Taking the Legal Route

By Ari Bussel

And the war rages on. Turkey warns Israel from the latter’s response to the next Flotilla, making Turkey an active instigator of events. Hamas, reports the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center in Israel, “initiates a media campaign against UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon because of his concerns regarding the flotilla. Hamas spokesmen and media accuse him of surrendering to Israeli pressure and call him responsible for the flotilla’s safety.”

Interesting to note, of course, is that Hamas cannot accuse UN Secretary-General of responsibility for misery or starvation in Gaza, because these are non-existent. There was no need previously, as the tunnel industry was estimated in the many billions. There may still be a naval blockade, but Israel has lifted almost completely any barriers to land movement into Gaza from Israel and Egypt has opened the Rafa Crossing.

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Fatah & Hamas Become One

By Ari Bussel

One thing became evident during my first two days in Israel: Israel goes round and round, like ducklings around their mother. They stray and go in all directions, always under the watchful eye of Mother Duck.

But in Israel’s case, Mother Duck is the Palestinians, and Israel behaves contrary to her age, centuries-old wisdom or experience.

Hamas’ Political Wing in Damascus, Syria, and Fatah (the Palestinian Authority), have agreed in Egypt to a reconciliation that will eventually lead to a transitory unity government. Elections will be established within a year (for the president and parliament).

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Going to a War Zone

By Ari Bussel

“You realize you may be going into a war zone?” I was asked as I booked my ticket to Israel. The time is Passover, a major holiday in Israel, and unlike all my other travels, this time I do not dismiss the notion outright and altogether.

The time to go to an all out war against Israel is actually as good as any. Iran has benefited greatly from the turmoil in the Middle East (which she may have actively orchestrated in part), the constant rise in the price of a barrel of crude and from the world’s focus turning away.

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