November 2011 Archives


Note:   Some of us have jobs and don’t have time to google the Internet as much as we would like to.  Not to worry.  It’s possible to let Google google for you.  See a sample of this service pasted below.  Notice that the articles were written by various and sundry folks who don’t always see eye-to-eye with one another which, of course, is as it should be.  Notice that the first article (highlighted) was written by Jeff Halper, an American-born Righteous Jew who’s an Israeli citizen.  Check out the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) which Jeff co-founded.  There are several videos featuring Jeff on YouTube.   Peace, Roy

Israel forcing Palestinians out of east Jerusalem: NGO
Jeff Halper, co-founder of ICAHD, said housing demolitions represented the essence of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict “which has to do with displacement and ethnicity and the process of ‘Judaising’ the country.” “The end game is to eliminate east
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Why Noam Chomsky is not a suitable candidate for the Sydney Peace Prize
The Australian
It is hard to see how Chomsky’s track record on IsraelPalestine justifies his receipt of a peace prize. He has done nothing to encourage conflict resolution based on mutual compromise and concessions, or to advance practical strategies that would
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After Unesco welcomes Palestine, a new conflict front may be open
Daily Maverick
This is according to a report that appeared in Ha’aretz, a few hours after Unesco accepted Palestine as a full member. Israel will of course also be reconsidering its relationship with the United Nations body. That Israel is angered by the vote,
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Whose racism? Reactions in Israel, Palestine and elsewhere to the Gilad Shalit (blog)
The accusation of racism seems strange here, since from the Israeli point of view, it is Palestinian racism, with its hatred of Israeli life and contempt for Palestinian life, that lies at the core of the conflict. But some Western journalists applied
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In Israel, Press Freedom Is Under Attack
New York Times
The damage to democratic discourse in Israel caused by the imprisonment of Ms. Kamm and the possible indictment of Mr. Blau will not only affect coverage of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict; it could deal a deadly blow to investigative journalism in
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Truce halted major Israeli operation in Gaza: Egypt
The violence killed 12 Palestinians and one Israeli and raised fears of a major conflict. Despite the truce, several rockets landed in Israel on Monday, causing no damage or injuries, but Othman said he was convinced the ceasefire would hold.
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OTI Fosters Open Dialogue
New University Online
The Olive Tree Initiative began in March 2007 when a group of UCI students from different religious backgrounds came together to discuss the various perspectives on the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. The following year, 16 students and two faculty
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New University Online
Occupy Wall Street, Not Palestine – OpEd
Eurasia Review
“The problems that the United States and Israel face in [the Middle East],” Mearsheimer and Walt remind us, “have not lessened….indeed, they may well have grown worse. Iraq is a fiasco, Israelis and Palestinians remain locked in conflict,
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NATO’s Next War: Syria, the Arab Yugoslavia of the Middle East
Center for Research on Globalization
The timing of the US – NATO shift of focus on Syria coincides with a deadlocked PalestinianIsraeli peace process and the failure of Barak Obama administration to deliver on its promises to its Arab allies, thus alienating the most moderate among
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Center for Research on Globalization
How the US Ought to Have Responded to the Palestinian Statehood Bid
In a recent Foreign Policy article, Aaron David Miller argues that the IsraelPalestine issue is a “lose-lose” situation in which Obama is better off not getting involved. His position has the appearance of cogency; after all, isn’t the real aim of
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PM Netanyahu addresses opening of Knesset winter session
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (press release)
We will not idly sit by while these steps harm Israel and harshly violate the most basic obligation that the two parties took upon themselves in the peace process – to resolve the conflict between us only through direct negotiations.
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ON HOLY GROUND Opens At The Met Theatre
Broadway World
The new show “On Holy Ground” brings the IsraeliPalestine conflict into sharp focus from the wildly different perspectives of three women. In Act One, Salome Jens portrays Henrietta Szold (1860-1945). Szold, a co-founder of Hadassah, founded the first
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Hezbollah’s Nasrallah walks a tight rope
Asia Times Online
Nasrallah had no sympathy for Mubarak, whom he had always accused of being an autocrat “closely allied to the US and Israel“. Egypt and Palestine during the Israeli war on Gaza. The same could be said vis-a-vis his position on Libya, where he also had
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Palestinian Women’s Radio Crosses Boundaries
