Why it ought to be everyone’s Memorial Day.
Over the past weekend, the United States and its allies have instituted a bombing campaign in support of Libyan rebels seeking the overthrow of Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi. While Gadhafi is a despicable tyrant, very little consideration appears to have been given to who the rebels are, what they represent, and what kind of Libya they might create once Gadhafi is gone.
And you thought Shimon Peres was our only politician who is detached from reality…. Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the Wall Street Journal on Monday that Israel may seek another $20 billion in assistance from the United States to cope with the fallout from the democratization of Arab countries that’s currently going on in the Middle East.
In Friday’s edition, the Wall Street Journal suggests that the lesson that ought to be learned from the Palestinian election of 2006 was that Hamas should not have been allowed to run without accepting past agreements and Israel’s right to exist, and eschewing violence. Instead, Hamas was allowed to run in that election without meeting those preconditions, and won the election, leading to the eventual split between Hamas and Fatah which leaves us with two de facto Palestinian polities to this day.
As a result of Kadima’s success (it is the largest party in the Knesset although not part of the ruling coalition), it has now become acceptable in Israeli society to be unprincipled. Nowhere is this more evident than in the current wrangling over contracts to build the “Palestinian” city of Rawabi.
The Palestinians have insisted that any Israeli company bidding on a contract for Rawabi sign a contract that includes the following provisions, which essentially enforce “boycott, divest and sanction” (BDS) against Israelis located in Judea, Samaria, “east” Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.