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“PALESTINE”: ANOTHER “ARAB STATE?

We present the latest essay from Paul Merkley. Paul discusses whether a new democratic Arab state of Palestine is possible in the sense of what we consider democracy and a modern state to be. This new essay is reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work that we have published.

Bits and Pieces – 20170219, Sunday

The Deep State: I came across this article on Jim Quinn’s The Burning Platform blog: DHS INSIDER SAYS IT’S SPY VS SPY. The article discusses the split in the intelligence community – a major component of the Deep State – between those who support the president and those who want to overthrow him. A news item that I had barely taken note of and dismissed called “PizzaGate”, is discussed as “PedoGate”, a pedophilia resort run by the CIA and the Israeli Mossad to capture videos of high-ranking politicians having sex with minors to  use as leverage over them. The article also sheds light on the background for US Mideast policy and war, the reasons for the antagonistic approach to Russia, and relationships with Israel and Saudi Arabia.

By the way, WJC are the initials of Bill Clinton. I had previously read an article or two referencing Bill’s taking a 13-year old girl to a resort Island, an event where the Secret Service was told to stay away from.

WIDENING DIPLOMATIC HORIZONS FOR ISRAEL

***The History of the State of Israel: A Brief Version.

In this essay,Paul’s updates Israel’s options in the Middle east in light of recent geopolitical developments. We present this essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

In May of 1948 the newly-proclaimed State of Israel was forced to defend its right to life as its neighbours, the five Arab nations of that time, assisted by volunteer legions from around the Muslim world, invaded it with the purpose of strangling it in its cradle.

With the exception of Egypt, the Arab nations of that day were not significantly older than Israel was. They had come into the world in consequence of the withdrawal of Britain and France from the responsibilities of imperialism. Egypt had of course been around for a very long time; but the last King of Egypt (does anyone here remember King Farouk?) lost the last few shreds of his dignity when his armed forces failed to crush the Jewish state and he was quickly overthrown (1952.) As for the other Arab nations, the Kingdoms of Iraq, Jordan and Syria,  all had been in effect colonies of either Britain or France until granted independence:  Iraq in 1932, Syria in 1945, Jordan (then Transjordan) and Lebanon in 1946.

ISRAEL’S CAUSE IS THE CAUSE OF CIVILIZATION

Viewing the history of Israel, Paul notes the contrast between the idealism that created the state and the widespread antisemitism that imbues western academia, the MSM and the UN. We present this essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

The Creation of the Modern State of Israel.

Israel was a brand plucked by the United Nation General Assembly from the wreckage left behind by Europe’s second failed suicide. CF

The decision to Partition the Palestine Mandate, carried by a two-thirds majority of the members of the United Nations General Assembly (November 29, 1947), was in fact the first matter of substantial geopolitical significance made by the brand new organization that called itself “The Parliament of Mankind.”Realistically speaking it was made possible because a commanding portion of the leadership of the United Nations was held, in those earliest days, by nations of the West, most of them democracies, and the most important of these ribs-out-of the side of the British Empire.

SUNNY WAYS: THE TRUDEAU LEGACY IN FOREIGN POLICY.

In a bit of a catch-up here is a new essay by Paul Merkley. We present this essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

After we have seen a few months of Mr. Trudeau’s foreign policy in action we will be in position to judge to what extent it really does diverge from the policy in effect over the last nine years or so – as everyone seems to assume that it will. However, no grown-up person imagines that by then our foreign policy will really have evolved into the “sunny ways” that Mr. Trudeau remembers as characterizing the policies of his father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau (Prime Minister 1967-1979, 1980-1984.)

HAS ISRAEL REALLY LOST HER BEST FRIEND?

In a bit of a catch-up here is a new essay by Paul Merkley. We present this essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

It would be fruitless to deny the universal editorial judgment that, with the electoral defeat of Stephen Harper and his Conservatives in Canada, Israel has “lost its best friend.” (e.g., Guardian, October 20.) Equally it is difficult, if not impossible for the time being, to see any “silver lining” for Christian friends of Israel in this new reality.

