|`It is a filthy war, this` ||Yitzhak Laor - Haaretz - "He [Yizhar] was a lyrical prose writer of a single consciousness, a single mourning, mourning for his beloved brothers, for the land that he loved, a land of citrus groves, and it is true that nature looked to him, always, like a place where Jews and Arabs lived together, and the expulsion and the robbery looked to him like an unnatural act. Therefore few have succeeded in repeating what he did by means of his language, because language does not suffice and the honesty of which he possessed so very much is also necessary.
|Cluster bombing of Lebanon `immoral` UN official tells Israel ||Rory McCarthy - The Guardian - "Jan Egeland said civilians were facing "massive problems" returning home because of as many as 100,000 unexploded cluster bombs.
"What`s shocking is that 90% of the cluster bomb strikes occurred in the last 72 hours of the conflict, when we knew there would be a resolution," Mr Egeland said. "Every day people are maimed, wounded and are killed by these ordnance."
|Talking to the neighbors: It`s time Israel embraced the Mideast ||Avi Azrieli - International Herald Tribune - "To revive its hopes, Israel must dare to consider a change of paradigm: transform itself into a Middle Eastern country"
|Missing the point again?||-
The Jordan Times
- "The UN-led post-war arrangements in Lebanon seem to be missing the
point once more. All efforts so far seem to focus on containing the
conflict rather than eradicating it. That is not only complicated
and costly, but also risky."||31/8/2006|
|Analysts see `disaster` in U.S. position||David R. Sands
The Washington Times
- "The authors of a hotly debated study on the influence of the
pro-Israel lobby in Washington said yesterday that the Bush
administration`s unquestioning support for Israel`s military action
in Lebanon confirms their thesis that the power of the lobby hurts
both U.S. and Israeli national interests.
|PA`s future not only in Palestinian hands ||Ghassan Khatib-bitterlemons-In the years up to 2006, Israel worked on narrowing the space granted the PA not only geographically, but also at the economic, security and political levels||30/8/2006|
|For Israel`s Security? Zainab Fawqi-Sleem and the Question of Lebanon||RAMZY KYSIA- Counter Punch-Yesterday, I was discovered by Zainab Fawqi-Sleem - a young, Lebanese woman who was killed in Houla, alongside her sister-in-law, Selma, on July 15th. Zainab is but one of over 1,300 innocents killed in this war, but she is the one who found me.
|Can you really not see?||Amira Hass-Ha`arestz-Could it be that you do not know what is happening 15 minutes from your faculties and offices? ||30/8/2006|
|How Washington goaded Israel||Stephen Zunes - Foreign Policy in Focus/Znet - There is increasing evidence that Israel instigated a disastrous war on Lebanon largely at the behest of the United States.||27/8/2006|
|Good morning, Elijahu! ||Uri Avnery - Counterpunch - For 39 years now Israeli soldiers have been compelled to carry our the jobs of a colonial police force: to run after children throwing stones and Molotov cocktails. Suddenly these soldiers were sent to Lebanon to confront tough, well trained and highly motivated guerilla fighters. "We were not trained for this war!" the reserve soldiers now complain. They are right.||27/8/2006|
|Who`s to blame? Israel on the slide||Alexander Cockburn - Counterpunch - Disfigured by its "special relationship" with the US arms industry, of which the US Congress is an integral component, the IDF has been morally corrupted by years of risk-free brutalization of unarmed Palestinians, many of them children.||27/8/2006|
|Palestinians must be ready for 3 November||Daoud Kuttab - Bitterlemons - Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh seem to have realized the need to remove any Israeli excuses not to engage with them.||27/8/2006|
|Hizbullah surprised at Israeli offensive||Jerusalem Post - "Hizbullah had information that the US and Israel were planning to launch an attack against the organization in September or October, but due to American and Israeli public pressure following the kidnapping of the two soldiers, the attacks were carried out earlier, prior to Israel being fully prepared for a full-scale attack."||26/8/2006|
|The great beneficiary of Israel`s Lebanon adventure: Iran||AL-AHRAM - Mustafa El-Labbad - Israel`s architecture of destruction, drafted by its raiding aircraft across large swaths of southern Lebanon, could not conceal the limits of Israeli military might.||26/8/2006|
|Israel at a Loss||Palestine Media Center - Azmi Bishara - "Israel had one specific war aim, which was to revive the mainstay of its security creed, its deterrent power. (...) If the war made anything clear it is that Israel`s dependency on its air force may wreak appalling destruction (and therefore deter societies), but it fails to deter a resistance force that has entrenched itself deep beneath the ground. "||26/8/2006|
