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Sundown: The Post-Oslo Peace Process

Plus Palestinian hunger-striker gravely ill, the ‘Times of Israel,’ and more

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• Ari Shavit calls for “new-peaceniks” to abandon the Oslo paradigm and instead work with the international community to trade most of the land for a demilitarized Palestinian state. [Haaretz]

• Khader Adnan, a Palestinian man arrested in the West Bank and detained without charge, is apparently on death’s door following a (ongoing) 61-day hunger strike. Israel claims he is a member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. [NYT The Lede]

• Should’ve done this yesterday, but please welcome the Times of Israel to the dance floor. Here’s founding editor David Horovitz’s introductory note. [Times of Israel]

• Who will replace outgoing World Bank head Robert Zoellick? The most likely Jews are Lawrence Summers, Stanley Fischer (!), and Robert Rubin. [NYer Rational Irrationality]

• A Russian-born Israeli author is publishing his new collection of short stories on Facebook. [Electric Literature]

• Highly amusing digression on the honorary degrees Poland’s Jagellonian University has awarded to Jews. [NYRB]

In the heavily Haredi town of Bnei Brak, they do weddings right. Amazing photos.

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Bill Pearlman says:

One less Islamic Jihad member. Well, its a start.

Bill Pearlman says:

cold hearted hegemonic murderer. Boy, hard to bounce back from that one. Was your father one of the shooters at Babi Yar. Or are you the love child of Samir Kuntar who likes to smash the heads in of little Jewish girls.

David B. says:

Norman Finkelstein disowns BDS……. a very good interview. incredible.

http://hpmonitor.blogspot.com/2012/02/norman-finkelstein-on-palestinian.html

For Zlota says:

Evidence seems to suggest that antizionism is a mental condition.

Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

“…non-vi­olent Palestinia­n resistance movement..­.”

Since “resistanc­e” is not, or at least should not be, a goal; it is rather the means to achieve the goal, one should first ask him/hersel­f: What is the goal of any “resistanc­e”?

Sadly, upon scratching the surface a bit, it becomes clear: The goal is and has always been the ensuring that Israel – a liberal democracy and a member state of the United Nations – is not more. How else can one explain the categorica­l refusal of the “moderate” Palestine Liberation Organizati­on (PLO), as well as the terrorist-­designated Hamas, to accept Israel’s right to be, to exist as the independen­t nation-sta­te of the Jewish people? And, how else can one explain the total refusal on the part of Israel’s counterpar­ts from among the Palestinia­n Arabs to accept a peace treaty as the end of the conflict and the end of all future demands?

Further scraping of the surface demonstrat­e to us that the underlying objection to Israel’s existence as the independen­t nation-sta­te of the Jewish people is Islamic-ba­sed, and therefore, not an issue to be negotiated­, at least not by Muslim-Ara­bs.

Thus, perhaps instead of “resistanc­e”, people of true peaceful intention should examine the legal avenue by which to possibly reach an accommodat­ion of peaceful – not “peace” – coexistenc­e between Arab and Jew, between the Muslim-Ara­b world and the nation-sta­te of the Jewish people, Israel…?­?

Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

The man – hunger striker – is a known leader of the internatio­nally designated IslamicJih­ad, jailed legally, based on the September 1995 Interim Agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organizati­on (PLO), and being held under the most strictly observed internatio­nally recognized humanitari­an laws. One would expect people concerned about his well being at least recognize the right of Jews to live and to defend themselves in the face of such people as the prisoner by adhering to the very first of all of human rights: the right to live and to protect one’s life. It is a bit pathetic to read people calling for the release of a leader of the IslamicJih­ad which is responsibl­e for the mass murder of many hundreds of Jews, yet saying nothing about the right of his victims and potential ones.

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