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  • January 9, 2013

    2013 is the time for some Clear Thinking  

    Michael Ordman, JPOST

    As the world begins another calendar year, I urge all readers to try to open the minds of the international community to the momentous work that Israel is doing.  Israelis certainly have been using their brains and also focusing on making a clean start to 2013.

    Beginning with the brain itself, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, together with the Max Planck Society of Germany, is to build a 3 million euro Brain Research Center in the nation’s capital, Jerusalem.  When complete, it should initiate new treatments for destructive neurological diseases.  Even before the new center is complete, Hebrew Uni researchers have discovered a key protein, Calphotin, whose absence can cause Alzheimer’s. Calphotin regulates the amount of Calcium contained in the body’s cells.  Loss of Calphotin (e.g. due to aging) causes Calcium levels to rise and accelerates cell death.  Finally, a study by Israeli neurologist Dr. Rivka Inzelberg has identified an interesting side effect of dopamine-stimulating medication to control symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Patients have contracted artistic or literary creative skills that they never had previously.  Reducing the medication suppresses these new skills. (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 4:42 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 17 Comments » | 1,480 views

    Why Lifting the Israeli ‘Occupation’ Won’t Stop Violence  

      The simple truth of the matter is that almost all Israelis by now
      understand clearly that removal of Israeli occupation does not reduce
      violence, but rather it escalates violence.

    Posted By Steven Plaut, FRONT PAGE MAG

    There seems to be a wide misconception that the Middle East conflict
    is complicated. In fact it is really rather simple. Indeed, one can
    basically summarize and explain the entire conflict within the context
    of the words “occupation” or “occupied territories” and with respect
    to beliefs about the effects of such “occupation.”

    Let me explain. For most of the past 46 years (since 1967), there has
    been something of a universal consensus among those agreeing that
    removing or eliminating the Israeli “occupation” over the West Bank
    and Gaza, areas dubbed “The Occupied Palestinian Territories,” would
    reduce tensions and make the region more tranquil, possibly leading to
    full peace between Israel and its neighbors. Let us dub this theory
    the Removal of Occupation Lowers Violence (henceforth the ROLV) Axiom.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:34 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 16 Comments » | 1,073 views

    Poll: Most Israelis Don’t Believe Peace is Possible  

    Peace Index poll indicates most Israelis believe that it will be impossible to achieve peace no matter who wins the election.

    By Elad Benari, Arutz Sheva

    Most Israelis believe that it will be impossible to achieve peace with the Palestinian Authority in the foreseeable future – no matter who wins the election on January 22.

    According to the latest poll by the Peace Index, some 67% of Israeli Jews agree with the assertion that no matter which parties prevail in the elections, the peace process with the PA will remain at a standstill for reasons not connected to Israel, and there is no chance of progress in the foreseeable future.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:25 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 8 Comments » | 1,212 views

    Haetzni: Only autonomy for Arabs  

    Who’s afraid of autonomy?
    Op-ed: New Mideast only has room for one state for Jews, another state plus autonomy for Palestinians
    Elyakim Haetzni, YNET

    The political map of the Middle East was drawn shortly after World War One and following 400 years of Ottoman rule. Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and “Palestine” – the Land of Israel – were established out of nothing as “mandates” – territories that were administered on behalf of the League of Nations for the benefit of the local Arabs and to secure the establishment of the “national home of the Jewish nation.” This home stretched to the Iraqi border, from both banks of the Jordan River. Within these territories the world powers only recognized ethnic groups (apart from the Jewish nation) and secured their religious and civil rights. The south-Syria ethnic groups had no idea they were the “nation” known as “Palestinian.” Only when their king, Faisal, was expelled from Syria by the French and the Mandate for Palestine was established in the Land of Israel did they reinvent themselves as a “Palestinian nation” that has a right to a national home of its own.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:43 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 86 Comments » | 1,901 views

    Focus on Hagel and Kerry  

    From Arlene Kushner
    “Over the Top”
    This is one of those times when it all seems a bit much.  Bad enought that Obama has now nominated Hagel for the position of Secretary of Defense.  But then we have a Democratic lobbying group, the National Jewish Democratic Council, which has released a statement saying that it is confident that Hagel:
    “will follow the president’s lead of providing unrivaled support for Israel. 

    “President Barack Obama’s unprecedented pro-Israel credentials are unquestionable, and setting policy starts and stops with the president.”

    HUH?? (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:36 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 38 Comments » | 1,327 views

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