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There is so much going on in Palestine it's hard to know where to start. Shimon Peres calling Ahmadinejadthe "Perisan Hitler". Olmert thanking Bush for a stable Iraq,  Avigdor Lieberman calling for the assassination all of Hamas leadership and abandoning the  Road to Peace...

....and so forth.....and so on:

Is it clear????

It is clear that beyond their conciliatory rhetoric, the de facto policy of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz serves only two combined aims: one is to prevent the Palestinians from establishing a sustainable sovereign state, while at the same time providing time for an additional strengthening of the settlements.

The second aim is to inflame the hatred and the desire for revenge on both sides, to prove again and again the axiom of former prime minister Ehud Barak to the effect that "there is no partner."

We get accused of starting civil wars:

Diplomats fear US wants to arm Fatah for 'war on Hamas'
From Stephen Farrell in Jerusalem

AMERICAN proposals to strengthen Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian security forces with additional guns and fighters have alarmed other Western nations, who argue that it is tantamount to supporting one faction in a potential civil war.

Anan thinks Ahmadinejad is not Hitler reincarnated:

Annan urges Syria, Iran to aid Lebanese stability

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General
Kofi Annan pressed
Syria and
Iran on Saturday to help promote the stability of Lebanon after the resignation of six of its government ministers.

Annan spoke by telephone with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian head of state Bashar al-Assad about developments in Lebanon and the need for governments in the region and around the world "to promote the stability and the unity of Lebanon," U.N. chief spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Neither does Blair:

UK calls on Syria, Iran to participate in ME peace

British Prime Minister Tony Blair sent out a fresh appeal to Syria and Iran, urging them to become partners in the search for peace in the Middle East or face isolation on the world stage, AFP reported.

Speaking to Al-Jazeera's new English-language channel, Blair rejected as "completely absurd" suggestions that his readiness to work with Tehran and Damascus amounted to appeasement of two of the stated enemies of the United States.

New Deputy Minister of Strategic Affairs wants to walk away from Road to Peace (not sure we were on it):

RAMALLAH -- Israel should ignore moderate Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, wipe out the Hamas leadership and walk away from the U.S.-backed "road map" peace plan, Israel's new deputy prime minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said yesterday.
   Prime Minister Ehud Olmert forged an alliance with Mr. Lieberman, one of Israel's most divisive politicians, last month to shore up his shaky coalition. The appointment of Mr. Lieberman as minister of strategic affairs raised concern that Mr. Olmert's government, weakened by the summer's war in Lebanon, would freeze all peace efforts.

Blair says Iraq a disaster:

Blair 'disaster' admission over Iraq a 'slip of the tongue': official

Downing Street moved swiftly to play down an apparent admission by British Prime Minister
Tony Blair that the invasion of
Iraq had been a "disaster," labelling his comments a "slip of the tongue."

Israel dismisses New Peace Plan:

Israeli forces in the centre f the West Bank city of Hebron
The Middle East peace process has ground to a complete halt
Israel has dismissed a Middle East peace plan put forward by Spain, France and Italy.

The plan calls for a ceasefire and increased international intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

An Israeli official said parts of the plan were being discussed, but it was not being taken seriously as it was not co-ordinated with the EU or Israel.

The Spanish prime minister proposed the plan, saying the situation required urgent action by the outside world.

Israel chooses not to cross human shields with world watching (snark!):

Gaza Air Strike Called Off

The IDF during the night was compelled to cancel a planned aerial strike after hundreds of PA (Palestinian Authority) residents gathered after the family received notice of the impending military assault.

The PA residents stated they are willing to give their life, acting as human shields to prevent the strike against another building in northern Gaza.

Olmert hopes to finally find "Pearls of Wisdom":

Israel developing bionic arsenal

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has given the green light for
Israel to set up a special office to develop a nanotechnology arsenal.

Yediot Aharonot said that Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres had been told to choose 15 top thinkers to focus on developing futuristic weaponry. The 15 would be selected from within the security establishment, the world of hi-tech and academia.

