09 August 2007

Cousins, "Friends" and "Partners"

Dry Bones Blog

According to Chinese reports of a few hours ago:

Haneya aide: Hamas, Fatah in secret talks
GAZA, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Secret talks are going on between the rival movements of Fatah and Hamas to resume the general dialogue, which collapsed following Hamas' takeover of the Gaza Strip, an aide to sacked Hamas prime minister Ismail Haneya revealed on Tuesday.
"There are efforts and initiatives to bridge the gap between Hamas and Fatah but these attempts remain behind closed doors," said Ahmed Youssef, Haneya's political advisor. -more

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And amazingly, the frustrated Israeli public still cannot find a way to dump this disaster of a Prime Minister whose attempts to find peace may prove to be even more dangerous than his incompetent waging of war.

Labels: Hamas, Olmert, Peace, PLO, War, West Bank

Who really believes that when a real war finally breaks out as Israel is forced to fight for survival that Fatah will fight with Israel against Hamas? Hamas tossing Fatah out of Gaza was a power struggle over who has access to the arms and money. Blood is thicker than water and Arabians will never fight against Arabians when Jews, the preferable target are available. If Fatah has the big Mo' in soliciting arms and money, Hamas will continue to play the role of heavy to Abu Mazen's nice guy. When the chips are down, the arms and money will flow freely between Fatah and Hamas.

Sadly, all too many good natured people in governments world wide (realizing this is limited to a handful of countries) are willing to believe that murderers and thugs change their ways due to substantial financial bribery. Others believe that bribery earns good will, reality being that the costs of a diplomatic entry ticket and protection for their nation's citizens is cash. Afterall, when the Jews are the victim's why waste diplomatic good-will for moral clarity?

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What Words Offend Arabs? The Truth.

Children's Poetry Booklet Recalled After Arabs Complain
(Israeli censorship kowtows to Arabs.
When Will We Tell The Truth Without Fear)

(IsraelNN.com 7 Sivan 5768/June 10, '08) Ynet's web site and Arab complaints against a ten-year-old boy's poem about terrorists has resulted in the recall of all of the Nes Ziona municipality's children's poetry booklets.

Ynet boasts that its coverage of the poem resulted in its being recalled.

The text of the poem (Ynet's translation):

Ahmed's bunker has surprises galore: Grenades, rifles are hung on the wall. Ahmed is planning another bombing!What a bunker Ahmed has, who causes daily harm.Ahmed knows how to make a bomb. Ahmed is Ahmed, that's who he is, so don't forget to be careful of him.We get blasted while they have a blast!Ahmed and his friends could be wealthy and sunny, if only they wouldn't buy rockets with all their money.

Poetry competition director Marika Berkowitz, who published the booklet, was surprised at the protests and told Ynet: "This is the boy's creation and this is what he wanted to express. Of course there should be a limit, but I think the there is no racism here. 'Ahmed' is a general term for the enemy. These are the murmurings of an innocent child."

The Education Ministry told Ynet: "The local authority that published the booklet should have guided the students in a more correct manner through the schools. The district will investigate the issue with the local authorities."
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