Ayalon Responds: Adds Egypt, Jordan and Palestinian Authority to List

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danayalon.jpgMany thanks to Israel Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon for responding to my post and tweet @SCClemons.
He has amended his piece with the following Tweet:

@Danny Ayalon: Too many countries, too little space. “Immediate neighbors” includes Egypt, Jordan and the PA. Deepest gratitude to all who helped!

I am sure many appreciate the gesture — but one lesson from this is to always try and make sure that there is room for Egypt, Jordan and particularly the Palestinian Authority when there is positive news.
– Steve Clemons

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55 comments on “Ayalon Responds: Adds Egypt, Jordan and Palestinian Authority to List

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  3. rc says:

    Well, how strange?
    I thought I’d posted my extended ‘DOS’ theory here, but now it has gone!
    So, sorry Carroll, you’ll just have to be satisfied with what the censor has left above in respect to the Deuteronomic Operating Systems theory.
    Seems some humor is too eclectic for certain Washington policy wonks, and/or too much fear abounds.
    It was too long and twisted to re-type etc, so if this one goes as well, then I’ll take a break for a while as well I think.

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  4. Carroll says:

    Posted by rc, Dec 08 2010, 6:34AM – Link
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>
    LOL..that’s funny and original to boot.

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  5. rc says:

    Actually the tone here has changed already for the better imo. Much less noise.
    “What did Americans do to ‘owe’ the Jews or Israel and incur any moral obligation to them? (Carroll, Dec 07 2010, 3:36PM)
    Look, it’s quite simple, if you use their Olde Testament operating system (it’s called DOS 1.0) then you gotta pay the license fee!
    And the license fee is: (a) an ongoing and perpetual underlying existential anxiety that the system is not stable and gonna crash — and you’ll need Big Bill Gates-mann to reboot; and (b) a systemic virus called ‘exceptionalism.exe’ — a nasty little fucker that continually infects the paradigm program so there is always a binary split in perceptions of reality. Usually manifests as elitism, and superiority complex. (in severe cases of infection usually issues warning statements like “if you are not for us, you are against us!” etc.
    With these fleas you share the bed.
    Debate is out on whether it’s nature or nurture at work — but most pundits assume both.
    Move to Apple folks!

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  6. replice vertu phone says:

    What did Americans do to ‘owe’ the Jews or Israel and incur any moral obligation to them?
    If people like Wasserman want to include “moral” obligations as duties the US government and American people must fulfill then how do they get away with ignoring our moral obligation to people like the Palestines that we have actually harmed by our support of Israel and therefore do actually “owe”?
    I’d like to see Wasserman and the rest of her crowd explain this.

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  7. replice cell phone says:

    Shhhhh, look over there, its Achtungainthebad thats the bigot, the genocidal maniac. Uhm, how many Jews has Actungainthebad killed these last ten years??? And, uh, how many Muslims have the Israelis killed? Eenie meenie miney mo….

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  8. kotzabasis says:

    Dear Steve,
    Have you considered what would happen, if you banned the gray matter and zest of the Jewish troika of WigWag, nadine, and larry, to your blog? You would be looking in the mirror and arguing with yourself. And the same would apply of course to all your acolytes from Kervick to Norheim and to all the trash in-between. And the result would be the dying of your blog. The price you would have to pay for the vanity of winning your arguments at any price.

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  9. ThomasM says:

    WikiLeaks report fictitious, says Pakistan’s ex-spy chief Hamid Gul
    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-South-Central/2010/0726/WikiLeaks-report-fictitious-says-Pakistan-s-ex-spy-chief-Hamid-Gul
    same guy in July, 2010

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  10. ThomasM says:

    Pakistani ISI General Hamid Gul ’9/11 Inside Job’
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSLgC4cTKcs
    done 12/07/08 — two years ago today

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  11. PissedOffAmerican says:

    HOW MANY RABBIS DOES IT TAKE TO CREATE A RACIST STATE?
    December 7, 2010 at 16:40
    In this particular case, it took 50 of them

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  12. Carroll says:

