A survey conducted in Gaza this September showed that a majority of its residents would prefer Fatah to Hamas if elections were held. Early this month President Mahmoud Abbas spoke again of a two state solution and even hinted at compromising on the right of return. What could Israel do in light of this but start a war? Israel can't deal with peace. It has become a war machine, and I'm not referring only to its over-militant decision makers and those who take their orders. Decades of media bias and dogmatic education managed to turn its citizens into a blinded…Read More... | 34 Comments
Israel launches a fresh operation on the Gaza Strip, killing Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari and several civilians. In the meanwhile, the opposition has never seemed so haggard. The assassination of Ahmad Jabari, the architect of both the recent Gilad Shalit prisoner swap and, more importantly, the détente that prevailed between Israel and Hamas for the past several years, is an uncharacteristically high-risk gamble by the Netanyahu and Barak duo. It's uncharacteristic not only because Netanyahu, in the past, has been extremely careful not to upset the apple cart and has repeatedly dialed up the violence in the Gaza Strip and…Read More... | 9 Comments
Earlier this morning, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted this uncharacteristically laconic message: The smug announcement was further drilled home by a press release from the Prime Minister's Office, which gushed at the prime minister surpassing the 200,000 "likes" bar, noted opponents trail "far behind" and crowned the prime minister's Facebook page as an instrument "linking the people and the leader." The website of Labor leader Shelly Yachimovich (with a self-confessedly humble 20,000 plus '"likes") quickly shot back with the following observation from the head of its Internet volunteer teams, Amichai Saragovi: Some time ago us in the…Read More... | 16 Comments
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The Gaza war has cost Israel an estimated $1.7 billion so far: http://t.co/FdM14PgCSz
Reports that Gaza City has electricity for about 2 hours a day. Middle Area of Gaza Strip has no supply at all: @UNOCHA
Amid Gaza war, IDF buys ammunition from the U.S. stockpile in Israel to boost its dwindling supply http://t.co/vuTb9TqQS5 by @nsheizaf
Another day of heavy violence: 129 Palestinians 3 Israeli soldiers killed. US approves Israeli request for ammunition http://t.co/z6F1K2Frui
RT @haaretzcom: U.S. agrees to #Israeli request for ammunition, including 120mm mortar rounds, and 40mm ammo for grenade launchers http://t…