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The Harvard Conference on the One-State Solution in Israel/Palestine by David Weinfeld

The Harvard Conference on the One-State Solution in Israel/Palestine by David Weinfeld | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

It’s morally consistent to support the one-state solution, but only if you really support a “no-state” solution, that is, if you believe in a universal, one-world government, maybe divided into loose geographic units. And some, on the far left, claim that is their position. That’s the theory. The reality, however, is quite different. In fact, their position is best summarized this way: "Ethnic nationalism is bad, and all ethnic nation-states should cease to exist…um… (awkward pause)… starting with Israel." This “Israel-first” position (as in, the first to get axed), under the pretense of leftist internationalism, is frankly antisemitic, in effect if not in intent, as Larry Summers would have it.

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Goldberg Interview Can’t Disguise the Divide Between Obama and Israel by Jonathan S. Tobin

Obama is bluffing when he talks about being willing to hit Iran. His halfhearted attempt to force Iran to its knees via sanctions is failing, and the idea that waiting until the end of the year (when, Obama hopes, he will be safely re-elected and thus free from needing to worry about Jewish voters or donors) to see if it works is just hot air. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who will be in Washington to meet with Obama following his address to the AIPAC conference, knows this, and that will be focal point of their next confrontation.

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Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) calls on Harvard to cancel ‘one state’ conference, Boston Globe

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) calls on Harvard to cancel ‘one state’ conference, Boston Globe | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

“I want to condemn in the strongest possible terms Harvard’s sponsorship of a conference exploring a ‘one-state solution’ to the Israel-Palestinian conflict,” he said in a statement. “This is dangerous thinking that gives comfort to Israel’s enemies who view the ‘one-state solution’ as a euphemism for eliminating Israel as a Jewish state. Harvard may have a right to do this, but that doesn’t make it right to do it. The University should cancel this conference.”

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Deeply Wrong, But Not Anti-Semitic, Harvard Crimson editorial

Deeply Wrong, But Not Anti-Semitic, Harvard Crimson  editorial | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

While we too possess strong reservations about the content of the conference, we defend the right of students to hold this symposium, and Harvard’s right to sponsor it. We therefore wish to highlight Harvard Students for Israel’s nuanced and level-headed response to this conference, which balances a profound disapproval of its content with support for the right of all Harvard students to political expression. It is our sincere hope that HSI’s statement can serve as a model for a more civil campus discourse on Israel/Palestine in the years ahead.

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Can Israel Trust The United States When It Comes To Iran? by Yossi Klein Halevi

Can Israel Trust The United States When It Comes To Iran? by Yossi Klein Halevi | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

An Israeli decision not to strike this year will mean that it effectively ceded its self-defense—against a potentially existential threat—to America. When Obama tells Israel to give sanctions time, what he is really saying is: Trust me to stop Iran militarily when you no longer can. But an adminstration serious about stopping Iran to the point of military intervention would convey messages that raise Iran’s anxiety, not Israel’s. By insisting that Israel’s military threat isn’t credible – without at the same time explicitly stating that America’s military threat is—the administration reassures Iran that it has little to fear from military action. The Israelis can’t and the Americans won’t.

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Resigning to Iran by Robert Joseph

Resigning to Iran by Robert Joseph | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Despite many high-profile statements about not allowing Iran to have nuclear weapons, the administration appears to have adopted the message put out by Iran’s leaders, that the cost of a military strike would be prohibitively high. While the administration will seek to impose additional sanctions, it now seems willing to live with the failure of its policy and rely on the belief that a nuclear-armed Iran can be deterred and contained. It is this core belief that defines the difference between U.S. and Israeli perspectives and policies. For Israel, a nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat; Israel cannot exist in such a world. Our president seems already resigned to it.

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Israel’s Last Chance to Strike Iran by Amos Yadlin

After the Osirak attack and the destruction of the Syrian reactor in 2007, the Iraqi and Syrian nuclear programs were never fully resumed. This could be the outcome in Iran, too, if military action is followed by tough sanctions, stricter international inspections and an embargo on the sale of nuclear components to Tehran. Iran, like Iraq and Syria before it, will have to recognize that the precedent for military action has been set, and can be repeated.

