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Month: May 2007

Netanyahu: Deterrence loss was greatest failure in Lebanon war

Netanyahu: Deterrence loss was greatest failure in Lebanon war

Israel admits that it has now been severely weakened by Hizbullah due to the Second Lebanese War. Interesting admission. Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday lashed out against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Knesset speech that touched on the Second Lebanon War. Netanyahu addressed the plenum after Olmert spoke and said the prime minister’s functioning during the crisis had weakened Israel’s position. “The greatest failure as a result of the war is that Israel’s deterrent capability has been severely harmed,” Netanyahu…

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Focus on Palestine talks, Israel told

Focus on Palestine talks, Israel told

Good luck trying to tell that to Israel, Ms. Rice. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has cautioned against a growing sentiment in Israel to pursue peace with Syria instead of with warring Palestinian factions, saying there is “no substitute” for creating a Palestinian state. Rice, who was to discuss the stalled peace process with diplomats here yesterday, has worked for months to lay the groundwork for Palestinians and Israelis to begin discussing what she calls a “political horizon” – the…

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A complication of adverse conditions

A complication of adverse conditions

Ghassan Khatib The eruption of internal clashes between Fateh and Hamas last Sunday in Gaza was a renewal of the fighting that blighted the Strip in the months before the agreement to form a unity government. It came as little surprise since tensions have been running high and the Mecca agreement failed to deal with the underlying causes. From the beginning, Hamas’ armed wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, adopted a highly critical position of that agreement and the subsequent unity…

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Israel may step up strikes in Gaza: Livni

Israel may step up strikes in Gaza: Livni

Israeli terrorism continues. Israel to step up military strikes in the Gaza Strip which they had earlier left, in order to crush the Palestinian resistance fighters. Jerusalem. Israel may step up military strikes in the Gaza Strip in response to a surge of Palestinian cross-border rocket salvoes, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said on Wednesday, Reuters reported. “Until now, we have demonstrated restraint, but this situation is not a tolerable situation,” Livni told reporters after holding security consultations with Prime Minister…

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A Political Marriage Of Necessity: A Single State Of Palestine-Israel

A Political Marriage Of Necessity: A Single State Of Palestine-Israel

Ali Abunimah As Israel celebrates 59 years of independence, Palestinians on May 14 commemorate the Nakba, the catastrophe of expulsion and decades of exile that continue to this day. When my mother was nine years old, she and her family mounted the back of a pickup truck and left their village of Lifta, adjacent to Jerusalem, under threat from Zionist militias. My grandmother covered the furniture in the family home that my grandfather had built. Anticipating a short absence until…

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