Opinion  Ron Ben-Yishai
Show of force
Ron Ben-Yishai
Published: 25.11.07, 18:19
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1. The wrong mindset
Frank ,   Canada   (11.25.07)
Ben-Yishai is regarding Israel as a colony of the US and of the so-called international community. Israel must not design her policies based on foreign interests but based on Israel interests. The core interest of Israel is not to permit the creation of a terror state in Judea-Samaria. Gaining an indirect recognition of Israel right to exist by Arabs is no big deal because this is meaningless. If Israel and US interests collide in the ME, that's too bad for the US. Israel need no international support for an operation in Gaza because Israel is a sovereign country. If the lobbies behind the so-called international media are unhappy, just screw them. Israel must retake her own destiny in her hands and address Arab terror issues and Iran issue.
2. This is a public relations play by Bush who is going
Steven Wilson ,   Anchorage, Alaska   (11.25.07)
out of office. Who really expects anything to be accomplished when the goal of the Arabs at large, is to send the Jews packing in the end. This sideshow is disengeneous to say the least. Compromising with Islam's goals gets us nowhere. It just buys a little time between wars. You are better off not agreeing to anything. If you agree to this charade.....the United States will give these guys arms deals. Then you will be fighting an enemy twice as strong in the end. They talk and talk.....as they prepare for war. Look at Saudi Arabia and Egypt. If problems occur.....you have to shoot down the same planes supplied by the United States. Will the United States Government pay for the Israeli dead, from arming countries with a religious philosophy, that excludes all non muslims from living as equals in their societies. When these countries feel like they are on an equal footing militarily.....they will attack Israel. The United States will have helped significantly in the arms department. If the United States collapses their currency like Russia.....loses their super power status......who will stop the invasion and the plans to invade? Russia? Great Britain? France? I'd be careful on what I agreed to.
3. Real business
Damir ,   Russia   (11.25.07)
Real politics are made in quiet rooms. The real power in region lies in Arab countries, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia. And this show is not going to impress them. I really wonder is there any thing Russia can do in order for Arab states to recognize Israel? Threaten them with nukes? Or patiently talk to them pressing bit-by-bit forward?
4. Real business
Damir ,   Russia   (11.25.07)
Real politics are made in quiet rooms. The real power in region lies in Arab countries, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia. And this show is not going to impress them. I really wonder is there any thing Russia can do in order for Arab states to recognize Israel? Threaten them with nukes? Or patiently talk to them pressing bit-by-bit forward?
5. RGiuliani for PRIME MINISTER of Israel, America's 51st State
Joseph P. ,   Jerusalem   (11.25.07)
Rudy Giuliani, a non-Jew, is nominated to be Prime Minister of Israel, America's 51st state. He would do a great job putting Olmert and the rest of the anti-Israel gang in place.
6. This conference is to deliver to Saudis what Bush promised
AK   (11.25.07)
In order to get elected Bush had to make all sorts of make-nice with Israel promises to the American public, especially the religious right, and now that his term is ending he is delivering Israel to his family's pay-masters – the Saudis. Bush had lied to the American people, and now we're getting the real Bush. The only thing to do for the Israelis is not to go to the summit, but appeal directly to the American people.
7. Annaoplis Expectations.
Charles Griffith ,   Middletown, Maryland   (11.26.07)
I wish you'd omitted your last ten words. The absolute last thing we need is the "international media" being given a role in this potentially productive meeting. It could be said that media manipulation has already caused too much trouble. Accomplishment at Annapolis will be in spite of media coverage.
8. #6 AK
Brooke   (11.26.07)
You are absolutely right, unfortunately!! I hope the Israelis realize in time and take to the streets and cripple the country---until the bring this gov't down. Enforce their treason laws already on the books for dividing Israel. Clean out the gov't. Enact laws for corruption , punishable with long term prison stays. G-d bless Israel
9. #5 9/11 was an Inside Job
Mark ,   Boston   (11.26.07)
How did Rudy know that the World Trade Center towers would collapse. It is impossible for fire to turn steel buildings into rubble.
10. Wishfull thinking - WE have to prepare for serious war
Norman   (11.26.07)
11. Saudis, Beilin, and beheading
Jim ,   Chicago   (11.26.07)
The real boss is Saudi Arabia. Olmert would like to shake the foot of Saudi Arabian FM. Beilin is in Saudi back poket: he supports them when they behead people almost every day (like a good communists/islamists). Nobody will say a bad word to Saudi dictators. Saudi Arabia supports Hamas and regularly meet Iranian gangsters
12. #9 and Rosie
Robert ,   New Jersey, USA   (11.27.07)
Mark, your posts are laughable! I might expect such garbage from the porcine Rosie O'Donnell, but why on this talkback?? Mark, dear boy, fire melts steel. It is used to forge steel. Didn't you learn that in elementary school? Oh... Forgive me. You must be a graduate of the Boston public school system. All is forgiven!
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