    Oh good.
    Now can we have the discussion that really gets to the crux of the Israel problem?
    Which is that Israel and most of the problems surrounding it were born in and continue to be created by USA domestic politics.
    If we can’t change that fact then it is pointless to even discuss and pretend any changes are ever going to occur in Israel or on I/P.
    Every reasonable objective person knows what a fair settlement on I/P would be…it would be according to international law, not the desires of Israel and the US.
    And the first thing we have to get straight to change the US policy on Israel is destroy the myths of the Israeli party in the US.
    We could start by asking Debbie Wasserman what she meant when she recently said…”Americans have a “moral obligation” to support Israel”.
    Moral obligation is defined legally as a duty which one “owes” but is not legally bound to fulfill.
    What did Americans do to ‘owe’ the Jews or Israel and incur any moral obligation to them?
    If people like Wasserman want to include “moral” obligations as duties the US government and American people must fulfill then how do they get away with ignoring our moral obligation to people like the Palestines that we have actually harmed by our support of Israel and therefore do actually “owe”?
    I’d like to see Wasserman and the rest of her crowd explain this.

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  13. samuelburke says:

    “only you can know what’s
    in your heart and in your head.”
    how classic.
    poor little nuclear armed israel…receiving all of the u.s technology
    it steals from us and all the tax dollars extorted through our govt
    lackeys.
    with friends like israel we do not need enemies.

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  14. samuelburke says:

    little itsy bitsy story i missed.
    Posted on Dec 5, 2010
    seplan.am.gov.br
    Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is at the end of his second and
    ultimate term as Brazil

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  15. larry birnbaum says:

    Mr. Clemons, I think I was perfectly polite in expressing my
    thoughts. And in general have been. Given the kind of invective
    you find tolerable in comments here, I would say your attitude was
    surprising. But perhaps not; in any case only you can know what’s
    in your heart and in your head.
    So, no apologies, and I won’t be posting on your site any more.
    Enjoy pissed off “American” and all the rest. It’s quite an audience.
    Zay gezunt. I mean this unironically.

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  16. rc says:

    Well, I can see Steve Clemons has had one of those ‘bad hair’ days … but in general, an action long overdue imo.
    I drop by occasionally and usually skip through the ad hominem — except POA’s which I generally find rather poetic, like some mad Mark Twain on steroids (he’s obviously studied the Big Lebowski method).
    Occasionally I find an opportunity to add 2-cents worth (without suggesting these are worth more than writing practice) — but they come from the desire to raise/broaden the dialogue, and debate points and subtleties, not from the need to convert others or attack difference of opinion.
    In general I’ve read Steve Clemons’ writing exactly as he describes his intentions are. So no blame on him (except when he does his dog thing).
    His definition and enforcement of the blog’s boundaries is entirely his to call — and there might be a much better tone globally if certain other Washington players, especially ones from Chicago, were to do the same from time to time.
    The same continuous carping that he’s stomped on here is exactly what needs to happen in the White House when certain beggars turn up from time to time for their handouts. It’s about justice — i.e. treat equals equally, and unequals unequally.
    The pandering to ‘entitlement’, whether by virtue of birth, belief or economic power, is self demeaning for a modern U.S. global empire.
    Is the U.S. system so punch-drunk that it cannot discern the difference between guaranteeing survival and tolerating bad behavior? Taiwan or Israel — it’s much the same dynamic and scale. Just totally different human qualities at work.
    It’s most pleasing to know that nardine et al will have swallowed their hubris and apologized to crawl back on here. A big step for spoiled brats.

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  17. Warren Metzler says:

    I totally support Steve in banning people who name call. But that should include all people who name call regarding anyone, not just name call Steve.
    I feel sad that what is right can’t be discussed, as opposed to framing the discussion as pro-Israel, or pro-Arab. But it is clear to me that both cultures have no real moral principles at their base, only accept what is identical to them, and want to do serious harm to the other side.
    I offer the following link as an indication of what happens in so many of our so-called allies. http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2035196,00.html
    I propose that reasonable people arrive at a conclusion as to what is reasonable government, and repeatedly and wholeheartedly express great opposition to all governments who don’t offer what today, in 2010, should be enshrined in every single constitution in the world. And actively work to getting their governments to stop working with all such governments. That doesn’t mean establishing sanctions, or prohibiting inter country business / travel with such countries. But to have only a bare level diplomatic presence, and make it clear no bilateral agreements will occur as long as those governments refuse to enshrine into law all the basic human rights: authentic democracy; a clear rule of law; free speech (regardless of which politician, religious figure, or deity is maligned); freedom of movement and living location and travel anywhere (of every person who lives within the boundaries controlled by that country; which would include all Palestinians from the Egyptian border to the Jordanian / Syrian / Lebanon borders); the freedom for each resident of that country to practice whatever religion he wishes (and to attempt to convert anyone he wishes), absolutely no rules regarding what women do, as long as it is not clear criminal behavior (actual harm to other humans), and I’m sure there are others I am missing.
    I’ll call all this “universal human rights”. Let’s start a movement promoting this for all.
    And I realize that countries that don’t offer this include Saudia Arabia, Israel, all the Islamic countries, China, Russia, Pakistan, India, etc. Let’s begin to call all spades spades, and stop our utterly biased and immoral interactions once and for all.

