Category Archives: Middle East

Pressure Grows to Delay or Drop Bibi’s Speech

by James M. Wall Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been “reaching out”, as the New York Times delicately puts it, to Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress who were blindsided by Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu to address Congress March … Continue reading

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Obama to Senators: Choose U.S. Over Donors

by James M. Wall On Thursday of last week, President Barack Obama spoke to a group of Democratic senators in a private meeting during a Baltimore hotel political retreat. He asked the senators not to support a bill, drafted by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) … Continue reading

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“Something Rotten in the State of Israel”

by James M. Wall Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that the Palestinian Authority will join the International Criminal Court (ICC), a long overdue action which potentially could bring the state of Israel to an international courtroom at the Hague. Al Jazeera reported that “Palestinian … Continue reading

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The Smells of Gaza and New Jersey

by James M. Wall Richard Ford’s latest novel, Let Me Be Frank With You, begins when Frank Bascombe drives into a suburb of Haddam, a New Jersey town recently destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.  Frank had been a real estate salesman in the community. … Continue reading

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“A Taboo on Telling the Truth About Palestine”

By James M. Wall Psalm 2:3 is sung in George Frideric Handel’s Messiah before the arrival of the triumphant Hallelujah chorus, when audiences rise to their feet, following the tradition set by England’s King George II at the Oratorio’s first London performance. Handel’s Sacred … Continue reading

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“Dahiya” Author Eisenkott Named Next IDF Chief

by James M. Wall Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced this week that on February 15, 2015, Major General Gadi Eisenkott (right) will be sworn in as Chief of Staff of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). General Eisenkott is well-known in Israel … Continue reading

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A Circle of Violence: Deir Yassin to Har Nof

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Updating JFK In Berlin: “Ich Bin Ein Palestinian”

by James M. Wall When President John F. Kennedy told the world on June 26, 1963. “Ich bin ein Berliner”, he was asserting his solidarity with Berliners separated by a wall.  Thomas Putnam, director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library … Continue reading

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What Happens In Gaza After The U.S. Elections?

By James M. Wall National U.S. congressional elections come around every two years. The latest arrives Tuesday, November 4. The election will relieve U.S. television viewers of a steady diet of noxious attack ads funded, in an alarming  measure, by the … Continue reading

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Bibi Knows “where the spots formerly were”

by James M. Wall  In the Damon Runyon-inspired Guys and Dolls, a movie musical tale of “gangsters, gamblers and dolls”, Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra, left) descends to the sewers of New York with Big Julie, a gambler from Chicago. Big Julie … Continue reading

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