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Patrick Seale in Israel | Martin Kramer on the Middle East

Patrick Seale in Israel | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it
Patrick Seale, who traded on his access to Hafez Asad, has died. He made exactly one public appearance in Israel.
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The journalist and author Patrick Seale, who traded on his access to Hafez Asad, has died at age 83. I had a couple of encounters with him—one, adversarial, the other cooperative. The first was in Chicago, the second in Tel Aviv, where I found myself involved in his one and only public lecture in Israel. 

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The Westernization of Muslim demographics by Yoram Ettinger

Anyone suggesting that Jews are doomed to become a minority west of the Jordan River, that there is a demographic machete at the throat of the Jewish state and that the Jewish state must concede Jewish geography in order to secure Jewish demography, is either grossly mistaken or outrageously misleading!

 

• The Westernization of Muslim demographics by Yoram Ettinger http://t.co/vGqvUoNl

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Going Directly To The Wastebasket: Another Plan For The “Peace Process” by Elliott Abrams

Some “peace processors” never give up. In The New York Times today, four of them try an old and very bad idea: forget about negotiations, and substitute the views of some un-elected elderly “statesmen” and of the UN Security Council.

 

• Going Directly To The Wastebasket: Another Plan For The “Peace Process” by Elliott Abrams http://t.co/BJXjRm0a

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@AmbassadorOren on Why He Joined Twitter by Marc Tracy

@AmbassadorOren on Why He Joined Twitter by Marc Tracy | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

"Being a person who writes 800-page books to one who writes 140-character tweets, it’s like going from the Iliad to a fortune cookie."

 

• @AmbassadorOren on Why He Joined Twitter by Marc Tracy http://t.co/enJ4fkX9

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Peace Was Not At Hand by Elliott Abrams

Olmert may have believed he was on the verge of peace and “in the very last final stretch,” but there is no evidence for this claim—and all the available evidence suggests that at Camp David the problem was a Palestinian leader who was unwilling to say yes and sign. We are today where we were in 2008 after the Annapolis meeting, or in 2000 after Camp David: The most any Israeli government can offer is less than the least any Palestinian leader is willing to take. That is why the statements of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta last fall, telling Israelis and Palestinians to “just get to the damn table,” were so foolish. The gap that separates them remains a chasm, and bridging it is helped neither by demands for new negotiations that cannot today succeed, nor by fanciful accounts of past sessions.

 

• Peace Was Not At Hand by Elliott Abrams http://t.co/kBLXg3cx

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Sleepless in Jerusalem [over Egypt] by Oren Kessler

Sleepless in Jerusalem [over Egypt] by Oren Kessler | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

For many in Israel, the view across the border could hardly be bleaker. "It's hard to know whether we should talk about Egypt-Israel relations or the absence thereof," said former ambassador Mazel. "Whomever is elected president, the feeling is whatever comes next won't be good."

 

• Sleepless in Jerusalem [over Egypt] by Oren Kessler http://t.co/QqBPJAZa

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The world’s silliest spy network by Burak Bekdil

Driving through Central Anatolia last month I smiled at a huge banner in the heart of a town, which read: “Inform the police when you see strangers and suspicious persons – on the police hotline 155.” An updated version of this clever neighborhood watch policy could read: “Inform the police when you spot Israeli spies disguised as pink elephants and dragons – with stamps that read ‘Israeli spy.’”

 

• The world’s silliest spy network by Burak Bekdil http://bit.ly/JdDrgu

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Tel Aviv = Titanic or Pompeii or Sodom? by Gal Beckerman

How many clichés is it possible to stuff into one soft feature about Tel Aviv? That was my thought as I was watching Bob Simon’s 60 Minutes segment on the city, which included, in the first three minutes, these good, old chestnuts: “dancing on the Titanic,” “the last days of Pompeii,” and “later-day Sodom.”

 

 

• Tel Aviv = Titanic or Pompeii or Sodom? by Gal Beckerman http://bit.ly/JSLtzn

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Let us embrace our friends by Caroline Glick

Let us embrace our friends by Caroline Glick | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The truth is that if Israel applied its laws to Judea and Samaria tomorrow and all the Palestinians in those areas received Israeli citizenship, Israel would still retain a two-thirds Jewish majority. Moreover, all the demographic trends for Israel, including increasing birthrates and positive immigration rates, are positive. And all the demographic trends for the Palestinians, including decreasing birthrates and negative immigration rates, are negative. According to Israeli demographic researcher Yoram Ettinger, by 2030, Jewish will likely comprise 80% of the population of Israel, Judea and Samaria.