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  18. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “So to recap, Israel fails to thank its neighbors effusively enough, and this is immediately noted as a missed opportunity to build friendship. The PA goes out of its way to attack and denigrate a site holy to Judaism, and this isn’t worthy of note”
    Hmmmm.
    Gee, should I devote the week to a litany of Muslim religious and cultural sites the Israeli Jews have desecrated, declared off limits, built parking lots on, bombed, or denied even existed despite strong archeological evidence????
    Naaaaah. Bernie already knows the score.
    HEY!!! “Bernie”, by golly, thats one of my dog’s names! Where’s that guy get off naming himself after one of my mutts?
    “They need to grow up and be on that same level if they want to be taken seriously”
    (Oh come on, its not about “levels”. Look at the “level” that poor chap that conjured up the Manama thread has reached. Reed? The guy thinks he’s so smart he’s practically to heaven, when most of us think he must be posting from Mars. Also, Wiggie’s grasp on history is pretty amazing, when she’s not twisting and rewriting it. And Nadine is an extremely competent, prolific, and professional Runoffatthemouther. World class, as a matter of fact. If you could bottle her, you’d have an extremely effective and hot selling laxative.)

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  19. ugh says:

    Steve,
    Thanks for taking action on this. Those posters are whacked and irritating. You go out of your way to sent a style here. They need to grow up and be on that same level if they want to be taken seriously.

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  20. Steve Clemons says:

    I have sent notes to four posters who have elected to engage in attacks on me personally rather than debating the merits of an issue. I engage those with whom I disagree and try to keep an open mind. I don’t attack those who post on this blog — but I expect civil and appropriate behavior.
    I refuse to debate this issue. I have posted the rules for comments on this blog many times.
    I don’t have time for these exchanges — and as I have said previously, I would prefer to shut down comments to allow this place to become hijacked by those who would rather engage in insinuations about what and why I post rather than debating the issues fairly and openly.
    So those I have written to are banned — pending notes from them committing to a different form of discourse. No debate. No back and forth.
    Clean up your act, or you will automatically be blocked — or any posts that get through automatically deleted by TWN staff.
    Sorry – but this is not Huffington Post with a more sophisticated screening and culling system.
    I want you here — but I have terms. Period.
    Don’t like them. Go and get your own blogs!!
    All best,
    Steve Clemons

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  21. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Naaaah. They’re employing those nasty heathen Palestinians to build these illegal structures. Those savages don’t need sleep. They’re “use once then throw away”.
    If they dissent, then all ya gotta do is shove ‘em over the line back into the ghetto, and slam the door behind them. If they get hungry enough, they’ll come grovelin’ back for more work.

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  22. ErvD says:

    I am sure Israelis would show their gratitude by freezing settlements construction, for about 16 hours. workers need to rest and sleep, after all.

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  23. Steve Clemons says:

    Wig – You and I have had good exchanges. If you get into name-calling, then please leave this site. Don’t want you here. Period. I totally support ending the isolation of Hamas. I don’t think the US is in a position to engage Hamas formally – but I do believe in engagement with Hamas. You don’t. I get it. Stop the name calling or depart.
    Same for you Nadine. I’m not an appeaser. I believe in Israel and its long term interests — but more importantly, I believe in US national security interests, which the current management of Israel is undermining. We disagree. I get it. Stop the name calling or depart. Seriously.
    Larry, you are occasionally quite polite but you go over the line on occasion as well — and you aren’t welcome here when you do. I don’t expect folks to agree with me. But if you get into innuendo or shorthand, you have no place here and you will lose my total respect. You may not continue to post comments here if you are simply unconstructive. I support engagement with the Arab Middle East — and I support Israel’s security interests as I interpret them. I am pretty sure that I am in line with folks like Tzipi Livni and Haim Ramon for the most part. That makes your statement that I have zero credibility or support in Israel false. Clean up your act immediately or get off the site. Seriously. I will ban you if you continue to post on my dime such ridiculous statements. This is my blog….if you want to engage in unfair and incorrect characterizations, you are more than welcome to get your own blog, spin your own truths, and post away…I’ll like the links and we can duel with each other. But you are over the line — and I’m done with you until I get an apology and retraction from you.
    I blog frequently and put my thoughts and ideas out for reaction. You three attack….and generally, I really like Nadine’s, WigWag’s, and Larry’s comments and have learned from them.
    But you get into slimeball characterizations of my positions — and I am simply done with you. So fix it now, or you will be banned. Regrettable as I think you add to the site and the discourse here.
    I will not go back and forth with you privately as I have with all three of you again. You know what to do. Pull in your mischaracterizations and engage fairly and honestly, or go pester someone else.
    Did any of you notice that Danny Ayalon had the good character to actually respond and thank the folks I mentioned.
    End of story.
    This is not a debate, not negotiable. All three of you have emailed me privately before. Unless you fix this right away — tomorrow — you will lose the ability to be commenters here.
    I don’t have time for you or your rudeness.
    We disagree on policy and on how to achieve a more stable and just equilibrium in the Middle East. That’s fine — and I allow all sorts of opinion here that is different from mine…..but all of you know my rules. Each of you has violated them.
    Steve Clemons

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  24. nadine says:

    Chas Freeman has been sent out to the NYT to do damage control for Our Friends the Saudis:
    “According to the documents, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia exhorted the United States to cripple Iran

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  25. Don Bacon says:

    It’s difficult to keep track.
    Arabs are good when they want to kill Persians and Azeris but bad when they want to kill Christians.
    Christians are good when they sing hallelujah in a food court, AKA The Kingdom of God, but bad when they criticize Jews who don’t praise Arabs.
    The gospel according to WigWag. Downright bizarre.

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  26. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Man, you guys will argue about anything”
    Values and priorities, Dan. There is tremendous irony behind making an issue out of an “insufficient thank you” when standing mute on the real and illegal actions, egregious attrocities, human rights abuses, and diplomatic fuck you’s that the pieces of shit Israeli leaders have committed over the course of these last two years.
    You wanna see an “insufficient thank you”??? Look at the disdain and arrogance these fucking bigoted sacks of shit have thrown towards our President, DESPITE the fact he’s on his hands and knees for them, and the check is in the mail.
    Screw the Israelis. There’s REAL issues to be pissed about, without having to create a fuss over nonsense.

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  27. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “DonS, I know more than I need or want to about your self-professed devotion to human rights. It is an excuse that appears solely so that you can accuse the US or Israel of humans rights violations”
    ACCUSE???? As if there isn’t such “human rights violations” occurring?
    You expect us to respect you, or feel anything but loathing for what you espouse??? How many Jews are like you, Nadine? Those that aren’t can thank you for the globally growing prejudice of anti-semitism. Those that are can congratulate themselves for sowing it.
    Then the Wiggie says…
    “Steve Clemons is a frequent apologist for Hamas”
    Which is when Steve should tell her to go screw herself, and to post her bullshit elsewhere. But he is too gratiuous a host to do so. His reasoning escapes me, and his charity is inexplicable.

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  28. Don Bacon says:

    Let’s hear it for Christians. They’re doing a great job of killing in Muslim lands. Jews too. Muslims in Christian and Jewish lands? Not so much. See, they don’t have F-16 jet fighters with Tomahawk missiles, or Cobra helicopters and drones with Hellfire missiles.
    Merry holidays. And I didn’t start it.

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  29. dtbak says:

    However, It is not an enjoyable time facing people
    died in war but not natural dead in peace world. I
    am praying there is a peace world for our descendent’s life..

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  30. Dan Kervick says:

    Man, you guys will argue about anything. If Israel has flooding rains next week, some will denounce the theft of water from Palestinian skies while other will denounce Hamas for doing a rain dance.

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  31. wigdefamer says:

    preoccupations . . . bizarre.