|Wars you don`t win by force - at the death of Yizhar Smilansky||Middle East News Service / Yitzhak Laor - Ha`aretz - "It is once again obvious that there are wars that you do not win by force. Even when the force is superlatively massive and smart. You don`t beat Katyushas, it seems, by force. In the same way that the suicide terrorists didn`t win by force, in the same way that the intifada wasn`t won by force."||26/8/2006|
|Uncomfortable Truths about Israel||Larry C. Johnson - AlterNet - "Now we have the spectacle of Hizbullah acting with statesmanship and restraint while the Israelis destroy their credibility among the international community. That is a truth Israel`s true friends need to communicate to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in the strongest terms possible."||26/8/2006|
|A Tsunami of Confusion - Antisemitism and the Arab-Israeli conflict||Tony Klug - Prospect Magazine - "There is little doubt that there has been a marked increase in open antipathy towards Jews in a number of countries around the world, most strikingly among Arabs and Muslims. If this trend continues much longer, the mood it reflects could become firmly entrenched within these societies. While deeply worrying, there is no mystery about what has triggered it."||26/8/2006|
|After Lebanon, a wise Palestinian strategy required||Daoud Kuttab-Arabic Media Internet Network-"A more significant change will occur if a solution is found that could lead to the release of the captured Israeli soldier, coupled with an end to the firing of cross border rockets from Gaza into Israel."||25/8/2006|
|And the Loser Is... Everyone ||Leon Hadar - Antiwar - "The only possible good news resulting from the crisis has to do with the bad news. The rising influence of the radical forces in the Middle East could create incentives for the more moderate elements in the Arab world and Israel to step up the efforts toward accommodation and help revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. But don`t hold your breath."
|The `New Middle East` Bush Is Resisting||Saad Eddin Ibrahim - Washington Post - "President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may be quite right about a new Middle East being born. In fact, their policies in support of the actions of their closest regional ally, Israel, have helped midwife the newborn. But it will not be exactly the baby they have longed for. For one thing, it will be neither secular nor friendly to the United States. For another, it is going to be a rough birth."
|International involvement more important than ever||Ghassan Khatib - bitterlemons.org - Ramifications of the Lebanon ceasefire - Ed. 33 - "The way the war in Lebanon ended strengthened the support for political Islamic movements and armed resistance among Palestinians...
Until the capture of an Israeli soldier in Gaza and the war in Lebanon the more moderate and realistic wing of Hamas in the ministries and parliament seemed to be in the ascendancy. The way the war in Lebanon ended, coupled with the Israeli arrests of relatively moderate members of the government, has played into the hands of the more radical wing of Hamas."||22/8/2006|
|This is no way to make a deal||Danny Rubinstein - Haaretz - "The unilateral concept now seems to be dying. Along with it may die its twin sibling: the separation wall. What use is there for a wall when war is fought with Katyushas, Qassams and kidnappings? When the wall`s path followed the Green Line, it was one thing, but when it started to penetrate into the West Bank, and particularly into the Jerusalem area - it became a delusional annexation plan that is nearly impossible to carry out, other than with suffering, discrimination and exploitation that cannot last in the long run."||22/8/2006|
|Not Sparta - and just as well||Doron Rosenblum - Haaretz - "Israel is not Sparta, and this is a good thing. It was not established in order to be a spearhead against global Islam, or in order to serve as an alert squad for the Western world." ||19/8/2006|
|Talking only to ourselves||Daniel Ben Simon-Haaretz-"It is torturous to think that had similar diplomatic energy been invested vis-a-vis Palestinian leaders, Lebanese leaders and Syrian leaders, perhaps everything would look different. Perhaps we would even be living in peace with them."||18/8/2006|
|From Mania to Depression||Uri Avnery- Gush Shalom Web Site-"This is how it goes: At long last, two days before the end, the land offensive started to roll. Thanks to our heroic soldiers, the men of the reserves, it was a dazzling success. And then, when we were on the verge of a great victory, the cease-fire came into effect."||18/8/2006|
|Cease-Fire: Shaking Core Beliefs in the Middle East||George Friedman -Stratfor Geopolitical Intelligence Report -"Hezbollah and Iran hoped for this outcome, though they did not really expect it. They got it. The question on the table now is what they will do with it. "||18/8/2006|
|The meaning of Israeli Arab support for Hizballah ||Yossi Alpher - Bitterlemons - "Hizballah, with Iran`s backing, has in recent years successfully recruited several Israeli Arab agents. Now we must recognize that it has also made progress in winning over the hearts and minds of the Palestinian citizens of Israel."
