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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Honor Thy Father
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An Essay on the Film, “Footnote” by Israeli filmmaker, Joseph Cedar

by Geoffrey Clarfield (March 2015)


“Footnote,” by film director Joseph Cedar is an Israeli film released in 2011. It is customary to write reviews of a film shortly thereafter and so I apologize to readers for this late review. However, recognizing that the Internet knows no time (as Freud once said about the unconscious) I feel compelled to write about the film once again, in the hope that those who watch Israeli films may better understand it.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 8:58 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Paper Boats
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by Dilip Mohapatra (March 2015)


Monsoon descends

and the clouds split open

the gutters running parallel

on both sides of

the narrow village gully  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 6:19 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Love Down the Millennia: Three Poems by Heinrich Heine
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Translated from the German and edited by Thomas Ország-Land (March 2015)


 

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MY BROTHER THE DREAMER

 

Trundling across this withering landscape,

I see from my stagecoach a roadside cross

and, attached to it, a fading figure.

My saviour brother, they got your number.  more>>>

 

 

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Posted on 02/28/2015 6:16 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
The Water Wheel of Love
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by Gopikrishnan Kottoor (March 2015)


I want to load my boat/ with those waiting, thirsty ones/Who are left behind:
And carry them by the opal pool/ of iridescent joy--

Whispers from Eternity
Paramahansa Yogananda

As the old song goes, people are the same wherever you go. In America, in Mexico, in Paris, or inside The Louvre, wherever, I have always carried with me a fascination with trying to understand the attitudes and behaviors of people I have come across. One thing is certain. People everywhere in this world are looking all around for happiness. But, are they looking in the right direction? Towards love, that comes from within?  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 6:13 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
"We’ll Always Have Paris,” Or, Thanks Is Not Enough
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by Sam Bluefarb (March 2015)


“Paris is forever…” –Ernest Hemingway

In this late fall of my life, Juanita and I--she, some twenty-plus years younger than me--flew to Paris. What were the odds of an octogenarian—even a young octogenarian--surviving a one-way, much less a round-trip? Or would I re-enact the fate of that nameless character in Ivan Bunin's story "The Gentleman from San Francisco"? In the full flush of health, on a tour of romantic Capri, he drops dead.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 6:10 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
The First Orthodontist of Secunderabad
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by David P. Gontar (March 2015)


I was straining at the oars of a wayward dinghy on Gandipet Lake. Meena, the exquisite queen of teens, was primping at the prow, delicately applying pink rouge as she gazed at her reflection in her ever-present compact mirror. Loftily from time to time she turned to confirm the performance of my unworthy labors. The late afternoon sun had emerged from cloudy confinement, and was beating down, showing me no mercy. Sweat rolled from my brow like the simmering waters of the River Musi. The luxurious chocolates I had presented her on bended knee had shriveled to a pool of dubious goo in the bilge.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 6:06 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Conclusions: Kosti’s Menck & Nat (Part II)
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by Richard Kostelanetz (March 2015)


In memory of the great American writer Benjamin de Casseres (1873-1945), who authored Mencken and Shaw (1930)

Long interested in rewriting classic American literary works, beginning with Herman Melville’s “Bartleby” and continuing with Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” (both of mine published by Bartleby & Co. in Brussels), I discovered a fugative text produced before 1920 by my critical hero H. L. Mencken in collaboration with his sometime co-conspirator (and co-editor) George Jean Nathan. Published as The American Credo (1920), it has two parts. The first, curiously mistitled “Preface,” is longer than the second part. If the former offers a critique of American society, the latter is meant to represent Americans’ ideas. The few critics thoughtfully commenting on this book judge its first part as superior to its second. Even so, the second was more inspiring to me.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 6:02 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Crisis and Creativity in Jewish History
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by Moshe Dann (March 2015)


As much as the Jewish people have been defined by faith, they have been shaped by their response to tragedies. No other group of people has been subjected to such continuous and prolonged persecution and, simultaneously, has contributed so much to civilization. The dynamic of Jewish history is unique, not only because the Jewish people have experienced periodic destruction, but because they survived and prevailed against overwhelming odds.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:59 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Skepticism Checks Its Coat at the Door of Science
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How the new secularists and skeptics do Monsanto's dirty work 

by Lorna Salzman (March 2015)