She said she welcomes more foreign funding but would continue to insist on having no editorial strings attached, a tall order given the politically-charged backdrop of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. “If used smartly, it can achieve a benefit for
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Rockets Still Flying From the Real Palestinian State
Israel’s critics must stop ignoring Gaza and its rockets when they speak of the need for Palestinian self-determination. So long as Palestinian independence is solely expressed via terrorism, the notion of an end to the conflict is purely theoretical.
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Israel helps former Nigerian rebels trade weapons for land
Israel 21C
But people who have long known only conflict and guns don’t remember how to till the soil, raise chickens or milk cows. This is where an Israel management non-profit has stepped in. For the second time this year, the Galilee International Management
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Battle for Beersheba memorial to continue despite rockets
Jerusalem Post
750 fallen New Zealanders lie in what is now Israel and the Palestinian territories, she said. Turkish charge d’affaires Dogan Ferhart Isik commended the people of Beersheba for the respect that they have shown to Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish
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Tuesday’s papers: Islamists reject reactivation of Treachery Law
Al-Masry Al-Youm
Unsurprisingly, Israel announced that it would follow in America’s steps by cutting off its funding, a blatant slap in the face to UNESCO. India, China, France, Russia and Brazil are among the 107 countries that backed Palestinians.
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Top of the Morning: UNESCO Bruhaha; Kenya Wants to Blockade Al Shabaab Port
UN Dispatch
Huge cheers erupted in the Paris meeting hall when the Palestinian membership was approved, news agencies reported. France cast a surprise yes vote, drawing applause from the delegates. The United States, Israel, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany
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Media Whitewash Ghannouchi’s Radical Islamist Views
Family Security Matters
The Arab Spring “will achieve positive results on the path to the Palestinian cause and threaten the extinction of Israel,” he said in a May interview with the Al Arab Qatari website. “The liberation of Palestine from Israeli occupation represents the
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Family Security Matters
Tuesday, November 8
1977 – Israel shells Palestinian guerrilla concentrations in southern Lebanon. 1987 – A bomb planted by the Irish Republican Army kills 11 people and injures 55 at a memorial service for Britain’s war dead in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
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Occupy members arrested around the country; Denver arrests turn violent
Free Speech Radio News
The violence quieted last night, but rocket fire renewed today and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied reports of a cease fire. UNESCO members approved adding Palestine as an official member today, despite a warning from the US that it
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Bibliophiles, Rejoice!
San Diego Jewish Journal
He recorded his insights in his latest book, “A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah’s Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel,” now available in paperback by Free Press. Without a doubt, Hezbollah is one of Israel’s toughest enemies,
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San Diego Jewish Journal
Curl up with your favourite author for a fireside chat
Guelph Mercury
Edeet Ravel may be best known for her trilogy Ten Thousand Lovers, Look for Me and A Wall of Light which is about the PalestinianIsraeli conflict and the effects of war on ordinary lives. She was a finalist for the Governor-General’s Award for the
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Political Islam will have to deal with clashing interests…
Meanwhile, the Bric countries do not have the same historical alliance with Israel and they seem ready to challenge the western bias towards the Middle East conflict. The Islamic reference is at the heart of the debate in the Arab world.
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Steve Jobs to remain the unofficial ambassador forever
Microfinance Monitor
At the same time, the American people are regarded differently – the IsraeliPalestinian conflict may twist the masses in knots, but Facebook makes people smile. Our political processes and entertainment sector have long been international standard
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Blogs 11 new results for palestine israel conflict
Rather than fight statehood, Israel should support it; not punish
By Ray Hanania
His Middle East columns seek to define the moderate voice and he challenges extremists in the Middle East on both sides of the PalestineIsrael conflict. A former Chicago City Hall reporter and columnist, Hanania provides informed insight
Ray Hanania Columns 


Ma’areef: “Israel Suggested Secret – Occupied Palestine | فلسطين
By occupiedpalestine
expressed his outrage and attacked the Palestinian President, Abu Mazen, saying that he rejects peace and has no serious intentions to enter into negotiations with Israel to end the PalestinianIsraeli conflict. The Website also reported that
Occupied Palestine | فلسطين 


