Tsunami at Israel’s Edge

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tsunami3.jpgBehind the scenes, Fatah and Hamas have been working and talking for years about terms of reconciliation. But their efforts were stymied by both their own suspicions and demands of each other — but also by Omar Suleiman who was the anointed Egyptian peacemaker but who worked behind the scenes with the US to make sure that both sides never got to “yes” at the same time.
Now, Egypt is out of the game of working on one hand to appear supportive of a Palestinian unity government while on the other hand sabotaging it on behalf of the United States, and indirectly Israel.
I’ve argued for some years that Israel’s security arrangements in the region were a lot like a New Orleans levee — they were working for the time being, but some day a tsunami would come and wash out parts of Israel’s protection. Israel needed to see that its security and long term interests lay in working hard to revision and restructure its relationships in the region — and the best vehicle for that was something along the lines of the Arab Peace deal offered by Saudi King Abdullah.
Now, Fatah and Hamas are reconciling. America and some other nations will no doubt threaten to withhold aid and support — making themselves less relevant to the decisions made by Palestinian leaders but also creating some pressure for them.
But this is not an age where Europe and the US are calling all the shots any longer. In this case, the boutique rich nations of the GCC, Brazil, Turkey, Russia, and China, even India — may emerge as the new lifeline of financial and political support for a reorganized and somewhat repurposed Palestine.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the one person in Israel who could have really sold a real deal on a two state solution to his people. But he seems to have decided against this route — and now we are seeing the political marketplace reaction to his and his government’s intransigence and their lack of vision about new long term political and security relationships in Israel’s neighborhood.
The tsunami that Israel will need to deal with may be here — and it’s vital that Netanyahu and others recalculate their game plan while this wave of change is sweeping through the region.
— Steve Clemons

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30 comments on “Tsunami at Israel’s Edge

  1. Kathleen says:

    Sand “Anyone got any ideas what will come out of Netanyahu mouth next?”
    The Palestinians do not want peace, Israel has bent over backwards.
    The US has to go after bad bad bad Iran.
    Release Jonathon Pollard
    Bmaz over Emptywheels Firedoglake on the killing of Gaddafi’s son and grandchildren
    http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2011/04/30/us-assassinates-saif-qaddafi-and-three-qaddafi-grandsons/
    “That is some

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  2. Carroll says:

    Israel and Netanyahu will not recalculate.
    And the US Israeli congress will not change.
    My advice to Palestine and Egypt is this..
    …IGNORE ISRAEL AND THE US.
    When the US threatens and Israel rants just say “we can’t hear you, did you say something?”..and keep repeating that over and over.

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  3. Kathleen Grasso Andersen says:

    Israel’s actions, vis a vis Palestine, remind me of the old fairy tale, “The Fishertman’s Wife”, who did not know how much was toooo much to ask and ended up with nothing.
    1967 borders are the minimum Palestinians should receive for their own sovreign state.

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  4. Sand says:

    Anyone got any ideas what will come out of Netanyahu mouth next?
    In the meantime, h/t from Tony Karon’s twitter feed:
    http://twitter.com/#!/@tonykaron
    — The flawed premises: two decades of failed state-making [Alastair Crooke 04/28/11]
    http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/04/27/the_flawed_premises_two_decades_failed_state_making?sms_ss=twitter&at_xt=4db96728331d0959,0
    “…Israeli Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon was candid when asked in an interview last year, “Why all these games of make-believe negotiations?” He responded: “Because… there are pressures. Peace Now from within, and other elements from without. So you have to maneuver…. [W]e have to… maneuver with the Americans and Europeans, which are nourished by Israeli elements, [and] which create the illusion that an agreement can be reached…. I say that time works for those who know how make use of it. The founders of Zionism knew… and we in the government know how to make use of time.”
    Sever Plocker, the deputy editor in Chief of Yediot Aharonot wrote on Jan. 25 that Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s recent plan for a Palestinian state without borders on half of Judea and Samaria was, based on his earlier discussions, more or less Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s plan too. Then, “Netanyahu [had] argued that the current situation on the ground in Judea and Samaria is stable and safe, and constitutes, for all intents and purposes, a solution to the conflict. The Palestinians already have three-quarters of a state… they have a flag, an international telephone pre-fix… All that will remain for the government to do, hinted Netanyahu, is only to agree to a change in name of the entity from

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  5. JohnH says:

    “The reconciliation announced in Cairo yesterday– which still needs a lot of fleshing out– is the second great result of the Egyptian people’s historic overthrow of the Mubarak-Suleiman regime. Until February 11, Omar Suleiman had been assiduous in (1) monopolizing the whole diplomatic space allotted to “seeking” this reconciliation, and (2) blocking its attainment.
    In both these steps, we can note, he was mirroring the behavior his Washington friends have pursued more broadly toward the attainment of a final-status Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement: (1) monopolize, (2) block.”
    http://justworldnews.org/archives/004196.html
    As usual, the US shows itself–despite its phony noble rhetoric–to be profoundly resistant to change that might actually lead to positive solutions and just outcomes.
    BTW–protesters in Yemen have noticed the brand new American supplied helicopters that have just started “surveillance” over demonstrations. Another example of US intransigence at the thought of a positive, democratic outcome.