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  32. JohnH says:

    Nadine is the appeaser. No amount of Israeli, war crimes, atrocities or ethnic cleansing will ever warrant Nadine’s criticism. In fact she is all for routinely rewarding Israeli bad behavior, encouraging them to commit more crimes against humanity.
    But what is worse is that Obama, Mr. Appeaser, never saw an Israeli action–even cold blooded killing of Americans–that he would take action against, or even criticize.

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  33. WigWag says:

    One of my friends just sent me a link to this video that has now gone viral (10 million views in just a few short days). He’s of Cuban descent but he’s not a Roman Catholic like most Cuban-Americans are; he’s a Southern Baptist. I notice that Walter Russell Mead linked to the same video on his blog and he has a lovely post about it.
    Here’s the link to the video,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE
    Here’s a link to Mead’s post,
    http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/
    Anyone who watches the video can see that It’s all really quite a different approach from the one taken by Hamas and the Muslim extremists who rule Gaza. They

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  34. DonS says:

    Please nadine, oh wise one, tell me more about my “self professed devotion to human rights”. Better yet, cite it. True I contribute to Morris Dees/SLPC, but he has the devotion. I really never thought that categorized me as a radical human rights advocate. Oh well.

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  35. nadine says:

    DonS, I know more than I need or want to about your self-professed devotion to human rights. It is an excuse that appears solely so that you can accuse the US or Israel of humans rights violations. The vast majority of Mideast civilian dead are Muslims murdered by fellow Muslims; about their rights, you couldn’t care less.

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  36. jollyroger says:

    Nadine has an uphill road to travel as she battles to justify a colonial excresence in the age of imperial coloniall dissolution. (What’s that expression, “the ash heap of history”?)
    Time (and demography) are not on her side.
    Hasten the arrival of The United Semitic Peoples’ Kemalist Republic!
    “One Semite, One Vote; One State, No Yahwists.”
    Pending which, (for those of the appropriate ethnicity), you are invited to join Ashkenazim For Divestiture.

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  37. DonS says:

    Nadine, you know nothing about my “devotion to human rights.” I know much about your teabagger devotion to oneself alone, and to hell with any social responsibility. Except of course if the society happens to be Israel and the benefactor is everyone else, particularly Uncle Sugar.

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  38. nadine says:

    Larry, Steve Clemons is an appeaser. He wants to hand Israel over to the Arabs and Iran until the Arabs and Iran declare themselves satisfied. If Israel is destroyed by then, well, oops. This, he calls “realism” while indignantly denying he is anti-Israel.
    The Israeli ‘new historian’ Benny Morris, who has had a late-in-life epiphany regarding Arab intentions, describes Steve’s type as standard among “leaders and intellectuals of the Western democracies”. Ron Radosh summarizes:
    “Benny Morris understands that for the Arab mentality, little has changed since 1948 and the creation of the Jewish State. The first reason no peace is possible, he writes,

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  39. nadine says:

    DonS, you a walking exemplar of the anti-Semitism of the New Left. Your analysis of the Mideast situation is identical to that cooked up by Iran and Hamas. They at least are honest enough to say they want Israel destroyed and the Jews dead.
    You go around mealy-mouthing your devotion to human rights. Frankly, I prefer Hamas. An honest enemy is better.

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  40. DonS says:

    Nadine, my comment to Larry could go for you, too, even moreso.
    BTW, I think when it comes to name calling, you are without peer.

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  41. samuelburke says:

    yes nadine the palestinians thank god for the arrival of zionist all
    the time.
    holy war batman.

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  42. nadine says:

    Israel is running around thanking other countries for the rare humanitarian gesture being extended to it. Why they should single out the PA for sending a couple of fire trucks, you tell me. Did the PA ever thank Israel for anything? How about for the 200,000 Palestinians treated in Israeli hospitals last year? Did they thank them for that?
    With Steve Clemons, criticism of Israel is always on a hair-trigger. Criticism of anybody else is missing in action. Not that Clemons is biased or anti-Semitic; no, no, he leaves the name-calling to others.

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  43. DonS says:

    Larry, you, wig wag and other Israel fans are limited by your biases as much as anyone. And in your case(s) the bias is a great big blind spot that fails to see Israel as the aggressor, occupier and killer of thousands. In other words, there is a matter of disproportion that makes your outrage at Steve’s suppose bias ring as basically out of touch. Same argument could be turned around, but as I’m sure you’ve noticed, the community that gravitates around this site does not support your contention. Get used to it and, as wig wag feels free to do, scream and whine about how misunderstood you are and what a bunch of hypocrites we, and Steve, are in your eyes. Or, get your own blog. God knows, you’ve got the US Congress and the President in your pocket. Not good enough?