 

• Let us embrace our friends by Caroline Glick http://bit.ly/J35YFs

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Kramer on FB: Tell the truth to donors

This appeal for funding of the humanities at Israeli universities isn’t misplaced. More money for libraries and languages would be well spent. But Ben-Gurion U. dean David Newman insults the very people to whom he’s appealing. Painting donors as ill-informed is condescending; denying the radical politicization of parts of the humanities is disingenuous. Tell the truth, propose solutions, or remain part of the problem.

 

• Kramer on FB: Tell the truth to donors http://on.fb.me/JtsWev

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Israel’s gay pride by Giulio Meotti

One would be hard-pressed to find a country that oppresses its gays and treats its Jews well, or vice versa. From Nazi Germany to the Middle East, societies that persecute Jews will get to homosexuals eventually. Gays are the clearest proof possible that Israel is the only free oasis in the desert of fear.

 

• Israel’s gay pride by Giulio Meotti http://bit.ly/IUSGMh

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Israel’s Reluctant Friend [Azerbaijan] by Kevjn Lim

Israel’s Reluctant Friend [Azerbaijan] by Kevjn Lim | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Talk of allowing its airstrips to be used in a military strike against Iran thrust Azerbaijan into the spotlight. It doesn’t want to be there.

 

• Israel’s Reluctant Friend [Azerbaijan] by Kevjn Lim http://bit.ly/IPWHjH

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Professor Netanyahu's lessons by Caroline Glick

Professor Netanyahu's lessons by Caroline Glick | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Benzion Netanyahu argued that the tragedy of Zionism is that the leaders who took over after Herzl's death - first and foremost Ahad Ha'am and Chaim Weizmann - lacked the courage to demand the rights of their nation, preferring to be loved than respected.

 

• Professor Netanyahu's lessons by Caroline Glick http://bit.ly/KMKjr2

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Secret Cooperation: Israel Deploys Nuclear Weapons on German-Built Submarines, Spiegel Online

Secret Cooperation: Israel Deploys Nuclear Weapons on German-Built Submarines, Spiegel Online | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Israel is equipping submarines that were built in the northern German city of Kiel and largely paid for by the German government with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. The missiles can be launched using a previously secret hydraulic ejection system. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak told SPIEGEL that Germans should be "proud" that they have secured the existence of the state of Israel "for many years."

 

• Secret Cooperation: Israel Deploys Nuclear Weapons on German-Built Submarines, Spiegel Online http://t.co/HjuPf8gx

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We Are All Persian Grammarians Now by Sohrab Ahmari and James Kirchick

There is something deeply pernicious about the attempt to whitewash the grossly anti-Semitic ideology of Iran’s leadership—as if nitpicking over repeated mistranslations of one statement could exonerate Iran when nearly two dozen other choice utterances refer to Israel in eliminationist terms. Reasonable people can disagree about what should be done with respect to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, but not about the overt hostility embedded in the Iranian leadership’s rhetoric on Israel.

 

• We Are All Persian Grammarians Now by Sohrab Ahmari and James Kirchick http://t.co/hvyBcQqD

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A Gross Manipulation by CAMERA

A Gross Manipulation by CAMERA | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Aeyal Gross -- a jurist, researcher, professor-- apparently did not even bother to read the B'Tselem list. Or, worse, maybe he did read it, but simply chose to manipulate so as to accommodate his tenuous thesis. It takes a dose of stupidity, laziness or maliciousness to use this list as a basis for the statement that "since 2000 Israeli civilians have killed 50 Palestinians in the territories," without further explanation or elaboration. Thanks to Gross, Ha'aretz readers get additional "proof" of Israeli/settler violence, without a clue in the world that he pulled one over them.

 

• A Gross Manipulation by CAMERA http://t.co/bfLoed2b

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Citizen Klein and the East Jerusalem Citizenship Stats by CAMERA

More than three-quarters of those Jerusalem Arabs who applied for citizenship received it. Too bad the political science professor didn't/couldn't do the math.

 

• Citizen Klein and the East Jerusalem Citizenship Stats by CAMERA http://t.co/KAwwxrG5

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Israel is a nation of survivors by Robert Fulford

Israel is a nation of survivors by Robert Fulford | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

A nation of survivors and the descendants of survivors, Israel has now survived for 64 difficult years. By this point it would seem to have staked a reasonable claim on the affections of all nations that share its beliefs in honest elections, independent judges and freedom of speech and commerce. But in the community of democratic states Israel is more often regarded with suspicion. Unwarranted hostility is one of the forces it routinely faces while pursuing survival.