Skepticism is in short supply these days even, paradoxically, as paranoia and conspiracy theories spread. The eclipse of the trust in science and modern medicine is in full swing. Irrationality, paranormal beliefs and the ingestion of unproven folk medicine have found audiences and consumers around the world, as have all manner of spiritual and quasi-religious movements.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:54 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
The Wind and the Lion – Hollywood’s Defense of Radical Islam in the Shadow of Vietnam
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by Norman Berdichevsky (March 2015)


Anyone viewing The Wind and the Lion on Netflix might think that it was produced today by Hamas, Hizbollah, or CAIR – the Council of American Islamic Relations, so effusive is its romantic glorification of violent Islam complete with beheadings of helpless captives (other Muslims who have not sufficiently demonstrated their loyalty) whose main character, a Morrocan brigand and tribal leader, portrayed by actor Sean Connery exclaims…..”I am Mulay Ahmed Muhamed Raisuli the Magnificent, sherif of the Riffian Berbers. I am the true defender of the faithful and the blood of the prophet runs in me and I am but a servant of his will.”  The film was made in 1975 simultaneously with the fall of Saigon and the end of the hated Vietnam war which set the scene for the subsequent four decades of American mea culpas, pitiless self-flagellation and the current rush to accept American guilt for Islamophobia.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:49 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Relativism and Truth
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by Stanislav Solomovich (March 2015)


The idea that truth is a relative concept, that what is true for one person at one time in one place may not necessarily be true for another person living in completely different circumstances, is often met with bewilderment and hostility. As a student of the philosophy of William James, whose theory of truth endows the concept with a certain element of relativism, I'd like to make the case that truth is, after all, not always the same for everyone.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:46 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
I Cry for You Argentina!
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by Anónimo Argentino (March 2015)


The recent shocking revelation that the late chief Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman, investigating the terrorist bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center in July 1994 (85 killed) was found dead just days before he was slated to make accusations against the President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, as responsible for a cover-up of the culprits - Iranian agents. What this did in effect was to send a message as terrible and depressing as that which emanated from the Jihadists in Paris against a free press and Jewish hostages. It put a seal of approval of the regime that Jews, no matter how fervent their patriotism and undeniable their contributions to the national culture, are EXPENDABLE!  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:41 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Virtual Hot Pots and Brain Rot
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by G. Murphy Donovan (March 2015)


“Science is becoming more pervasive and invasive” – Susan Greenfield

Who says that peers of the realm are anachronistic? Who claims that the House of Lords is a vestige of privilege and indolence? The Baroness of Ot Moor has written a book, a practical tome too, indeed a rare vessel of common sense. Susan Greenfield’s Mind Change is a courageous broadside at cyber culture, a dose of reality therapy for the Internet, social networks, video gaming, cyber gadgets, and the damage they might do to malleable, developing minds.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:38 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Did President Obama’s Violent Extremism Conference Fail?
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by Jerry Gordon (March 2015)

 

Prelude to a Conference

A three-day Conference “Countering Violent Extremism” was held from February 17 to 19, 2015 sponsored by the Administration with venues at both the White House and State Department. The genesis for the Conference was a White House Report issued December 1, 2011, Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism  in the United States. That report was developed in the wake of the May 2, 2011 assassination by the US Navy Seal Team Six of Al Qaeda mastermind, Osama Bin Laden. The Administration’s contention was that “core Al Qaeda” had been decimated and was “on the run.” That became a 2012 Presidential re-election campaign theme. The theme of the Conference came from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advisory panel reports on homegrown violent extremism. It identified possible forms of domestic “violent extremism” including right wing extremists, KKK, Aryan nation members and even returning veterans.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:32 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
But Wh...Wh..What about....!?: Islam and Finding Something Else to Worry About
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by Thomas Samm (March 2015)