If their projects succeed, they will provide Israel with a response to the various threats from Palestinian rockets, suicide bombers, to long-range missiles and non-convential weapons, the newspaper said Friday.

Peres has recently hinted in public lectures at a small number of secret developments, Yediot added, such as "pearls of wisdom" -- tiny sensors that can be scattered on enemy territory.

UN asks Israel...please stop flyovers:

UN urges Israel to end 'dangerous' Lebanon overflights
The United Nations issued a fresh plea to
Israel to end Lebanese airspace violations after French UN anti-aircraft batteries made preparations to respond to the overflights.

In Lebanon, a spokesman of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Milos Strugar, earlier Friday said that "the anti-aircraft unit of the (French) battalion took initial preparatory steps to respond to these actions."

"UNIFIL observed and reported 14 Israeli air violations this morning, on November 17, 2006, and 11 of these violations occurred in the area of operation of the French battalion with UNIFIL," he added.

Innocents continue to be targeted:

For months the Israeli army has systematically been invading the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, arresting or killing "wanted men," carrying out operations and leaving behind, aside from hundreds of "armed" or "civilian" dead, total destruction of infrastructure. If it were possible, with great difficulty, to excuse this killing and destruction in the Gaza Strip by blaming it on the firing of Qassam rockets and the smuggling via the Philadelphi Route, there is still no "security" explanation for the arrests and the killings in the West Bank, particularly after the cessation of suicide bombings.

YET the Quassam rockets continue, even after leveling a town:

Residents of Beit Hanun also have nowhere to go. When the Israel Defense Forces inform them that they must vacate their houses in advance of an attack, they flee to the hospital to find shelter. Some 450 houses were destroyed in the most recent IDF operation, yet after it ended, the Qassam fire continued, and even intensified. When a missile was fired at the house of 4-year-old Bara Fiad of Beit Hanun, it plowed a deep pit in the courtyard, and he disappeared into it.

This reality of mutual misery and mutual intimidation is turning into a dead-end situation. Israel and the Palestinians have been caught up in a dangerous diplomatic vacuum. From a military standpoint, it seems that the IDF has not managed to find a solution to the Qassam fire, and it is doubtful one even exists. In July, when the chief of staff was asked to explain why Katyusha fire on the Galilee was continuing despite the IDF operation in Lebanon, he gave the example of the Qassam rockets fired at Sderot, to which no military solution has been found, either.

When people talk about a large-scale operation in Gaza, it is necessary to remember the facts. The IDF has already conducted large-scale operations, in which it killed hundreds of Palestinians, but the Qassams continue to fall - even when the IDF is in the Gaza Strip.

I know I am suppose to provide an analysis...or opinion, or SOMETHING. The only thing I can come up with is that the HAARP Project Project has fried the brains of our world leaders.

Are we going to Iran? I surely hope not. I am not the only one that fears $100/barrel oil prices. Winter is now in the northern hemsphere and I hate to see prices going even higher. Maybe sane minds somewhere will prevail, even if it's for selfish reasons. The world is tired of war.

Originally posted to mattes on Sun Nov 19, 2006 at 03:38 PM PST.

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  •  Sympathy is key. (1+ / 0-)
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    Both sides in the Israel-Palestine conflict have LEGITIMATE grievances. The conflict will continue until people on both sides are willing to forgive one another and treat each other as fellow human beings with legitimate needs and aspirations.

    In other words, it's likely to continue for a long time.

    My personal opinion is that no "grand plan" is likely to work, because it would require too much blind faith from each side.  Instead, the only approach that has a shot at eventually working is starting small and building.  Exchange small bits of territory for short periods of peace, and gradually enlarge the land and time involved.

    I think it would also be smart for the EU or the USA or even (gasp!) the Saudis to offer money that will be lost if the Israelis and Palestinians can't JOINTLY decide how to spend it on peaceful projects.

