The storm that has hit the Middle East obliges each state to choose whether to enter the scientific age or not. If it does not, it will have no growth. The great and intriguing debate in Egypt today is about the constitution, in effect about whether to give women freedom or not. It is here that the Arab Spring will be judged. President Obama asked me who I think is preventing democracy in the Middle East. I told him, “The husbands.” The husband does not want his wife to have equal rights. Without equal rights, it will be impossible to save Egypt, because if women are not educated, the children are not educated. People who cannot read and write can’t make a living. They are finished.
We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza.
Gilad Sharon, son of form Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, writing for the Jerusalem Post.
Ugly and stupid.
It’s perfectly understandable, of course, that with the nation on the cusp of combat, its media would rally around the flag. But it’s also not too much to ask that among the din of the tum-tums, journalists deliver more sober assessments of what lies ahead. As usual, this job falls to Ha’aretz, and to it alone. In a terrific piece, the newspaper’s editor, Aluf Benn, reminded his readers that Israeli prime ministers have a habit of mounting major military operations a few months before they are up for re-election—Ehud Olmert, for example, did it in 2009 with Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, and Shimon Peres in 1996 with Operation Grapes of Wrath in Lebanon—and that such operations, historically, have a way of yielding very little results except for crushing political defeats to those who orchestrated them.
Romney has said, Anybody could have decided to finish bin Laden. Even [Jimmy] Carter. This again was a mistaken concept. President Obama didn’t just decide [one day to kill bin Laden]. The operation to end the life of bin Laden necessitated multiple points of decision by him. I know from operations I have been involved with on a smaller scale.
They are very intricate. You don’t just give the order and wait in your office for commanders to come three months later and say it’s done. No. This kind of operation, which is accident prone, hands on operation, one has to make one decision after the other […] It took courage and cool headedness and leadership. Anyone who says it was an easy thing to decide, doesn’t understand what he’s talking about. [Such comments] show a total lack of understanding of what this kind of operation means.
Israeli parliamentarian Benjamin Netanyahu tells his colleagues that Iran is 3 to 5 years from being able to produce a nuclear weapon – and that the threat had to be “uprooted by an international front headed by the US.”
“President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under a bus.”
- Mitt Romney, in his convention speech.
“Our countries are good friends. And I’m the minister of defense, I can tell you that I can hardly remember — I was in uniform for decades — I can hardly remember a better period of support, American support and cooperation and similar strategic understanding of events around us than what we have right now.”- Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, 5/2012
“Mr. President, I know your commitment to Israel is deep and profound. And under your leadership, security cooperation between the United States and Israel reached its highest level.”
- Israeli President Shimon Peres, 3/2012
Netanyahu believes that US power is forever and that the US political consensus to support Israel in almost any policy choice it makes will never change. So he can simply ignore the currents of history and international affairs and thumb his nose at every other country in the world. But neither is true. Most of Israel’s leaders and all the giants of early Zionism — who are demeaned even to be compared to Netanyahu — realized this.