|After 34 days of war, Hizbullah turns its attention to rebuilding southern Lebanon ||Declan Walsh - The Guardian - ""We want to bring south Lebanon back to life and rebuild it better than it was before the war," said Nabil Kaouk, Hizbullah`s top official in southern Lebanon, standing before the group`s flattened headquarters building in Tyre. "
|Lebanon`s pain grows by the hour as death toll hits 1,300 ||Robert Fisk - The Independent - "How many of these dead would have survived if George Bush and Tony Blair had demanded an immediate ceasefire weeks ago will never be known. But many would have had the chance of life had Western governments not regarded this dirty war as an "opportunity" to create a "new" Middle East by humbling Iran and Syria. "
|Love it or hate it, Hizbullah has lessons for all Arabs||The Daily Star - Editorial - "Hizbullah did not suddenly materialize magically on a Persian carpet or a divine edict. The organization methodically built itself up and sharpened its capabilities in all fields over a period of years. The core of its success is its capacity to identify the real needs of its constituents, meet those needs systematically through an efficient network of staff and managers, and not to waste time bragging about the fact in public. "
|Talking only to ourselves ||Daniel Ben Simon - Haaretz - "Instead of speaking with our enemies we speak with our friends, not to say our patrons, the Americans, as though we were lowly vassals. We have adopted English almost as a mother tongue and we relate to Arabic as almost an existential threat. Thus far, the subordination of our lives, our values and our future to the Americans has not proved itself. We have never been as insecure as we are today. As part of our despair we are surrounding ourselves with a wall and turning the symbol of national rebirth into a fortified Jewish ghetto closed on all sides."
|Hezbollah gaining strength where democracy once dwelt||Rashid Khalidi - Chicago Tribune -"The Israeli government and the Bush administration both suffer from the foolish illusion (one easy to understand among warmongers in Washington who have never been near a battlefield) that war is the solution to problems in the Middle East. The idea that Arabs understand only force, which underlies American and Israeli policies, is racist and profoundly mistaken. As long as such dangerous illusions reign, innocents will continue to die in Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Israel. "
|Bush `helped Israeli attack on Lebanon` ||Dan Glaister - The Guardian - "The US government was closely involved in planning the Israeli campaign in Lebanon, even before Hizbullah seized two Israeli soldiers in a cross border raids in July."||16/8/2006|
|Deepening the fault lines||Omar Yousef Shehabi -
The Electronic Intifada -
"Olmert and Bush know that the Israeli public has lost its nerve and its stomach for a unilateral withdrawal from one inch of the West Bank."||16/8/2006|
|Limits of force: Israel`s hollow victory in Lebanon ||Amin Saikal -
" a warning that the use of force may not be the best means to bring about peace and stability to the Middle East."
|We told Olmert the army is hollow ||Akiva Eldar -
"This was not the first time Olmert had heard the army is not properly prepared for war."||16/8/2006|
|In the face of Bush`s lies, it`s left to Assad to tell the truth ||Robert Fisk -
The Independent -
"that the Lebanese Hizbollah guerrilla army has, in effect, won this round of their war with Israel.||16/8/2006|
|Lessons Learnt from the War||Hanna Siniora -
"An assessment of what took place on the two fronts, Gaza and Lebanon demonstrated again that force can never resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict."||16/8/2006|
|First the Truce, Then the Test of How Long It Can Last ||STEVEN ERLANGER -
NY Times -
""why should the Israeli public support a withdrawal from the West Bank to create a Palestinian state?”"
|Israel`s verdict: we lost the war ||Donald Macintyre -
The Independent -
"The fragility of the ceasefire was underlined by four incidents in which Israeli troops shot dead six Hizbollah fighters after the ceasefire began at 8am yesterday."||15/8/2006|
|American support may no longer be enough||Martin Jacques -- The Guardian -- Israel`s long-term future lies in connecting with its Arab neighbours, not a western superpower thousands of miles away||14/8/2006|
|As the 6am ceasefire takes effect... the real war begins||Robert Fisk -- The Independent -- "At this fatal juncture in Middle East history - and no one should underestimate this moment`s importance in the region - the Israeli army appears as impotent to protect its country as the Hizbollah clearly is to protect Lebanon"||14/8/2006|
|Doves of prey||B. Michael – YNET – “Israel`s belligerent doves should pause to ponder one small question: If they – famous peace lovers – have turned into doves of prey after deaths of 100 Israelis, then what do they suppose is going through the minds of doves, hawks alike who have suffered 1,000 casualties, hundreds of thousands of displaced persons, and scores of pounded villages?”||14/8/2006|
|What the Hell has happened to the Army?||Uri Avnery -- Gush Shalom – “The common denominator of all the failures is the disdain for Arabs, a contempt that has dire consequences. It has caused total misunderstanding, a kind of blindness of Hizbullah`s motives, attitudes, standing in Lebanese society etc.”
