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Posted: Mar 16, 2014 - 1:43pm

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Odd, no issue here. Is it the same for the direct YouTube link?

 
yup. apparently the NSA has decreed that 'Mericans shall not see it.
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Posted: Mar 16, 2014 - 12:46pm

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some sort of international issue with the video 

Odd, no issue here. Is it the same for the direct YouTube link?
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Posted: Mar 16, 2014 - 12:25pm

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Is Zionism compatible with democracy? - Head to Head - Al Jazeera English

The ideology of Zionism, which calls for the establishment of a Jewish state, has dictated Israeli politics for decades.

But is it compatible with a democratic Israel? And can a state exclusively for Jews be a genuine democracy?

Palestinians argue that Zionism has become a byword for racism and colonial expansion.

In this episode, Mehdi Hasan challenges Shlomo Ben Ami , the former Israeli foreign minister and avowed liberal Zionist, on the challenges of Zionism and the failures of the Israeli peace camp.

Also joining the discussion are: Avi Shlaim, a renowned new historian and emeritus professor of international relations at the University of Oxford; Paul Charney, the chairman of the Zionist Federation; and Diana Buttu, a Palestinian lawyer and legal advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organisation.



 
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Posted: Mar 16, 2014 - 10:58am

Is Zionism compatible with democracy? - Head to Head - Al Jazeera English

The ideology of Zionism, which calls for the establishment of a Jewish state, has dictated Israeli politics for decades.

But is it compatible with a democratic Israel? And can a state exclusively for Jews be a genuine democracy?

Palestinians argue that Zionism has become a byword for racism and colonial expansion.

In this episode, Mehdi Hasan challenges Shlomo Ben Ami , the former Israeli foreign minister and avowed liberal Zionist, on the challenges of Zionism and the failures of the Israeli peace camp.

Also joining the discussion are: Avi Shlaim, a renowned new historian and emeritus professor of international relations at the University of Oxford; Paul Charney, the chairman of the Zionist Federation; and Diana Buttu, a Palestinian lawyer and legal advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organisation.


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Posted: Jan 16, 2014 - 5:42pm

The truth about Israel's secret nuclear arsenal
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Posted: Oct 18, 2013 - 11:31am

Court nixes push for 'Israeli nationality'
Nationality is ethnically defined in Israel, which critics say underpins discrimination against Palestinians.
A court decision this month that rejected Israelis' right to a shared nationality has highlighted serious problems caused by Israel's self-definition as a Jewish state, say lawyers and human rights activists.

A group of 21 Israelis had appealed to the Supreme Court to demand the state recognise their wish to be classified as "Israeli nationals".

Since Israel's founding in 1948, authorities have refused to recognise such a nationality, instead classifying Israelis according to the ethnic group to which each belongs. The overwhelming majority are registered as either "Jewish" or "Arab" nationals, though there are more than 130 such categories in total.

Critics say the system, while seemingly a technical matter, has far-reaching effects. The citizenship laws, they say, undergird a system of systematic discrimination against the one-fifth of Israel's population who are non-Jews - most of them belonging to Israel's Palestinian minority.

Some observers also fear that the court ruling, which effectively upheld Israel's definition as a Jewish state, will strengthen the aversion of Israel's right-wing government to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly insisted that Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority recognise Israel as a Jewish state as a condition for reaching a peace agreement. (...)

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Posted: Oct 13, 2013 - 3:55pm

    The Desert of Israeli Democracy
    A Trip Through the Negev Desert Leads to the Heart of Israel’s National Nightmare
    By Max Blumenthal

From the podium of the U.N. General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seamlessly blended frightening details of Iranian evildoing with images of defenseless Jews “bludgeoned” and “left for dead” by anti-Semites in nineteenth century Europe. Aimed at U.S. and Iranian moves towards diplomacy and a war-weary American public, Netanyahu’s gloomy tirade threatened to cast him as a desperate, diminished figure. Though it was poorly received in the U.S., alienating even a few of his stalwart pro-Israel allies, his jeremiad served a greater purpose, deflecting attention from his country's policies towards the group he scarcely mentioned: the Palestinians.

Back in November 1989, while serving as a junior minister in the Likud-led governing coalition of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, a younger Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan University, “Israel should have taken advantage of the suppression of demonstrations, when the world’s attention was focused on what was happening in that country, to carry out mass expulsions among the Arabs of the Territories. However, to my regret, they did not support that policy that I proposed, and which I still propose should be implemented.”

Now the country’s top official, Netanyahu has updated the smokescreen strategy. While the prime minister ranted against Iran in New York City and in a meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, his government was preparing to implement the Prawer Plan, a blueprint for the expulsion of 40,000 indigenous Bedouin citizens of Israel from their ancestral Negev Desert communities that promised to “concentrate” them in state-run, reservation-style townships. Authored by Netanyahu's planning policy chief, Ehud Prawer, and passed by a majority of the members of the mainstream Israeli political parties in the Knesset, the Prawer Plan is only one element of the government’s emerging program to dominate all space and the lives of all people between the river (the Jordan) and the sea (the Mediterranean). (...)

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Posted: Oct 2, 2013 - 11:41pm

A huge Pew Charitable Trust telephone poll of American Jews confirms many of the things learned by previous religious polls conducted by Barry Kosmin and colleagues under the rubric of the American Religious Identification Survey.

What is striking is how dissimilar the mainstream of Jewish Americans is to the ruling Likud Party in Israel, headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu and his party use Judaism and Jewish heritage as the basis for the construction of an exclusivist, nationalist, hardline ideology hostile toward and suspicious of non-Jews. Netanyahu even sponsored a campaign of television commercials attempting to shame American Jews for dating non-Jews or commemorating Christmas.

