Soccer Dad's Middle East Media Sampler
Here's Soccer Dad's Middle East Media Sampler for Thursday, December 13.
It depends on what the meaning of the word "peace" is
Mr. Netanyahu’s punitive, shortsighted moves threaten to crush the
Palestinian Authority, and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, who has
recognized Israel’s right to exist and represents the only credible
From Mr. Netanyahu’s Strategic Mistake - New York Times - December 3, 2012
Palestinian Media Watch reports:
The official Palestinian Authority daily published a picture of the
official logo chosen by Fatah for celebrations marking the movement's
48th anniversary. The logo features various symbols, including a map of
"Palestine" that includes all of Israel, the number 48, the Palestinian
flag, and the slogan for the 48th anniversary: "The state and the
Fatah is the party headed by Mahmoud Abbas.
But last week, when he returned to Gaza, Khaled Meshaal said:
"As long as Palestine is ours and Palestine is the land of Arabism and
Islam, we can never recognise the legitimacy of Israel's occupation of
it," he told supporters.
Despite this Abbas is claiming that Hamas accepts Israel's right to exist.
"There is no legitimacy for occupation. Hence, there is no legitimacy for Israel, however long time lasts."
Israel Matzav, Elder of Ziyon and Israelly Cool find his argument dubious.
Meanwhile in Radical and Moderate Palestinians: Who Is More Popular? Khaled Abu Toameh observes:
The Palestinian Authority's official TV station in the West Bank
broadcast Mashaal's speech live, as well as Hamas celebrations marking
the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Islamist movement.
The peace process, which started with the Oslo Accords in 1993, was
supposed to usher in a new era of peace, love and understanding between
Arabs and Israelis. The opposite has occurred. Even as the supposedly
hard line PM Netanyahu has expressed his support for a two state
solution, the supposedly moderate President Abbas presides over
political and popular cultures that discourages coexistence.
If anything, the widespread support for Hamas's position is a sign of
how much the Palestinians have been radicalized over the past few
A Palestinian leader who talks about a Palestinian state in the West
Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem is less popular than one who talks
about "liberating Haifa, Jaffa, Beersheba and Safed."
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