|To failure`s credit||Gideon Levy - Haaretz - Israel has failed in its latest Lebanon adventure - and that`s a good thing, for everybody. ||13/8/2006|
|Dershowitz` descent into moral barbarism||Norman Finkelstein - Counterpunch - a discussion of Alan Dershowitz` latest apologia for the USA and Israel, his new book, "Preemption".||13/8/2006|
|How to talk to your Jewish friends about Israel||Ira Chernus - Commondreams - “I can talk to my Jewish friends about anything -- except Israel. When that subject comes up, they just shut down.” I’ve heard this complaint from so many people, so many times, that I want to offer a few suggestions about how to talk to your “pro-Israel” Jewish friends.||13/8/2006|
|Learning from its mistakes||Charles Glass - London Review of Books - "As the last shot was fired, the terrible, savage cry rose again from the crowd. Mothers with babies rushed forward to look on the bodies at close range, and small boys ran from one to the other spitting upon the bodies. The crowd dispersed, men and women laughing and shouting at one another. Barbarous?"||13/8/2006|
|You are terrorists, we are virtuous ||Yitzhak Laor - London Review of Books - The mainstream left has never seriously tried to oppose the military. The notion that we had no alternative but to attack Lebanon and that we cannot stop until we have finished the job: these are army-sponsored truths, decided by the military and articulated by state intellectuals and commentators. So are most other descriptions of the war, such as the Tel Aviv academic Yossef Gorni’s statement in Haaretz, that ‘this is our second war of independence.’ The same sort of nonsense was written by the same kind of people when the 2000 intifada began.||13/8/2006|
|Who? Me?! ||Uri Avnery - WHO? ME? Now everybody already admits that something basic has gone wrong in this war. The proof: the War of the Generals, that previously started only after the conclusion of a war, has now become public while the war is still going on.||13/8/2006|
|Ceasefire on paper, fire on the ground||The Other Israel - weekly comment||13/8/2006|
|The heart of stone and three un-motherly mothers||Nurit Peled Elhanan - Hagada Hasmalit - "What a masculine and sexy word: to crush. How good it is to crush `them.` Who, exactly, is being crushed? It’s not clear, not to the three mothers, nor to anyone else, only the sense that the crushing somehow sooths the awful fear of the other, across the border."
|101 Uses of Chaos||Mark LeVine -- TomDispatch -- "With George Bush still insisting on the need to fight `Islamic fascism` to the bitter end, Labor Party Defense Minister Amir Peretz imploring Israeli soldiers to turn southern Lebanon `to dust,` and Iran`s Mahmud Ahmedinejad declaring the need to wipe Israel off the map, the hubris, arrogance, and utter disdain for human life that has brought the Middle East to its latest precipice continues to harden the hearts of leaders and peoples alike. And all will be the losers because of it"||12/8/2006|
|On Israel, Lebanon and Palestine||Noam Chomsky -- ZNet -- "Every published Western `timeline` takes that [the capture of Corporal Gilad Shalit on June 25] as the opening event. Yet the day before, Israeli forces kidnapped two Gaza civilians, a doctor and his brother, and sent them to the Israeli prison system where they can join innumerable other Palestinians, many held without charges -- hence kidnapped"||12/8/2006|
|If Gaza is forgotten due to Israeli war on Lebanon, what of the West Bank & East Jerusalem? ||Kristen Ess -- PNN -- "Shall I mention once again that the Israelis continue to wage the most effective propaganda campaign in history, that the Americans who are not saying, `Israel has the right to defend itself` think that it is the Israelis under occupation?"||12/8/2006|
|Commercial and political exploitation of stolen land -- Settlers on Israel’s eastern frontier||Gadi Algazi -- Le Monde diplomatique -- The settlements of the West Bank built in the past decade, privately financed and publicly backed, have attracted nonpolitical Jews, both the well-off looking for gated communities and poor, big families who just want affordable housing||12/8/2006|
|The End of Lebanon?||Ran HaCohen - Electronic Lebanon - "The UN Security Council resolution draft on Lebanon reflects a new stage of Western colonialism in the Middle East, and perhaps a historic precedent: for the first time, the UN Security Council - should the resolution draft be endorsed - breaches the fundamental principle of the right of people under occupation to resist, and in fact legitimizes the violent partition of the sovereign state of Lebanon."