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  6. Kathleen Grasso Andersen says:

    Israel’s actions, vis a vis Palestine, remind me of the old fairy tale, “The Fishertman’s Wife”, who did not know how much was toooo much to ask and ended up with nothing.
    1967 borders are the minimum Palestinians should receive for their own sovreign state.

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  7. Tank Man says:

    A timely article seeing that I’m reading Taylor Branch’s
    Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63. Can’t
    tell you the new level of Admiration and respect I have for
    people like Bob Moses, John Lewis, Dr. King.
    When Montgomery comes to Nabi SaLeh
    “To a great extent, the question of our victory is also one that
    should be directed to the American people and their
    government – are you on the side of justice and victory, or on
    the side of continued oppression?”
    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MD30Ak02.html

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  8. .... says:

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    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday that Tal Aviv could punish the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by

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  9. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “How can you state that, in the face of his offer of “two states for two peoples” made in 2009, but rejected by the palestinians?”
    “Once again, how can you say that, when the sole
    requirement of the current, and all previous Israeli governments, has been the conclusion of a peace treaty that would ensure the survival of the nation state of the Jewish people, with iron-clad security guarantees?”
    This kind of blatantly disingenuous presentation of Israeli/Pal history is as bad as the timeworn tactic of accusing critics of anti-semitism. The above quoted argument is a propaganda talking point, repeated ad nauseum. Whether presented by someone directly involved in the Hasbara efforts, or someone that is simply ill-informed, it is no less disingenous.
    I assume Nadine’s replacement has arrived.
    But talking points aside, the whole debate is rather mute. The two most powerful players in this whole sad affair are Israel and the United States. The Palestinians, really, have NO power. They are militarily and economically weaker, and the Palestinian factions claiming to “represent” the interests of the Palestinian people are fractured, divided, and antagonistic towards each other. Of course this self-defeating division is nurtured and exploited by the United States and Israel.
    Bottom line, to date, these bigoted Israeli leaders like Netanyahu hold ALL the cards, in no small part because of the stranglehold the massive Israeli lobby machine has on Washington DC. Certainly, Netanyahu wields far more power and influence in the United States Congress than Obama does, as evidenced by the tremendous pushback Obama got on his “demands” regarding the settlements, rendering his settlement stipulations utterly toothless and laughably naive.
    But the power that Israel and the United States wields is on the wane, and the longer they stifle the prospects for peace and justice, the more difficult the situation Israel is going to find itself. Making some neccesary concessions from a position of power is a far more desirable situation than finding yourself making concessions from a position of weakness. The clock is ticking, and the status quo is unsustainable. The Israeli narrative is losing its luster, and the global community is losing its patience.

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  10. ... says:

    picture from egypt showing strong support for palestine… the jig might be up for the usa and israel with their cozy arrangement they had with egypt……. on the other hand, these 2 countries are good at saying one thing while doing another.. the settlment lingo is just one recent example… bs sums it up……
    http://www.kabobfest.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/IMG_2925.jpg

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  11. samuelburke says:

    Steve? do you have any comments on what Putin of Russia
    recently said?
    Have you had a chance to listen to the recording?
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?
    az=view_all&address=385×578019
    With regards to Israel, you either know or you don’t know?
    if you know then it’s a huge moral decision that one has to
    make.
    it’s like a ten step course.
    step one is always the same, acknowledge and own the problem,
    take responsibility.
    but myth-making is so much fun.
    not knowing is no excuse, remember.

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  12. samuelburke says:

    Steve? do you have any comments on what Putin of Russia
    recently said?
    Have you had a chance to listen to the recording?
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?
    az=view_all&address=385×578019
    With regards to Israel, you either know or you don’t know?
    if you know then it’s a huge moral decision that one has to
    make.
    it’s like a ten step course.
    step one is always the same, acknowledge and own the problem,
    take responsibility.
    but myth-making is so much fun.
    not knowing is no excuse, remember.

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  13. samuelburke says:

    Steve? do you have any comments on what Putin of Russia recently
    said?
    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?
    az=view_all&address=385×578019
    Have you had a chance to listen to the recording?