Recognizing Israel, Recognizing Palestine: Legitimate or False – Sh
By admin
To be sure, advocates of the Palestinian Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) regularly invoke the 1947 precedent, claiming that much as the U.N. vote in 1947 called Israel into being, so a current U.N. declaration would create the new state of Palestine. Although such parallels may appear UDI attempts to bypass negotiations by recourse to an international body hardly known today for its objectivity in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Moreover, the 1947 resolution provided a road


By Ruth King
This is the true origin of the tensions which torment the IsraeliPalestinian issues. All the other elements of the conflict are the consequences of this single cause. The so-called “Arab Spring” aside, which Israel has absolutely nothing to do with,


IMEU: Following Palestinian Admission to UNESCO; Netanyahu’s
Israel and the United States said that the move is “counterproductive”, and that the Palestinians should return to the negotiations table in order to reach a final-status peace agreement that would end the PalestinianIsraeli conflict. In order not
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UNESCO Palestine Vote Isolates US Further | Informed Comment
By Juan
Palestinians are the nobodies of the Levant, the non-entities, the marks and fall guys. The vote demonstrates again the sea change that has taken place in the international community regarding the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. I believe that
Informed Comment 


US cuts off funding after UNESCO grants Palestinians full membership
By Georgetown CNSL
The Palestinians hope that full or partial recognition of Palestine as an independent state at the United Nations would give them the power to bring the Israeli government or its officials before war-crimes tribunals or sue them in other global
Georgetown Security Law Brief 


The U.N.’s twisted logic | Stand for Israel
By Rabbi Jonathan Greenberg
It would pave the way for us to pursue claims against Israel at the U.N., human rights treaty bodies, and the International Court of Justice.” “Palestine’s admission . . . would pave the way for the internationalization of the conflict.” Finally!
Stand for Israel 


The Quartet facade | TPMCafe
By Sam Bahour
Israel and the United States have perfected, almost to a science, the management of international players who dare to intervene in trying to advance peace in the Middle East between Palestinians and Israelis. recent political configuration to serve this purpose is the “Quartet on the Middle East”, better known as just “the Quartet”, a self- appointed foursome of nations and international and supranational entities involved in mediating the peace process in the IsraeliPalestinian conflict.


Out-of-Control Israeli State Terror | War Is A Crime .org
By Stephen Lendman
Palestinians near attack sites are terrified, especially children. All Israeli attacks violate Israeli and international law. Besieged Gazans live in the world’s largest open air prison. Israel maliciously makes it a war zone. Human lives and welfare
War Is A Crime .org 


Palestine Joins UNESCO In 107 to 14 Vote « Wallwritings
By wallwritings
If an increasing number of UN agencies admit Palestine as a member state, it strengthens their claim to statehood, internationalizes the IsraelPalestine conflict, and opens up avenues previously closed to the Palestinians to pursue grievances


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A brief explanation of the Palestine/Israel conflict Submitted by Hannah, for the anon of Mohammed. The conflict in two sentences: The Palestians claim… 


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October 11, 2011. Joint IsraeliPalestinian Poll, 11/09/2011 Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within $11.70 Arguing that a comprehensive and lasting solution to… 


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West should stay out of IsraeliPalestinian conflict. Author David Berlin says that includes Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s support for Israeli President Benjamin… 


UN chief says admission of Palestine to UNESCO could have
Special Report: PalestineIsrael Conflicts UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon said here Monday that the decision by the… 


Just Peace For Palestine | Act Now for Jerusalem 

Why is Jerusalem so significant in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict? Jerusalem is a hugely contentious city as both Palestinians and Israelis consider it to be their…

UK changes tact on the IsraeliPalestine conflict – Politics
UK changes tact on the IsraeliPalestine conflict Politics.
Maariv: “Palestinians Rejected Israeli Proposal Of Secret Talks
During the Quartet visit to Palestine last week, Israel submitted a proposal to is not interested in holding talks with Israel to end the PalestinianIsraeli conflict.…



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Israelis are warned that Israel must not depend on help against Iran — JPost R)

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Another day at the White House has begun in earnest.   Michelle: Hon, Dante’s suggestion today builds on yesterday’s suggestion.  Yesterday’s suggestion is in the paper trail.   President: If today’s suggestion is comprehensive and realistic at the same time, I’ll be happy to hear it.  Otherwise…..   Michelle: Well, it’s certainly comprehensive.  Dante and his Allies suggest that you invite Jimmy Carter to the White House for talks.  When the two of you speak with reporters in the Rose Garden, Jimmy can elaborate on his book: Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.  He can also speak to the American people about The Elders’ View of the Middle East.   President: Well, I don’t know whether the American people are well-enough prepared to….