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Obama Must Act Promptly to Prevent a Nuclear Iran by Mort Zuckerman

Virtually every expert on the Middle East believes that Iran will use a nuclear weapon if it is able to gain one. When historians review this period, they will compare the performance of our leadership to that of either British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who failed to confront Hitler, or his successor Winston Churchill, who saved the West when he had the courage to stand up to the fanaticism of the Nazi regime.

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Reminder to Harvard Kennedy School: Speech by Sen. John F. Kennedy to Zionists of America Convention, 1960

Reminder to Harvard Kennedy School: Speech by Sen. John F. Kennedy to Zionists of America Convention, 1960 | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

"Israel was not created in order to disappear—Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom; and no area of the world has ever had an overabundance of democracy and freedom.

 

"It is worth remembering, too, that Israel is a cause that stands beyond the ordinary changes and chances of American public life. In our pluralistic society, it has not been a Jewish cause--any more than Irish independence was solely the concern of Americans of Irish descent. The ideals of Zionism have, in the last half century, been repeatedly endorsed by Presidents and Members of Congress from both parties. Friendship for Israel is not a partisan matter. It is a national commitment."

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Laundering anti-Semitism at Harvard by Dan Diker

Laundering anti-Semitism at Harvard by Dan Diker | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The implications of the “One-State Conference: Israel/Palestine and the One- State Solution” at Harvard are far reaching. Conference organizers have already won a victory by holding the symposium at the university without suffering a formal university disavowal. Despite its limited protestations, Harvard’s sanction of this event provides the moral and academic underpinnings for the so-called “One-State Solution” conference to be held as mainstream academic event at universities worldwide. This would be a colossal failure of moral conduct and responsibility.

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Sex, Marxism and Fraud [re: Marc H. Ellis] by Steven Plaut

Sex, Marxism and Fraud [re: Marc H. Ellis] by Steven Plaut | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

It would be preferable if Baylor fired Ellis for being a fraud, a pseudo-academic, an imposter with no knowledge of “Jewish Studies,” someone unqualified to serve as a professor of anything. But the United States got rid of Al Capone by convicting him of income tax evasion. So I suppose Baylor could do worse than firing Marc H. Ellis because of sexual misconduct.

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There Be Dragons by Thomas L. Friedman

There Be Dragons by Thomas L. Friedman | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

After the onset of the Arab awakenings, it was reasonable to be, at worst, agnostic and, at best, hopeful about the prospect of these countries making the difficult transition from autocracy to democracy. But recently, looking honestly at the region, one has to conclude that the prospects for stable transitions to democracy anytime soon are dimming. It is too early to give up hope, but it is not too early to start worrying.

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What Rules Should Harvard Have? by Alan M. Dershowitz

What Rules Should Harvard Have? by Alan M. Dershowitz | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

When confronted with choices about what kind of events can take place on campus, there are various approaches a university could take. One is called “the taxi cab rule.” Taxis must pick up all potential customers and generally do not refuse service to anyone. A university could adopt such an approach, but if it did, it would have to make its facilities available to the Ku Klux Klan, to the Westboro Baptist Church, and to other racist, sexist, and homophobic groups.

 

By funding this one-sidedly offensive conference, Harvard has essentially committed itself to the taxi cab approach. I hope it will maintain that commitment when other students sponsor equally controversial events.

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The "Apartheid State" That Minorities Keep Struggling To Get Into by Ramzi Abu Hadid

Why has it become the dream of many Arab Christians and Muslims to emigrate to the "Apartheid State"? Is it possible that all these people are uninformed? Or do they really know the truth about Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East? In Egypt, Syria, and Iran, for example, government officials put journalists in jail, but Israel is the only country in the region where one small journalist nobody has ever heard of can put a government official in jail.

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The Deceits of Seymour Hersh by James Kirchick

The Deceits of Seymour Hersh by James Kirchick | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Hersh’s enablers and fans don’t care if he repeatedly gets things wrong in his journalism, or makes outlandish allegations in public forums, as long as he continues to provide fodder for the narrative of America as a rapacious and blundering imperial power.

