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Where did the PA’s money go? by Barry Rubin

Where did the PA’s money go? by Barry Rubin | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

PA leaders have received more aid money per person than anyone else in history and yet the results have been remarkably unimpressive. The leaders have looted the money and used it as political pay-offs to buy patronage. By patronage I mean paying off the proportionately huge security forces that guard the PA and provide jobs for its supporters and benefits for political supporters.

 

• Where did the PA’s money go? by Barry Rubin http://t.co/g66Qwncs

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No Peace Until Palestinians Stop Glorification of Terror by Arsen Ostrovsky

No Peace Until Palestinians Stop Glorification of Terror by Arsen Ostrovsky | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

This Thursday, Israel released the bodies of 91 Palestinian terrorists to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a 'goodwill gesture' to President Mahmoud Abbas. However, Abbas' decision to honor these murderers shows that Palestinian glorification of terror remains the key obstacle to peace with Israel.

 

• No Peace Until Palestinians Stop Glorification of Terror by Arsen Ostrovsky http://t.co/ox5slCN1

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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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Count Palestine Refugees? by Daniel Pipes

Count Palestine Refugees? by Daniel Pipes | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The fetid, dark heart of the Arab war on Israel, I have long argued, lies not in disputes over Jerusalem, checkpoints, or "settlements." Rather, it concerns the so-called Palestine refugees. Through all of Israel's 64-year existence, one American president after another has resolved to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, yet every one of them ignored the ugliest aspect of this confrontation – the purposeful exploitation of a refugee issue to challenge the very existence of the Jewish state. Bravo to Senator Kirk and his staff for the wisdom and courage to begin the effort to address unpleasant realities, initiating a change that finally goes to the heart of the conflict.

 

• Count Palestine Refugees? by Daniel Pipes http://t.co/KYCXOyJY

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Is the U.N. making the Palestinian ‘refugee’ problem worse? by Jennifer Rubin

The “right of return” might become a far more discrete problem, and UNRWA’s refugee-expanding operation (now humming along with a budget of about $600 million per year) might be cut down to proper size. Perhaps eliminating the “liaison” office in D.C. is a good place to start since lobbying isn’t allowed anyway.

 

• Is the U.N. making the Palestinian ‘refugee’ problem worse? by Jennifer Rubin http://t.co/ligzMYGK

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Status Update [on Palestinian refugees] by Jonathan Schanzer

Status Update [on Palestinian refugees] by Jonathan Schanzer | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

UNRWA's time to defend itself has unquestionably arrived. The Kirk amendment would require the secretary of state to report to Congress on how many Palestinians serviced by UNRWA are true refugees from wars past -- those who could prove that they were personally displaced. That number is believed to be closer to 30,000 people. This new tally would then become the focus of America's assistance to UNRWA for refugee issues.

 

• Status Update [on Palestinian refugees] by Jonathan Schanzer http://t.co/8oGbANBv

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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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Peacemaking mythologies from Taba to Olmert by Dore Gold

When carefully examined, Olmert's secret talks with Abbas should be seen as the latest proof that the fundamental gaps between the most maximal concession made by an Israeli prime minister did not meet the minimal requirements of Abbas for an agreement. This was not the first time that the myth of an impending Israeli-Palestinian breakthrough, that never happened, was widely promoted.

 

• Peacemaking mythologies from Taba to Olmert by Dore Gold http://bit.ly/KMJrms

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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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PA cartoons: Teach children to seek world without Israel by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

PA cartoons: Teach children to seek world without Israel by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

In the cartoon (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 31, 2012), a mother is showing her son a book with a map that includes all of Israel and the PA areas. The text in the book defines the map as "Palestine." The mother tells her son: "This is your bride... when you grow up you will know the dowry." The message of the PA daily is that parents either are educating their children or should be educating their children to see their obligation to replace all of Israel with a state of "Palestine." The dowry--the cost of liberating Palestine--is yet to be learned. Official PA daily cartoons regularly represent all of Israel as replaced by "Palestine." Another cartoon...

 

• PA cartoons: Teach children to seek world without Israel by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik http://t.co/Ovzka2jg

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Journal of Palestine Studies Compounds its Ben-Gurion Error by Gilead Ini and Dexter Van Zile

Journal of Palestine Studies Compounds its Ben-Gurion Error by Gilead Ini and Dexter Van Zile | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

In November 2011, CAMERA informed editors at the Journal of Palestine Studies (JPS) of a falsified quote, attributed to Zionist leader David Ben-Gurion, that was published in its pages. After investigating the matter, the journal went through the motions of clearing the record. Unfortunately its correction, while acknowledging that mistakes were made, introduced additional, serious inaccuracies that severely misinform readers.

