslim Brotherhood? ISIS or Asad? Wahabi or Shia? Hezbollah or Islamic Jihad? Or maybe PA and Egypt?
      You see, there is no gray areas in the Middle East and you cannot go there, and not to get involved and choose sides.
      Kerry and Obama are frustrated, but they know better.
      Europe is frustrated, but it knows better as well.
      China, India, Egypt, Jordan, even (god forbid) Russia- all know their choice.
      Damn, even Saudis and Qataris , play their games, keeping in mind Iran's ambitions, and their umbrella from US and (yes) Israel.
      I'm quite confident in Israel future and the consequences of its actions.
      Just a small remark- 40 million dollars had cost those home-made rockets alone. Millions were spend building bunkers- don't you think they could've been spent better?

  • Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder says Israel is using our taxes to 'drop bombs on children' and take land
    • @Kris
      I didn't bring any of these arguments before and certainly will not use them here. It is a survival war by Israel and a suicidal war by Hamas. Hamas cannot win, it can only prolong its demise. Civilians are suffering and the duty of any state, including Israel, is to alliviate it by any means. Meanwhile Hamas means are not working. Ours do.

    • Very cute and in tone with times...
      It would bear more validity if he had made this statement completely naked- without any clothes made in China, without the electronics made in China and saying that he won't be able to make shows in Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, UK, Germany, Spain, Mauritania, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, India, Belarussia, Serbia, Brasil, Colombia, USA, Turkey, France etc.
      Then I'd really believe it.

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