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Archive for November 2015

Iran's Nukes

When the Smoke Clears -- Is the Iran Nuclear Agreement Even an Agreement

November 19th 2015

Ali Rouhani of Iran

What is mistakenly perceived as an agreement under the title of "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" (JCPOA), that was concluded on July 14 in Vienna, and celebrated by the White House as an "historic agreement," is neither a contract nor even a real agreement between Iran and the P5+1. It is a set of understandings and disputes compiled into a single document.

For example, the JCPOA states that in the event of Iranian violations, sanctions will be re-imposed (snapback). However, the Iranian position, which rejects all sanctions, is incorporated in the same document. In outlining the snapback of the sanctions, Article 37 also stipulates: "Iran has stated that if sanctions are reinstated in whole or in part, Iran will treat that as grounds to cease performing its commitments under this JCPOA in whole or in part."[1] Read more ..

Book Review

Understanding the Intifada

November 3rd 2015

Palestinian Rock Attackers

Intifada by Zeev Schiff and Ehud Ya'Ari, Simon & Schuster, 352 pages, 1990.

The Palestinian struggle for legitimacy has been embodied in one phrase — intifada — that is supposed to lead to global Palestinian redemption. Intifada, literally to "shake off," is a reminder to "shake up" Israel and alert the world to all the wrong that is done to the Palestinians as a result of the Israeli "occupation." Past intifadas, including the uprisings in the pre-state era between the 1936-1939, increased Arab-Palestinian consciousness — but brought Palestinians no closer to statehood. Above all, intifada crosses the social barriers between upper, lower and middle classes; are all one when it comes to this national duty. Read more ..

Osraelis and Palestinians

Oslo Architect Yossi Beilin Says Netanyahu To Unilaterally Pull Out of West Bank

November 3rd 2015

Netanyahu Boehner Biden Congress

Predicting the future is always a dicey proposition, especially in the Middle East. But one of Israel's foremost peace negotiators is doing precisely that, and in dramatic fashion.

According to Yossi Beilin, one of the architects of the Oslo Accords, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will unilaterally withdraw from most of the West Bank. And he will do so sooner rather than later.

Beilin claims such a move is inevitable due to demographic realities.

"It's a matter of three or four years before a minority of Jews is dominating a majority of Palestinians" between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, he says. "And what then? What will you say then? What will Netanyahu say? He is going to ask for a recount of the Palestinians?" Read more ..

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