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Posted in: Israel-Palestine
Friday Jun 15, 2007

The Results From Deliberately Missed Opportunities

The latest from Palestine: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the Palestinian government Thursday and declared a state of emergency after rival Hamas forces took complete control of the Gaza Strip in what the Islamic movement called the territory's "liberation."...
Posted by Bill Scher on Jun 15, 2007 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Monday Jun 4, 2007

Bush Continues to Prevent Israel-Syria Peace

We learned last August that in September 2004, Dubya directly undermined attempts to forge peace between Israel and Syria. In January, we learned that despite Bush's attempts, secret negotiations between Israel and Syria occurred anyway, between Sept. 2004 and July...
Posted by Bill Scher on Jun 4, 2007 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Wednesday May 23, 2007

Promoting Region-Wide Sectarian Violence

ABC News' The Blotter yesterday broke the news that Bush has given secret authorization to "mount a covert 'black' operation to destabilize the Iranian government." And on CNN International, Seymour Hersh re-broke his overlooked New Yorker scoop from March, regarding...
Posted by Bill Scher on May 23, 2007 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Tuesday May 8, 2007

Bipartisan Government Fails Israel

Atrios asks today, "How much attention has Unity08 - the stupidest idea in history - been given already?" Unity08 is trying to nominate a presidential ticket made up of one Republican and one Democrat. To do what? Apparently, it doesn't...
Posted by Bill Scher on May 8, 2007 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Monday May 7, 2007

Sunday Talkshow Breakdown

We are caught up in a worldwide war against an irreconcilable enemy who seeks to destroy us and will use nuclear or biological weapons if they can get them. And they mean literally destroy us ... whether it's Afghanistan, it's...
Posted by Bill Scher on May 7, 2007 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Tuesday Jan 16, 2007

Undermining Israel-Syria Peace Talks

Air America's Sam Seder today pointed to a blockbuster piece in Ha'aretz, "Israeli, Syrian Representatives Reach Secret Understandings," which reports; In a series of secret meetings in Europe between September 2004 and July 2006, Syrians and Israelis formulated understandings for...
Posted by Bill Scher on Jan 16, 2007 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Wednesday Nov 22, 2006

Failing Lebanon, Abandoning Democracy

At the end of the summer's Israel-Lebanon war, LiberalOasis concluded: ...this does appear to be a poorly constructed cease-fire resolution. Why? None of the actual root causes of violence are addressed. Neither Israel nor Lebanon get anything. The resolution punts...
Posted by Bill Scher on Nov 22, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Tuesday Nov 14, 2006

Bush: Bad For Israel

Over on Bloggingheads.TV, The Forward's Gershom Gorenberg confirms what I argued on MSNBC's "Tucker" back in September, that this past summer, the Bush Administration actively thwarted attempts from Hamas to moderate and implicitly recognize Israel. (The response from my conservative...
Posted by Bill Scher on Nov 14, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Tuesday Aug 15, 2006

Annan, Olmert, Siniora: Act Fast

The cease-fire held for the first day. Good. That means there's some time to work out a deal to address the remaining issues. And both Israel's prime minister Ehud Olmert, and Lebanon's prime minister Fouad Siniora, have a strong political...
Posted by Bill Scher on Aug 15, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Monday Aug 14, 2006

Sunday Talkshow Breakdown

How are the neocons reacting to the UN cease-fire resolution? They're pushing for the downfall of the Israeli government. Here's Bill Kristol on Fox News Sunday: I'm afraid the truth is that a terrorist group launched an attack across an...
Posted by Bill Scher on Aug 14, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Tuesday Aug 8, 2006

Golan Heights: The Key To Peace?

Editor's Note: Short post today. Regular posting will resume tomorrow. Last month, LiberalOasis said that any deal to resolve the Shebaa Farms dispute would probably have to involve Syria, even though that would be complicated: Syria, like Hezbollah, isn't motivated...
Posted by Bill Scher on Aug 8, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Monday Aug 7, 2006

Sunday Talkshow Breakdown

Secretary of State Condi Rice went on ABC's This Week and NBC's Meet The Press to discuss the draft UN resolution about the Israel-Lebanon war. And it was a classic, pathetic Condi performance, again indicating that the insincere, foot-dragging diplomacy...
Posted by Bill Scher on Aug 7, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Wednesday Aug 2, 2006

Best Laid Plans...

