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Abbas Spells Out Views On Peace With Israel

The new Israel government has been presented with a road map to peace by President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority. On a visit to Baghdad, he spelled out exactly what he requires from an Israel government. It would have “to accept the creation of a Palestinian states, stop construction in West Bank Israel settlements, and remove army roadblocks crippling life in the West Bank so that we can resume dialogue in order to reach a political settlement.” The statement merely reflects positions he has been stating for over a year, but unfortunately, his words have yet to register on the minds of several Israeli leaders.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that within days his administration would spell out their ideas concerning peace with the Palestinian Authority. However, on one hand, his foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has made clear he is not bound by past agreements and has no enthusiasm for a Palestinian state while Defense Minister Ehud Barak says the government is bound by past agreements and must work toward a Palestinian state.

We hope all readers are now clear as to the policy of the current Israel government.

US Pro-Israel Lobby Blasts Avigdor Lieberman

The people of Israel may have decided to retreat into the bunker of denial and ignorance, but American Jews increasingly are concerned that world opinion will swing to the side of Palestinians unless Israeli leaders get a dose of reality. J Street, a pro-Israel lobby, has launched a campaign expressing the organization’s concern over the appointment of right wing demagogue Avigdor Lieberman to the key position of foreign minister. Lieberman immediately created a furor by saying his government is not bound by American backed understandings on the issue of the Palestinian state. The J Street website said the organization is “deeply concerned about Avigdor Lieberman…and the key role he is playing as Foreign Minister in the new Israel government.”

J Street, like any concerned person who cares about the existence of Israel as a democratic society must be concerned over the emergence of a demagogue as foreign minister. President Obama wants a strong Israel, but he knows there must be a genuine peace in which Palestine is an independent nation. Unless, Lieberman is removed from his position, the state of Israel will find itself in a few years estranged even from the United States— and American Jews. It may feel comfortable and snug living in a bunker, but it is also isolating from the rest of the world.

Avigdor Lieberman-The Mouth That Roars Nonsense!

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was in office less than eight hours before he got around to undoing years of diplomatic efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East. He told former foreign minister Tzipi Livni she was wrong to say the Annapolis conference had no validity and the only document he would recognize was the 2003 “performance-based road map to a permanent two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” The road map first requires Palestinians to dismantle terrorist groups but also calls on Israel to cease housing construction on the West Bank. Lieberman made clear, “we will never agree to jump over all the clauses and go to the last one which is negotiations over a final agreement.”

We wonder if he will abide by the road map which calls for an end to building new housing on the West Bank. The right wing racist made clear “the two-state solution, however, is not one that is under review.” He speaks with the mouth of thunder and signifies nothing of worth.

European Union Disappointed In Israel Government

Even as future prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues to build his new coalition government, there is growing fury in Europe at his selection of right wing anti-Arab bigot, Avigdor Lieberman as his foreign minister. The world can only wonder what is in the mind of Netanyahu to select a man who wants to expel Israeli Arabs if they fail to pass a citizenship test of swearing loyalty. What exactly does Netanyaju believe will gain the support of European countries in his ill conceived policy toward Palestinians? EU External Relations Commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner made clear: “What we want to see is a foreign minister of Israel that accepts a two-state solution.” Of course, both Netanyahu and Lieberman oppose a two state solution and they oppose surrendering any of the West Bank.

German newspapers, which historically have supported Israel, were furious at the election of Netanyahu. The Center-left Suddeutsche Zeitung said: “Under Netanyau and is vassals from the right-wing and the ultra-Orthodox camps, there will be no new political departures, rather steps backward and newly whipped up enmities.” Just about every German newspaper from right to left wing denounced the appointment of Lieberman.

What exactly is going through the minds of Jews in Israel? I have always supported the right of Israel to exist and hoped Arab nations would accept that possibility. At this point, it is hard to conceive of any mass support for Israel. The Israelis have decided to enter a bunker, shut the door and block out the world in hope when they emerge, the world will accept all of their proposals. Dream on, you are living in fantasy.

Palestinian Hater Lieberman Determines Israel Government

The state of Israel has come a long way from its earlier days when liberal minded Labor leaders attempted to build a society which could live in peace with Palestinians. History will undoubtedly blame both the Labor party and inept corrupt Arab leaders like Arafat for creating the current mess in which a right wing fanatic who hates Palestinians and is demanding that a new Israel government destroy Hamas as a price for his fifteen pieces of delegates in the Knesset. Avigdor Lieberman is set to join the government of Benjamin Netanyahu but the price is a tough line toward Hamas and easing of rules about conversion and the issue of civil unions. He has threatened Netanyahu if his demands are not met he might hop over to the other side and join the Kadima group led by Tzipi Livni.

The mess that is now Israel has conservative orthodox groups opposing civil unions and not that enthusiastic about recognizing conversions to Judiasm fighting with a right wing nut like Lieberman who disagrees with their religious ideas but is a fanatic hater of Palestinians.

Is there anyway out of the chaos that has become Israel? Will Israel hasten its own destruction by voting for right wing fanatics who preach hate and violence?

Israel And Politics Of Right Wing Extremism

The people of Israel who long ago represented the forces of liberal socialism have turned to embrace the politics of right wing extremism. Avigdor Lieberman, a former night club owner and bouncer, surged to gain at least 15 seats in the Knesset and thus able to enjoy the power of determining the composition of the Israel cabinet. Tzipi Livini, leader of the middle right wing Kadima actually won the most seats for her Kadima party, but right wing conservative Bemjamin Netanyahu’s Likud only trailed her by one seat and he will be able to gain the support of the Lieberman’s of Israel in order to organize a government. Unfortunately, for whoever assumes leadership of Israel, they will have to court the support of conservative religious parties which seek to impose religious conformity on the nation.

