One Question Israel Needs To Ask

by Jeff Pozmantier February 1, 2015

Before we get to the question, a caveat: You may have your own question. That’s OK. Or so I’ll say to keep the Middle East blogging peace. Group-think isn’t necessarily a good thing. Although when it comes to Israeli or Palestinian issues, it would certainly help to at least occasionally have alignment, if only to model behavior for our protagonists and reduce […]

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Israel: A Country Seen Through Different Eyes

by Jeff Pozmantier December 18, 2014

I recently traveled to Israel and the West Bank with a group of Jews and Presbyterians. Although I had already written roughly 1500 words about our  trip, I decided to stop with my description of our first day. (I gave up with probably another five or six thousand words to go. Brevity and I have a kind of Walt and Jesse meth-making relationship. Some days […]

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I Was A Temporary Palestinian: Seven Hours Was Rough — Imagine Seven Decades

by Jeff Pozmantier November 21, 2014

You, too, can become a temporary Palestinian: Step 1 —  In preparation for a security check as you enter Israel-controlled areas, place your passport on the seat of your “Arab” bus taking you from Ramallah, Palestine In Waiting’s seat of government. Step 2 — When the Israeli soldiers board your bus, flash your best Texas grin (actually any non-Palestinian grin will do) and proudly hold up that passport  for […]

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Netanyahu Intends To Keep Intending

by Jeff Pozmantier October 20, 2014

I intend to wear my seat belt and drive the speed limit. I intend to pick up my dog’s yard contributions in a nice baggy. I intend to (one day) organize my desk drawers. The Cubs intend to (one century)  win the…oh never mind — some things will just never happen. Intent and fulfillment don’t have to be strangers. In the […]

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A Two-State Strategy Is Israel’s Strongest Weapon

by Jeff Pozmantier August 27, 2014

The New York Times’ Tom Friedman has incredibly insightful friends and colleagues he loves to reference is his articles. Alas, many  of my friends lean more inciteful than insightful. One loves to make historical analogies. At least those that fit his confirmation biases. For him, every negotiation with an enemy is Neville Chamberlain seeking to appease Hitler.  Why talk with […]

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Back To The Future? What To Do With Gaza

by Jeff Pozmantier August 15, 2014

In 1977, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance pitched the idea of a UN trusteeship for the Palestinian territories. That was to be the first step in getting  to a Palestinian homeland. Little was Cy to know that 37 years later his idea would be adopted by Israel’s Official P.R. Nightmare and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (who all sentient beings should be […]

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How To Filter News Updates On Operation Protective Edge (And How To Avoid Having To Name Another War)

by Jeff Pozmantier August 9, 2014

First, the most important question: What Knesset committee names these things? Is a list of military operation names compiled in advance just like the list of hurricane names? After all, recommended actions in Gaza wars and Gulf Coast hurricanes are similar: Cat 1 hurricane — minor damage; shelter in place, except if you live in a frame home or a […]

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Israelis and Palestinians: Best Recipe For Solving The Crisis

by Jeff Pozmantier August 2, 2014

My Friday started with our family’s shih tzu /cairn terrier/rabbit mix lick-assaulting my leg, feet, and hands, and ended with an email that added 15,000 miles to my Mileage Plus account….followed by another lick-assaulting. Plus as an added bonus, a family verbal assaulting: You’re going to Israel? Who intentionally goes to a war? What can you possibly accomplish other than worry […]

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Hamas Victory? Can Israel Safely Give Up The West Bank? Plus: A Heartfelt Message From An Israeli Peace Activist

by Jeff Pozmantier July 24, 2014

Hamas Victory? If “victory” means succeeding in a tactical maneuver — in this case, firing as many unguided missiles as possible and not caring who or what you hit near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport —then, yes, Hamas won. However, while Hamas’s tactics may make fine fodder for Michael Bloomberg tweets (that, thankfully, have moved from the danger of Big Gulps to the safety of […]

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A Vision: Israel and Palestine Reach Historic Peace Agreement

by Jeff Pozmantier July 5, 2014

Just be a little more patient. In the summer of 2016, what didn’t happen at Camp David, with John Kerry and his team, or in brief discussions following the horrible murders of three Israelis and one Palestinian and the resulting militant and military responses in mid-2014, will happen at Blue Heron. There are too many […]

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