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US Assesses Military Options For Syria

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

According to CNN’s “Security Clearance” blog, the Pentagon and the US Central Command have begun an internal review of U.S. military capabilities as they apply to Syria.

The report cited two senior administration officials, who emphasized that US policy for now is limited to diplomatic measures. “[A]bsolutely no decisions have been made on military support for Syria.”

 

Germany Raises Diplomatic Ties With PA/PLO

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Germany has just raised the level of representation of the PA/PLO delegation in Berlin to “Diplomatic Mission” headed by an Ambassador. This was announced Wednesday by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle while visiting in Ramallah. The change in diplomatic status may be related to Merkel’s several recent condemnations of Israel’s settlement policy.

France, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Denmark and the UK have already elevated the PA/PLO delegations in their countries to “Diplomatic Missions”.

Iranian FM: Iran, Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood In ‘Constant Contact’

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, in an interview with Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, said that Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood maintain a constant dialogue.

“Tehran is in constant contact with the Muslim Brotherhood,” Salehi was quoted as saying, adding that Iran is prepared to upgrade its diplomatic relations with Egypt to the ambassadorial level.

The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party was the big winner in last months parliamentary elections, garnering 47% of the seats in the People’s Assembly.

Diplomatic relations between Egypt and Iran were severed  in 1979, when Egypt signed the Camp David Accord with Israel and Iran experienced an Islamic revolution.

US Chief of Staff Says Military Attack on Iran ‘Premature’

Friday, January 27th, 2012

In a candid interview with the National Journal on Thursday, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey said that current US efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is effective, and that a military operation would be “premature”.

“I do think the path we’re on—the economic sanctions and the diplomatic pressure—does seem to me to be having an effect. I just think that its premature to be deciding that the economic and diplomatic approach is inadequate.”

Dempsey was speaking after his return from a visit to Israel, where he was reported to have cautioned against a military strike against Iran. “My intervention with them was not to try to persuade them to my thinking or allow them to persuade me to theirs, but rather to acknowledge the complexity and commit to seeking creative solutions, not simple solutions,” he said,

In the same interview, Dempsey said that he and his Israeli counterparts argued their positions “aggressively,”  but conceded that “We [the US] have to acknowledge that they … see that threat differently than we do. It’s existential to them.

 

Report: Jordan Considering Diplomatic Sanctions on Israel Over Palestinians

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

King Abdullah of Jordan has insinuated that relations between Israel and Jordan may suffer if Israel does not facilitate progress with the Palestinians in Jordan, according to the Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper.

The report stated that Abdullah was able to convince PA president Mahmoud Abbas to hold discussions in Amman by intimating that Jordan would consider diplomatic sanctions if Israel failed to “demonstrate it is willing to make significant concessions which will allow the Palestinian leadership to justify their return to the negotiating table.”

Israeli Diplomatic Posts Receive Letters with White Powder

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

A suspicious letter was found Tuesday at the Israeli consulate in Atlanta, following similar incidents at the Israeli consulate in Boston and embassies in The Hague and Brussels.

Addressing fears of an anthrax attack, Chris Allen of the FBI said: “There’s a lot of white powder letters that are going to Israeli consulates around the country . . . There may be more out there.”

Allen said that as of this latest incident the substances have been found to be harmless, but he refused to comment on how many cases are being investigated.

Let’s Vote For Independence

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

           Much of the world is getting ready to recognize a Palestinian state. The U.S. says it will veto any such measure in the Security Council. Other countries are going ahead with plans to vote for “Palestine” in the General Assembly – to grant “Palestine” embassy space, formal recognition, etc.
 
After years of paying lip service to the need for granting Palestinians a state, Israeli political leaders are scratching their heads about what to do and how to stop this.
 
The best Prime Minister Netanyahu has come up with is giving a speech in that building on the East River near 42nd street. 
 
I have a better idea.
 
