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#################### Geoff Seidner
I support PM Netanyahu, the Israeli and Jewish people. I believe the one true God, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob will keep his word when he told Abraham he would bless those that bless him and his descendants and curse those who curse them. I fear for the trouble coming on my country. Besides Israel has been a very good friend of the USA who deserves to be treated as such.
PM Netanyahu can do better by ordering the aerial bombings of Iran's nuclear facilities at the same time he is addressing the US Congress. He can then ask Congress to declare war on Iran and participate in ending the existential threat to Israel forever. Go Bibi.
As clear as the case in favor of Netanyahu's speech can be put. There is a reality in the Obama V. Netanyahu conflict that includes a number of disagreements emanating from Israel as well as the United States. That's the fact underlining the drama being flung from the Administration and supporters of no-drama Obama at Netanyahu for having the gall to speak before Congress and possibly upset his deal with Iran. Let's face it, he's the only one who can.
Caroline’s article is sane and lucid. But unless her messages are widely read or heard, her writings may end up addressing primarily intellectual circles. Towards a practical support to the PM Caroline must do more than only writing an opinion in the JP. As I don’t live in Israel I am not aware of whether Caroline publishes her thoughts in the Hebrew language in popular newspapers, often being interviewed on the radio and on television. Otherwise her voice will not be heard by the most important sector of society that of the common people. Caroline is a talented political analyst and must find ways to have her reflections enter as many Israeli homes as possible.
I do not think she needs to be given advice. You may mean well but the attempt to think for her is insulting. You can not posibly have a concept about her daily struggles and difficulties, the overall reality of the situation. Heard about Latma for instance? Idle talk, and frankly, annoying, sorry.
You are probably right that I don't know her daily routine. My comment wasn't so much an advice as wishfull thinking. I have been reading her column for years and for the most I was impressed by her courage and good logic; (her one state solution is an exception)
Thanks for sounding the alarm Caroline! The "silent" ones as you call them should be called out as the cowards they are. It doesn't take much intelligence to make the call that a nuclear arms race in the Islamic world is about a bad idea as can be imagined. Those that remain as sheep acquiescing, with their voting rights intact, need to be humiliated somehow by someone. Thankfully by you.
Bibi may have erred on many counts. I have an impression he might have been more staunch in dealings with PA/Hamas w/o harming much international relations. There was absolutely no need to free terrorists. He certainly did not compromise on the single most important existential issue-Iran, and that justifies all.
To my mind it is ironic that Bibi's dad was a close associate of Vladimir Ze'ev Jabotinsky, but seems not to have learned the lesson of Jabotinsky. In the early part of the 20th century Jabotinsky was highly critical of Chaim Weitzmann's policy of engaging British officials out of public view and never challenging publicly Britain's role in degrading the Jewish community in Palestine during the Mandate. And here Bibi avoids public criticism of Obama and to what end? Bullies need to be punched in the mouth. Obama is a bully. Were Netanyahu to publicly challenge Obama I think he would have the support of most Israelis and I know he would have the support of most Americans. Jabotinsky, in my mind, was proven to be right about Weitzmann's mistake in negotiating with the British in private. I guess History will decide if Netanyahu publicly confronting Obama's muddle-headed approach to Iran is the better approach.
As a semi-retired UK journalist (turned author) who's ploughed through millions of words, may I say this is one of the most focussed and important pieces I have ever read. We all have a serious responsibility to ensure that it's publicised as widely as possible.
Thank you, Carolyn, for telling it as it is. Sadly, some fill their ears with beans and veil their faces with garments that they acquire in their latest trip to the Muslim-Arab world: eager to avoid facing reality...., as disastrous - and perhaps because it will be disastrous - as possible.....
No. We have no reason to do that as Americans. A bigger threat to us and 2 key allies is North Korea, and neither the U.S. nor the South Koreans nor the Japanese are crying for North Korean blood.
We are keeping a careful watch. And that is how we will work with Iran, albeit hopefully on better terms than with the unstable Mr. Kim.
What you do as americans is blame the representatives you place in office when you don't feel nice inside. Your leaders know they have no moral superiority to stomp on the snake so sooner or later it will bite you, and you, if your are still alive, will be the first one to cast responsibility on them.
Don't you get it? This is about the U.S. as well as Israel...Who do you think the "Big Satan" is? It begins with a U. and ends with an S....We are in Iran's nuclear bomb sites as well as Israel and your impotent leader is making a deal to probably harm the U.S. in a very terrible way .Put aside your naive feelings and your dislike for Israel and come to grips with the fact that the U.S. is being led by an infantile,wimpish wet noodle who is endangering all of us because of his obscene attitude towards Israel and their Prime Minister. I might add that Benjamin Netanyahu has more courage and intelligence in his little finger than obama has in his whole body.
Tamarind is a fruit in Asia, not Beirut.
I do not reside in Beirut, although it is a nice place.
Why grapefruit? Apples, pears, or peaches are far better. So are Florida oranges, unless touched by Anita Bryant!