    -4.25, -4.87 "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect." -- Mark Twain

    by HeyMikey on Sun Nov 19, 2006 at 04:05:38 PM PST

  •  assassinations predicted in Lebanon (1+ / 0-)
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    Geagea predicts assassinations of Lebanon ministers
    Saturday, 18 November, 2006

    Beirut - Samir Geagea an anti-Syrian Christian leader said on Friday efforts to topple Lebanon's Western-backed government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora could lead to assassination attempts against cabinet ministers.

    Geagea, a former militia chief whose Lebanese Forces party has one minister in the cabinet, said Syria was determined to stop the formation of a UN-backed tribunal to try suspects in the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

    Geagea told Reuters that the government now has 17 ministers, if 3 of these ministers were eliminated then the government will automatically fall.

  •  Glad I found this today (1+ / 0-)
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    Keith Moon

    Reuters Anti-Israel Absurdity Watch - "Being A Human Shield" Is A "Protest"

    Second-rate Reuters propaganda mouthpiece Nidal al-Mughrabi is starting to just get silly:
    Israel calls off air raid after Gaza protest GAZA (Reuters) - The Israeli army cancelled a planned air raid on the home of a Gaza militant on Sunday after several hundred Palestinians barricaded themselves inside the building, an Israeli military spokesman and witnesses said.

    "Several hundred Palestinians barricad[ing] themselves inside" the house of a terrorist as voluntary civilian human shields = "protest". Everyone got that? Good.

    Past al-Mughrabi hits include delebrating the killing of six Israeli soldiers and whipping up sympathy for Palestinian mass-murderer Saadat. We think that he's completing with Shams Odeh for how absurd Reuters can make it's anti-Israel journalism.

    How Do Palestinians Know Where They're Supposed To Send Human Shields To?

    Because Israel warns them to get out:
    Hundreds of Palestinians serving as human shields guarded the homes of two top militants Sunday, a new tactic that forced Israel to call off missile strikes on the buildings and re-evaluate a mainstay of its aerial campaign in Gaza. In recent months, the Israeli air force has repeatedly struck the homes of militants after warning residents by phone to clear out. Israeli security officials said they did not know how to respond to the human shield tactic, but pressed ahead with other airstrikes Sunday.

    So Israel warns Palestinian residents to get away from Hamas terrorists, and instead the Palestinians flood into those buildings. When pro-Israel advocates point out that the Palestinians use Israel's humanitarian impulses against the Jewish State, this is kind of what they're talking about. And by "kind of" we mean "exactly."

    The use of human shields as Hamas does is a war crime.  It is clearly against the Geneva Conventions.

    Have you clicked on the link in my sig?  You need to watch "Ask for Death".  It's about the indoctination of young Palestinians into the culture of suicide bombings.

    In regards to Iran, the IAEA has determined that their nuclear program is not for peaceful purposes.  They are well on their way to nukes and their "fantasic, oh-so-democratic, and not-at-all-supressing-of-dissent (yeah, right)" leader has declared his desire to commit genocide.  

    Click the link below, stop buying into the propaganda.

    •  Hard for me to believe the propaganda (5+ / 0-)

      coming out of Israel, since I have observe they lie. I don't consider all of Hamas terrorists.
      Have you watched:

      There is a field between right action and wrong action. I'll meet you there. -Rumi, Persian Mystic

      by mattes on Sun Nov 19, 2006 at 05:15:58 PM PST

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    •  Keep having to educate about suicide bombers. (6+ / 0-)

      After 39 years of military occupation of Israel, it is not hard to see how, after two generations, Palestinian children would be educated in armed resistance. Do you? Here it is again...

      From Alison Weir's site, If Americans Knew:

      Before a single suicide bomber had entered Israel after the start of the Second Intifada, sometimes called, after Sharon’s provocative visit to the Temple Mount, the al Aqsa Intifada, during its first month, 27 Palestinian children had been killed by Israeli Defense Forces in the West Bank and Gaza, the youngest only four months of age, and the majority due to gunshots to the head. Numerous children were also wounded. In the first three months alone, 159 children lost an eye presumably to rubber bullets shot from IDF rifles. Clearly the IDF were intentionally targeting these children, aiming at their heads with either rubber bullets or real bullets in the case of the child kills. We are talking here about a trained, mechanized army versus civilians, children participating in the intifada, the nonviolent resistance instituted by child and teenage Palestinian boys and girls. Oh, yes. Let’s be fair. We did hear that an Israeli soldier injured an eye from a rock thrown by a Palestinian boy from a pretty IDF spokeswoman, but it was the only such incident reported in three years.

