“MacDonald in Israel is really overpriced and of dismal quality. I've had the dubious honour of having eaten McD all over the world and the food in Israel is really, really terrible, even for McD. So, really no loss. The sooner they all colse their doors, the better.”
“The "two state solution" was never intended by the Arabs as a solution that granted peace. It was a solution that incrementally destroyed Israel, a mere bus stop on the way to having an Arab Palestine from the river to the sea. Arab Palestinians are Jordanians and Syrians and Egyptians. Compare the Jordanian flag to the Palestinian flag. Coincidence? I think not! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Jordan”
“Firstly the majority of that money can only be used to purchase US manufactured weapons. Means money for US jobs. Secondly, that money is a tiny amount compared to the US aid given collectively to the Arab nations. Third, the tiny country of Israel has a GDP greater than Spain's so that money, while it helps, is a drop in the bucket.”
Annoula on Jun 23, 2013 at 12:38:56
“A "tiny amount" that could be put to much better use INSIDE the US borders.
If it's a tiny drop in the bucket, as you say, Israel should be able to do just fine without it , right?”
AMACHA on Jun 23, 2013 at 00:56:17
“You would think with that great GDP they would be able to pay for their own weapons, but since we insist on giving them their weapons, I guess they don't need to pay for them.
Just remember folks, those white phosphorus rounds they drop, and all the other weapons they use on the Palestinians are paid for with your tax dollars.”
“The need is not for Israel to clarify its commitment to a two state solution. A more pressing need, in the context of the overly generous and subsequently rejected Olmert offer, is the Palestinian commitment to the existence of a Jewish state. They have time and time again illustrated that any peace negotiations are not for the purpose of arriving at a peace deal, but are merely a pretext to use any Israeli concessions as a floor for future negotiations and in turn to extract more concession. The Palestinians have shown time and time again that they can't accept yes as an answer.”
“The word "regime: in modern usage is derogatory. Referring to the democratically elected government of Israel as a "regime" shows your obvious bias. Would you also refer to the current American government as a "regime"? The Obama Regime?”
“Not exactly accurate. The British violated the terms of The British Mandate for Palestine in which the whole of Palestine, including Trans-Jordan (Jordan today), was inteded as a "Jewish homeland". They unilaterally, gave over 75% of the mandated territories granted by the League of Nations to the Hashemite princes who had no historic links to the region.
“You write, "... many Palestinians live under inhumane conditions". Would you also consider families living under continuous threat of rocket fire in Israel as living under "inhumane conditions" too? If not, would you agree to have your children and family live under those conditions. Also, which of the Arab countries has acted to alleviate and not perpetuate the "inhumane conditions" that the Arab Palestinians supposedly live under? And, out of the 800 000 Jewish refugees that were forcibly expelled from Arab countries, how many do you suppose are part of an ongoing ME problem, and living in "inhumane conditions"? Almost none, because Israel and other countries absorbed them and they made new lives for themselves.”
gibranII on Apr 6, 2012 at 12:05:20
“Conflicts never happen in a void.. their is plenty of guilt to go around..to deny taht this is all the Arabs fault ..or this is all the Zionist fault is wrong.. &50,000 people foreced out of Palestiniie or 800000 forced out becauseof the creation of Israel is wrong and both sides should be treated fairly.. at Least the ones forced into Israel have (achieved what many always prayed for-) funnt that the Palestinians are not afforded that same right.. funny how you use the word forced for the one group and deny that their were others forced out too.”
Taxim on Apr 6, 2012 at 10:48:05
“"800 000 Jewish refugees that were forcibly expelled from Arab countries"
I can still here their cries; "please don't make up emigrate to Israel-PLEASE! " :))”
“The problem is not criticism of the Sate of Israel, but the fact that Israel is used by the left wing as a convenient fig leaf to hide anti-Semitism. Why was their no criticism of Hamas by the left leaning press over the provocation of the "peacekeeping" flotilla? Is it because they "don't pretend to want peace" in their founding document and therefore are true to their manifesto? Cultural relativism rears it's Birkenstock clad head again.”
cincinnati on Jun 22, 2010 at 14:46:02
“because the ships were not put together by Hamas !
Provoked !!! The favorite EXCUSE of right wing Israel...!!!
Provoked !!! As when the IDF killed over 1300 CIVILIANS, including
330+ CHILDREN in Gaza !!!
As the Goldstone report said, both sides were guilty of War Crimes !
Including Israel !
And certainly since they killed far more they were the more guilty !”
Londoncall on Jun 22, 2010 at 10:04:45
“Hello, another new recruit! Tut tut, perish the thought that Israel should be "provoked" by people sending wheelchairs to the innocent people who have had their legs blown off by Dime bombs.”
“And if you don't, that's OK because they never had any aspirations towards human rights? You're actually excusing Lebanon because it doesn't subscribe to the ideals of democracy? Moral relativism rears it's ugly, cum ba ya singing head.”
“I've never seen a single reference by any left leaning source concerning the events in 1982 in the Syrian town of Hama. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hama_massacre . 7000-20000 civilians killed doesn't rate a comment because it doesn't involve the "Israeli State".”
“You write "occupying power in the Gaza Strip". If you read a bit you would know that Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza years ago. If you lean any further left your flat little world may actually tip right over. By the way, you have any indignation to spread about what happened at the town of Hama? Or, is your moral indignation only capable of being levelled at Jews? (A hint: 7000 - 20000 civilians killed by Syrian forces in 1981)”
bbsnews on Jun 16, 2010 at 00:48:35
“Gee, I missed your nonsense. I didn't think anyone was silly enough to continue to claim Israel does not occupy Gaza. I mean nine dead, including an American, and dozens wounded by the IDF while claiming to enforce an illegal closure of Gaza pretty much demonstrates to the world who has "effective control".
In any case, the Israeli government says Gaza is still occupied, so you can take it up with them.”
Whitney Kyle on Jun 16, 2010 at 00:25:11
“That kind of pretending to walk a thin line is not going to cut it. Israel enters Gaza daily, controls its borders and coast, its imports and exports, and its foreign relations. Gaza is not sovereign. It is still part of occupied Palestine.
Just because the IDF is housed just outside the borders of Gaza does not mean Gaza is not occupied by Israel.
Yeah, Hama was terrible, way way back in 1981. The rest of us are talking about today. Pointing to the past to excuse the present don't work.”