An interesting timeline, with a question: "Why wasn't Uno sciocco e il suo denaro son presto separati considered as an EU motto?"
Thanks to reader Jaka Bartolj for the pointer.
People with nothing in common (like Western Feminists and strict Islamists) are unwittingly uniting under an obsession with blaming America for not meeting a utopian standard of conduct.
Most respondents said they back continuation of cease fire with Israel, want to see peace talks resumed
by Ali Waked
Most Palestinians (80.4 percent) support a continuation of the cease fire with Israel, and 70 percent back a resumption of the peace process with Israel, a poll published on Tuesday by Dr. Nabil Kukali of the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion revealed.
According to the poll, which was conducted among 1,003 Palestinians, about half of the respondents (50.8 percent) believe Hamas should recognize Israel, while 48.5 percent are against it.
In addition, 74 percent said they support Hamas taking part in the Palestinian security mechanisms, and 53.5 percent think the Palestinian government should use force against armed groups that break the cease fire agreement.
On the other, I've heard it asserted on Lehrer's Newshour that payments by the EU in the near future would go only to independent entities not subject to Hamas oversight or control.
On the other, I've heard it asserted on Lehrer's Newshour that payments by the EU in the near future would go only to independent entities not subject to Hamas oversight or control. How "independent" are they really?
Another concern is that Hamas will seek money from other unsavory sources in the world, ie Iran. At the moment, an unstable and bankrupt Palestinian society is more of a threat to Israel than a Hamas run government.
How far back in time is anyone willing to go to determine ownership? At some point all of the modern nations where under the control of someone else. Does this mean they are all invalid? Is there some window in time where an area could change ownership and it would be considered ok?
We have to follow the rules and honor our agreements. We either believe in this democracy thing we've been so busy pitching or we don't. If we believe in this democracy thing, we cannot punish the Palestinians for "doing it wrong."
If the actual Palestinian government does things we don't like, we can certainly make our displeasure known. But we cannot just refuse to have anything to do their elected representatives because we don't think the Palestinians should have elected them.