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Adams to ‘Post’: Hamas wants peace

“But there was a time when there was no dialogue in Ireland, and there was conflict,” he said. “Once we opened up the process to allow dialogue, and made it inclusive, we started a very difficult process that challenged everyone. It challenged Sinn Fein, it challenged the British government, challenged the unionists.”

Adams said there was a “certainty” about war “that people can be comfortable in, because you don’t have to take chances.”

But, he said, “you can take chances and ensure that no person has to be killed, or live in fear or be imprisoned and subjected to all the people of Israel and the people of Palestine have been subjected to. We took the chance in Ireland. It wasn’t easy, but the rewards more than vindicate and validate the risks that were taken.”

For full article, visit http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1239488111539&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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Lieberman: Israel not bound by Annapolis

Posted in Government, Internal Israeli Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 1, 2009

“There is one document that obligates us – and that’s not the Annapolis conference, it has no validity,” Lieberman said in a speech, referring to a 2007 gathering in Annapolis, Maryland attended by participants from about 40 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Syria and Indonesia.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1075510.html

Will Egypt-Israel peace survive after Mubarak leaves office?

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 27, 2009

The biggest question is what will happen the day after the Egyptian president leaves office. Mubarak, who will be celebrating his 81st birthday in a few weeks, will not remain in power forever.

There is no greater Israeli fear than the rise of an Islamic regime, like that in Iran, which would transform Egypt from a tranquil neighbor into a threatening monster.”

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074224.html

Norman Finkelstein: Foiling Another Palestinian “Peace Offensive”: Behind the bloodbath in Gaza

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 26, 2009

Early speculation on the motive behind Israel’s slaughter in Gaza that began on 27 December 2008 and continued till 18 January 2009 centered on the upcoming elections in Israel. The jockeying for votes was no doubt a factor in this Sparta-like society consumed by “revenge and the thirst for blood,”[1] where killing Arabs is a sure crowd-pleaser. (Polls during the war showed that 80-90 percent of Israeli Jews supported it.)[2] But as Israeli journalist Gideon Levy pointed out on Democracy Now!, “Israel went through a very similar war…two-and-a-half years ago [in Lebanon], when there were no elections.”[3] When crucial state interests are at stake, Israeli ruling elites seldom launch major operations for narrowly electoral gains. It is true that Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s decision to bomb the Iraqi OSIRAK reactor in 1981 was an electoral ploy, but the strategic stakes in the strike on Iraq were puny; contrary to widespread belief, Saddam Hussein had not embarked on a nuclear weapons program prior to the bombing.[4] The fundamental motives behind the latest Israeli attack on Gaza lie elsewhere: (1) in the need to restore Israel’s “deterrence capacity,” and (2) in the threat posed by a new Palestinian “peace offensive.”

For full article, see: http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/article.php?pg=11&ar=2542