Larry Cohler-Esses from the Jewish Daily Forward interviews Abu Marzook
, Hamas' deputy political director. The interview captures Hamas in a state of transition and includes a segment (with audio) of Cohler-Esses explaining to the confused Hamas leader that the 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion' is a Russian hoax.
Gaza's tragically peculiar economy
- Last week Palestinians marked the 1,000th day of the "siege" of the Gaza Strip. The continuing economic embargo, with its attendant social and economic effects on the more than 1.5 million Gazans, makes for a depressing story. Equally depressing is the extent to which this situation has somehow become accepted as normal and acceptable by much of the international community. [more inside]
The main character of Hamas' show Tomorrow's Pioneers
has evolved once again. Assud, the Jew eating rabbit
replaced Nahoul the bee
- a martyr who died waiting for medical treatment. The original character on the show was a Mickey Mouse lookalike named Farfour
. His death was also blamed on the Israelis
From Our Own Correspondent
BBC journalist Alan Johnston gives his account of being kidnapped in Gaza for 114 days. Best in his own voice [mp3]
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Who hates who in the Middle East.
An interactive chart from Slate. Click the graphic on the page to access the chart. Click on any cell for more details.
PINR presents a well educated guess over what is going to happen with the Israel - Hezbollah conflict
. They also offer significant background and insight into the mood and motives
of some surrounding states
Saving Corporal Shalit:
"I think the only danger to the soldier's life is if there is an actual incursion
by Israel into the Gaza Strip."
"If Hamas fails to agree to a permanent ceasefire, we will have to create another leadership, just as we did before with Sheikh Yassin."
Former head of the double ISO (Mossad
), Efraim Halevy Spoke at the Middle East Forum
in Boston last week (yes, he's selling a book
) and had some interesting things to say.
Earlier post here
Hamas wins majority in Palestinian elections.
In a surprise upset, Hamas has unseated Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party. This after initial results indicated that Fatah would win
, and both the Bush administration and Israel indicated that Abbas shouldn't form a coalition government with members of Hamas, but should keep them entirely in opposition.
Prominent Hamas leader Ismail Haneya said
, "America and Israel wanted to vote against Hamas, so the Palestinian people voted for the Hamas . . . and voted against the occupation." He reiterated that Hamas would resist Israel's occupation until all Palestinian rights were regained.
Hamas pays consultant for "image makeover."
Hamas has paid an image consultant £100,000 to help "project the right image" of the organization. Actual tips the consultant gave Hamas included "talk about Palestinian suffering" and "don't talk about destroying Israel."
Hamas said, "... Sharon has opened the gates of hell and nothing will stop us from cutting off his head.''
a. is assassination of political/spiritual leaders justified?
b. how much of setback to peace in israel/palestine, is this move?
c. did the whitehouse pre-approve this arguably major expansion in israel's war against palestinian "militants"? ny times link
Hamas is losing. Good news from the Mideast
To all those who insist terror wars can't be won, some evidence you are pessimists.
Israel weighs response to attacks
after the strike on the hamas leader and the collateral damage caused in that attack - a friend of mine and i discussed that it seemed like the people who should be most upset were the relatives and friends of the as of yet undead/injured in the next retaliatory attack... when is the senselessness of the cycle of violence going become clear?
Hamas accepts Saudi peace plan:
"There has been generation after generation (of war). Now there is a generation who needs to live in peace, and not worry about their safety," said [Hamas executive Ismail Abu] Shanab. "So it is a generation that wants to practice living in peace and postpone historical issues. We speak of historical Palestine, and practical reality."
Since their official position is that "Leaving the circle of conflict with Israel is a major act of treason" (Hamas Charter
, Article 32), this is a dramatic change in policy indeed. I'm gobsmacked; this is utterly unbelievable, yet apparently real. And genuinely hopeful IMHO. What do you think?