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The eternal liberation movement by Caroline Glick

The eternal liberation movement by Caroline Glick | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Today, the Jewish people begin their week-long celebration of Passover, the Jewish festival of freedom. This evening we will read in the Haggada that our fight for freedom is an eternal struggle. When we assess the global nature of the current assault on Jewish freedom and sovereignty in our country, we see the truth of that message. While our present circumstances give us much to celebrate, the work of Jewish liberation is far from over.

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Is Palestine A State? by Elliott Abrams

Is Palestine a state? The International Criminal Court answered this question this week, and said no. The PLO is reaping what its diplomacy sowed in 2011.

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Palestine: It'll cost you by Adam Levick

Palestine: It'll cost you by Adam Levick | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

There is every reason to believe that the new state of Palestine would be an economic basket case, at the very least, and dependent for years to come on foreign largess.

 

• Palestine: It'll cost you by Adam Levick http://t.co/Y7R4U3DJ

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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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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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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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The peace camp charade by Manfred Gerstenfeld

The peace camp charade by Manfred Gerstenfeld | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Many peace campers claim that they have deep respect for human life. In the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, this is often only true on the surface. When one scratches a bit below that, one realizes that many of them look away from intended genocides and other crimes in the Muslim world.

 

• The peace camp charade by Manfred Gerstenfeld http://bit.ly/KyHfrQ

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Nakba, a self-inflicted catastrophe by Moshe Arens

The Arabs intended to destroy the Jewish community in Palestine, were confident that they were going to win, but in the end lost the war. That is the origin of the Palestinian catastrophe, a catastrophe the Arabs brought upon themselves.

 

• Nakba, a self-inflicted catastrophe by Moshe Arens http://bit.ly/MFfkgm

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The Real Palestinian Refugee Problem by Clifford D. May

The Real Palestinian Refugee Problem by Clifford D. May | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

UNRWA’s plan is to continue expanding — rather than shrinking — the Palestinian refugee population ad infinitum. According to UNHCR projections, by 2030 UNRWA’s refugee list will reach 8.5 million. By 2060 there will be 25 times the number registered by UNRWA in 1950 — even though not one of those who actually left Israel is likely to still be breathing. But, of course, that’s the goal: The descendants of those displaced more than 60 years ago — when the first offer of what we’ve come to call a “two-state solution” was rejected — are being used as pawns to prevent a two-state solution now or in the future. UNRWA is helping the extremists to prevent peace and continue to wage a war of annihilation against Israel.

 

• The Real Palestinian Refugee Problem by Clifford D. May http://bit.ly/JGquiH

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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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Kramer on FB: European blood libel, 21st-century version

Kramer on FB: European blood libel, 21st-century version | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

 The blood libel: “Around 40% of respondents [in a Europe-wide poll] affirm the drastic assessment that Israel is conducting a ‘war of extermination against the Palestinians.’ In Poland, the number is 63%. The number is 49% in Portugal, 48% in Germany, 42% in Britain, 41% in Hungary, 39% in Holland and 38% in Italy” (http://bit.ly/IXBNEM). Reality above, from a Stanford demography study (http://bit.ly/HS3Die).

 

• Kramer on FB: European blood libel, 21st-century version http://on.fb.me/Il5s7d

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Kramer on FB: Have a nice flight

Kramer on FB: Have a nice flight | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Some pro-Palestinian ‘activists’ may make it onto flights to Ben-Gurion Airport for tomorrow’s ‘flytilla.’ (Many of them won’t, since Israel provided foreign airlines with lists of persons who will be denied entry, and the airlines have been canceling their reservations in compliance.) Those who do get through will be sent right back, but not before being handed this letter. Have a nice flight.

 

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Two states, ‘secure borders’ and the tooth fairy by Martin Sherman

Two states, ‘secure borders’ and the tooth fairy by Martin Sherman | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Is it just me or are “secure-border-two-staters” seriously advancing a policy that is either unattainable politically or unachievable geographically? And if so, why? Are they being mindfully insincere or mindless inconsistent?

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Tom Friedman’s Clueless Middle East Twofer by Jonathan S. Tobin

The problem from the Palestinian point of view with Tom Friedman’s advice to throw rocks wrapped in maps showing possible territorial swaps is that to do so means recognizing the legitimacy of a Jewish state. And that is something no Palestinian leader has ever had the courage to do no matter where Israel’s borders would be drawn or how many settlements would be uprooted.

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