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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 23, 2011 /17 Adar II, 5771

Mideast ‘experts’; self importance on primetime

By Richard Z. Chesnoff





http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | One of the major problems with interviewing journalist "experts" on the Mideast (or any subject for that matter) is that they occasionally get so wrapped up in their own assumed sense of geopolitical brilliance and consequence that they mislead the public with twisted or even totally wrong information just to make a point.

Take Piers Morgan's very able CNN interviews last week with journalism's Sultan of Self-Importance, the New York Times' Tom Friedman, as well as with the New Yorker's much lauded editor David Remnick, another veteran of Mideast reporting.

Talking about the recent wave of democratic discontent that has swept the Middle East, Friedman quickly invoked his penchant for pop-pomposity. As he put it, as far as the Mideast was concerned "stability has left the building" (he liked the phrase so much that he used it twice). Moreover, he insisted,we are "still in the top of the first inning".

Clownishly put, yet true enough. But then, Friedman went on to indicate that solving the Israeli-Palestinian problem was still a regional core issue (something the lack of anti-Israeli rhetoric during the demonstrations from Tunis to Tahrir Square proved was not quite true - at least as far as the Arab masses go. )

What's more, Friedman - who has been on an anti-Israel rant and rage for some time now - went on to suggest that it was the Jewish state and its Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu who were holding up the peace works…not the Palestinians who steadfastly refuse to negotiate face to face until Israeli agrees to prior conditions (in my book that's called "surrender", not "negotiation") .


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New Yorker editor David Remnick was considerably more measured (and decidedly better spoken than Friedman). But he too blamed the lack of a peace deal almost entirely on the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and (shudder-shudder) pro-Israeli lobby groups in America.

Remnick, who should know better, also told us (as did Friedman) that the basic problem was that Israel still occupies the West Bank and suggested that if Israel came up with a reasonable peace plan (or if the Obama administration did) - and Israel withdrew from the West Bank- unilaterally if it had to - the problems would be solved!

Well, Israel has come up with a US backed peace plan, not once but three times - once under President Clinton, once under President Bush - and again in secret talks with the Palestinians themselves .

These US-Israeli plans would have included a basic Israeli withdrawal from some 93 to 96 per cent of the West Bank with square mile for square mile exchanges of some Israeli green-line land for West Bank land in order to keep some Jewish settlements within Israeli territory. The plans also offered creative solutions for both Israeli and Palestinian presence in Jerusalem and security arrangements that guaranteed a new born Palestinian state wouldn't become the doormat for outside Arab military action against Israel - or against the Palestinians.

Despite White House pleas , the plans were all privately and publicly rejected by the Palestinian leadership - either because they are just too weak to accept and enforce one or because after 63 years they still really don't want peace with a Jewish state whose legitimacy they still do not recognize.

As far as the simplistic idea of just withdrawing from Palestinian territories, Israel has tried that gamble before and lost. The prime example is Gaza where Israel uprooted 8,500 settlers and completely dismantled 21 Jewish settlements. In exchange, all they got was Hamas and ongoing rocket shelling of Israel proper and the citizens therein.

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JWR contributor and veteran journalist Richard Z. Chesnoff was Senior Correspondent at US News & World Report, and is now a columnist at the NY Daily News and the Huffington Post. A two-time winner of the Overseas Press Club Award and a recipient of the National Press Club Award, he was formerly executive editor of Newsweek International. The paperback edition of his critically acclaimed book, "Pack of Thieves: How Hitler & Europe Plundered the Jews & Committed the Greatest Theft in History" is now on sale. (Click on cover above to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.

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