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Kramer on FB: Hamas unveils record-setting map of hate

In honor of so-called “Nakba Day” (May 15), Hamas has commissioned a giant map of Palestine, in a bid to enter the Guinness Book of Records. (Map photo: http://bit.ly/IRa6M8.) It’s a fantasy map, without the name of Israel, without Jewish cities, towns, villages, and kibbutzim, and full of places that no longer exist. In sum, it’s a monument of Israel-denial, setting yet another record for hate.

 

• Kramer on FB: Hamas unveils record-setting map of hate http://on.fb.me/JaUrXk

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Peter Berkowitz on Goldstone, the flotilla incident and more, interview by Jennifer Rubin

Peter Berkowitz, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and holder of a PhD in political science and a J.D. from Yale, is out with a new book, “Israel and the Struggle Over the International Laws of War.” The slim volume does not lack intellectual heft. It is must-reading for those interested in international law, Israel and multilateral international bodies. Peter agreed to answer a number of questions about the book. The depth and thoughtfulness of his answers are representative of his body of work, which ranges from political philosophy to Zionism.

 

• Peter Berkowitz on Goldstone, the flotilla incident and more, interview by Jennifer Rubin http://wapo.st/HEptbJ

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Lady Ashton’s Remarks by Elliott Abrams

Lady Ashton’s Remarks by Elliott Abrams | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Lady Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign minister, is supposed to solve diplomatic crises, not create them. But her remarks about the killings at a Jewish day school in Toulouse have created a storm. What she needs to do is say that in an off- hand remark she unfortunately left the impression that she believes there is any parallel whatsoever between the murder of Jewish children in Toulouse and the efforts of the government of Israel to protect its own children from rockets originating in Gaza. That she has failed to do this only confirms the view that she said what she meant, and meant what she said, in the first place.

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Iron Dome won't save Israel by Israel Harel

Missile defense technology, however impressive, is still defensive. The south will be saved by offense, not defense-- by preemptive strikes, not ex post facto interceptions. The rockets must be detroyed before they are launched. Only ground operations can achieve victory--and even then, only on condition they aren't stopped almost as soon as they begin, as Operation Cast Lead was in 2009.

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To the leftist who has no problem with rocket fire on Israel by Bradley Burston

To the leftist who has no problem with rocket fire on Israel by Bradley Burston | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

When a leftist notes that rockets have killed 'only 28' Israelis it may be time to ask, what it is, exactly, that's supposed to make a person a leftist?

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Israel Under Fire [from Gaza], IDF blog

Israel Under Fire [from Gaza], IDF blog | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

More than 130 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip, and struck major population centers in southern Israel in the last 35 hours. More than 500,000 Israelis are forced to stay in bomb shelters.

 

Terrorists are firing rockets into the cities of Ashdod, Be’ersheba, Yavne, Netivot and Ashkelon; as well as into the Eshkol and Shaár Ha’Negev regional councils. Iron Dome has intercepted 28 rockets.

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Hamas And The Arab Spring by Elliott Abrams

Hamas may face the worst possible combination of elements: it is not a government and does not govern a state, it faces a Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt that will have huge challenges meeting the needs of the Egyptian people, and it must at the same time cope with the almost impossible problems of ruling Gaza. Only 31 percent of Palestinians living in Gaza give their Hamas rulers a positive evaluation. That number is more likely to decline than to rise. Hamas is one of the losers from the Arab Spring.

 

• Hamas And The Arab Spring by Elliott Abrams http://on.cfr.org/KXZ8Gd

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Ashton cuts through the hypocrisy by Dan Margalit

Ashton cuts through the hypocrisy by Dan Margalit | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The IDF has never launched a unit or rocket specifically intended to hurt children. The Toulouse attack was the exact opposite. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s comparison of the Toulouse murder to the killing of children in Gaza reveals what she has been trying to hide all along: She isn’t neutral.

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Iron Dome changed the rocket-roulette stakes, but not the game by Moshe Arens

Hezbollah, along with its tens of thousands of rockets in Lebanon, poses an even bigger threat to Israel than the one from the south. Hezbollah's rockets have the range to cover all of Israel, and no "active defense" like Iron Dome can provide the necessary protection.

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The Opportunity in Gaza by Efraim Inbar and Max Singer

Israel has to respond to the attacks from Gaza with a large-scale military operation. If no such action is taken, the attacks against Israel will surely increase. By acting now in Gaza, Israel will also greatly reduce the missile retaliation it would face if and when it strikes Iran’s nuclear facilities. Political conditions seem appropriate as Hamas is divided, most of the Arab world is busy with pressing domestic issues, and the US is in the middle of an election campaign.

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Revisiting the Failed Gaza Experiment by Jonathan S. Tobin

By its withdrawal of every settlement, soldier and Jew from Gaza in 2005, Israel set the stage for the creation of a terrorist state there that has given an indifferent world a foretaste of what Palestinian independence looks like. With Hamas now planning on joining Fatah in the government of the West Bank, it takes little imagination to understand what a sovereign Palestinian state there would mean for Israel’s security. Rather than rockets flying over just the southern portion of the country, Hamas would acquire the ability to terrorize the whole of Israel.

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