Whataboutery is a slim quiver in the bows of adolescent debaters. High on the rush of self-importance granted by the lectern, they revert to the lexicon of debate itself in order to accuse and discredit their opponent. The young discover meta as an enthralling meter in which to argue matter. Tu quoque, ad hominen, and ad verecundiam are other supposedly fallacious objections they raise to argument, and they are preferred; the arrows of criticism threaten a deeper incision when riding on the pseudo-linguistic winds of Latinate terminology. Whataboutery, however, is their most utilized allegation. And they are often right. It doesn't require a modern day Cicero, after all, to retort "conditions in Gaza" to "rocket attacks in southern Israel"; or vice versa. As a debating tactic, whataboutery takes you into a cul-de-sac of accusation and counter-accusation so single dimensional, that, perforce, discussion dissolves into yelling, or ends only when either debater has run out of historical exempla to launch at their opponent.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:27 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Obama’s Self-Organizing Rhetoric
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by James Como (March 2015)


Consider the following: The president opines that the world is not messier now than under his predecessors but just seems messier because of the amplifying effect of social media; he regrets grinning it up on the links right after his press conference on the first horrific beheading because “I should have anticipated the optics,” not the indecency of his behavior; the Islamist rampage at Fort Hood was “workplace violence,” not a jihadist terrorist attack. Rarely downright inarticulate, his gaffes (“I don’t speak Austrian,” “I campaigned in all fifty-seven states,” “the Marine corpse”) bespeak a broad lack of cultivation. But more troubling – and clearly so – are his non-gaffes.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:25 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
A Clash of Cultures at Charlie Hebdo
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by Joseph S. Spoerl (March 2015)


In a recent article, Cinnamon Stillwell documents the absurd lengths to which many American college professors have gone to shift blame for the Charlie Hebdo massacre from the Islamist murderers to non-Muslim Westerners.[1] A typical quote comes from Duke University professor of Islamic Studies Omid Safi: “The traumas of the French Muslim population today are linked to and an extension of the violence inflicted by the French on Muslims colonized for decades.” Safi conveniently overlooks the fact that non-Muslims have suffered, and continue to suffer, far more under Islamic imperialism than Muslims ever suffered under Western imperialism.[2] Like Omid Safi, too many American college professors blame Westerners themselves for the violence directed at them by Islamist thugs. They certainly do not blame the Islamic faith or its founder, Muhammad.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:21 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Nuclear Deterrence is a Deadly Game
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by Louis René Beres (March 2015)


Traditionally, successful national strategies of deterrence require enemy rationality. In the absence of such rationality – that is, in those more-or-less residual circumstances where an enemy state would rank order certain values or preferences more highly than “staying alive” as a nation – deterrence is expected to fail. For those potentially more serious situations involving nuclear deterrence, the palpable consequences of any such failure could be starkly catastrophic, or even unprecedented.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:16 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Israel Facing a Perfect Storm
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by Jerry Gordon and Mike Bates with Dan Diker and Shoshana Bryen (March 2015)


A perfect storm is threatening Israel. While the world’s attention is focused on the rise of the Islamic State or ISIS with its apocalyptic view of traditional Jihadist Sunni Islam, a state with another Islamic apocalyptic vision, Shia Iran, is about to achieve nuclear hegemony in the Middle East. Iran, a notorious state sponsor of terrorism, is using proxies Hezbollah and Hamas to confront Israel on its borders and internally.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:09 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
And Death Shall Have His Dominion
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by Theodore Dalrymple (March 2015)


There are many ways of dividing humanity into two other than those who divide humanity into two and those who don’t. For example, there are those who are attracted to cemeteries and those who are repelled by them. I am of the former moiety: cemeteries are for me like bookshops; I find it difficult to resist the temptation to enter them and linger awhile.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:06 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
The Historical, Legal, and Political Contexts of the Russian Annexation of Crimea
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by Lawrence A. Howard (March 2015)


