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  • March 7, 2013

    PA Official: I Hate ‘Women in Green,’ But Love the Way They Work  

    By David Lev, Arutz7

    Women in Green group at Netzer

    Women in Green group at Netzer
    The work of Israeli group Women inGreen, which lobbies for the rights of Jews in Judea and Samaria, has apparently upset several top officials in the Palestinian Authority. Abdul Fatah Amayel, governor of Bethlehem, launched an extremely harsh verbal attack against the activities of the Women in Green movement, while focusing personally on Nadia Matar. Amayel defines the movement’s tree-planting operations as “aggressive and racist,” changing “policy and facts on the ground.”

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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 6:47 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 19 Comments » | 1,100 views

    Lapid sets out what he wants  

    Arutz Sheva

    [..]
    Lapid, for his part, denies that it is a dispute as to which ministry he is awarded that is holding up the deal – and accused the Likud of cynicism for trying to spin the issue as such. “For two days they have been claiming that we are arguing over ministries, with the Likud claiming that Naftali Bennett and I are setting ‘ultimatums’ as our price for entering the coalition.

    “This is incorrect, and it’s unworthy for the Likud to act in such a manner,” Lapid wrote on his Facebook page. The reason he has refused to join so far, he wrote, is because of the Likud’s insistence on adding “make-work” ministry jobs to satisfy the political ambitions of members of his party and Yisrael Beiteinu. Lapid has demanded that the government be limited to no more than 20 ministers, instead of the 33 in the current government.
    (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 1:23 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 6 Comments » | 678 views

    Very Good News, Israel  

    By Michael Ordman

    In the 3rd March 2013 edition of Israel’s good news, the highlights include:
    ·        Turkey’s ex-Finance Minister received stem cell treatment in Tel Aviv.
    ·        An Israeli organization is working under cover to bring aid to Syrian refugees.
    ·        The new Miss Israel is an Ethiopian immigrant.
    ·        Israel’s Waze won the MWC Barcelona prize for the best mobile application in the world.
    ·        Israel has launched the project to send another Israeli astronaut into outer space.
    ·        A new section of the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway will include an eco-bridge for wildlife to cross.
    ·        Iranian-born Israeli superstar Rita will perform Iranian songs at the United Nations.
    Page Down for more details on these and other good news stories from Israel. (Read more…)
    Posted by Ted Belman @ 1:13 pm ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 1,016 views

    Turkey, the Unhelpful Ally  

    By HALIL M. KARAVELI, NYT

    AMERICA’S stated goal is to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria. The United States also insists that any solution to the Syrian crisis should guarantee religious and ethnic pluralism. However, this rosy vision of a moderate and secular Syria after Mr. Assad’s downfall will not be achieved if the United States continues to depend on regional allies that have little interest in such an outcome.

    President Obama has relied heavily on Turkey in seeking to oust Mr. Assad and Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to visit the Turkish capital, Ankara, later this week. But Turkey is part of the problem. It is exacerbating Syria’s sectarian strife, rather than contributing to a peaceful and pluralistic solution.
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    Posted by Ted Belman @ 10:34 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 4 Comments » | 751 views

    The U.S. is not a superpower any more  

    By Mordecahi ben Menachem

    The definition of a “Superpower” is a nation that can project power, anywhere in the world, at short notice.  To differentiate, the definition of a “Regional Power” is a nation that can project power within its region (the notion of ‘notice’ is one measure of its degree of power within that region, relative to rival powers).

    Previously, at least from the time of Eisenhower until the time of George W. Bush, the US was clearly a Superpower, with the Russian Empire (USSR) as a rival power for part of that time.  History showed that the US was the superior superpower with the collapse of the USSR and formation of the existing Russian state.  Geographic size is not a prime factor, access to resources is.  Power takes many forms, not all military, but military power must empower others for affectivity; “… carry a big stick” as international relations’ key.   (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:49 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 5 Comments » | 1,048 views

    What a locust infestation looks like  

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 8:43 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 9 Comments » | 946 views

    ‘If Iran reaches critical point in nuke drive, Israel will attack’  

    At an ABC News interview in Doha, Qatar, John Kerry said:

      “I’m not going to get into red lines and timing publicly except to reiterate what the president has said again and again, which is he prefers to have a diplomatic solution.

      “He would like to see the P5+1 process, the negotiation process, be able to work, and avoid any consideration of any military action.”

    He and Mattis are clearly not on the same page.

    By AARON KALMAN March 6, 2013, TOI

    In a little-noticed exchange Tuesday at the Senate Armed Services Committee, a top US general said he had no doubt Israel would attack Iran if the Islamic Republic reached a critical point in its nuclear weapons drive. Furthermore, said General James Mattis, Israel could so without the assistance of the United States.

    Mattis, who is retiring this month as head of the US army’s Central Command, which includes the Middle East and North Africa, was responding to questions from Sen. Lindsey Graham, who asked him whether he believed Israel would strike at Iran if the regime “reached a critical point in terms of nuclear capability.”

    Responded Mattis: “The Israelis have said so; I take them at their word.” (Read more…)

    Posted by Ted Belman @ 7:28 am ET | Plink | Trackback | 2 Comments » | 1,239 views

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