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Wes Clark says attacking Iran will hurt Israel

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

A new video blog on Wesley Clark’s “Stop Iran War” web site is, alas, rather amateurish, but he briefly articulates why launching an attack on Iran will hurt Israel. He makes sense. Assuming he is running for some kind of higher office, it is refreshing to see at least one nationally recognized political figure articulating […]

Petition to remove settlers from Hebron marketplace

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Ameinu, together with Meretz USA and the Union of Progressive Zionists, has sent the following letter to Israel’s Defense Minister, Amir Peretz, calling for the immediate removal of hundreds of settlers who recently seized a Palestinian home in Hebron. You can add your signature to the letter. Come on folks, don’t just sit there and […]

Hope for Palestinian refugees…and Israel?

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Who knows if the following “exclusive” from today’s Yediot Aharonot is true? Someone somewhere in the Saudi Arabian power structure wants it to be true. That alone is reason for a tiny bit of hope. Translation that follows is courtesy of Israel News Today: NEW INITIATIVE TO OFFER COMPENSATION TO REFUGEES WHO DO NOT RETURN […]

Palestinian poll: Is the glass half full? Or half empty?

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Remember, the title of this blog is “Realistic Dove.” According to Reuters, Palestinians appear to be split down the middle about whether the unity government should accept the international community’s demands about recognizing Israel, adhering to prior agreements and renouncing violence. Polls of the Palestinian community are notoriously sensitive to events on the ground. But […]

My Iranian problem…and ours

Monday, March 26th, 2007

When I was a teenager, I learned not to take at face value anything Robert McNamara or Lyndon Johnson said about U.S. military behavior in Vietnam. Later, I didn’t automatically accept what Sharon and Begin said about the first Israeli invasion of Lebanon or what the IDF said about its behavior in Lebanon this past […]

“AIPAC Hijack: With Friends Like These”: Worth Reading

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Much has been written about the latest AIPAC Policy Conference. Bits and scraps of details have been revealed about it but, until now, I have not read an enlightening, detailed summary. Here is an impassioned description of what happened by Ameinu’s new Executive Director, Gidon Remba.

The next time someone tells you not to criticize Israel…

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Instructive tidbit from today’s Haaretz: Poll: More than half of Israelis support Diaspora Jews’ right to criticize Israel By Amiram Barkat More than half of Israeli Jews support the right of Diaspora Jews to criticize Israel on particular issues, according to a recent survey by the World Union for Progressive Judaism. The survey found that […]

American Jews should support candid talk about Israel

Monday, March 19th, 2007

At least as far as I can tell, Hillary Clinton hasn’t directly questioned Obama’s pro-israel bona fides. If he dares to express sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians again, or calls for a more pro-active American approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, let us hope she continues to lays off.

Redefine the American Jewish-Israeli relationship

Friday, March 16th, 2007

The organized American Jewish community and Israel are like a tired old married couple that lives together on the basis of old habits, not new realities. They need to make an effort to redefine their relationship so that both can benefit. (Full disclosure: I stole that simile from Jerry Goodman, former director of the National Committee for Labor Israel and […]

Aging Jewish lefties should enter the blogosphere

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

 From time to time, I’m going to alert my mostly middle-aged friends out there to the universe of progressive Jewish blogs that are worth looking at.  The deal here is that I am supposed to reference their posts very often and they are supposed to reference mine, and that is how we all get a wider […]

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