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  14. bill says:

    Tsunami at Israel’s Edge
    Count me as a contrarian if you wish, but I think the Fatah and Hamas reconciliation creates an importunity for Israel. There is no evidence that Israel benefited, or was able to manipulate them when they were apart. Now that there is really one entity to negotiate with, it could be easier to come to a deal.

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  15. Don Bacon says:

    Obviously the U.S., as the pre-eminent world power, could have settled I/P long ago but as in other locales (Korea comes to mind) instability is in fact the main goal. There’s more profit in it with arms sales, crisis diplomacy distractions, political campaign financing, etc.

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  16. Kathleen Grasso Andersen says:

    Here, here!!!Amen and then some. LUUUUUVVV that wave…intransigence and lack of vision, indeed! Glad to see King Abdullah’s position recognized as right. really gratifying article, Steve.
    Meanwhile, supporters of Palestine are calling for protests at Israeli Embassies around the world.
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    Palestinians Popular committees
    PLZ share and participate
    USA-Boston Israeli Consulate
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=210024405683124
    Germany- Israelische Botschaft Auguste-Viktoria-Str. 74-76 14193 Berlin
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118993821513426
    Italy-Ambasciata d’Israele, via Michele Mercati 12, Roma
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178215672227437
    Dublin, Ireland
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=205349512829240
    Israeli Embassy, 2 Palace Green, London W8 4QB
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197040297000383
    USA-Consulate General of Israel, 6380 Wilshire blvd. Suite 1700, Los Angeles CA, 90048 & Consulate General of Israel, 456 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, 94104
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    Post Oak Rd.
    Houston, TX
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    Alpenstrasse 32
    Bern (Bern, Switzerland)
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  17. Kathleen Grasso Andersen says:

    Here, here!!!Amen and then some. LUUUUUVVV that wave…intransigence and lack of vision, indeed! Glad to see King Abdullah’s position recognized as right. really gratifying article, Steve.
    Meanwhile, supporters of Palestine are calif for protests at Israeli Embassies around the world.
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    ????? ???? ???????? ?? ????????? ?? ???? ????? ?????? ???? ???????? ??????????? .??????? ??? ?? ????? ????????? ?????? ????? ????? ???? ?????? .????? ?? ??? ?????? ?? ???? ??? ?? ????? ????????? ???? ?????? ????? ?? ?????? .????? ?? ??? ????? ???? ????????? .????? ?? ???? ???? .
    ?????? ??????? ??????
    To the friends of freedom and justice ,To Peace Lovers , To all our friends.We hope from you to participate in Demonstrations in all over the world in front of the Israeli embassies to affirm the right of the Palestinian people to live freely like other people in the world . We confirm in Al-NAKBA day that Palestinian people want peace and looking for just peace , But in the same time refuse to give up or to die silently
    Palestinians Popular committees
    PLZ share and participate
    USA-Boston Israeli Consulate
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=210024405683124
    Germany- Israelische Botschaft Auguste-Viktoria-Str. 74-76 14193 Berlin
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118993821513426
    Italy-Ambasciata d’Israele, via Michele Mercati 12, Roma
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178215672227437
    Dublin, Ireland
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=205349512829240
    Israeli Embassy, 2 Palace Green, London W8 4QB
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197040297000383
    USA-Consulate General of Israel, 6380 Wilshire blvd. Suite 1700, Los Angeles CA, 90048 & Consulate General of Israel, 456 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, 94104
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=140344946036616
    Starbucks corner by the Galleria
    Post Oak Rd.
    Houston, TX
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123540217721453
    Israelische Botschaft, Alpenstrasse
    Alpenstrasse 32
    Bern (Bern, Switzerland)
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=168998889823873

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  18. questions says:

    A political scientist looks at Matt Yglesias on interest groups and says something likely to be reasonable:
    http://plainblogaboutpolitics.blogspot.com/2011/04/interest-groups-and-democracy.html
    “Absolutely right. Indeed, the whole reason that folks like this have access to politicians is at least primarily because they represent a whole lot of constituents.”
    Read the whole post, click to Yglesias, too. And then think about how all the parties involved in any policy, ME or not, in any country, have a range of domestic groups to deal with. Politicians want votes. If money helps with votes, then of course they want money, but money does no good unless it comes with votes.
    The status quo pressure is a vote-getting technique. It may also be related to a range of issues like future discount or asymmetry of knowledge or the linear nature of time (which is a kind of asymmetry).
    Interest groups are better understood this way than in the traditional corruption model, which is not to say that there is never corruption. The revolving door is indeed a problem. Barring that, interest groups push for the status quo and they represent votes.

