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The Liberal/Leftist Case Against Israel: A Rebuttal

Ricochet member Trace Urdan has drawn my attention to an interesting piece that just appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education: a review, by Alan Wolfe, of several books critical of Israel. The review, entitled “Israel’s Moral Peril,” draws a distinction between liberal criticism — that which accepts Israel’s legitimacy and views a two-state solution […]

Unintended Consequences of Statehood Bid? Spain Acknowledges that Israel Is a Jewish State

Okay — I’ll admit that I find it faintly comical that in 2011 it should still be considered both newsworthy and an indication of a substantive shift in diplomatic policy for a European senior government official to acknowledge that Israel is a Jewish state. Still, it would be churlish to deny that under prevailing bizarro-world […]

Palestine to Deny Citizenship to Palestinian Refugees

Yes, you read that right. Evelyn Gordon has a jaw-dropping piece up on the Contentions blog at Commentary today in which she quotes Abdullah Abdullah, the PLO’s ambassador to Lebanon, who gave an interview last week with the Lebanese paper The Daily Star: The ambassador unequivocally says that Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of the sought for U.N.-recognized Palestinian […]

A Pre-Statehood Declaration Cri de Coeur

At the end of this week, Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen), President of the Palestinian Authority, will declare the establishment of the State of Palestine at the UN. The state’s welcome by well over 100 member states has already been assured. The recent reconciliation of Abbas’s PA with ever-bloodthirsty Hamas — which, together with the […]

Who Needs Facebook? Apple Puts Third Intifada App on iPhone

Remember when Facebook was obliged by a storm of outrage to remove a page called “The Third Intifada,” which urged Muslims across the Arab world to descend on Israel together to crush her once and for all? Well, who needs Facebook? If you go to iTunes, you’ll discover that there is now an iPhone app […]

Why the Gaza Flotilla Is Losing Steam

As expected, the news that the Turkish group IHH — the guiding light behind the second annual “humanitarian” flotilla to Gaza — will not participate has cast the whole enterprise into doubt. An unspecified source told Haaretz that “problems have arisen on other boats that are supposed to take part in the flotilla.” There were originally supposed […]

Lebanon’s Grand Mufti to Palestinians: “You are trash”

The Grand Mufti of Lebanon, Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani, held a meeting in Beirut last week with a delegation representing the 400,000 Palestinians living in Lebanese refugee camps. The meeting was called to address thefts of Islamic Wakf lands in Lebanon by Palestinians. “We’ve hosted you and no longer want you,” Qabbani said. “I will […]

IHH Bails On the Gaza Flotilla

The IHH, or Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation, announced today that it will not participate in the flotilla to Gaza planned for later this month for “technical” reasons. The Turkish authorities have apparently declined to give the Mavi Marmara — the same ship that sailed to Gaza last May, and on which nine people died in clashes […]

1967 Reference Cut from G8 Statement

Allegedly at the insistence of Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, a reference to the 1967 lines as a basis for a future border between Israel and Palestine was removed from the G8’s statement calling for the resumption of negotiations. Harper has declined to confirm or deny his hand in the deletion, but Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu […]

Tom Friedman Goes Full Delusional

Thomas Friedman has a suggestion for us as to how we can move the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward. May I suggest a Tahrir Square alternative? Announce that every Friday from today forward will be “Peace Day,” and have thousands of West Bank Palestinians march nonviolently to Jerusalem, carrying two things — an olive branch in one […]