An Introduction to Current Events

The legislative action was nothing new in the short, modern history of independent Ukraine. It had been proposed as early as 2002 by the Speaker of the Crimean Parliament. On February 27, 2014, the Parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea within the Ukrainian state voted to hold a referendum scheduled on March 16, posing the question to the Crimean electorate as to whether Crimea should merge with Russia.[1] Many tumultuous events occurred over the span of time between the parliamentary decision to hold the referendum and the actual Russian annexation of Crimea on March 18 in the aftermath of an overwhelming affirmative vote, and the tumult continues.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 5:00 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Bearing the Cross: A Letter to ISIS
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by Mark Durie (March 2015)

 

The Islamic State sent me a letter last month. This letter was in the form of a short film produced by the Islamic State’s Al-Hayat Media centre. 

This was not addressed to me personally, but to all Christians everywhere. Its title was A Message Signed with BLOOD to the Nation of the Cross. This was a video of the ritual slaughter of the 21 Egyptian Christians. Their blood flowing in the ocean waves was the "signature" at the end of the video.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 4:56 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
The Middle East is Now a More Flammable Tinderbox Than Ever
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by Conrad Black (March 2015)


The world has been largely anesthetized by the endless, fruitless negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. The regime of Non-Proliferation in nuclear affairs has been dying a slow death with each new nuclear-empowered country (with the exception of South Africa, which developed the capability under the Apartheid white government but abandoned it under the African National Congress led by Nelson Mandela).  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 4:52 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
A Battle of Algiers
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by Theodore Dalrymple (March 2015)


When asked about the effects of the French Revolution, the late Chou En-Lai, as charming and sophisticated as he was without scruple, is alleged to have said, ‘It is too soon to tell.’ He probably never said it, however, which is rather a pity because it is so witty and, in a sense, true. The effects of any historical event stretch indefinitely into the future and therefore achieve no finality, which is why history constantly requires and undergoes revision even without the need of a totalitarian dictator, such as Stalin or Mao, to write people into or out of it according to the latest pattern of favour and disfavour. History will come to an end only with the extinction of the human race, and not with the triumph everywhere of liberal democracy, or of anything else for that matter.  more>>>

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Posted on 02/28/2015 4:48 AM by NER
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Saturday, 28 February 2015
Surprising Admissions By At Least One Western News Outlet About Those Non-Existent Israeli Dams
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The crazed charges by the Arabs -- that Israel was deliberately opening dams to flood Gaza -- do not surprise. Those familiar with Arab and Muslim culture know that conspiracy-theorizing, blaming the Infidel, and above all blaming the Infidels, the once-despised Jews, of israel, is standard. And perfectly usual, too, is the uncritical reports in the Western press that repeat the most bizarre and easily-refuted charges.

What is unusual here is that the charge was simply too absurd, because there are no dams that could have been opened to "flood Gaza." There will be more such charges, of course, and there have been so many in the past, that remain unrefuted. Remember the non-existent massacre at Jenin? How about the reports on the war in Gaza, that managed to overlook or ignore or minimize the steady barrage of thousands of Hamas rockets, before and during that war, rockets shot at cities and towns, and usually from within cities and towns, in the most heavily-populated areas so as to inhibit Israel from dealing with the problem at its source. Remember -- let's go back -- the invention, after the Six-Day War, of the "Palestinian people"? Remember the near-total ignoring of the terms of the Mandate for Palestine itself? Remember all that talk about "Zionist settlers seizing Arab land" when not a single dunam of such land was seized, when everything was paid for, and paid at exceedingly high rates (in 1941, the absentee Arab landowners, in Amman and Beirut, were charging desperate Jews amounts that were then higher than what was being paid for the best farmland -- in Iowa -- in the world). Oh, there's a lot to undo, and a lot of un-learning that those who are now,, because of Islam and its obvious threat, possibly willing to unlearn, what they have been taught over the last several decades, a diet of poison and nonsense about the history of the Arab-Israeli "conflict" which is nothing more than a Jihad against an Infidel nation-state, that has no end and no solution, but can be managed, if Israel can be allowed to resist the pressures on it, and to behave, in its own defense, as any Western nation would behave.

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Posted on 02/28/2015 3:07 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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