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  19. Paul Norheim says:

    More than anything, I would assume that the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation is a direct response to the “Arab
    Awakening” – especially the events in Egypt and Tunisia, and the subsequent impatience among the Palestinian
    youth toward their own leaders.
    “Israeli political culture needs some serious work, but getting that work done is more likely a generational process
    than it is one that can be shifted by a Netanyahu-instigated deal.” (Questions)
    In normal times, that would be true, but these are not normal times (BTW: what’s the definition of “normal” in the
    Middle East?). Although the Middle East has been ridden with crisis for many decades, I think we can agree that
    the current revolutions in the Middle East constitute a Crisis with capital C. The paranoid climate in Israel that
    Questions referred to above could either escalate dramatically, or change to something different very rapidly,
    depending on the outcome in Israel’s neighborhood, and the Israeli/Palestinian interpretation of the events.
    Suffice to mention Syria. Assad and his Baath party is for Syria (like Saddam was for Iraq) what Tito and
    Communism was for Yugoslavia: the glue that kept the nation together. The impact of his possible fall on the
    whole region is likely to be extremely significant. If the Assad regime falls tomorrow, a chain of influence is broken
    in a moment (Iran-Syria-Lebanon/Hezbollah- Hamas), with obvious implications both for Hamas and for Israel;
    and other chains (more extreme? more moderate?) may perhaps be strengthened, or created due to chaos or a
    power vacuum.
    If Syria falls, one additional consequence will obviously be a weakening of Iran, and thus also Hezbollah. This alone
    may to some extent affect the Israeli paranoia.
    No one can predict IF (although this seems more and more likely), but especially HOW the regime in Damascus
    may fall. After an extremely brutal crack down (tomorrow – Muslim prayers day in the Middle East – seems to be
    an excellent moment for the regime, when everybody is distracted by the wedding in England…)? Collapse and
    ethnic strife? Western intervention? Civil war?
    The options are legio, and anybody’s guess. But the “tsunami” in the region is not over, and the outcome in Syria is
    likely to have a dramatic effect, geopolitically, but also, more specifically, on the Fatah/Hamas attempt to
    cooperate, the Israeli government, and the political/psychological climate in Israel itself – for better or for worse.
    And watch Turkey – the Joker here. A “lifeline for Palestine” – as Steve suggests? Perhaps. But also the sole stable
    country in the region. If I were an Israeli politician, I would argue strongly for a renewal of the alliance with Turkey
    – and pay the price.

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  20. Sand says:

    SC: “…Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the one person in Israel who could have really sold a real deal on a two state solution to his people…”
    Seriously, when has Netanyahu EVER supported the two state solution?

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  21. Warren Metzler says:

    To aka William Bilek, real name foreign propaganda division, Israel Foreign Ministry, your repeated misrepresentations of reality, including this current lie that any Israel government ever was willing to have an authentic peaceful settlement with the non-Jewish Palestinians, post Arab Spring need a major recalibration. The we are bulwarks for the west, the only democracy in the ME, provide the US with stability in the ME, are now obviously unworkable. I suggest you recognize the jig is up, peace with the Palestinians is unavoidable, and start making plans how to have a viable one state. Why continue to work on what is making your country more and more of a laughing stock throughout the world, just as more and more of the world now laughs as the US’s claim to favor democracy and peace in the world.
    To JohnH, well said, and so succinct. You deserve the 2011 one minute informed and accurate pundit’s reward.

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  22. Kathleen says:

    Clemons article over at Huff Po too. Comments moving. Stuck here
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-clemons/tsunami-at-israels-edge_b_854776.html

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  23. JohnH says:

    Abbas on Obama: “Obama had led him on, and then let him down by failing to keep pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a moratorium on settlement building in the West Bank last year.

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  24. Michael Thomas says:

    When Netanyahu addresses AIPAC and the Congress next month, he will probably have two key goals: To get solid support for his demand that Abbas choose between unity and talks with Israel; and putting the issue of Iranian nukes back at the top of the Obama agenda. There is a real risk that Obama, already in full campaign mode, will fail to seize the opportunity of the dramatic developments in the Middle East to pivot US policy. Think how different it could be if the US led an effort at the UN to pass a resolution updating UNGA Res 181 and UNSC Res 242 and 338. Such a resolution could: Recognize how far the PA has come; restate the obligations of Israel as a belligerent occupier under Geneva IV; set out basic terms for a settlement of issues with Israel; and promise recognition and UN membership for a Palestinian state, at such time as a unified Palestinian polity has formally committed to peace with Israel and the terms outlined in the resolution. Such a move might provide the added incentives needed to get the Palestinians where they need to go. It might even cause Israelis to reconsider the costs and benefits of the politics of fear.