After we have seen a few months of Mr. Trudeau’s foreign policy in action we will be in position to judge to what extent it will diverge from the policy in effect over the last nine years or so. However, no grown-up person imagines that by then our foreign policy will really have returned to the “sunny ways” that Justin Trudeau says characterized the policies of his father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

HOW MANY SWALLOWS MAKE A SPRING?

Here is a new essay by Paul Merkley. We present this essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

The day after the dust began to settle on Israel’s War of Independence, congenital optimists – there were many more of that breed alive then than there are today! –  began scouring the landscape for signs of Spring – signs that Israel’s enemies had accepted the futility of defying the edict of the United Nations – that they and would,  in reasonable time, give up on their determination to drive the Jews back into the sea and accept opportunities for constructive diplomacy. The informed insiders were sure that they could already see signs that the people and the leaders of Israel, together with the leaders of the Arab nations, were quietly preparing to enter into a new era of goodwill. Surely these are swallows, everyone said! Surely Spring cannot be far behind!

And so we must tread cautiously. Still, there have been so many signs of late that Israel’s strategic situation as well it standing in world public opinion is improving.  It is legitimate, I believe, for realists to take note of some almost entirely unanticipated  developments on the world scene over recent months, that, taken together, seem  to suggest a dramatic improvement in Israel’s political assets, her security situation and her prestige.

The Israeli Electorate “Get’s it Wrong” Again.

Below is part 3 of Paul’s analysis of the Israeli election. We present this essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

The Dead Heat That Wasn’t.

My local newspaper, the Ottawa Citizen, arrived at our door around 6:00 AM with the latest news from Israel under the headline: “Netanyahu’s Likud and Herzog’s Zionist Union Must Now Get To Work To Try To Form A Coalition Government.” The article begins: “Israel appeared to be headed for weeks of political wrangling Tuesday night after exit polls indicated that the two leading parties were in a dead heat following the parliamentary election.”

GETTING THE MEASURE OF ISRAEL’S POLITICS.

Part Two of a Theme: “What’s At Stake in the Israeli Election of March 17, 2015?”

A Goy’s Guide to Israel’s Political History.

Sixty-six years ago, in March of 1949, the first of Israel’s Knesset elections took place.
Most well-informed people at that hour were under the spell of the postwar spirit of liberal utopianism, whose first principle was that democracy was about to break out everywhere as European imperialism collapsed, giving way to nationalism. There was no particular reason, most thought, for Israel to be an exception to this inevitable blessing.

Indeed, there were plenty of reasons to guess that Israel was no closer to accomplishing authentic democracy than any other of the new nations in her neighbourhood. One conspicuous obstacle to Jewish national unity was the deep divide at that time between the secular politicians who for the moment dominated the political scene and the many religious parties who seemed dedicated to keeping the nation disunited over the place of Judaism in public. Certainly, that is what the Arab Hands in the State Department believed; and that is how they spelled things out to Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower.

Zionism versus Nakvaism

This essay by Paul contains his reflections on the recent Gaza war.  We present this essay reprinted by permission of Paul and from The Bayview Review. See the links at the end for direct access to the rest of Paul’s work.

Pondering the Wreckage from the Latest Gaza War.

As President Obama proceeds with his courtship of “moderate Arab governments” for active roles in his anti-IS coalition, he is again ringing the changes on the long-disproved notion that a more hostile American posture towards Israel is needed in order to smooth the path towards ultimate peace in the Middle East.

Again, President Obama and his team are screaming that Israel’s government is poisoning the wells of diplomacy by building more housing for all of its citizens — Arabs Jews and others — in areas that the PLO insists have belonged exclusively to Arabs since time immemorial. Once again we are being told that surrender by Israel of its position on this and other disputed matters will win goodwill for Israel – that this goodwill will radiate in all directions, smoothing the way to solution of all the differences between Israel and its neighbours. In due course, as Israel surrenders her narrow Zionist vision in favour of grander possibilities, throughout the Arab world the grievances upon which ISIS feeds will be removed or vastly mitigated in the minds of all clear-thinking denizens of the region and the spirit of accommodation will reign. The lion will lie down with the lamb. (For a particularly egregious sample of this logic see “Kerry Links ISIS Recruiting Success to Israel,” www.investigativeproject.org. IPT News, October 17, 20114.)

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