|Crisis in Lebanon ||The Nation - Editorial - "The United States cannot in good conscience allow Lebanon`s humanitarian crisis to continue. Washington must put aside its usual support-Israel-at-all-costs stance and use its influence to get Israel to call off its offensive and withdraw from Lebanon. The alternative--more warfare, increased instability and rising sectarian hatred--is a dead end for all of us. "
|Israel has already lost this war ||Ghayth Armanazi - The Independent - "Every war is won or lost not by measure of the cold statistics of hardware or lives - or even territory - lost or consumed by the protagonists at the end of hostilities. Rather, it must be seen against the overall strategic picture that emerges through the dust of battle. The Sixth War is going to leave an indelible mark on that strategic picture - and it will not make pretty viewing for the Israelis or their US backers."
|Hizbollah`s iron discipline is match for military machine ||Robert Fisk - The Independent - "Israel`s frustration - and its sense of loss since 15 of its soldiers were killed in just the fraction of the south Lebanese border area which it "controls" over the past 24 hours - was evident in a potentially criminal document which it dropped over Beirut yesterday. Signed "the State of Israel" - which at least makes its origins clear - the tracts announced that "the Israeli Defence Forces intend to expand their operations in Beirut"."
|Someone to fight with ||Tom Segev - Haaretz - "On Shabbat morning Amos Oz phoned his friend, MK Haim Oron (Meretz), and informed him that the time had come to end the war. He and two other leading Israeli authors, A.B. Yehoshua and David Grossman, wanted to sign a public declaration to that effect"||11/8/2006|
|Twilight zone / The home-front brigade ||Gideon Levy - Haaretz - "Where else are there places like this? Where else are there wars like this? Huddling together in an underground shelter in a border town are the mother of a soldier who is fighting in Lebanon, together with a Lebanese neighbor whose whole family is in bomb-blasted Beirut, the new immigrant from an upper floor who just arrived from the steppes of Kazakhstan, and the unemployed neighbor from the ground floor who says she`s seen it all"||11/8/2006|
|Olmert cannot remain in the prime minister`s office ||Ari Shavit - Haaretz - "And after arrogantly and hastily bursting into war, Olmert managed it hesitantly, unfocused and limp. He neglected the home front and abandoned the residents of the north. He also failed shamefully on the diplomatic front."
|The New Middle East ||Rami Bathish - MIFTAH - "Without doubt, the so called “New Middle East” doctrine represents a clear paradigm shift in the political map of the region; one that is fully compatible with US and Zionist global strategic interests"||10/8/2006|
|It is Lebanon, not Israel, that faces a threat to its existence in this war ||Ahmad Samih Khalidi - The Guardian - "The Franco-US resolution is an absurdity: it would give Israel immunity while denying Lebanon the right to defend itself"
|Between cholera and the plague ||Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - "The result of this whole mess is that an incursion deep into Lebanon will leave Israel with a choice between cholera and the plague, between sitting for a prolonged period in fortified positions in the killing fields around the Litani or abandoning the whole of Lebanon to the hands of the war coalition of Hezbollah-Syria-Iran."
|Regressing a full generation ||Meron Benvenisti - Haaretz - "Those who began this unrestrained war want to inflate its importance, in order to justify the terrible - and steadily increasing - price that is being paid solely in order to achieve a victory for the gambler. But perhaps the fact that they are conducting a 1950s strategy with a 21st-century society and culture is cause for optimism: It will not work."
|What do you say to a man whose family is buried under the rubble? ||Robert Fisk - The Independent - "Perhaps there are two moral lessons from this, one obvious, the other familiar. Don`t shoot at drones. And don`t believe for a moment the Israelis will care about firing missiles into your home when their little toy spots a man with a gun." ||10/8/2006|
|Israel set to invade Lebanon despite lessons of 1982 war ||Donald Macintyre - The Independent - "Israel has approved a major escalation of war by voting to send thousands of fresh troops deeper into Lebanon in an expanded offensive echoing its invasion nearly a quarter of a century ago."
|Their power of endurance ||Amira Hass -
"Take what the northern residents have been going through for a month, multiply it by 1,000, add an economic blockade, power and water cuts, and no wages. This is how the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been "living" for the past six years."
|Israel`s promise of humanitarian corridors is exposed as a sham ||Robert Fisk -
The Independent -
"Requests from humanitarian organisations for clearance from the Israelis are now being refused."||9/8/2006|
|An End to Unilateralism||NADIA HIJAB -
"What Israel and the U.S. Wanted May Not Be At All What
|The refugees` fury will be felt for generations to come||Karma Nabulsi -
The Electronic Intifada -
"In Gaza and Lebanon, in the refugee camps of Khan Younis, Rafah and Jabaliya, in Tyre and Beirut, in Nabatiyeh and Sidon, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children seek refuge."||8/8/2006|
|Crocodile tears of leaders as city burns ||Robert Fisk -
The Independent -
"It was preposterous, scandalous, shameful to listen to these robed apparatchiks - most of them are paid, armed or otherwise supported by the West - shed their crocodile tears before a nation on its knees."||8/8/2006|
|Three conflicts, two mind-sets, one solution ||Marwan Bishara -
International Herald Tribune -
"The only means of halting the cycle of violence and terrorism in the Middle East, and paving the way toward real freedom, is to end military occupation."
