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The diplomacy of bullies and double-standards

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The diplomacy of bullies and double-standards

Private conversation overheard over an open mike:

President 1:

I can’t stand him. He’s a liar.”

President 2:

You’re sick of him, but I have to deal with him every day.”

All spoken privately but accidentally broadcast over an open mike. President 1 was Nicolas Sarkozy, the head of state of France, and President 2 was Barack Hussein Obama, the current incumbent in the Oval Office.

There were no calls for either president to issue a public apology, despite their immature behaviour and their contemptible breach of diplomatic niceties.

Now fast-forward a couple of years.

Defence Minister:

(The Foreign Secretary) has come to us determined and is acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling – (he) cannot teach me a single thing about the conflict … The only thing that can save us is if (he) wins the Nobel Prize and leaves us alone … The security plan is not worth the paper it is written on.”

All said in a private conversation eavesdropped by someone who immediately broadcast what he had overheard.

Response: Fierce insistence on an immediate, public and written apology from the Defence Minister.

To read the entire article, visit the Times of Israel where it was first published on January 14, 2014.

Palestine: a study in uncontrolled addiction

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

This article was first published in “The Times of Israel” on December 2, 2013.

Palestinian Arabs want a country of their own. They want to call it Palestine.

Many people find this offensive. Which is strange.

When the Palestinian Jews declared the independent Jewish state of Israel in 1948, with the backing of the majority of the world community, the intention of that same world community – including the fledgling state of Israel – was that local Palestinian Arabs would also declare their own independence in their own state – Palestine.

As history has made clear in the six and a half decades since 1948, the Palestinian Arabs did not so much want their own independent state as the destruction of the independent Jewish state.

And that aggressive, self-destructive attitude is what is preventing Palestinian Arab independence to this very day.

“… It is time the UN and EU stopped investing hard-earned tax revenues in the wasteful Palestinian Arab addiction to violence, intransigence, corruption and fanaticism. And instead started demanding reciprocity, transparency and democracy. On pain of withheld financial aid …”

The Palestinian Arab leadership and its various backers over the decades have historically failed to factor one prime consideration into their deliberations: the Jewish state of Israel is here, and it is here to stay. The more pressure is applied to ignore this obvious truth, the more rock-steady the foundation on which Israel stands.

There is a good reason for this: over and above the obvious religious, historical and national foundations of the Jewish state of Israel in Israel, nobody likes a bully.

To read the article in its entirety, click on the Times of Israel website.


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The Middle East Gamble

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

There’s a whole lot of head-scratching going on right now following US President Obama’s abrupt, some might say erratic, about-turn after discovery of the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Some analysts allege cold feet, others suggest that Obama allows his craving for personal popularity to dictate his politics, while still others field various conspiracy theories ranging from the barely plausible to the downright bizarre.

What we can say with a degree of certainty, however, is that the focus of media attention is wrong. Yes, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad is a brutal dictator. Yes, Assad’s military has been battling Syrian citizens for many months now, and yes, that battle has been joined by various extremist Jihadi organisations whose brutality and agenda make Assad’s abuses pale into insignificance.

Read the entire article in the Times of Israel, where it was published as an op-ed on Tuesday 3 September 2013.