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  1. I always find it enlightening how EX-world leaders suddenly think that their successors ought to do the things that they themselves couldn’t or wouldn’t do when they themselves were in power. What has changed in their opinion that makes the world now different from when they held the reins?
    Maybe Arik Sharon was right when he stated, before the disengagement from Gaza, when asked how come he changed his mind so radically, “things that you see from here you don’t see from there”.

    1. You’ve undermined yr argument. Sharon was actually saying that when he became PM he saw & understood things diff. than when he was merely an MK or minister. If other world leaders including a few in Israel had half as much flexibility I think we might be a whole lot better off than we are.

      As for the fact that they are ex-leaders, if a person makes sincere teshuva for their past errors that should suffice to take their current views seriously.

  2. It’s too bad that I missed that interview, but at the same time great because I can only have my blood pressure raised so much before I turn into a crazed vigilante.

    “I believe it’s likely this is a part of the game of psychological warfare waged by the Israelis against the Iranians. But what the Israelis don’t seem to realize is that the Iranians are not stupid. They know Israel has no hope of such a resolution. So the entire exercise appears as a bluff, making Israel appear to be an empty suit.”

    You are quite accurate, pretty much without fail. The unfortunate consequences of being you, Richard, is that you’re right and face a lot of undue criticism for it, but the latter confirms the former. Ehud Barak has played this exact game with Hillary and now seeks to incite anger from Ban-Ki Moon, who if this story makes headlines, will likely have to release his own statements to refute them. Hillary had to do the same thing over the F-35s she denies she promised, but Barak touted to the Knesset, which subsequently or consequently was trumpeted by the echo chamber media.

    It is the Mullahs’ perpetual wet dream to have Israel garner military support for a strike on Iran. The solidarity that would form behind the government of Iran would be unbreakable, unifying all parts of the Iranian spectrum – Iranian-Americans included. They are more than prepared to cause massive damage to interests all over the world, but the simple tactic of blocking the Strait of Hormuz would bring big brother to its knees (with no public support because the entire economy has just been shattered by $300/barrel oil prices), then the world because it’s tied to the US economy, make Iran and Russia richer than ever, and inevitably leave Israel there like a sitting duck when the world realizes the only way to undo this is to convince Iran it had nothing to do with Israel’s intentions and to please undo the blockage. Mind you, when you stand in the Strait on a boat, you can see Oman on one side and Iran on the other in plain view… it’s really narrow. And let’s not fool ourselves, Israel cannot take on Iran alone. 12 million Basiji, just from the paramilitary, would invade by foot. I don’t recall the exact population of Israel, but I think it’s something like 8 million.

    Let’s not forget the regional support Iran would garnish in such an instance, including from China, Turkey, etc., who are major investors in the Iranian economy.

    BTW, Paul Simon — easily a fave. I’ll go with one of his more main stream songs, “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard” for a bit of fun:

    “Me and Vanunu Down by Dimona”

    Bibi and Tzipi rolled out of bed and they ran to the police station
    When Bush found out, he began to shout, and they started the investigation
    It’s against the law, Iran’s against the law!
    and what Barak saw, it was against the law!

    Mahmoud looked down and spit on the ground ev’ry time a blogger gets mentioned
    Khamenei said “Oy, if I get them boy, I’ll stick em in my house of detention!”

    Well I’m on my way.. I don’t know where I’m goin
    I’m on my way, maybe Evin, but I don’t know where

    Goodbye Old Gloooooory, and the Constitution!
    See you, me and Vanunu down by Dimona
    I’m singing me and Vanunu down by Dimona

    In a couple of days they come and take me away
    But Assange let the story leak
    and when inevitable Peace comes and gets me released
    Imma be on the cover of Newsweek
    Well, I’m on my way, but I don’t know where I’m goin’
    I’m on my way, and I’m taking my time, but I don’t know where

    Goodbye Old Glooooory, and the Constitution
    Singing me and Vanunu down by Dimona
    I’m singing me and Vanunu down by Dimona
    See you, me and Vanunu down by Dimona

    Apologies to Mr. Simon lol

    1. PS – Richard please feel free to redact my post. The little text box for inputting your comment doesn’t allow me to realize if I’ve gone too far on your blog. I do so all the time 😡 Sorry.

  3. “. . . the trick is the Palestinian conflict and Iran is the distraction, the escape valve that lets off steam when Israel fails to meet its obligations to negotiate an end to the conflict. What better way to turn the world’s attention away from Israel’s failure than to conjure the Iranian bogeyman who allegedly threatens not just Israel, but the entire world?”

    And we can’t forget that Washington needs to distract the world from the WikiLeaks fiasco. It’s wag-the-dog time.

  4. Bernard Valero, a spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry, revealed on Tuesday that France welcomes the formation of a Palestinian state, becoming the first European country to do so.


      1. As an Israeli I really cannot understand why the hell don’t the Palestinians unilaterally declare independance, like other countries did in the past, and see who recognizes, etc.
        I’m sure many countries will recognize once there is a declaration, countries that might not otherwise give advance recognition.
        What do they have to lose???

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