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The key Israeli demand in the ongoing negotiations with the Palestinians is a formal recognition that Israel is the current and historic homeland of the Jews. That’s very simply an historical fact. So what’s the problem? Writing at Commentary, Jonathan Tobin has an interesting explanation for Palestinian intransigence on what seems like a simple issue:
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The Palestinians can’t say the words “Jewish state” because to do so would force them to give up their historical narrative in which they see themselves as victims of history who can only be made whole by annulling the results of Israel’s War of Independence.
Friday, March 7th, 2014 at 8:31 AM | Stand For Israel
When the Italian film The Great Beauty won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film on Sunday night, it beat out a submission from “Palestine.” As Rick Richman writes at Commentary, Omar was nominated, while the Israeli submission, Bethlehem was not. Richman sees an ongoing assault by Palestinian activists on Hollywood:
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One of the films treats the young Palestinian terrorist as a thoughtful teenager in love, pushed into violence by Nazi-like Israelis; the other film, jointly written by a Jewish-Muslim team that treats both the Palestinian youth and the Israeli handler as complicated, conflicted characters, attempting to juggle personal and political loyalties, is all the more powerful for its nuance.
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 8:06 AM | Stand For Israel
Adam Taylor, writing at the Washington Post, discusses the impact a picture that is making the rounds on social media might have. The picture shows Palestinians in the refugee camp of Yarmouk lining up to receive UN food aid. Will anything convince the world to get involved in the fight in Syria? Taylor is skeptical:
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It’s been almost two years since we first began seeing striking images from Homs after heavy government shelling, for example, and almost a year since we saw the videos showing the truly horrific aftermath of an alleged government gas attack. The Syrian conflict has lasted almost three years, but broader public interest, not to mention the possibility for intervention, appear to have waned over the years.
Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 8:37 AM | Stand For Israel
Writing at Commentary, Tom Wilson notes the confluence of ironies presented by announcements yesterday by Secretary of State John Kerry and E.U. Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton that their peace negotiations (with the Israelis/Palestinians and Iranians, respectively) will need to be extended — the Iranian one before it even begins. Why is the focus on dialogue and negotiation when parties to the talks are universally known not to be serious?
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The Ashton-Kerry mindset is one that appears to fundamentally loathe the use of Western power and is besotted with the notion of peaceful dialogue and coexistence in a world in which all parties are believed to be rational and reasonable.
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at 8:24 AM | Stand For Israel
There are millions of living descendants of Palestinians who fled Israel during the 1948 war and the 1967 war — and many old enough to have survived those events — living in countries neighboring Israel. Steve Rosen, writing at Foreign Policy, explores an interesting and important demographic question: what happens when, after the creation of a Palestinian state, they flock “home” to a country that is incapable of taking care of its current population?
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Abbas may understand that immigration of refugees from Lebanon and Syria will strengthen his opponents. But no Palestinian leader could oppose citizenship for any of the dispossessed, because that would violate cardinal principles of Palestinian ideology and the interests of the Arab states. Any effort to deny entry to a class of refugees would confront a daunting array of U.N. and Arab League resolutions and fierce opposition from all factions on the Palestinian spectrum.
Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at 8:45 AM | Stand For Israel