31% of Jewish Americans in this poll said they did not feel attached to Israel. Another 39% are only “somewhat” attached. The strong Israel nationalists are only about 30%.

62% of Jewish Americans do not believe that the Israeli government is making a good faith effort to negotiate with the Palestinians, though they have an even lower opinion of the Palestinian Authority.

83% do not agree that the construction of Israeli settlements on the Palestinian West Bank helps Israeli security, a key plank in the platform of the ruling Likud Party in Israel.

44% of Jewish Americans, on the contrary, assert that this settlement of Palestinian land is actively harmful to Israeli security. (...)
On how American Jews are Mostly the Opposite of Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu
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Posted: Oct 1, 2013 - 4:48pm



Transcript of Netanyahu's UN General Assembly speech - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz

'Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your fears': More predictions before Netanyahu's big day at the UN


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Posted: Sep 28, 2013 - 1:04pm

Maximum Bibi
Peace in the Middle East? Not if Benjamin Netanyahu has anything to say about it.

(...) This debate has taken on a new urgency given the diplomatic opening seemingly created by the election of Rouhani. It is no secret that Netanyahu has been dragged out of his comfort zone by the possibility of a U.S.-Iran rapprochement. Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's aggressive and insulting behavior made him a convenient adversary for Israel; Rouhani and his diplomatic team, notably polished Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, present a challenge of a very different order of magnitude.

Under these new circumstances, the nagging question for Washington policymakers is whether Netanyahu's tough line on engaging the new Iranian reality is the wise approach of an understandably cautious and concerned Israeli leader, or whether this Israeli pushback is indicative of a more intransigent stance. The pushback has been nothing if not relentless: Netanyahu has called for an intensification of sanctions and military threats, has depicted Iran's new leader as a "wolf in sheep's clothing," and has heaped scorn on the Rosh Hashanah greetings sent to the Jewish world from Iranian leaders' Twitter accounts. The Israeli Embassy in Washington even crafted a fake LinkedIn account for Rouhani, which listed his skills as "weapons of mass destruction" and "illusion."

Sadly, the preponderance of evidence suggests that this is not just about Israel's leader driving a hard but realistic bargain. If Netanyahu's principal concern is really the nuclear file, he should be able to come to terms with the fact that a negotiated outcome offers the best long-term safeguard against Iran developing a nuclear weapon. The most that military strikes could achieve would be a short-term delay of Iran's ability to weaponize its nuclear program — a decision that Iran has anyway not yet made, according to the consensus among Western intelligence agencies. A strike would also create a greater incentive for Iran to weaponize its nuclear program.

At the moment, however, Netanyahu is signaling that there is no realistic deal that would be acceptable to Israel. For instance, a consensus exists among experts and Western officials that Iran's right to enrich uranium — in a limited manner and under international supervision — for its civilian nuclear energy program will be a necessary part of any agreement. Netanyahu rejects this. (...)


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Posted: Mar 22, 2013 - 11:44am

It seems to me that as long as US leaders continue to promise eternal support for Israel no matter what, that Israel will continue to do as Israel pleases and nothing will ever change in the Middle East.
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Posted: Dec 7, 2012 - 7:13am

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...and Starbucks franchises?

 

No way man, that would be cause for straight up war.{#Snooty}
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Posted: Dec 7, 2012 - 7:13am

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Military bases.
 
Cash machines.
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Posted: Dec 7, 2012 - 7:11am

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Military bases.

 
...and Starbucks franchises?

oh, wait, there are too few of them for that.


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Posted: Dec 7, 2012 - 7:10am

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lol ... what do those flags mark? Air bases? 
 

 

Military bases.
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Posted: Dec 7, 2012 - 7:10am

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Yep. Most think that a nation surrounded completely by a foreign military presence that has issued many warnings, sanctions and threats toward is afforded the lookaway concerning their nuclear capability; 

Oh wait, you mean Israel! My bad!{#Whistle}

 
lol ... what do those flags mark? Air bases? 
 


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Posted: Dec 7, 2012 - 7:06am

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There is a body called The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which was set up by the U.N., that inspects all civil nuclear facilities.  I don't think they have any real power when it comes to enforcement, though, and they do not inspect military facilities.  It seems that part of the reason certain countries are more zealously targeted for inspection is because they are ones which had not signed any sort of Non-Proliferation Treaty, though Israel has not signed one either.  Anyhow, I get your point.

*edit - oh, others posted similar info before I did.

 

Yep. Most think that a nation surrounded completely by a foreign military presence that has issued many warnings, sanctions and threats toward is afforded the lookaway concerning their nuclear capability;

Oh wait, you mean Israel! My bad!{#Whistle}


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Posted: Dec 7, 2012 - 7:01am

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serious question Are all US nuke programs open to UN inspections? If not who are we to insist Iran, N. Korea or any other country allow UN inspections?

 
There is a body called The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which was set up by the U.N., that inspects all civil nuclear facilities.  I don't think they have any real power when it comes to enforcement, though, and they do not inspect military facilities.  It seems that part of the reason certain countries are more zealously targeted for inspection is because they are ones which had not signed any sort of Non-Proliferation Treaty, though Israel has not signed one either.  Anyhow, I get your point.

*edit - oh, others posted similar info before I did.


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Posted: Dec 7, 2012 - 6:52am

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serious question Are all US nuke programs open to UN inspections? If not who are we to insist Iran, N. Korea or any other country allow UN inspections?
 
See this article.The Non-Proliferation Treaty was set up by the nuclear states (U.S., U.S.S.R., France, China, etc) to prevent non-nuclear states from developing weapons. IAEA inspectors can ask for signatories to open up their programs for international inspection to verify that no nuclear weapons program was under development. 

The inspection process was not meant to work both ways, since the nuclear states already have a program. Nuclear states do have some reporting obligations... not sure specifically what. 
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