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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Evening link dump

Here are some links sitting open on my computer for a day or more that I will apparently not have a chance to write up:

'Gaza is a vital organ torn from the State of Israel' - A very different perspective on what the IDF is doing in Gaza and why (in the author's estimation) it has no chance of succeeding.

Europe reimports Jew-hatred - The 'Arab Street' comes to Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Copenhagen and Oslo. Interesting quote to file away:
A 2006 study in the Journal of Conflict Resolution based on the survey in 10 European countries suggests otherwise. Yale University's Edward H. Kaplan and Charles A. Small found "that anti-Israel sentiment consistently predicts the probability that an individual is anti-Semitic, with the likelihood of measured anti-Semitism increasing with the extent of anti-Israel sentiment observed."
The quote often attributed (mistakenly) to Martin Luther King about anti-Zionism equating with anti-Semitism is proven correct even if King never said it exactly.

Decisions, decisions - To be a 'martyr' or to be a movie director. For most kids that decision would be easy. Not for a girl at Hezbullah High in Beirut, Lebanon whose uncle was claimed to be Hezbullah's first suicide bomber.

Back to the grindstone.


At 7:27 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I agree with Moshe Feiglin. What exactly is Israel fighting for? This is the first war in Israel's history without a clear goal. What does the Israeli leadership want to achieve? If one believes Gaza is part of the Land Of Israel as Moshe does and I do - the answer is clear. It is not clear to Israel's present leadership. If Israel will not liberate Gaza from Hamas - better to bomb it. It will not look pretty on the TV screens in the Western World but its better than having Israeli soldiers killed in a nebulous campaign Israel's leaders do not want to win. If you believe in Jewish ideals, then you pursue to the end, with G-d's help, victory. All the rest is just commentary.


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