 

• Israel is a nation of survivors by Robert Fulford http://t.co/ewBtLcWV

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A professor [David Shulman] holds forth on Israeli paranoia by Petra Marquardt-Bigman

It’s really a pity that the readers of Shulman’s piece in the NYRB will not know that this fierce critic of Israel reacts with amusement – and even seems enchanted – when he meets Muslim village boys who “are into theology” and are absolutely certain that non-Muslims deserve to burn in hell. Outside the Ivory Tower, many understand that millions of Muslim youngsters are brought up with this certainty, and that this has grim implications for minorities in the Muslim world and the well-documented endemic Muslim hostility towards Jews.

 

• A professor [David Shulman] holds forth on Israeli paranoia by Petra Marquardt-Bigman http://bit.ly/KOaVHa

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The peace process battered Israel's reputation by Jeff Jacoby

The peace process battered Israel's reputation by Jeff Jacoby | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The 19-year disaster of the peace process -- that is what happened to Israel's reputation. How can the Jewish state get its good name back? Step 1 is to jettison the policy that has caused it such harm.

 

• The peace process battered Israel's reputation by Jeff Jacoby http://bit.ly/Kz5t5n

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Our hope (for what?) is not yet lost by Daniel Gordis

Our hope (for what?) is not yet lost by Daniel Gordis | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

There is a purpose to the State of Israel, too, and it is utterly different from America’s. Israel obviously does not object to life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness, but that is not its purpose. Its reason for being is the restoration of political freedom to the Jews, and the revitalization of the Jewish People that that freedom has wrought. In that, Israel has also been an extraordinary success. The challenge for us is to honor Israel’s citizens who are not Jews and who are loyal citizens without pretending that Israel is just a Hebrew-speaking America.

 

• Our hope (for what?) is not yet lost by Daniel Gordis http://bit.ly/K1a4Sn

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On politicization in [Israeli] academia by Yaakov Ahimeir

On politicization in [Israeli] academia by Yaakov Ahimeir | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

In the literature department at Tel Aviv University, according to the most up-to-date student course catalog, there is not a single class dedicated to the works of Bialik, or other celebrated Israeli writers like Natan Alterman or Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Shai Agnon). Instead of teaching Bialik, a course called "the female author as a high-class prostitute, literature as a pimp" is offered.

 

• On politicization in [Israeli] academia by Yaakov Ahimeir http://bit.ly/JjjAvw

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A different history of displacement and loss by Matti Friedman

A different history of displacement and loss by Matti Friedman | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Of the 20 families in my fairly average Jerusalem apartment building, half are in Israel because of the Arab expulsion of Jews, and that is representative of Israel as a whole. According to the Israeli demographer Sergio dellaPergola of Hebrew University, though intermarriage over two or three generations has muddled the statistics, roughly half of the 6 million Jews in Israel today came from the Muslim world or are descended from people who did.

 

• A different history of displacement and loss by Matti Friedman http://bit.ly/L393W6

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Israel must draft Haredim, Arabs into IDF by Moshe Arens

All of Israel's citizens are equal. So why is the uproar over exemptions from military service focused only on ultra-Orthodox Jews? An even larger number of Moslem and Christian Arab citizens do not participate in the defense of the country as do most Jewish and all Druze citizens. It is sometimes suggested that you cannot expect Israel's Arab citizens to participate in the defense of this country against its Arab enemies. Can you expect Arabs to fight Arabs? it is asked. As if Arabs were not fighting Arabs all over the Middle East.

 

• Israel must draft Haredim, Arabs into IDF by Moshe Arens http://bit.ly/KjAzQ5

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Israel's New Kind of Coalition by Yossi Klein Halevi

Israel's New Kind of Coalition by Yossi Klein Halevi | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

In forming a vast new coalition government earlier this week -- which now includes the centrist party, Kadima, in addition to right-wing factions -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has one overriding purpose: to strengthen his hand on Iran. He now has uncontested political legitimacy with which to pressure the United States against protracted negotiations with Iran and to continue threatening a preemptive attack of his own.

 

• Israel's New Kind of Coalition by Yossi Klein Halevi http://fam.ag/KRvdAN

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