Politics and Media Headlines 12/29/08
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Obama Refuses To Endorse Gaza Attacks… (by M.J. Rosenberg at Talking Points Memo)
On Meet The Press [Sunday], David Axelrod was asked about Gaza by David Gregory. Gregory reminded Axelrod that the President-Elect had visited Sderot earlier this year and said that Israel had the right to defend its people against the mortars. What does he think now? Axelrod said, predictably, that we have one President at a time. He also said that Obama understood the "urge" to respond militarily… When Obama feels strongly about anything, the "one President at a time" mantra is abandoned. When he wants to avoid being boxed in, he invokes it… I hope the Israelis understand what this means… Axelrod sent a signal. After Jan. 20th, America will be an "honest broker." That is what both sides need.
What, me worry? (by Michael J. Smith at Stop Me Before I Vote Again)
[From the Rosenberg article quoted above:] “The oldsters are cheering on the Gaza attacks but the Jewish ‘best and brightest’ think ethically and not ethnically....” …The "best and brightest" to whom Rosenberg refers all take pretty much the same line: the Israelis are being silly and short-sighted, if not downright "idiotic". The Gaza attacks are not in their interest… Considering that stunts like this are the way that Zionism took state power in the first place, and has sustained itself there for my lifetime, and has successfully beaten off during that time every remote chance of peace breaking out -- considering all these things, the "idiots" in Jerusalem might have some justification for thinking that they understand their bloody brutal business better than a troika of underage beautiful-soul yesbutnik bloggers like Klein, Yglesias, and Ackerman.
Attack On Gaza: As Usual, U.S. Media (And Most Liberals) Silent -- As Israeli Newspaper Raises Doubts (by Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher)
In the usual process, the U.S. government, media here -- and most of the leading liberal bloggers -- are silent or playing down questions about whether Israel overreacted in its massive air strikes on Gaza, while the foreign press, and even Haaretz in Israel, carries more balanced accounts.
A Hundred Eyes For An Eye (by Norman Soloman)
Israelis and Arabs "feel that only force can assure justice," I. F. Stone noted soon after the Six Day War in 1967. And he wrote: "A certain moral imbecility marks all ethnocentric movements. The Others are always either less than human, and thus their interests may be ignored, or more than human and therefore so dangerous that it is right to destroy them." The closing days of 2008 have heightened the Israeli government's stature as a mighty practitioner of the moral imbecility that Stone described.
The Israel-Palestine Problem: The Quest for a Political Solution (by eriposte at The Left Coaster)
The biggest challenges for the Obama administration, in my mind, are two fold. First, if a political solution is what is desired, then a key question is what kind of solution could be facilitated between Israeli and Palestinian moderates that allows them to save face with a majority of their respective populations, regardless of what the extremists believe. Stated another way, we need to create the conditions, both inside Israel and West Bank/Gaza and in the Middle-East, for moderates to convince a clear majority of Israelis and Palestinians that the eventual solution is indeed the best possible solution and that it is a win-win solution…
Second, there has to be a lasting mechanism by which the eventual solution can be sustained regardless of changes in the political landscape in Israel and West Bank/Gaza. In the absence of such a mechanism any "solution" will likely be short-lived and quickly be replaced with a new cycle of violence.
From the polls I’ve seen, ordinary people in both Israel and in the Palestinian territories want peace. It’s the extremists who keep getting their way.—Caro
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