Same dance, different music

More radicalized Arab world places Israel in greater peril

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The two Koreas have technically been at war since the 1950s. But they’ve been more peaceful than the Mideast since then.

The reason is simple: Israel’s neighbors have never really accepted its existence and have been in a war against it, hot and cold, since 1948.

Harriet Lerner once wrote a book about troubled relationships called The Dance of Anger. Well, she could’ve been writing about the Mideast. The two-step that Israel’s enemies engage in is: 1) fight a freelance guerilla war against Israel, with terrorism and rockets fired on Israeli cities from within Palestinian (and now Egyptian) population centers; 2) show the world, or fake for the world, the collateral damage that occurs when Israel defends itself.

From the Palestinian Playbook: Photos of dead or wounded children work best, so produce them when you can – and manufacture them when you must.

Then, belatedly, the United Nations tries to cut in – wailing for a cease fire, now that it’s not just Israelis being targeted.

Another fine job of seeking peace, U.N. Wait until the shooting has started and call for a cease-fire.

That’s not how peace is created. It’s how wars are allowed to simmer for decades. You allow hatred to fester – without stepping in to condemn or counteract it. Then, after the unrelenting hostilities of one group finally goads another into defending itself, you finally say something.

If you’re at all muddled on the nature of this chronic conflict, ask yourself two questions: 1) When was the last time a free country was attacked by an Israeli terrorist? 2) How long would the United States wait before taking action to stop rockets from being fired at homes and businesses and schools and churches in this country from a neighboring land?

We pray for the people of Gaza. But they have allowed some in their midst to create a war zone. The hate and murderous hostilities that have been sowed for years are sadly being reaped yet again.

Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules the Gaza Strip, is leading its people into an endless desert of despair and enmity. There is no good place you can go when your first step is toward malice and loathing. Palestinian indoctrination of their young into a lifestyle of hatred is the stuff of legend.

In contrast, the democratic nation of Israel is more than 20 percent Arab.

In short, one side in this conflict has shown a willingness to coexist. The other has done the exact opposite.

This dance has gone on a long time, but the music seems ominously different now. With increasingly radicalized and less predictable Arab governments and an American administration that appears oddly ambivalent to Israel’s fate – as well as to Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons – our Jewish ally’s future seems as precarious as ever in its history.

We were impressed and uplifted by President Obama’s trip this week to Myanmar (the former Burma), and his eloquent advocacy on behalf of democracy. We hope he will do the same in Israel someday, which he has yet to visit.

During an official visit to Gaza by the Egyptian prime minister, Israel observed a cease-fire. Do you suppose its enemies would extend the same decency to our president?

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shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 11/21/12 - 04:25 am
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You know

This was a very good editorial until the end when you took a cheap shot at the President. It was like the Editorial was written for the last two worthless paragraphs.
BAD EDITOR! BAD EDITOR! :)

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 11/21/12 - 04:26 am
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One more month

Till 12/21/12. The end of the world! ooooohhhh!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/21/12 - 05:50 am
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Sometimes the truth hurts,

Sometimes the truth hurts, even when we don't like to hear it.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/21/12 - 05:52 am
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What is this about the world

What is this about the world ending 12/21/12??

Techfan
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Techfan 11/21/12 - 06:17 am
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USS Liberty

USS Liberty

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/21/12 - 06:20 am
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Iran is orchestrating and

Iran is orchestrating and supplying Hamas with weapons. A two front war could be in the making as Iran nears completion of a nuke.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 11/21/12 - 06:46 am
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why hasnt obumler been more

why hasnt obumler been more friendly and supportive of israel?? will they continue to support egypt with billions of china borrowed US dollars after the muslim brotherhood took control??

Techfan
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Techfan 11/21/12 - 06:58 am
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If so, the US should sit this

If so, the US should sit this one out and let Israel fight its own battles. They'll be doing it with our money and our equipment anyway, let's ley them do it with their citizens and keep our soldiers at home.

Jane18
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Jane18 11/21/12 - 07:04 am
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Why?????????

Seriously Shrimp, don't you wonder just a little, why the president has Not visited Israel? Maybe Greenbaum knows, why don't you call and ask his opinion...........

