Articles of the Day 3/28/14: New Demands Coming
“David Meidan recently told the head of Turkish intelligence, Hakan Fidan, that embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad could respond to a Turkish strike by firing long-range missiles and chemical weapons at Turkey, reported Tara.”
Deaf ears likely did not hear the warning from a government eager to find a distraction.
“He said that although it is undeniable that many Palestinian Arabs are suffering, the facts on the ground prove that the finger of blame should be pointed not towards Israel, but towards Hamas and “the Palestinian leadership” who, instead of responding to repeated Israeli overtures for peace, instead pursue an agenda of anti-Semitic incitement, rejectionism and terrorism.”
That really says it all. Most people will say both are to blame for the conflict but the reality is the Palestinians always reject peace. They simply don’t want it and no amount of squeezing Israel will make them want it.
“Two Palestinian Authority officials recently asserted that Islamic law forbids Jews from praying at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, both adding that the wall was an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.”
We should see this turn into a new demand from the Palestinians. What is next? Jews not allowed to breath air in Israel?
“So, one may ask, if Jewishness is so firmly instilled in Israel, why must it demand such recognition from the Palestinians? The answer lies simply in the outspoken refusal of the Palestinians to recognize and accept the obvious truth. It reflects a failure of sincerity to fulfill a peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israel conflict, a contumacy that betrays a hatred that may never disappear and contains the seeds of future wars. In short, without that recognition, Israel cannot believe in the sincerity of an Arab world that continues to practice the incitement of hatred of Israel and of Jews.”
“One of the sad realities of many modern Arab societies is that Arab students have been denied history, their own and the world’s. For decades, millions of Arabs have lived under autocrats resentful of the legacy of the leader they replaced and fearful of the leader-to-come. Although Arabs revere the study, writing and teaching of history, and have produced many famous historians, their rulers often tend to view history as a threat. The result is that many historians in Arab countries are more like the court chroniclers of long-dead dynasties, and entire chapters of history have been expunged from the curricula that Arab governments teach their students.”
“One thing the Supreme Leader will be keeping an eye on during this week’s Arab League summit is the growing foreign policy rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia that has led to the split of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are determined to combat Iran’s regional ambitions, whereas Oman and Qatar are on the best terms with the Islamic Republic since the Arab Spring and see Tehran as a manageable partner in a volatile region. Qatar’s unwillingness to buy into the Sunni narrative on the existential threat posed by the Islamic Republic to the Gulf countries was in part behind the Saudi decision to recall its ambassador from Doha. The Supreme Leader may attempt to exploit this split in the GCC via economic and cooperative agreements with Oman and Qatar. Iran’s recent $60 billion 25-year contract with Oman, for example, shows the Supreme Leader’s willingness to employ an array of economic incentives to reshape the GCC and more importantly the regional dynamics in Iran’s favor.”
” Tel Aviv: With the United States irked at the Israelis over their colonisation policies in the West Bank and the lack of progress in peace talks, an obscure diplomatic classification has emerged as a new sticking point between the two allies. To ease the travel of its citizens, Israel is pressing to join 38 other countries in the US Visa Waiver Programme — a prestigious club of nations whose citizens don’t need a preapproved visa to visit America. So far, their efforts have not only been rebuffed, but Israel has seen a spike in the number of young people and military officers rejected entry to the US.”