Tag Archives: Operation Pillar of Defense

drop dead gorgeous: beware of the desert cats

Question: how do you give a woman a compliment who’s wearing Gazan M-75 perfume. The one named after a rocket. First, did she buy it or was it a gift? I suppose you have the odor of the deceased could … Continue reading

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empathy notwithstanding: doomed, but to what?

… after the UN had sanctioned, seemingly miraculously, ┬áthe state of Israel with its original two-state solution, Hannah Arendt , with some justification, foresaw that if Jews were to survive its War of Independence, they would realize the achievements of … Continue reading

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thirty years wasted

Why do wars begin both great and small? The world lives in fear of the “incident” such as in the Cold War or now perhaps Iran or Korea that will spark the next great conflict. But ultimately, it is men … Continue reading

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pillage in the village

It is customary to say that incidents lead to war.They generate a fear leading to the conclusion that war is inevitable, only a question of time. The question is an open one however; the outbreak of the greatest, most destructive … Continue reading

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thirty long years

The world lives in fear of the “incident” that will ignite the next great conflict, but it is men and not events that determine the fate of nations… The Thirty Years War (1618-1648) was Europe’s most meaningless and, until the … Continue reading

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beginnings without endings

The world lives in fear of the “incident”- In Iran perhaps, or Saudi Arabia, or Egypt? —that will ignite the next great conflict; but if you look back on the Thirty Years War and take it as a template for … Continue reading

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forgive and forget: back soon for more

Forgive and forget? The elusive search for the in-between space. The sweet spot between how much we are permitted to forget, to let drift off in a vaporous cloud, and how much we are incited, cajoled and have it beaten … Continue reading

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stuck in the in-between space

Clearly, the kind of virulent Arab anti-Semitism, or rather anti-Israel easily spilling, absurdly, into a kind of biological racism is not endemic to the Arab world in the same way that characterized the Jewish experience in Europe from east to … Continue reading

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fire works show

If it ends up to be a lousy division, the two state solution, the Palestinians will tap into the well-spring of past abuse and humiliation feeding on the sense of being crippled, suffering and angry which is likely to get … Continue reading

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run for cover

Run for cover. Coincidental timing with an Israeli election, with Palestinian statehood bid, and with the typical parrying and sparring between the more fundamentalist Hamas and Fatah as king of the roost and the hearts and minds of Palestinians by … Continue reading

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