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Rafah Opens: Things That Make Me Go Hmmmmm

Rafah Opens: Things That Make Me Go Hmmmmm

• Remember the EU monitors who fled their border posts at the first sign of fighting? Turns out the monitors are eager to re-establish their relevance. According to the WSJ: Despite the fact that the agreement has been defunct since the Hamas takeover in 2005, a small team of European monitors maintains an office in

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Globe & Mail’s Cracked Mirror Images

Doug Saunders, the Globe & Mail’s European bureau chief, thinks there’s no difference between Hamas and the Israeli parties that make up Prime Minister Netanyahu’s governing coalition. He’d be correct if Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu, Shas, United Torah Judaism, and Haatzmaut maintained their own armed groups, fired rockets at neighbors, restricted media freedom, brainwashed children, and tossed

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Khaled Abu Toameh on Hamas vs. Fatah: In the eyes of Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas and Salaam Fayyad are also “traitors” because they have agreed — at least in English and in public — to recognize Israel’s right to exist. If Abbas and Fayyad were to stand trail before a court on all what Hamas has

Egyptian FM Equates Hamas, George Washington

Talk about bad timing. On the same weekend that the US forgave $1 billion of Egyptian debt, the Washington Post published a Q+A with Cairo’s new Foreign Minister that won’t help Egypt’s relations with the US –  never mind Israel. Here’s Nabil Elaraby’s response to Lally Weymouth’s point about Hamas: Hamas is on the U.S. terrorist

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Financial Times: No Interest in Principle

Israel’s three conditions for engaging Hamas are a matter of principle. You don’t negotiate with people who want to kill you. You don’t negotiate with people who don’t recognize your existence. And you don’t negotiate with people who don’t intend to honor previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements. If you do, you reward — and legitimize – a terror

Italian Journalist/Activist Abducted in Gaza

Sky News reports that a group of Salafists inspired by Al-Qaida just kidnapped an Italian journalist in Gaza. Their video (via Gaza Times) demands that Hamas release their “holy warriors” from detention. The video identifies the Italian as Vittorio Arrigoni. This abduction isn’t as straightforward as the Alan Johnston affair. That’s because the International Solidarity Movement

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The NY Times Goldstones Israel, Doubles the Gaza Civilian Casualties

This is a cross-post of Lenny Ben-David‘s response to a story in today’s NY Times. Reporter Isabel Kershner replied to Ben-David, who updated his post.  Kershner’s response is included below. * * * There in the middle of a silly article about Justin Bieber’s visit to Israel, The New York Times’ Isabel Kershner goldstones Israel. It’s relatively easy

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