|Same old crisis ||Mustafa Abu Sway -
" One should not lose sight of the original cause of all that is going on today: the Israeli occupation of Arab lands."
|Israeli Intellectuals Love the War||Ran HaCohen -
"The present war is always
inevitable, and necessary, and just, and worthy of
|When the skies rain death||Azmi Bishara-
" It is a cowardly and vindictive way to behave, open to those who possess an air force which enable them to become arrogant airborne tyrants."||8/8/2006|
|Is Israel Any Safer Now?||Am Johal -- PalestineChronicle.com -- There are wiser courses of action which Israel and the US could follow which would not lead to the same outcomes which occur with such frequency||7/8/2006|
|All the Time in the World to Kill and Destroy||On the relationship between the non-intervention of the international community in the face of crimes against humanity committed by Israel in Gaza and the provocation of Hezbollah in the Northern border, Israel’s decision to go to war against Lebanon, and the extension granted by the international community to continue the killing and destruction||7/8/2006|
|Thinking in terms of the other side||Yitzhak Laor -- Haaretz -- "That is the great trap of military thinking, the Israelis` only way of thought regarding the conflict: not only belief in the need to be superior, right or wrong, able or not able, but especially the inability to think in terms of the other side, not as an object translated and interpreted by the Intelligence Corps, but as human beings"||7/8/2006|
|Israeli pilots `deliberately miss` targets||Inigo Gilmore -- The Observer – Fliers admit aborting raids on civilian targets as concern grows over the reliability of intelligence
|The Case for Boycotting Israel -- Boycott Now!||Virginia Tilley – CounterPunch – “’Demographic threat’ is the most disgustingly racist phrase still openly deployed in international parlance. It has been mysteriously tolerated by a perplexed international community. But it can be tolerated no longer”||7/8/2006|
|A terrible thought occurs to me - that there will be another 9/11 ||Robert Fisk - The Independent - And do the Israelis realise that they are legitimising Hizbollah, that a rag-tag army of guerrillas is winning its spurs against an Israeli army and air force whose targets - if intended - prove them to be war criminals and if unintended suggest that they are a rif-raff little better than the Arab armies they have been fighting, on and off, for more than half a century? ||7/8/2006|
|Junkies of war||Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - So we shall get to the Litani River. Beyond it, there is another river, and another one. Lebanon has an abundance of rivers we can get to. Perhaps it would be worthwhile for these two junkies, Olmert and Peretz, to come down from their "high" and study the map.
|Errand boy/girl||Charley Reese - King Features Syndicate - "For a long time I believed that World War I was the most stupid war ever fought in human history, but by golly, the brain-dead governments in Washington and Tel Aviv might yet blunder into one that surpasses it."
|Gilbert Achcar interviewed by Andrew Kennedy||Gilbert Achcar - Socialist Outlook/Alternative Information Centre - "Hatred for Israel and the US is reaching new peaks. All this will undoubtedly fuel the growth of terrorist organisations of the Al Qaeda type. I’m afraid that what we have seen up to now — 9/11, 7/7 and Madrid—is but a foretaste of horrors to come that will affect the civilian populations in the West." ||6/8/2006|
|Jihad against Hezbollah||Stephen Zunes - Commondreans/Foreign Policy in Focus - it appears that the USA has insisted on labelling Hezbollah a "terrorist organization" in order to have a pretext to attack Syria and/or Iran.||5/8/2006|
|Command, logistics main problems for proposed Lebanon peacekeepers||Prashant Rao -Jordan Times/Agence France-Presse -"The United States would be seen as the wrong actor in the region, NATO is seen by some as the wrong actor, as well,"||5/8/2006|
|IDF carving out buffer zone in south Lebanon||Ze`ev Schiff, Amos Harel and Aluf Benn-Haaretz-"A missile crashed into the two-story house of Hani Abdo Marmar, killing him instantly along with his wife and child"||5/8/2006|
|The Long-Term Battle: Defining ‘Victory’ Before the World ||STEVEN ERLANGER - New York Times - "Prime Minister Ehud Olmert wants to ensure that when a cease-fire is finally arranged, Israel is seen as having won a decisive victory over Hezbollah. It is important for him politically, especially after a slow and fumbling start to this war. In part, Israel wants to recover from an image of an unimpressive military venture against a tough, small, but well-trained group of fighters."