The Israel people allowed fear rather than rational thinking to guide their electoral decisions. They were just like Americans in 2004 who backed Bush in order to secure what they believed was “national security.” Israelis will be disappointed when there is no progress towards peace and violence continues.

Arab Israelis Stand Up For Rights

The surge of power by right wing Israeli political parties which has brought to prominence bigots like Advigdor Lieberman has frightened the Arab community of Israel. Dr. Ahmad Tibi, an Israeli Arab who serves in the Knesset was greeted by thousands at a recent rally which included many who wish to defy people like Lieberman who seek to deny the right of Arab citizens to cast their votes or to elect their candidates to parliament. Arab Israelis(most prefer to be called Palestinians) have been subjected to discrimination in education and at work and most live in a segregated world apart from Jewish citizens. Traditionally, the Arab vote has been small, but many are prepared in this election to show right wing Israelis that their votes are important.

It is time for Palestinians living in Israel to use the weapon of the vote in order to exert their power. African Americans and Hispanics in America use their voting power to dilute the power of bigots, it is a good example for any who are subject to prejudice and bigotry. Stand up and VOTE!

Israelis Embrace Hamas Tactics And Beliefs!!

Less than a decade ago, the Israel Peace Now movement was alive and supported by a large segment of the population, but recent events indicate a dramatic shift in attitude toward extremism and hatred of Palestinians. Years ago, there was a comic strip named Pogo in which a character(expressing a metaphor for supposed anti-Communist Senator Joseph McCarthy) “we have met the enemy and he is us.” Israel political leaders constantly decry the extreme hate attitudes of Hamas, but the only group that currently would understand the attitude and behavior of Israeli political leaders is Hamas. Avigdor Lieberman, the racist pseudo-Fascist Israeli politician, will probably secure about 16 seats in Parliament based on his program of non-stop hatred toward Palestinians, wherever they are. He even wants to institute “loyalty tests” for Israel Arabs.

Events over the past few years increasingly have moved many decent people in Israel into a defensive and hating stance toward Palestinians. What is one to make of support for Lieberman who in 2002 urged blanket bombing of Palestinian areas. “At 8:00 a.m. we’ll bomb all the commerce centers,… at noon we’ll bomb the gas stations…… at 2:00 p.m. we’ll bomb the banks while keeping the bridges open.” Tragically, many liberal Israelis are buying into this hate program, probably out of fatigue or being disheartened by events.

Nelson Mandela spent years in prison and emerged with love in his heart, not hate. Jewish leaders like Helen Sussman who recently died struggled for years to end apartheid, and never slipped into the mode of hate. Israel has become lost nation and one which will sell its soul for the pretense of “security.” The only security for Israel is peace. The Arab League has an offer on the table for peace and recognition of Israel. Grab it.

President Obama can not allow feelings for Israel to get in the way of working for peace. He must make clear to Benjamin Netanyahu who will most probably take over the Israel government that American policy can not support inclusion of Lieberman in a Cabinet.

McCain–Still Doesn’t Understand Afghanistan

Senator John McCain ran a political campaign that was characterized by ignorance beginning with his selection of the idiot from Alaska as his running mate. McCain is in Afghanistan and reported the situation will get worse before it gets better, ‘just like the surge in Iraq was.” He called for more troops as most important to win the war in Afghanistan. The senator is traveling with his good friends, Joe Lieberman and Lindsay Graham, a trio that does not have a clue as to what is needed in Afghanistan. During the campaign, Senator McCain on several occasions got confused and thought Iraq bordered on Afghanistan. He apparently still does not understand Afghanistan is geographically larger than Iraq, more mountainous, and split into tribes and clans in ways unknown to Iraq. The Taliban is respected in many parts of Afghanistan and has close working relations with Pakistan secret intelligence.

There is no connection in terms of strategy between Afghanistan and Iraq. There are currently 62,000 US and NATO forces attempting to cover an area larger than Texas– but with mountains. Senator McCain still doesn’t understand there is no such thing in sight as “victory” because no one even knows what that entails. The best at this point is a political, and economic focus which, most probably, would result in restructuring Afghanistan into smaller units centered around tribes.

Israel Democracy In Action!

The nation of Israel remains one of the few in the Middle East which retains a vital and boisterous democratic process of politics. Avigdor Lieberman ripped into Arab members of the Knesset by calling them names and claiming they were dangerous to his nation’s survival. MK Muhammad Barakei had told the Isreal leader he had a “racist HIV” and should not be part of the government. Lieberman described Arab members of Parliament as working with Hamas and Hizbullah leaders to “destroy Israel as a Jewish and Zionist state.” As Arab MK Taleb A-Sanaa responded to Lieberman’s decision to leave the coalition government, “good riddance,” because Lieberman is destroying efforts to achieve peace.

Israel leader all too often refuse to emphasize in public stateements their nation has freely elected Arab Muslim members of Parliament. In reality, Israel offers Arabs more opportunity to elect people to government than in nations like Saudi Arabia. It is important for the Olmert government to reach out to Arab members of the Knesset and get them actively involved in peace efforts. They represent the success of Israel democracy, not its weakness. Their presence proves Israel is not a Jewish state, it is a nation that encompasses people of diverse religions.