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  44. larry birnbaum says:

    I’ll try and make the same point as WigWag a bit more gently.
    Mr. Clemons takes this opportunity to criticize Israel’s
    expressions of gratitude towards its neighbors as being
    insufficiently explicit… missing an opportunity to build a
    connection. Let’s leave aside Hamas (not sure why but
    whatever). Two or three weeks ago, the PA posted a “research
    paper” arguing that the Western Wall wasn’t a Jewish religious
    site and had no connection to Jewish history. Something
    sufficiently incendiary that the State Department was actually
    obliged to say something (and do something) and now this paper
    has been taken down — although, as far as I know, no apology
    has been issued by the PA.
    So to recap, Israel fails to thank its neighbors effusively enough,
    and this is immediately noted as a missed opportunity to build
    friendship. The PA goes out of its way to attack and denigrate a
    site holy to Judaism, and this isn’t worthy of note.
    This is called “realism.” Note to Mr. Clemons: your credibility
    among supporters of Israel is zero, and this kind of almost self-
    parodying bias is the reason why.

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  45. Florestan says:

    Yikes, what a lot of vituperative posts.

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  46. Don Bacon says:

    No hypocrisy from Steve. He referred to the Palestinians and Abbas,which means the PA, not Hamas. It’s official policy — Hamas is a terrorist group and doesn’t represent Palestinians.

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  47. DonS says:

    Tell you what, wig wag, do you suppose that if thousands of Israelis had been incinerated by Gazans that Israelis might be tempted to see trouble befalling Gaza as ‘retribution’?
    I know that’s not your point, but neither is it’s Clemon’s responsibility to make your arguments, or indeed to analyze everything through your lens.
    When it comes to hypocrisy, you spew your share of it. Still, let me try to recall even one time Clemons called attention to your hypocrisy. Most I remember he is unfailingly polite and only when you provoke him, beyond reason by your continual twisting an mismatching of his words, does he remind you not to twist him. Now, in the scale of things, who is the bigger hypocrite? I don’t know, but you sure do make up for the size of Steve’s megaphone by the volume, repetitiveness, and uncouthness of yours.

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  48. WigWag says:

    Once again Steve’s hypocrisy is on display for all to see. He criticizes Ayalon for failing to mention Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority by name when offering his gratitude; that’s fine. But as usual, Steve is unable to bring himself to offer any criticism of any Arab for any reason.
    Hamas has celebrated the fires and referred to them as

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  49. Don Bacon says:

    There simply wasn’t enough space in the JP article for ‘Egypt, Jordan and the PA,’ the politician said.

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  50. Don Bacon says:

    Ah, the hypocrisy. It’s a universal quality of politicians that never ceases to amaze.
    Ayalon: “This policy was first and foremost based on our deep-seated humanitarianism, ensconced in our Jewish values. The source for our moral obligation was always tikkun olam, and our humanitarian assistance has always remained unconditional.”

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  51. PissedOffAmerican says:

    You going to ask him to apologize for executing and maiming American citizens engaged in peaceful protest, and shitting in the hand of our President, or are we confining our requests to meaningless fluff?
    And now that they have “thanked” the Palestinians, will they now stop incinerating them and stealing their land, or is the “thank you” the ultimate gesture of humanity that we can expect from these bigots steering the Jewish ship of state?
    How about an apology from Ayalon directed to Tristan Anderson and Emily Henochwitz and their families?? And perhaps a check or two for medical costs? Oh, I forgot, Israel did nothing wrong, its OK to shoot American citizens in the head if they dare protest Israel’s CRIMINAL acts and attrocities.

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  52. Meir Javedanfar says:

    Hi Steve,
    Thank you for doing this.
    Your opinion and knowledge are very much appreciated by many of us here in Israel.
    Regards,
    Meir Javedanfar

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  53. Kansan says:

    Steve,
    You pushed the needle on the dial again, and this in an honorable, balanced way. Good that Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon responded to you with equally balanced demeanor.
    Your balance and style matter, and you achieve results, over and over again.
    Thank you for the lesson you provide.

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