Stories about israel

Israel’s weak debate

The ongoing stalemate in Middle East peace talks has led to another op-ed in the New York Times by Michael Oren, Israel’s Ambassador to the US. As is often the case with Oren’s op-eds, the piece is full of weak arguments, hyperbole and hypocrisy. The introduction sets the tone for the entire piece: Nearly 63 years after the United Nations recognized the right of the Jewish people to independence in their homeland — and more than 62 years since Israel’s creation — the Palestinians are still denying the Jewish nature of the state. This, like the entire article, tries to oversimplify an incredibly ...

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US rule book: America’s precedent for illegal attacks

Having lived in the US for the majority of my adult life, I have seen the numerous positive aspects of American society that are missing in Pakistani society. Their support for ‘freedom of speech’ and their judicial system are precedents that I hope are followed in Pakistan someday. That being said, America has also set some dangerous precedents by its actions and inactions in the recent past.  It is these precedents that undermine their efforts in Pakistan and make Pakistani’s even view their goodwill efforts with skepticism. If America wishes to improve its relationships with the Pakistani people, it must ...

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How far away is the next Israel-Lebanon war?

This is a question that has been discussed for years, arguably since the last open conflict in 2006 ended in an Israeli withdrawal and an expanded UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) mandate to keep peace in the southern part of the country. That conflict may have ended but its after-effects linger on. Long after the cluster munitions fired from both sides settled into the earth, many of them remain unexploded and continue to kill civilians. Long after the withdrawal, the near-universal consensus that Israel was not the clear ‘winner’ it intended to be and the Winograd Commission’s ...

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US policy: Support Israel, secure Pakistan

While an orgy of outrage and condemnation filled the streets and air waves following the flotilla attack, It was not surprising when Israel was not held to the lofty standards that the US demands of its “key” allies such as Pakistan. We have been quick to call the US out on her hypocrisy. Israel is perhaps the best example of where both US domestic and external interests converge. She is confident in the durability of its relationship with the US as it has the support of the right of centre politicians who will not tolerate any policy that would undermine the interests of the state of Israel. Right wing voters comprise mainly of the larger American states and form a massive constituency, whom no potential candidate ...

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Hypocrisy galore

The hypocrisy of this world can really mess with your head sometimes. So, by now you must have heard of the fresh wave of sanctions that have been imposed on Iran by the United Nations, and that too with a 12-2 vote count in favour. I am no proponent of Ahmadinejad’s politics, and certainly not of his provocative stances. What ticks me off, however, is how Israel manages to break every other international law or UN resolution in the book, and still walks away scot free! They pull off acts that nobody else in the world can ever think of ...

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When will Israel learn?

In a vicious attack, defying all humane obligations, Israeli naval forces attacked a flotilla heading Gaza-wards with its 10,000 tonnes supplies of humanitarian aid. The Israeli commandoes descended on the boats while they were still in the international waters, killing some 19 personnel, unarmed and declaredly sailing to Gaza solely for humanitarian activities. With yet again another pre-emptive and disproportionate retaliation, Israel continues the now-three-year-long siege of the region, severely disrupting daily life and resulting in many acute problems for the residents. Back in 2006, when a Hamas-led government was elected by the Palestinians, it was a golden opportunity for ...

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Turkish Armada or Peace Flotilla?

It is hard to believe that aid workers carrying 10,000 tonnes of supplies to 1.5 million people could have provoked an attack against the powerful Israeli military, as reported by BBC. Although with a media blackout, speculation is all we have. Of course, if events did unfold as they say they did, why have a media blackout? Why not show the world that the aid was a façade and that every inch of the western media has been right about Gazans and Hamas? With 10 people dead, the United Nations (UN) has still only verbally condemned the attack. But in all honesty, we should ...

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