|Tactics of insurgency ||Amyas Godfrey - The Guardian - "The difficulty inherent with asymmetric warfare - the military term for fighting irregular forces with conventional forces - is that your enemy is able to "move among the people like a fish in water"." ||3/8/2006|
|How Israel`s gung-ho leaders turned victory into calamity ||Nehemia Shtrasler - The Guardian - "Our government, in its desperation to outgun its predecessor, spurned a glorious chance to come out of this with honour"
|Entire Lebanese family killed in Israeli attack on hospital ||Robert Fisk - The Independent - "An attack on a hospital, the killing of an entire Lebanese family, the seizure of five men in Baalbek and a new civilian death toll - 468 men, women and children - marked the 22nd day of Israel`s latest war on Lebanon.
|Between two friends||Tom Segev - Haaretz - "Israel has adopted the moral values of Hezbollah: Whatever they are doing to the residents of northern Israel, we can also do to the citizens of Lebanon, and even more. Many Israelis tended to look at the Qana incident primarily as a media disaster and not as something that imposed on them any ethical responsibility."||3/8/2006|
|What the right has to offer||Gideon Levy – Haaretz – “The right has to come up with some answers now. All the despairing leftists and the new and confused enlistees in the right must stop and ask themselves: What exactly is the developing right actually offering? While in Syria, for example, they are thinking about the long term, and its president Bashar Assad has a vision for future generations to make Israel surrender, the Israeli discourse is characterized by total evasion of any long-term thinking. At most, the talk is about tomorrow. There`s a reason for this: the Israeli right has no solutions”||21/8/2006|
|As Full of Pro-Israeli Holes as Swiss Cheese -- Inside 1701: What the UN Security Council`s Ceasefire Resolution Actually Says||Virginia Tilley – CounterPunch – “Brought under the microscope, what exactly does Resolution 1701 say? A line-by-line analysis reveals that it is as full of pro-Israeli holes as a Swiss cheese. It also has two significant pro-Lebanese holes. But the over-all weight of the resolution indicates that Israel holds the crucial card: whether and when to withdraw its forces from Lebanese territory”
|The logic of suicide terrorism||Scott McConnell - It’s the occupation, not the fundamentalism: there is evidence that withdrawal of military forces really does diminish the ability of the terrorist leaders to recruit more suicide terrorists. [editor`s note: this article is over a year old, but still very relevant to the present day]
|What are the achievements of this war?||Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom/Counterpunch - every one of the 154 Israeli dead of Lebanon War II (until the cease-fire) died for the settlers on the [occupied Syrian] Golan Heights.
|Israel was the Aggressor||Ahmad Tibi - Bitterlemons - "It was just natural that [Israeli Arabs] would express empathy for the victim, saying at the same time that we are against targeting civilians, whether in Beirut, Haifa or Gaza."||20/8/2006|
|Always at a disadvantage||Ghassan Khatib - Bitterlemons - Palestinian citizens of Israel, almost to a man, maintained their principled positions against Israeli aggression and occupation of neighboring Arab land, including in Lebanon. That added strain to the already tense relations between them and many Israeli right-wingers||20/8/2006|
|The war to end the war||Yehonatan Gefen - Maariv - "How much time did our leaders, the deep thinkers, spend in asking themselves whether we would really achieve something by starting this war? How much? Thirty seconds? Five minutes? When you buy yourself a new t-shirt or decide which film to see tonight, you spend more time on thinking." ||19/8/2006|
|What now for Hizbullah?||Omayma Abdel-Latif - Al-Ahram - "The fighting may have
ended but, say many observers, another battle awaits Hizbullah,
this time on the home front where calls began to be voiced for
Hizbullah to disarm even before the guns went silent." ||19/8/2006|
|Peacekeepers Are Not Peacemakers ||NANCY SODERBERG -
NY Times -
"These are goals so ambitious that no peacekeeping force, not even NATO, could achieve them."||2/8/2006|
|Crossing `red lines,` an apt mood for describring the region`s future||Emad Omar -
The Daily Star -
"There is no space for moderate voices, just their marginalization"||2/8/2006|
|Bush and Blair vs. Peace: Appeasing/Assisting Israel`s War On Lebanon And Gaza ||Milan Rai -
"The Lebanese Government plan is being ignored. The Hezbollah offer is being ignored. Peace is being rejected by Israel, George Bush - and Tony Blair."
