German President Köhler resigns – Will it impact German EU policy? Germany would need to be able to use the military to defend its economic interestMay 31, 2010
In the interview he said that an export-heavy economic power like Germany would need to be able to use the military to defend its economic interest, inter alia by keeping international trade routes free or by preventing regional destabilisation.
Because of the context these remarks are made, they have been interpreted as related to the German presence in Afghanistan (very unpopular in Germany) and may sound close to support of unconstitutional use of military forces (the German constitution only allows defensive use the army or actions within the UN framework).
perhaps Germany needs to find a better infrastructure then the UN for protection.
we can now conclude that Obama is a failure. He can’t even take responsibility for his actions. Will the voters realize this? How can it be the Caesar Obama would castrate Israel and not America itself? US retreat can’t soften blow of Obama-backed NPT resolution. PM will seek clarification and reassurances during White House visit. It may be too late. via jpost.com
This was what the left wanted all along. Consider the following “forecast” of a perfect socialist future from H.G. Wells
And yet between 1940 and 2059, in little more than a century, this antiquated obdurate culture disappeared. It and its Zionist state, its kosher food, the Law and all the rest of its paraphernalia, were completely merged in the human community. The Jews were not suppressed; there was no extermination… but under the Tyranny there was never any specific persecution at all; yet they were educated out of their oddity and racial egotism in little more than three generations. Their attention was distracted from Moses and the Promise to Abraham and the delusion that God made his creation for them alone, and they were taught the truth about their race. The world is as full as ever it was of men and women of Semitic origin, but they belong no more to “Israel”.
This is why left wing anti-zionism is anti-semitism. It isn’t that they want to wipe out six million people of semitic ancestry. They just want Israel and Jews gone. They would rather do it bloodlessly, with no “extermination” or “specific persecution”, but if the Jews don’t cooperate, they still intend to fulfill their goals.
Chomsky regards himself as a supporter of Israel – lol The Angry Arab News Service وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضبMay 30, 2010
Chomsky regards himself as a supporter of Israel and brags about meeting Walid Jumblat. (Thanks Raed)PS It is an extremely disturbing interview (forget about the Israeli reporter here) but the reference to Israel “harming itself” as Chomsky put it, is telling enough. It is time that we learn that we dont have to stand and applaud any White Man who comes to our region with some criticisms of Israel, OK? I mean, imagine if a supporter of the struggle of blacks against Apartheid were to say: I count myself as a supporter of the Apartheid regime.
Apparently Noam thinks he supports Israel?
Gee… didn’t Jimmy Carter already apologize for calling Israel an “Apartheid”. Someone forgot to inform the nuts on the internet!
The 9/12 Project, which is Glenn Beck’s loose-knit political organization, is promoting Alan Hart’s slanderous charges that Israel destroyed the World Trade Center on 9/11 using “controlled ground explosives” and airplanes steered by remote control devices hidden in cell phones. He claimed, first in an internet radio interview by Kevin Barrett, then in a radio interview with Alex Jones, that the world’s foremost engineering firm has told him of the truth of this conspiracy. He claims that he is currently unable to provide any further information about this or to identify his sources because he doesn’t have access to the computer in which that data is stored. He went on to claim that this story is “well documented”. As implausible as his story is, Hart’s tall tale has been repeated in a variety of forums, including Pat Buchanan’s blog and the website of the Ron Paul campaign.
Now the Glenn Beck crowd has joined in.
“The traditional religious public has become haredi, the Sephardim have become more like the Ashkenazim in terms of their religious level, and the secular public, which was once traditional, is no longer. Each one moves in his own direction, and it is crucial that we create a situation in which we live Jewish and democratic values together.”
Kadima’s Livni seeks to bridge secular-religious divide
Opposition chairperson organizes conference on Jewish identity in democratic state, seeks to reduce secular hostility to religion
Kobi Nahshoni * Ynet
The Haredi press accused her of taking part in “incitements” against the haredi sector and being friendly with “local anti-Semites” but MK Tzipi Livni seeks reconciliation: Opposition Chairperson Tzipi Livni said to Ynet on Thursday she is worried that relevant criticism of ultra-Orthodox parties has recently degenerated into hatred for the haredi sector and religion.
“Judaism is after all the basis of the State’s existence,” she said. “The question of identity is not about what will happen in (haredi neighborhood) Bnei Brak, but how Tel Aviv will look during the religious festivals, and what will be taught in its schools.”
Livni criticized the secular public and the growing distance between population groups in Israel. “Bnei Brak will remain Bnei Brak,” she said. “The question is how a generation has grown up in other areas which is more Israeli but less attentive to the call of Judaism. It’s our loss no less than that of the haredim.”
Livni also noted that in recent years, “the traditional religious public has become haredi, the Sephardim have become more like the Ashkenazim in terms of their religious level, and the secular public, which was once traditional, is no longer. Each one moves in his own direction, and it is crucial that we create a situation in which we live Jewish and democratic values together.”
On Thursday afternoon, Livni’s party, Kadima, will hold a conference on the subject of Jewish identity in a democratic state, in collaboration with the Hartman Institute, in an attempt to neutralize fears, hostility and hate. The event will be held in the Knesset compound with the participation of representatives from a wide variety of groups including the founder of religious newspaper Yated Neeman, author Dov Elboim and the leader of the Reform movement.
‘Jewish common denominator’
“The aim is to develop a public discussion on essence and identity,” said Livni, who initiated the conference. “We all know what a democratic state is, but we don’t know what a Jewish state is.”
Livni said that various separate groups had formed in Israel, living side by side, from the haredim who have taken advantage of the political system to determine what a Jewish state is and thus alienated the public, to the minorities, who are unsure whether this definition of the State harms their rights as citizens. Thus, she said, there is an urgent need to create a Jewish common denominator.
The conference will host rabbis, academics, directors of NGOs and other participants, who will discuss education for Judaism and Zionism, conversion, marriage and divorce, among other subjects. However, Livni does not aim to publish any decisions acceptable to all.
“People are trapped inside formulaic opinions without knowing what the other side thinks,” she said. “I want first of all to open the discussion, just as I have done myself in recent years, with rabbis, for example. We need to see whether there are differences of opinion that can be bridged and how flexible each side is.”
The opposition chairperson also noted that everything she says about politics makes the headlines, but what she thinks about the subject of religion in Israel is rarely heard. Livni contends that this is a critical issue which could cause the loss of the Zionist vision, because “the struggle for our existence is not just physical, but also about who we are.”
This is also the reason why she has chosen this issue to open the series of conferences hosted by Kadima on a number of issues critical to Israeli society.