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  •  al Jazeera now has an American outlet for (2+ / 0-)
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    jasan, WattleBreakfast

    its news since it acquired Current TV.  It will be interesting to see if al Jazeera America will be able to change any opinions.
    Bibi is an opportunist; that has been obvious since Day One.  He is also locked into decisions made by earlier administrations.  For example, Sharon realized Israel faces a demographic problem.  On the one hand, there is a burgeoning Palestinian population in both Israel and the OT.  Despite efforts to prevent OT Palestinians from becoming Israeli Palestinians, there still appeared to be a demographic time bomb.  Building settlements has been an unsatisfactory solution because while it gives Israel the chance to acquire additional territories, the down side is that there are not enough settlers to fully occupy these new areas and the cost to the government of supporting such settlements.  Sharon recognized settlements as a stop gap measure at best.

    Sharon finally decided the only way to prevent a future wave of nonJewish Israelis was to construct a wall which would block out all OT Palestinians, establish a permanent border for Israel, and prevent terrorist infiltrations.

    The problem with the wall long term is it represents a bunker mentality and for a nation to flourish in an international economy, it is essential for that nation to embrace open trade and as few barriers as possible.  The wall is a step backwards from this goal  

    •  The Sharon Tactic (0+ / 0-)

      My take on Sharon is that he realized that he could sate the international pressure of negotiations towards a two state solution by giving up Gaza which wasn't really the prize anyway.  Well Sharon was stating the withdrawal “does not replace negotiations,” or “permanently freeze the situation", his right hand man, Dov Weinglass was gloating, “The significance of Sharon’s plan is the freezing of the peace process. The Disengagement Plan actually supplies the formaldehyde into which all other [peace] plans can be put.”

      Canadian mother of four, works at Canadian University, blogs and co-host of Blog Talk Radio's "Lies My Country Told Me" with co-host and love of my life, Fred Lemon.

      by mmayer on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 03:10:20 AM PST

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