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/21/12 - 07:19 am
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Could

a strong non-religious belief has anything to do with the Hammer & Sickle Mans non-visit? Not too many Muslims in Israel.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/21/12 - 07:28 am
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Since only around 8%-9% of US

Since only around 8%-9% of US debt is owned by China, that's a red herring. BTW: Aid to Egypt doesn't come from a different source than aid to Israel.
2001-2010 Aid to Egypt- $17,966,000,000.
2001-2010 Aid to Israel- $28,498,000,000.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/21/12 - 07:36 am
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Techfan, No One Wants War

But what do you do when our western ally is being attacked? If this two pronged tactic by Iran is effective, should we sit back and let Israel fall? Or force Israel into using their nukes? The safest tactic is to give and promise Israel overwhelming support to make Iran back down.

By the way, we give billions in aid to other Arab countries besides Egypt.

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soapy_725 11/21/12 - 07:40 am
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People who take their religious beliefs
Unpublished

seriously befuddles American Christians. Willing to die for what one believes are absolute truths is foreign in more than one way. Compromise with the world. Be all things to all people.

You have political Jews, religious Jews and left over Samaritans. Isaac and Ishmael fighting for their birthright for millennium . Jew and Arab. And the whole world sits and watches. Like two adolescent brothers on opposing sports teams.

And the talking heads posture, why does that small bit of desert dominate the news? Seventy years ago the Arab World was living in tents in the desert sands. BP, Exxom and Shell made the Arabs billionaires and gave them the resources to bring chaos to the world. The Three Sisters of Global Oil Control. You cannot make war without oil.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/21/12 - 08:09 am
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Ally? Israel cares nothing

Ally? Israel cares nothing about the US other than how much $$$ and weaponry we give them. They'd sell us out in a heartbeat, and happily let us fight their war for them. They probably have more spies here than they do in any other country. See above: USS Liberty. With friends like them, we sure don't need enemies.

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Bizkit 11/21/12 - 08:14 am
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Y'all note that the

Y'all note that the "decimated" Al qaeda has been planning a major attack of the US-well after the first one in Benghazi. I guess they will have to change the definition of "decimated" as long as a bunch of other words our Prez keeps changing the semantics.
Perhaps all these decades of "war games" will end with a real war with all the surrounding nations attacking Israel. Once Israel becomes the underdog in a war with all the surrounding land masses attacking then progressives will change their sympathy for the ole underdog Palestine and adopt the real underdog Israel (a tiny little country in a sea of muslims).

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shrimp for breakfast 11/21/12 - 09:03 am
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ICL

It's when the Myan calendar runs out. 26,000 years and it runs out on 12/21/12. I wouldn't put too much faith in the Myan predictions though. They were always high on halucinagens.

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chascushman 11/21/12 - 09:05 am
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“We were impressed and
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“We were impressed and uplifted by President Obama’s trip this week to Myanmar (the former Burma), and his eloquent advocacy on behalf of democracy. We hope he will do the same in Israel someday, which he has yet to visit.”
We have reelected a president that hates everything this country was founded on. He believes that we stole from other countries especially from countries with people of color. Our children will long suffer the results of this election.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 11/21/12 - 09:06 am
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Jane 18

I was just joking with the editors. I was barely awake. look what time I posted. Yes I do wonder why Obama hasn't visited Isreal. Maybe they don't have any golf courses.:)

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RMSHEFF 11/21/12 - 09:14 am
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Watch what he does not what he says...

President Obama's distain for Israel is apparent in his actions or inactions. It is hard to believe that an American president has failed to visits our best and only ally in the region once in 4 years. He occasionally gives lip service of support but his actions tell a different story. Stranger yet is the Jewish support in America for a president that has distain for Israel. Genesis 12:3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. We may pay the price for turning our backs on Israel.

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itsanotherday1 11/21/12 - 09:28 am
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People DON'T watch what he

People DON'T watch what he does and that is how he still sits in the Whitehouse. Talks a good game, but all hat and no cattle.

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InChristLove 11/21/12 - 10:39 am
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Thanks for the explanation

Thanks for the explanation Shrimp. Heard this date mentioned once or twice but had no clue what it was about. Nonsense, like I expected.