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For minorities [in the Arab world], now is the time to report by Michael Young

It is unfortunate that among those most anxiously observing the uprising in Syria (and not only Syria) have been members of the Middle East’s religious and ethnic minorities. To assume that an iron curtain of Sunni Islamism will necessarily descend on us all is to underestimate the influence of those, secular Sunnis and Islamist Shiites included, who reject such an outcome.

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Harvard conference draws fire, Boston Globe

An upcoming conference at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government on the “one-state solution’’ to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is drawing ire from organizations who believe it promotes the elimination of Israel.

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Obama to Iran and Israel: "As President of the United States, I Don't Bluff," interview by Jeffrey Goldberg

In the most extensive interview he has given about the looming Iran crisis, Obama told me earlier this week that both Iran and Israel should take seriously the possibility of American action against Iran's nuclear facilities. "I think that the Israeli government recognizes that, as president of the United States, I don't bluff." He went on, "I also don't, as a matter of sound policy, go around advertising exactly what our intentions are. But I think both the Iranian and the Israeli governments recognize that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say."

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Andrew Sullivan Goes Over the Line in a Delusional Blog Post by Ron Radosh

Andrew Sullivan Goes Over the Line in a Delusional Blog Post by Ron Radosh | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Sullivan’s presence at both Newsweek and the Daily Beast, I would think, are becoming somewhat of an embarrassment to its other editors and staff, at least I would hope so.

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Move over, Egypt, Iraq and Syria: Iran, Israel and Turkey are now driving change in the Mideast by Aaron David Miller

Move over, Egypt, Iraq and Syria: Iran, Israel and Turkey are now driving change in the Mideast by Aaron David Miller | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

For the better part of the last century, three Arab states — Egypt , Iraq and Syria — dominated Middle East politics in matters of war and peacemaking and shaped the region's relations with the great powers. Not anymore. It's the new world of the non-Arabs — Iran, Israel and Turkey — that will now increasingly shape that stage for both good and ill. No matter how long it lasts, the eclipse of the Arabs will carry important consequences for the Middle East and the United States' interests there.

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Total Collapse [US policy on Syria] by Lee Smith

Total Collapse [US policy on Syria] by Lee Smith | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

After a year in which Assad has made war on his own country, the Obama administration still believes he is capable of the reform that would lead to a peaceful political transition and a dialogue with those he’s raped, tortured, and murdered. The administration’s Syria policy represents a total collapse of the declared U.S. position that Assad has lost legitimacy and should leave power.

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Israel and Azerbaijan: The Odd Couple by Walter Russell Mead

Israel and Azerbaijan: The Odd Couple by Walter Russell Mead | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

As tensions mount over the possibility of Iran imminently acquiring a nuclear capability, Israel needs all the allies it can get. Including, it seems, Azerbaijan.

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Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren on the Harvard 'One State Conference'

Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren on the Harvard 'One State Conference' | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

I am deeply disturbed by the willingness of Harvard University to host a conference on the so-called one state solution. The event calls for the dissolution of the State of Israel. The speakers have, in the past, denied the Jewish people’s right to self-determination and compared Israel’s policies to those of Nazi Germany, both of which are defined as anti-Semitism by the U.S. State Department. This is not academic discourse, but pure and simple hatred, and Harvard should have no part in it.

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Taking Out Dictators by Victor Davis Hanson

Taking Out Dictators by Victor Davis Hanson | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

In the past 40 years, the United States has intervened to go after autocrats in Afghanistan, Grenada, Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Panama, Somalia, and Serbia. We have attacked by air, by land, and by a combination of both. In the post-Vietnam, post–Cold War era, are there any rules to guide us about any action envisioned against Syria or Iran — patterns known equally to our enemies?

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The Road from Damascus by Lee Smith

The Road from Damascus by Lee Smith | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Hamas finally comes out against the Assad regime, its longtime patron, striking a major blow against Iran’s bid for Shia regional dominance. But rather than seeing Hamas’ defection as a reflection of the Sunni-Shia conflict, the White House will read Hamas’ distancing from Iran as a sign of moderation—and it will work tirelessly to nurture Hamas as a peace partner. If Obama wins again in November, this will be a pillar of the White House’s Middle East policy.

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