A basic misunderstanding by the US - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • Logios
    • 21.11.10 | 06:49 (IST)

    The US has offered incredibly generous incentives for Israel to freeze settlements for an insufficiently short 3 months period (previously, only 2 months). Who was convinced to change his mind because of this offer? NOBODY. Of the Seven Wise Men group of ministers, B. Begin and Ya'alon are political idiots as well as ideologues, so the offer had no effect. Shas' Yishai is religiously motivated, and earthly (incl. airplanes) incentives count for nothing, and Lieberman of course was going to teach the US a "lesson". The two moderates, Barak and Meridor, would vote for continuing the freeze without any incentive at all. The one left is Netanyahu. But all Netanyahu needs (and will need), is enough to change the minds of his colleagues, not his own mind. (He follows pressure, not incentives). So these incentives are an exercise in futility. What Obama needs to do is to "change his skin" and apply good old PRESSURE on Israel to act rationally. Learn from Jim Baker, dude.

    from the article: Abbas in Cairo to discuss U.S. settlement freeze offer to Israel
    First published 03:27 21.11.10 | Last updated 04:03 21.11.10
Haaretz Headlines
Syrian refugees Bab al-Salam Turkey border
Syrians flee as Russian and Syrian forces intensify assault on Aleppo

Turkish officials estimate that 15,000 Syrian refugees are waiting on the Syrian side of the border, and expect up to 50,000 more.

14:11 06.02.16 | 0 comments
A policeman confronts a protester at the Ethiopian-Israeli demonstration in Tel Aviv on June 3rd.
The Facebook squad: How Israel Police tracks activists on social media

It follows their Facebook pages, uses fake profiles to 'befriend' them and presents screenshots of posts in court – this is how Israel Police is adding social activists to its virtual surveillance list. 'They know what I write and do,' Ethiopian protest leader says.

09:46 06.02.16 | 2 comments
Syrians walk towards the Turkish border at the Bab al-Salam border gate, Syria, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
The fall of Aleppo could mark a crucial turning point in Syrian war

The Syrian army is rapidly closing in on the rebels who are in control of the city, leaving a narrow corridor through which civilians are escaping on foot; Russian and Iranian support are tipping the balance in Assad's favor.

01:04 06.02.16 | 1 comments
The Palestinian side of the West Bank security fence in Bethlehem.
'It’s not only the two of us lying here': What the banned Israeli novel is really about

‘Borderlife,’ the book at the center of a controversy involving the Education Ministry, depicts a desperate attempt by the protagonists, a Jewish woman and an Arab man, to make love, not war. The issue of assimilation that it raises cannot be dismissed lightly.

10:21 06.02.16 | 0 comments