Gaza and Hamas

Israel eases its blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza to allow in virtually all consumer goods, items from household cleaners to timber that had been barred from import for years to prevent Hamas from attacks on Israeli soil.

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  • Teaching Hate and Seeing Violence is no Recipe for Peace For the last few years I’ve had the privilege and tremendous responsibility of working in civic education.  Teaching involves more than just facts or formulas, but an effort to shape the intellect and work to better the soul of one’s students.  My goal was never to foist my views, but to challenge students on their ...
  • “Who’s the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?” Clearly, this is a fraught time in Israel-Palestinian relations.  A third intifada may not happen, but violence is increasing.  Abbas– unable to achieve his goals despite grandstanding at the UN– is threatening to resign and let the Palestinian Authority fall apart (or fall to Hamas).  Many blame Israeli intransigence.  Settlements are the issue, some say.  ...
  • A Terrible, Wonderful, Violent, Peaceful Year What a year! What a terrible, wonderful, violent, peaceful year! Parts of the world are moving in slow motion, while other parts are moving too fast for us to grasp.  Israel’s neighbors are caught in a maelstrom of change.  The Arab Spring is a poisoned pill for Israel: the fall of the old despots held the promise ...
  • The UN is No Friend to Israel This Thursday, Palestine hopes to achieve non-member observer state status in the United Nations General assembly.  It is likely that they will succeed. This recognition continues a trend of what can be described as at best, cold, and at worst, hostile, relations between the United Nations and Israel. Throughout the United Nation’s history, Israel has been ...
  • Rally to Support Israel! If you’re in Los Angeles, come out to support Israel this weekend!
  • War’s One Truth “War is hell.” There has never been and never will be a more apt description.  War is ugly.  It is bloody.  It is shameless.  It is unconscionable. And, sometimes, war is necessary. We cannot avoid war when our enemies pursue it so relentlessly and that is a shame.  Hamas has launched hundreds of rockets at Israel.  For a ...
  • The Harsh Reflections in the Mirror There is an old adage, that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, a cliché meant to assuage the consciences of those who support the objectives of murderers and turn a blind eye to their means.  But are their ends any sort of freedom?  Hardly.  The terrorists Israel faces from Hamas and Hezbollah do ...
  • When Charity Comes Back to Kill Anyone who ever visits Britain should take the time to stop by the British Library. It’s in a rough area of London, but it’s an incredible site with a literal tower of books, a restaurant that serves beer to scholars at lunchtime, and an attached museum. I studied there and one moment stands out to ...
  • A Conversation We Need to Have on Israel, Part 2 After my last post about conversations I would like to stop having on Israel, I considered conversations that the mainstream audience is not having on Israel. The British Ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould said this week that there is a “growing concern” in the United Kingdom that Israel isn’t doing enough to achieve progress in the ...
  • Hell’s Kindergarten When Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip it wasted little time in consolidating its power.  Part of this was a purge of Fatah members from government.  Proving that it could stand up to Israel was another part.  So, Hamas began a campaign of inciting Israel to war.  The result was Operation Cast Lead.  In ...

 

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