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  25. questions says:

    Should have written “Alabama” above as well for storm damage.
    Obama got almost 39% of the vote in Alabama. Alabama is 70% white.
    “Alabama’s state emergency management agency said it had confirmed 131 deaths, while there were 32 in Mississippi, 16 in Tennessee, 13 in Georgia, eight in Virginia and one in Kentucky.”

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  26. william bilek says:

    “But he seems to have decided against this route”. How can
    you state that, in the face of his offer of “two states for two
    peoples” made in 2009, but rejected by the palestinians?
    “his and his government’s intransigence and their lack of
    vision”. Once again, how can you say that, when the sole
    requirement of the current, and all previous Israeli
    governments, has been the conclusion of a peace treaty that
    would ensure the survival of the nation state of the Jewish
    people, with iron-clad security guarantees?
    That “game plan” cannot, must not change.

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  27. Cato the Censor says:

    Israel needed to see that its security and long term interests lay in working hard to revision and restructure its relationships in the region…
    Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the one person in Israel who could have really sold a real deal on a two state solution to his people.
    This will happen about the same time that birthers in this country realize Barack Obama really is an American citizen. Can you think of a single example in history of a fanatic seeing reason?

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  28. questions says:

    To extend the remarks above,
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obamas-release-of-birth-certificate-does-little-to-allay-birther-fears/2011/04/27/AFv4RP1E_story.html?hpid=z3
    This is the WaPo’s read on birtherdom. A psychologist weighs in on the emotional commitment to irrational ideas and the way that such ideas help inform core beliefs that structure our identity. This process is what Netanyahu has to fight, if indeed he even wants to fight it.
    Add to this a new checklist for autism that can be used at a one-year old’s checkup. Thus far, it may be able to catch half the autism cases, and this fact alone should cut down on some of the vaccinegate pressures. But the true believers will not change their views, not even when we start being able to spot autism at birth, as I suspect it’s “there” at that point, at least for an overwhelming number of cases.
    The “facts” of the world that we latch onto are signals of a set of values in a fairly relativistic scheme of things. And “facts” don’t generally get in the way of beliefs.
    Israeli political culture needs some serious work, but getting that work done is more likely a generational process than it is one that can be shifted by a Netanyahu-instigated deal.
    What are the chances that we’ll see a major change in Mississipi’s Republican self-reliance rhetoric in the wake of the horrific tornadoes that leveled towns and killed at least 200 people across the region?
    They will need some serious doses of socialism to recover. Will they suddenly become social democrats and vote for Obama? Obama got 42% of the vote in 2008. Mississippi is about 60% white.

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  29. questions says:

    It may well be vital that Netanyhu recalibrate, but he may well have fixed his position in stone.
    How does he pivot, maintain his political position, not open up space for a policy entrepreneur to challenge him from the right?
    Somehow, Israel needs to change the whole internal dynamic from the paranoid style to the conciliatory style. And it likely depends on some absurdly grand gesture on the part of Hamas, but Hamas doesn’t even represent the most radical elements in Gaza.
    Note that Obama’s birth cert release may have actually given the more serious Republicans a reprieve from the birther insanity. The birthers will go on an on about transcriptgate or quality of papergate or whatever, but mainstream Republicans have been offered a lifeline to rescue them from complete insanity and they might be able to deal with the budget and other actual issues while protecting some of their right flank. The press now has an opportunity to chill out on the issue as well.
    What can Hamas do to give Netanyahu the same kind of space? He’s a lot like the birther-curious in that he’s really foreclosed any room for pivoting without significant support. He’ll be challenged from the right in a heartbeat if he offers conciliatory language. Politicians should be more careful than this. But they do so want to win. And they sometimes even believe their own crazee.
    It’s certainly not going the direction I had expected which was a status agreement with the WB, and Hamas’s eventual concessions to Fatah. Perhaps at some level, Hamas will still do something like this, but it will do it in the context of unity rather than under the pressure of seeing that the WB is in far better shape.
    But what, indeed, could this grand gesture be that would allow Netanyhu to pivot and say the equivalent of “Yes, indeed Obama was born in the US and is a legitimate president and it’s racist to deny this fact.” Ummm, “Yes, the Palestinians are humans and there’s gonna be some changes ’round here.”

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  30. Prasad says:

    Mr. Netanyahu’s step is good but other side Palestinian leaders and Hamas will not agree to this peace talks only will solve this problem Palestinian leaders have to participate in peace talks then not only these countries will be but also entire this region will be safe.

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