Why does the New China News Agency employ a Palestinian journalist who injects his personal biases into his reporting on Israeli issues. Could it be, perhaps, that Xinhua can’t tell the difference? Or does it even care?
No More Tax Funds from Israel to PA
Israel National News
Israel will be withholding tax funds destined for the Palestinian Authority following the UN vote last week. The PA’s status as a de facto “sovereign state” not only calls into question the legal basis of returning those tax funds, it calls into question the entire legal nature of the relationship between Israel and the PA. To wit:
It [the UN declaration] also circumvented the mandate for final status negotiations with Israel as required by the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords signed by the PA and Israel in the 1990s. By abrogating that agreement, there now exists a legal question as to whether or not the entire document is null and void – including the Paris Protocols, the section delineating economic agreements between Israel and the PA.
Somebody in the PA either didn’t think this through, or didn’t care. Perhaps because they believe this is the beginning of the end for Israel. It is nothing of the kind, of course, but this wouldn’t be the first time the Palestinians have miscalculated badly, would it?
- Mideast Expert: PA’s Turn to UN Violates Oslo Accords (israelnationalnews.com)
- Israel May Declare Oslo Dead and Buried (israelnationalnews.com)
- Jerusalem threatens to cancel Oslo Accords if Palestinians go ahead with UN statehood bid (timesofisrael.com)
- UN Palestine Resolution Killed Oslo (jewishpress.com)
- PA radio broadcasts song glorifying suicide attacks (timesofisrael.com)
“The World According to Carter”
The New York Sun
November 22, 2006
As we take stock of the events of the past month in the Mideast, it is worth remembering that even intelligent, well-meaning American statesmen are taken in by a Palestinian party line that ignores or alters facts in support of its own version of history. Jimmy Carter has done much good in his life, but his despicable revisionism about Israel has threatened to overshadow his contributions.
Dershowitz suggests that Carter is outright anti-Israel. I am not yet ready to make such an assertion. Nonetheless, this article reminds us why Carter and those who follow his line of thinking deserve no credibility in the debate over the future of the region.
How Israel peacefully and unilaterally gave up the administration of Gaza, despite domestic opposition, in the fervent hope that it would be enough to begin a final peace process.
I had a talk with a friend the other day who was in the IDF at the time. He grew emotional explaining how it broke his heart to drag fellow Israelis out of Gaza in August 2005, but he did it because it was his duty, and because he hoped (like all of us) that it would mean progress toward peace.
It didn’t, and this should ever be an illustration that words like “hope” and “good faith” are increasingly hollow when dealing with the leaders of the PA and Hamas.
- And again: Clinton excludes Israel from counter-terrorism conference (ifaynsh.wordpress.com)
- Mashaal vows Hamas will not concede land (jpost.com)
- Grand Reportage – Peace and Pally Statehood – Ceasefire EPIC failure of judgement… (israeliidf.org)
- The 5 Myths That Empower Hamas (iranaware.com)
“Israel to host ‘genius camp’ for aspiring scientists”
Size Doesn’t Matter
August 16, 2012
Israel will be bringing together 250 top young scientists from around Asia at the Asian Science Camp at the end of August.
Great to see Israel building these kinds of relationships, but more important it is great to see that somebody is doing all they can to prevent science in Asia from devolving into nationalist silos.
- Israel to host ‘genius camp’ for aspiring scientists (timesofisrael.com)
Fantastic story in the L.A. Times describing the physical and spiritual journey of a small group Jews from Kaifeng to Israel.
I totally get their initial indignation to “convert” to Judaism after having been raised Jewish. In the face of that initial frustration, their persistence is admirable. And they won’t be the last, please G-d.
I wonder what the Rebbe would have thought.