Saturday, January 11, 2003

This Russian news portal has a link called "rumors". There I found this:

Italian "Republica" cites an Arabic paper, and says that Saddam Hussein's fate is in hands of no other than Yevgeni Primakov and Vladimir Putin. "Rebuplica" recalls that, indeed, Primakov is an expert on Arab world, and contributed to the course of events in 1991, when, on Michail Gorbachev's request he went to Saddam to convince him to leave Kuwait. So now, according to rumors, Primakov is traveling to Bagdad in his spare time, to convinse Saddam to leave Iraq. Moreover, according to the Arab paper he has already had some success.

The same kind of success he had in 1991? Anyway, sounds like something the Arabs should wish for.
I stole this Maariv article from Imshin. It has two opposing statements from two Arafat advisors. One is Abu Sharif, who is, as the author says, known to be moderate. In his statement he advocates a two-state solution, but he also deems the "right of return" unpractical and not serious. The second one is someone who's last name is Habash, who says: "For us, the refugee issue is a winning card, because it means the destruction of the state of Israel".

The author thinks that Arafat prefers the latter, which I have no doubt about. But then he goes on analyzing Arafat's subtle endorsement of Mitzna as the next Israeli PM. His theory is: Mitzna is bad for Arafat, since he will be making some generous offers to Arafat, which Arafat knows he will have to refuse, thus exposing himself as the no-good SOB that he is. And since Mitzna is bad for Arafat, Arafat has to hint that he favors him, since most Israelis will not vote for someone whom Arafat favors. This is a stupid theory. Anyone who does not keep his head in the sand for most of the day already knows who Arafat really is. No more evidence is needed. And then there are people who will support him no matter what, for all kinds of idiotic reasons. No evidence will bother them any more than it did so far.

It is true that Arafat might be hoping that Mitzna will help him regain at least some of the legitimacy that he had lost. But I think what really is happening is that deep down Arafat knows that Mitzna's chance to be elected is very slim, if any, with or without his endorsement. So this endorsement is there largely to show that he, Arafat, is always willing to negotiate, and it is the evil Sharon who would not. I think it is one of his last pathetic efforts to float, by grabbing however small piece of wood he can find. I think Arafat is as good as gone. And I think that we will soon find out whether he was the real problem, or just a symptom.

Friday, January 10, 2003

I take a short vacation from blogging, (including reading), and miss this. They say better late than never, so: thank you, Steve, for feeling exactly the way I do, and for letting it be known.
BTW, the Frog is back, and he's got ADSL! A must daily read.
Boy, am I gald I am not Blair...
Solana...blah, blah, war...Iraq, blah, blah, difficult to justify...blah, blah, hard evidence...blah, only UN can, blah, blah, blah...(Via IBA radio).
One campaign ad has been yanked off the air, and part of another removed: one by an Arab party RAAM, another by a religious party Love of Israel. In the first one the party's leader, Abdel Malk Dahamsheh, was encouraging "martyrs" and intifada, as well as calling Sharon names. In the second one, a segment was showing rabbi Caduri giving blessings for votes, which is illegal. I don't know whether to laugh or to cry.
From Yoel Marcus in Haaretz:

"In a normal country, the first thing expected of a prime minister suspected of bribe-taking, fraud and breach of trust, who is being questioned by the police, is to step aside, right then and there." I disagree: "suspected" is not the same as "guilty".

This stinks, however. A far more reasonable thing would be for Mitzna to call a press conferense in response to Sharon's, and for the elections comission to give it the same amount of broadcasting time as Sharon would have gotten.

This is a transcript of Sharon's speech that was pulled off the air.

Thursday, January 09, 2003

This is a good decision: A panel of 11 Supreme Court justices on Thursday overturned the Central Elections Committee's decisions to disqualify Arab MKs Ahmed Tibi, Azmi Bishara and the Balad party from running in the January 28 election. The court also upheld the decisions to allow far-right activist Baruch Marzel to run, and to disqualify Likud candidates Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and Moshe Feiglin.

Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Busy, busy, busy. Hope to be back Friday. Don't go away...

Tuesday, January 07, 2003

A summary of Israeli editorials:
This one is noteworthy mostly not only because it is truthful and unbiased, but because it appears in a Lebanese paper. There is hope.