Michelle: Hon, I think it’s a wonderful idea.  Rosalyn and I will sit on the front row.  I’ll invite Helen Thomas to be our special guest, and she can sit on the other side of Rosalyn.  I’ll invite Abraham Foxman to sit on the other side of me so that I can help him not feel excluded.   President: How will you help keep Foxman from feeling excluded?   Michelle: Well, he won’t get a chance to speak to reporters in the Rose Garden, so I’ll suggest that he call a press conference of his own the minute he gets back to ADL Headquarters.   President:  Why would you suggest that he call a press conference?  Michelle: Because every time he shows his true colors for all to see, it facilitates the peace process immeasurably.  What shall I tell Dante?  That you will invite Jimmy?

President: LOL  Tell Dante that I’m two steps ahead of him.   Michelle: Hon, don’t laugh.  Be serious.   President: I am serious.  I’m saving Jimmy for a special occasion.  I plan to invite him to the White House the day Fatah and Hamas announce their reconciliation.  See:  Carter speaks out about Hamas – 17 April 08.   Also, from today’s news, see: Hamas applauds Palestine’s admission to UNESCO. Michelle: Dante will probably suggest that I invite Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to sit next to me in the Rose Garden.   President: LOL.    Michelle: Hon, don’t forget that it was Dante who introduced us to the video of Jimmy speaking out about Hamas.   President: So?   Michelle: So you can hardly claim that you’re two steps ahead of Dante.   President: You’re right.  Tell him I’m only one step ahead of him.  No, on second thought, tell him that I’m two steps ahead of him.   Michelle: What caused you to change your mind?   President: There’s a postscript.



P.S.   President: Tell Dante that when George Bush comes the White House I’ll invite David Gregory to come back and sit in his old seat with the White House Press Corps.  It’ll be like old times.  Remember how George used to call him “Stretch”?   Michelle: LOL   President: One day at a Presidential Press Conference David raised his hand to ask his second or third or fourth follow-up question.  George just stood there smiling and looking at him.  It was a long time before George spoke:  “Hi, Stretch.  What’s on your mind today?”  David’s face turned red, and everybody laughed.   Michelle: LOL  I’ll bet Stretch laughed, too.  The paper trail is intact.



Nurit Peled-Elhanan of Hebrew University says textbooks depict Palestinians as ‘terrorists, refugees and primitive farmers’

Article by  in Jerusalem from  Posted on August 7, 2011.

Children of African migrants play at an Israeli school

Children of African migrants play inside the Bialik-Rogozin school in Tel Aviv, Israel, in February 2011. Pupils at the school have survived genocide, war and famine. But they were all smiles after learning that a documentary about their plight then eventual safety and asylum in Israel, Strangers No More, had won an Oscar. An Israeli academic is claiming that Israeli schools are racist. Photograph: Ariel Schalit/AP


Nurit Peled-Elhanan, an Israeli academic, mother and political radical, summons up an image of rows of Jewish schoolchildren, bent over their books, learning about their neighbours, the Palestinians. But, she says, they are never referred to as Palestinians unless the context is terrorism.

They are called Arabs. “The Arab with a camel, in an Ali Baba dress. They describe them as vile and deviant and criminal, people who don’t pay taxes, people who live off the state, people who don’t want to develop,” she says. “The only representation is as refugees, primitive farmers and terrorists. You never see a Palestinian child or doctor or teacher or engineer or modern farmer.”

Peled-Elhanan, a professor of language and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has studied the content of Israeli school books for the past five years, and her account, Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education, is to be published in the UK this month. She describes what she found as racism– but, more than that, a racism that prepares young Israelis for their compulsory military service.

“People don’t really know what their children are reading in textbooks,” she said. “One question that bothers many people is how do you explain the cruel behaviour of Israeli soldiers towards Palestinians, an indifference to human suffering, the inflicting of suffering. People ask how can these nice Jewish boys and girls become monsters once they put on a uniform. I think the major reason for that is education. So I wanted to see how school books represent Palestinians.”