|The most unsuccessful war ||Ze`ev Sternhell -
"a war of survival was invented, which by nature must be long and exhausting."||2/8/2006|
|A Nato-led force would be in Israel`s interests, but not Lebanon`s ||Robert Fisk -
The Independent -
"And this time, we will watch a Nato-led army`s disintegration at close quarters."||2/8/2006|
|Palestinians Also Want Multinational Force ||Kaled Abu Toameh -
"If the international community wants to send troops to patrol the border between Israel and Lebanon, there`s no reason why a similar force should not be deployed in the Gaza Strip."
|Making its own bed - Israel`s consistent refusal to release Prisoners||Ghassan Khatib -
The oppression embodied in the large scale and widespread imprisonment of Palestinians together with ever more oppressive measures...are responsible for maintaining the active rejection of and hostility and resistance to the Israeli occupation and Israel.
|The 155th Victim ||Uri Avnery -
Gush Shalom -
"What remains? No peace, no negotiations, no solution at all for the historic conflict. "||23/8/2006|
| Lessons from history||MIKE MARQUSEE - The Hindu - "Apologists for Israel`s militarism are drawing perverse lessons from the Holocaust and the wider history of anti-semitism."||22/8/2006|
|The Arab world`s silence has left the last word to those we call extremists ||Alain Gresh
- The Guardian - "Hamas began in Gaza in 1987, after 20 years of Israeli occupation, surfing on the tidal wave of the first intifada. Hizbullah emerged from the fight against occupation forces after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. What new extremist organisation will rise from the fresh ruins of Lebanon?
|A home front without backing||Haaretz -- "The population that is paying the war`s heavy price is divided into two: the weaker section, stuck unprotected or in inhuman conditions, and those who moved to the center of the country and are forced to manage on their own"||5/8/2006|
|What Can Israel Achieve? ||Immanuel Wallerstein
- "If Israel wants not to become a Crusader state that is in the end
extinguished, it is only Hamas and Hezbollah that can guarantee the survival of Israel. "
|Hezbollah`s Top Ally in Israel. On Halutz`s Bombing War||ALEXANDER COCKBURN - Counterpunch - "history shows air power doesn`t win wars, or even battles."||4/8/2006|
|Sheik Up||Annia Ciezadlo - New republic - on Hezbollah`s leader Nasrallah. [Editor`s comment (VB): the article underscores the idiocy of the Israeli policy which is currently empowering this man]||4/8/2006|
|The Apache war ||Salman Masalha - Haaretz - "This is the time to make a conscious turnabout, among both the Israelis and Palestinians, before we all march gloriously to hell. Needless to say, the deluge won`t follow.
|Scaling the Heights of Perverted Logic||Reuven Kaminer - "It simply had not occurred to the two of them that it is harder to get out of a war than to get into one. Now they are finding this exit especially hard to find since their political hides and careers are on the block."||5/8/2006|
|Punishment rains down on proxies||ASSAF ORON -Seattle Post- Intelligencer - "If we fail to uphold the sanctity of life regardless of nationality, we risk seeing the whole planet drenched in blood soon."||5/8/2006|
|Mayors for Peace: Cities Are Not Targets!||Mayors for Peace-Communique - "With excessive and indiscriminate firepower, military action has lost all sense of proportion. Continued armed conflict cannot be condoned. There must be an immediate ceasefire."||5/8/2006|
|The Family That Stays Together Dies Together||Robert Fisk -- The Palestine Chronicle -- "Hizbollah is killing more Israeli soldiers than civilians and the Israelis are killing far more Lebanese civilians than they are guerrillas"||5/8/2006|
|The Knife in the Back||Uri Avneri -- Gush Shalom -- "Always, in every country and after every war, when the generals fail, the `knife in the back` legend raises its head. If only the politicians had not stopped the army just when it was on the point of achieving a glorious, crushing, historic victory..."||5/8/2006|
|Massacre at Qana may be a turning point||Karim Makdisi -- Philadelphia Inquirer -- "This latest massacre in Qana, however, may be a turning point against U.S. plans for Lebanon and the region: It has wiped away any ambivalence about who started this war, and has unified Lebanon and the Arab world"||5/8/2006|
|War of deception and stupidity||Prof. Zeev Maoz – YNET – “The real war is over the image and soul of the State of Israel […] – its results, however, are more important than the struggle between Israel and the Hizbullah in Lebanon. This is a war over values, over the essence of civilian courage, over stating truths however painful and unpopular […]; this is a war over the image and the future of Israel as moral state. This is in fact a war between a minority and a majority: between few in number, who since the first shot was fired named this war appropriately - a war of deception and stupidity between those who started it, are running it and lending it an ideological tailwind”||5/8/2006|
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