This week was supposed to be the week in Dubya and Condi's plan when they'd " target="_blank">stop faking diplomacy - in a transparent effort to give the Israeli military time to finish its missions - and start working towards a...
Posted by Bill Scher on Aug 2, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Tuesday Aug 1, 2006

Shebaa Farms Withdrawal: No Prize for Hezbollah

Editor's Note: Short post today. Full-length columns will resume tomorrow. LiberalOasis has been stressing that a key reason why Hezbollah provoked Israel by abducting soldiers was to scuttle progress towards resolving Israel's occupation of Shebaa Farms. Just in case you...
Posted by Bill Scher on Aug 1, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Monday Jul 31, 2006

Sunday Talkshow Breakdown

In the wake of the Qana, Lebanon attack, the Sunday shows generally featured predictable, counterproductive finger-pointing from U.S., Israeli and Lebanese "leaders." But a couple of comments are worth calling attention to. First is from U.S. Undersecretary of State Nick...
Posted by Bill Scher on Jul 31, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Thursday Jul 27, 2006

Morons

The Bush Administration's strategy on resolving the Israel-Lebanon crisis reached a new level of idiocy yesterday. It appears that the Rome meeting, despite not resulting in any concrete agreements, did move the international community -- possibly including the US --...
Posted by Bill Scher on Jul 27, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Wednesday Jul 26, 2006

Shebaa Farms: Twists and Turns

The Shebaa Farms issue appears to be heating up in advance of today's foreign ministers' meeting in Rome, with some twists and turns to straighten out. Yesterday, LiberalOasis cited a Guardian report that Israel had "signalled its readiness" to withdraw...
Posted by Bill Scher on Jul 26, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Tuesday Jul 25, 2006

Shifts on Shebaa Farms

Yesterday, LiberalOasis flagged the calls from Lebanese PM Fouad Siniora to get an end to hostilities by resolving the Shebaa Farms dispute. Chances are you won't find out about it from any US media outlet, but there may be significant...
Posted by Bill Scher on Jul 25, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Monday Jul 24, 2006

Sunday Talkshow Breakdown

On NBC's Meet The Press, Dubya's Chief of Staff Josh Bolten repeated the White House's main talking point, that the "root problem" is "Hezbollah." Which means that the White House won't support a cease-fire, because that would mean Israel would...
Posted by Bill Scher on Jul 24, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Saturday Jul 22, 2006

LiberalOasis in the Star Tribune

Saturday's editon of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune includes a op-ed of mine, on how this round of Middle East violence could have been avoided: if Bush and the Israeli government strengthened the pragmatists of Hamas looking to move towards...
Posted by Bill Scher on Jul 22, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Friday Jul 21, 2006

Did Dubya Mislead His Poodle?

During Monday's "open mic" lunch chat, British Prime Minister appears to have " target="_blank">urged Dubya to dispatch Condi Rice to the Middle East "quickly, otherwise this will spiral out of [control.]" To which " target="_blank">Dubya responds, "Yeah, she's going. I...
Posted by Bill Scher on Jul 21, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Tuesday Jul 18, 2006

Bush Bolsters Syria

As Ezra Klein, Juan Cole and Billmon have already noted, the real news in the overheard Bush-Blair lunch chat is not the profanity, but the comments about Syria: BUSH: See, the irony is what they need to do is get...
Posted by Bill Scher on Jul 18, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Monday Jul 17, 2006

Sunday Talkshow Breakdown

Last week's neocon Iran Fever continued to spread on Sunday. Newt Gingrich, on " target="_blank">NBC's Meet The Press, and Bill Kristol, on " target="_blank">Fox News Sunday, continued the right-wing effort to pressure the Bushies for accelerated action against Iran, if...
Posted by Bill Scher on Jul 17, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Friday Jul 14, 2006

Iran Fever

The neocons outside the White House are quite antsy that we haven't yet spread the bloodshed and instability from Iraq to Iran. And this week, they see an opportunity. Michael Ledeen writes in the National Review: It's war, and it...
Posted by Bill Scher on Jul 14, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email
Thursday Jul 13, 2006

Letting the Militants Win

On June 20, the AP reported that "Hamas is drawing close to a compromise on a document that would implicitly recognize Israel" for the first time. That did not make the militant faction of Hamas happy. They did not want...
Posted by Bill Scher on Jul 13, 2006 permanent link permalinkemail post email