In “hundreds and hundreds” of books, she claims she did not find one photograph that depicted an Arab as a “normal person”. The most important finding in the books she studied – all authorised by the ministry of education – concerned the historical narrative of events in 1948, the year in which Israel fought a war to establish itself as an independent state, and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled the ensuing conflict.

The killing of Palestinians is depicted as something that was necessary for the survival of the nascent Jewish state, she claims. “It’s not that the massacres are denied, they are represented in Israeli school books as something that in the long run was good for the Jewish state. For example, Deir Yassin [a pre-1948 Palestinian village close to Jerusalem] was a terrible slaughter by Israeli soldiers. In school books they tell you that this massacre initiated the massive flight of Arabs from Israel and enabled the establishment of a Jewish state with a Jewish majority. So it was for the best. Maybe it was unfortunate, but in the long run the consequences for us were good.”

Children, she says, grow up to serve in the army and internalise the message that Palestinians are “people whose life is dispensable with impunity. And not only that, but people whose number has to be diminished.”

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Note:   Israel says it will speed up Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem – and temporarily freeze the transfer of funds to the Palestinian Authority.  The “funds” include monies Palestinians pay in taxes which Israel’s government collects.  Almost 500,000 Jews live in settlements on occupied territory. The settlements are illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this.   Peace, Roy

Article from Posted on November 2, 2011.

Israel says it will speed up Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem – and temporarilyConstruction cranes in the east Jerusalem settlement of Gilo (January 2011) freeze the transfer of funds to the Palestinian Authority.

The announcement comes a day after the Palestinians won full membership of the UN cultural organisation, Unesco.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says the move will speed up the destruction of the peace process.

The Israeli government has described the Unesco vote as a “tragedy”.

A spokesman for the Israeli foreign ministry, Yigal Palmor, told the BBC the measures were designed to increase pressure on the Palestinians.

Mr Palmor said they were “a response to unilateral measures aimed at confronting Israel at the UN and elsewhere on the international scene”.

“They [the Palestinians] shouldn’t be wasting time by all these manoeuvres. They should continue to negotiate,” he said.

The Israeli government said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had called for the accelerated construction of about 2,000 housing units.

It said the construction will be in “areas that in any future arrangement will remain in Israel’s hands”, according to a statement quoted by Reuters news agency.

The BBC’s Kevin Connolly in Jerusalem says the announcement will be seen as a punishment for the Palestinians and a warning to countries that backed their Unesco bid that Israel will react strongly if a similar application for Palestinian membership of the UN itself should prove successful.

Peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel broke down more than a year ago. The Palestinians are demanding an end to settlement building.

Almost 500,000 Jews live in settlements on occupied territory. The settlements are illegal under international law, although Israel disputes this.

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Note:  Some of us will find the readers’ comments beneath Weiss’ essay to be educational.   Peace, Roy

Article by Philip Weiss from by….  Posted on November 2, 2011.

Israel may well attack Iran in an effort to distract the world from the Palestinian issue, Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions said last Saturday in New York.

“There’s a very real possibility that Israel will attack Iran,” he said. At a time when there is tremendous international pressure on Israel to end the occupation and even the U.S. discourse is beginning to shift on Israel, an Iran attack would be the “ultimate deflection… it would deflect everything.”

“It’s a delaying thing. You won’t hear the word Palestinian for another five years,” Halper said. And Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, government ministers from rightwing and centrist parties, could work together on the effort, seamlessly.

The Minnesota born activist, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, spoke at the Tree of Life conference on the conflict at Advent Lutheran Church on the Upper West Side. And Halper spoke frankly of the American interest and of the issue of dual loyalty.

“I don’t want to become all jingoistic,” he said, but there are real questions of where AIPAC is leading the US that should be in the conversation politically: “You’re an American member of Congress not an Israeli member.”

At the beginning of his term, Obama was talking the national-interest talk: “Resolving this issue is in the vital national interest of the United States.” Halper said that Ronald Reagan played the same card when he sold the AWACs airplanes to Saudi Arabia in the 1980s– it’s not in Israel’s interest but it’s in the American interest.

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