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Bev’s good, bad & uglies of the week!




Opinion and Analysis

Week ending 30 April 2014


As usual, Bev serves up a spread of different media, multiple countries and various opinions of Zionism to choose from. The good, the bad and the ugly!

Bev brings them all. Download what you like for your relaxed Shabbos reading – many users tell us they do.


1. Time for the gloves to come off

Gil Solomon, INN, 25 April 2014

Let the gloves to come off now and let Israel declare the Oslo Accords a tragic mistake that recognized a people who never existed in the annals of history and expose to the world – in clear and unambiguous language – the fiction that is the “Palestinian” narrative.  


2. The Palestinian accord is, at the very least, a clean slate

Nicholas Blinkoe, The Guardian, 25 April 2014

It may not bring a new government, nor help with peace negotiations, but the Fatah-Hamas pact is a break with the past.


3. Israel’s sustainable success

Roger Cohen, NY Times, 24 April 2014

I had a thought that also struck me while listening to Israeli businessmen in Beijing. The idea may be summed up in three words: It is sustainable.


4. Bibi’s peace-talk halt: bad tactic — or bad faith?

J.J. Goldberg, The Jewish Daily Forward, 24 April 2014

Israel’s decision to suspend peace talks with the Palestine Liberation Organization, in response to yesterday’s Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement, is really three distinct decisions. One is sensible. The second is understandable if questionable. The third is inexcusable.


5. Why the Middle East matters

Tony Blair, Spectator, 23 April 2014

At the root of the crisis lies a radicalised and politicised view of Islam, an ideology that distorts and warps Islam’s true message. The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world. It is de-stabilising communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful co-existence in an era of globalisation. And in the face of this threat we seem curiously reluctant to acknowledge it and powerless to counter it effectively.  


6. Why Israel may need to rethink its assumptions on Palestinian unity

Christa Case Bryant, Christian Science Monitor, 23 April 2014

Israel criticized Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for siding with a terrorist group instead of pursuing peace with Israel. But Mr. Abbas can’t enforce peace without unity.


7. Incentives for murdering Jews

Isi Leibler, Candidly Speaking from Jerusalem, 23 April 2014

It is a damning reflection on the civilized world that one rarely hears a word of condemnation of the criminal Palestinian society in which the murder of Jews is not only considered laudable, but has today effectively become a vehicle towards achieving upward social mobility, both socially and financially.


8. Don’t silence the Israeli left

Lorin Bell-Cross, The Times of Israel, 14 April 2014

The Israeli left is in an awkward position. On the one hand, they are vehemently opposed to and openly critical of many Israeli government policies. On the other hand, they are Zionists and patriots and passionate in defence of their country


9. Why young Jewish Jews are drifting away from Israel

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, Haaretz, 7 April 2014

When U.S. Jewish commentators such as Daniel Gordis focus solely on how the world, Palestinians and the UN hate us, offering no vision for peace in Israel’s future, no wonder young Jews turn off.


The Views expressed here are not
necessarily those of the SAZF

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