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allhans 11/21/12 - 09:52 pm
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A poll taken yesterday shows

A survey taken yesterday shows that a high number of Repulicans approve of Israel going on defense but only 40% of Democrats.
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Dec 21, 2012 is the date the Jack Reacher movie debuts.

allhans
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allhans 11/21/12 - 11:03 am
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Someone mentioned that today

Someone mentioned that today is Joe Bidens birthday...of his hair implants.

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Willow Bailey 11/21/12 - 11:08 am
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The reason this president

The reason this president does not support Israel is because he is anti Christianity and pro Muslim. Read your Bible to discover the significance of Israel's role in the past, present and future.

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Little Lamb 11/21/12 - 11:22 am
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@RM @ 6:20 a.m.

One of Hamas’ "demands" for a cease fire is for Israel to lift their so-called blockade of Gaza Strip. Well, it looks like the blockade is full of holes if Hamas can lob rocket after rocket, missile after missile, day after day, night after night into Israel. Hamas is not manufacturing these missiles. They must be coming from Iran.

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dahreese 11/21/12 - 01:20 pm
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Reading some of the comments
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Reading some of the comments above, it is amazing how little understanding some have about this conflict.

Israel, as a geographical entity, did not exist on the world map until 1946/47. Prior to that the area was named Palestine, the same Palestine that existed in biblical days.

Israel is an artifically "created" country "declared" by England, the U.S. and the U.N. after a long history that began with the Balfour Declaration after WW I whereby England wanted to award certain Zionist Jewish persons for their help in that war.

No one asked the Palestinians what they thought or felt about the matter.

The idea the Jewish people are "God's chosen people" and "owed" a homeland is a Jewish idea, not a christian idea.

Nor would the U.S. be at all interested in Israel if that Middle East area was growing oranges and not rich with oil.

And every president in this country who has had anything to do with it, can hang his head in shame at the treatment of the Palestinians.

That said, Israel is now an established country and the Palestinians will have to recognize that even though they are still being run over by Israel continuing to take over more and more of their land while the U.S. winks at the takeover.

Additionally, there are a lot of Jewish people who are not happy with Israeli government's behavior - both in the U.S. and in Israel.

And please...don't come back with any remarks about "the bible says...."

The bible itelf didn't exist until the FOURTH CENTURY after the life of Jesus.

P.S. Nor do the writers of this editorial know what they're talking about.

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dahreese 11/21/12 - 12:28 pm
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@Techfan; "USS Liberty." Most
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@Techfan; "USS Liberty."

Most of those negging your post above have no idea what you're talking about.

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bigj706 11/21/12 - 12:43 pm
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Here we go with another day

Here we go with another day of complaining and cheap shots take the holiday off enjoy your families

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faithson 11/21/12 - 12:43 pm
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just back

Had a nice long conversation with my republican brother last night, he has just returned from a 2 week visit to Isreal. He is a fair minded gentleman and had the opportunity to visit with men from both sides of this conflict. He found that in Isreal, the arabs are treated just like the blacks in the south during jim crow. They are marginalized and live under the umbrella of a prejudiced Isreali justice system. He did have wonderful things to say about the Isreali people and Arab people. He found the governments of both peoples to be the problem. He also suggested that we Americans only get ONE side of the story in our national media, over there where both sides are told, one can get a much better picture of the goings on. After his visit he says he would not trust the Isreali government at all. I remember well some of his Muslim rants previous to this trip. After having spent time with them, he found them basically to be a wonderful people, who have radical offshoots that are the cause of the on going problems. I'm looking forward to our holiday visit where more in depth discussions can be had and seeing pic's of the trip on his 70" HD.

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rebellious 11/21/12 - 03:23 pm
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dahreese

Everyone has been anxiously awaiting your arrival on the scene to educate and enlighten us. We are now half as educated as you, as I am sure you haven't even begun to impart a fraction of your understanding of world history and theological education.

This one particular nugget of wisdom floored me..."The idea the Jewish people are "God's chosen people" and "owed" a homeland is a Jewish idea, not a christian idea."

I dare not counter with my thoughts such as:
Jesus descended from the first Jewish King , i.e. David and therefore the Jewish people and the Christians are intimately intertwined.

I graciously bow out from the presence of such knowledge and understanding and will quietly listen with my eyes as you reveal more on the TWUE meaning of Zionism and it's origins.

We're Not Worthy.

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