The Palestinian statehood movement is essentially a case of local Arabs in and around Israel seeking to gain separatist independence. Arabs already have 22 states, but that’s not enough. Hence the push for yet another one.
 
Since nearly all countries have their own domestic separatist movements, the only reasonable response by Israel to votes by other countries in favor of the Palestinian separatist movement should be to recognize all other separatist movements, granting them embassy space and diplomatic recognition.
 
Here are some examples:
 
If France votes for a Palestinian state, as it is expected to do, Israel must immediately grant diplomatic status and recognition to the National Front for the Liberation of Corsica, to the separatist Savoyard League and the Nissa Rebela, to the separatist Arm?e R?volutionnaire Bretonne and Front de Lib?ration de la Bretagne, and to the French Basque separatists.
 
If Spain votes for a Palestinian state, as it is expected to do, Israel must immediately grant diplomatic status and recognition to the ETA and other Basques separatists, to the Catalan separatists, as well as to the separatist movements in Castille, Leon, Andalusia, Cantabria, Galicia, Aragon, and Asturias.
 
If Belgium votes for a Palestinian state, as it is expected to do, Israel must immediately grant diplomatic status and recognition to both the Flemish and Walloon separatist movements.
 
If Holland votes for a Palestinian state, as it is expected to do, Israel must immediately grant diplomatic status and recognition to the Frisian separatist movement.
 
Turkey, of course, is leading the campaign for Palestine, which is why Israel should recognize the Armenian, Kurdish, Arab, and other ethnic nationalist movements inside Turkey. And let’s hear nothing about Armenians already having their own state outside the Turkish borders. 
 
The UK will probably vote against it, but just in case it votes in favor, Israel should then recognize the separatist movements of Cornwall, Guernsey, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, the Isle of Wight, Northumberland, Wessex, Yorkshire, and of course also the independence of Wales, Scotland and Ulster.
 
Russia plans to vote for Palestinian independence. Israel should respond by recognizing all of the separatist movements within Russia, a full list of which is much too long to reproduce here.
 
Similarly, if Italy votes for Palestine, there are so many regional independence and separatist movements inside Italy that could be recognized by Israel. Space simply does not allow for their complete listing. 
 
The Sami independence movements in Norway, Sweden and Finland should be recognized at once. Ditto for the Faroes Islands independence movement in Denmark.
 
If Switzerland votes in favor, Israel should recognize the Jura regional separatist movement.
 
The above list is just for European countries. Most of South America already recognized “Palestine,” even before any UN vote. If Argentina and/or Chile votes in favor, Israel needs to recognize the Mapuche separatists in those countries. If Bolivia votes in favor, the Santa Cruz separatists there should be recognized.
 
If Brazil votes in favor, Israel should recognize the separatist movements in Rio Grande do Sul. Venezuela will certainly vote in favor, which is why Israel must recognize the independence of Zulia and Maracaibo. Mexico is certain to vote in favor, which is why the Zapatista movement in Chiapas needs a nice embassy in Israel.
 
Muslim states have their own domestic separatist movements, and these are deserving of special support and recognition by Israel.
 
In Iran, aside from the obvious Kurdish separatists, there are Assyrian, Baluchi, Azeri, and Arab regional separatist movements, all in need of an Embassy. (And let’s not have any nonsense about how Iranian Arabs have no right to independence because Arabs already have 22 states. Azeris already have a state, you say? Since when does that matter?) 
 
Syria also has Kurdish and Assyrian separatists. Pakistan has Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan, and Singh separatist movements. Indonesia has oodles of separatists.
 
The number of separatist movements all over the world is so great that Israel would have to build an entire new diplomatic city east of Ariel just to house all the embassies for the separatist movements in countries voting for Palestinian statehood.
 

Steven Plaut is a professor at the University of Haifa. His book “the Scout” is available at Amazon.com. He can be contacted at steveneplaut@yahoo.com.

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