in Treacherous Territories: PA, D.C. & ME
Jerusalem Post Editorial Dec. 18, 2006
would be a mistake for anyone to become caught up in the
idea of new elections as a panacea. Abbas, while opposing
terrorism, has taken a hard line on the Palestinian demand
for a "right of return" and has recently insisted
that he is not demanding that Hamas recognize Israel's right
to exist. … Most Israelis have given up the idea of
"Greater Israel," but it is far from clear that
the Palestinian majority, let alone their leadership, has
given up their dream of "Greater Palestine" -
the destruction of Israel.
UK welcome call for early Palestinian elections
Reuters Yediot Aharonot 12-16-06
in the Palestinian territories are at their highest in a
decade. Violence between Abbas's Fatah faction and their
Hamas rivals has sparked fears of a civil war. … The
peace process has been frozen since the aftermath of a win
by militant Palestinian group Hamas in January parliamentary
or Stalwart, Bush Is Loath to Budge
By Peter Baker Washington Post Dec 17, 2006; Page
told a group of conservative journalists in September. "If
you believe in a strategy, in Washington, D.C., you've got
to stick to that strategy, see? People want you to change.
It's tactics that shift, but the strategic vision has not,
and will not, shift."
senators slam Baker-Hamilton report
By Herb Keinon Jerusalem Post Dec. 18, 2006
Congressional delegation headed by US Senators John McCain
(R-Arizona) and Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut) told Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday that they were squarely against
the Baker-Hamilton report calling for the US to engage in
dialogue with Iran and Syria, according to officials present
at the meeting.
in the House of Saud?
By Elaine Shannon and Adam Zagorin Time Dec. 15,
does the sudden resignation of Saudi Arabia's U.S. Ambassador
point to? …. a split within the House of Saud, whether
based on personality or policy, could make it even harder
for the U.S. to convince them to stay on the sidelines.
deal blow to Ahmadinejad
Associated Press The International Herald Tribune
victory in Friday's elections was for moderate conservatives,
supporters of the cleric-led power structure who are angry
at Ahmadinejad, saying he has needlessly provoked the West
with his harsh rhetoric and has failed to address the faltering
from the Badlands
PM: Hamas will not participate in elections
By Avi Issacharoff Haaretz and Agencies 12-17-06
PA chairman called Saturday for new elections for his position
and parliament, in a dramatic challenge to the ruling Hamas,
and met Sunday with officials from the Palestinian Central
Election Commission….A majority of Palestinians favor
holding new elections, but Abbas would face a tough race
against a contender from Hamas, according to a poll published
By Larry Derfner Jerusalem Post Dec. 14, 2006
Mahameed, an Israeli-Arab attorney who set up a Holocaust
museum in his Nazareth office with photographs from Yad
Vashem, was planning to attend the Holocaust denial conference
in Teheran this week. He hoped to tell the hosts and attendees:
"Stop denying the Holocaust and start studying it,
because it's this refusal to understand the Holocaust that
caused such a catastrophe for the Palestinians."
who make Satan look good
By A Special Place in Hell columnist, Bradley Burston Haaretz
Dec 15, 2006
The worst of them are the most sincere, those who believe
with perfect faith in the righteousness of the iniquity
Bottom Lines are Top Priority
Going to Win'
The president finally has a plan for victory.
by Fred Barnes The Weekly Standard 12/25/2006,
Volume 012, Issue 15
It turns out you only have to attend a White House Christmas
party to find out where President Bush is headed on Iraq.
One guest who shook hands with Bush in the receiving line
told him, "Don't let the bastards get you down."
Bush, slightly startled but cheerful, replied, "Don't
worry. I'm not." The guest followed up: "I think
we can win in Iraq." The president's reply was emphatic:
"We're going to win." Another guest informed Bush
he'd given some advice to the Iraq Study Group, and said
its report should be ignored. The president chuckled and
said he'd made his position clear when he appeared with
British prime minister Tony Blair.
to bring genocide case against Ahmadinejad
as Iran president repeats call to wipe out Israel
Robert Tait in Tehran, Ed Pilkington in New York The
Guardian December 13, 2006
outgoing US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton,
is backing a call for the president of Iran to be charged
with inciting genocide because of his speeches advocating
the destruction of the state of Israel.
Syria must stop arms transfers
By Jerusalem Post Dec. 16, 2006
must stop sheltering terror leaders, and they must stop
actions of the exiled Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal in Syria;
these are preconditions for starting the dialogue,"
charges Iran with destabilizing Middle East
Resolution slams Iran over nuclear program, threats
towards Israel; condemns denial of Holocaust by Tehran
Reuters Yediot Aharonot 12-15-06
European Union accused Iran on Friday of destabilizing the
Middle East with its nuclear program and threats towards
Israel, in a significant hardening of the 25-nation bloc's
tone towards Tehran.
Anyone Really Shocked Beyond Belief?
We won’t be first to introduce nukes to region
Ronny Sofer Yediot Aharonot 12-12-06
reiterate that Israel has not changed its policy on the
nuclear issue and will not be the first to introduce nuclear
weapons to the Middle East. I stressed it twice in the interview
I gave and I don’t think we should elaborate or hold
a public discussion on this," Olmert added.
to double emergency equipment stored in Israel
Yitzhak Benhorin Yediot Aharonot 12-12-06
WASHINGTON - The American Congress gave Israel financial
and security encouragement when the Senate and the House
of Representatives gave their approval to double the emergency
equipment the United States stores in Israeli stockpiles.
US to boost Persian Gulf force
By Jerusalem Post and AP Dec. 19, 2006
officials said the deployment was not aimed at launching
an attack but rather to deter Iran from performing "provocative
steps", such as the recent naval maneuvers Teheran
hell with ambiguity
If your enemy doesn't believe you'll use your weapon, then
that weapon is worthless.
By Sam Ser Jerusalem Post Dec. 17, 2006
takes a credible deterrent. Iran's fevered dash to develop
awesome nuclear technology is a clear signal that we have
lost that deterrent. To get it back, Israel will have to
do something much bolder than simply making more roundabout
hints at what may be hiding in the country's proverbial
worried Hamas and Iran developing strategic relations
By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff Haaretz 12-15-06
In response to Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's
recent visit to Tehran, experts here have said Iran is seeking
to form a strategic alliance with Hamas. According to these
sources, the Iranians would like to develop a relationship
with Hamas similar to that with Hezbollah in Lebanon, in
which the "final word" - on matters regarding
Israel, too - is Tehran's.
By Dapha Berman Haaretz 12-19-06
Miriam Shear insists that she is not out to get the ultra-Orthodox
community [Haredim], but only the more extreme and violent
elements among them…."I feel like by going public,
we can prevent this. We can expose it and clean it up.”….
Supporters…are hailing her as the Rosa Parks of the