      The data supporting the above can be checked on Weir's short documentary, Off the Charts (Goodle Video), where she provides the names of the children, ages, places of death, and dates.

      Rami Khouri, editor of the Beirut newspaper, the Daily Star, wrote this in an article about Olmert's concerns about deprivations in the Palestinian territories.

      “For anyone interested in the facts about the impact of Israeli policies on Palestinian children, a good place to start is the carefully checked data disseminated by the Palestinian Nongovernmental Organization Network ( Their data is compiled and verified on the ground by the Ramallah-based Health Development Information and Policy Institute, which has been honored by the World Health Organization for its work in promoting Palestinian health needs. So these people know what they are talking about when it comes to health conditions on the ground in Israeli-occupied Palestine. Some of the facts they provide are as follows.

      In just the first two years of the second intifada, from September 2000 to November 2002:

      • 383 Palestinian children (under the age of 18) were killed by the Israeli army and Israeli settlers, i.e. almost 19% of the total Palestinians killed; those figures have increased since then.

      • Approximately 36% of total Palestinians injured (estimated at more than 41,000) are children; 86 of these children were under the age of ten; 21 infants under the age of 12 months have been killed.

      • 245 Palestinian students and school children have been killed; 2,610 pupils have been wounded on their way to or from school.

      • The Israeli policy of widespread closure has paralyzed the Palestinian health system, with children particularly vulnerable to this policy of collective punishment. Internal closures have severely disrupted health plans which affect over 500,000 children, including vaccination programs, dental examinations and early diagnosis for children when starting schools.

      • During the first two months of the intifada, the rate of upper respiratory infections in children increased from 20% to 40%. Almost 60% of children in Gaza suffer parasitic infections.

      • An overwhelming number of Palestinian children show symptoms of trauma such as sleep disorders, nervousness, decrease in appetite and weight, feelings of hopelessness and frustration, and abnormal thoughts of death.

      • There have been 36 cases of Palestinian women in labor delayed at checkpoints and refused permission to reach medical facilities or for ambulances to reach them. At least 14 of these women gave birth at the checkpoint with eight of the births resulting in the death of the newborn infants.

      The Israeli army killing of Palestinian children continues apace. In its annual report May 16, the respected global human rights organization Amnesty International accused the Israeli army of killing 190 Palestinians, including 50 children, last year (2005).”

    •  Ah, yes, Democritus (3+ / 0-)

      who recommends racist hate speech.

  •  I haven't read anywhere on Dkos about (4+ / 0-)

    Syria's foreign minister asking for US troops withdrawal this morning. Could it be that it will snowball and numerous nations will follow suit, including some of the so-called coalition?
    Good diary, much stuff today, and nothing will please me more than hearing the news about Cheney's demise...which is bound to occur, say, before June next year.

    •  There was so much this week. (5+ / 0-)

      Syria calls for U.S. timetable in Iraq

      Syria's foreign minister called Sunday for a timetable for the withdrawal of American forces to help end
      Iraq's sectarian bloodbath, in a groundbreaking diplomatic mission to Iraq that comes amid increasing calls for the U.S. to seek cooperation from Syria and
      Iran. At least 111 people were killed nationwide, following a week that had already seen hundreds of deaths.

      There is a field between right action and wrong action. I'll meet you there. -Rumi, Persian Mystic

      by mattes on Sun Nov 19, 2006 at 05:12:28 PM PST

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  •  These news briefs speak for themselves. (4+ / 0-)

    Thanks for gathering them together. If a theme were needed, I would have to suggest, Israel continues to avoid peace initiatives in preference for continued killing of innocent Palestinian civilians, who continue to take the brunt of their inhumane attacks.

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