Hezbollah graffiti in Beirut / Omar Chatriwala, Flickr
Nathan Patin - Tensions between Iran and Israel over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program may soon erupt into armed conflict. That is if we are to believe key officials in both the American and Israeli governments who have recently made statements to the effect that a preemptive Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, if it is to happen, will come sooner rather than later.
If the big question this spring whether or not Israel is going to attack Iran, the runner-up has to be how Iran would respond. Opinions are varied, ranging from Iran doing nothing to sparking a regional war. While much is still unknown of Iran’s ballistic missile capabilities, there does seem to be general agreement among experts, and certainly also among Israeli leaders, that casualties would be relatively low and thus not enough of a deterrent for an Israeli strike. But ballistic missiles aren’t the only means by which Iran can retaliate. Israel must also consider a possible barrage of missile attacks from Iranian proxies in Lebanon and Gaza.
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Gaza celebrates scheduled release of Khader Adnan / theIMEU, Flickr
A victory for Khader Adnan (?), a fuel crisis in Gaza, new settlement construction in the West Bank and more in this week’s top #Palestine stories.
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Last night, I was privileged enough to attend another episode of the Atlantic Exchange series with former director of Al Jazeera, and now head of the new Sharq Forum, Wadah Khanfar hosted by Palestine Note co-publisher Steve Clemons. In addition to getting to sit in the same room as someone has been listed in the top one-hundred most powerful people in the world by Forbes Magazine, those of us in the audience also got to hear from the man himself about some pretty juicy topics. Mr. Khanfar responded thoughtfully and candidly to Steve questions about his reasons for leaving Al Jazeera, his views on the Qatari government, political Islam, and the importance of social media in the “Arab Spring”*.
What I was really looking forward to, however, was hearing what Mr. Khanfar had to say about the role of Palestinian issues in the Arab movements. More on that after the jump.
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Palestinian refugees fleeing the Galilee in 1948 / Wikimedia Commons
So much of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is caused by the misconceptions held by good people. I was reminded of this today by a story called the “The First Symptom” by Michael Devolin, which arrived in an e-mail from Jerry Sobel, “Israeli advocate in defense of Israel’s just cause”.
Devolin, a Canadian writer, tells us what Middle Eastern Muslims supposedly believe, “their intended genocide of every living Jew residing in the Middle East,” “Islamic-incited, anti-Jewish hatred and genocide,” and “to wipe out the nation of Israel and all its Jewish inhabitants.” Is that what Muslims want? Jews, Christians and Muslims used to live peacefully together in Palestine; they do today in the United States. Devolin claims that Iranians are seeking genocide of Jews, yet there isn’t even a genocide of the many Jews who live in Iran today. Even the Hamas Charter says that Muslims, Christians and Jews can live peacefully together. I wonder what Muslims Devolin and Sobel are talking to; not a single Muslim I have talked to expressed any desire for the extermination of Jewish people. It leaves me wondering, is a Canadian wrier or an “Israeli advocate”—as opposed to an advocate for all people—a good source of information on what Iranians, Arabs or Muslims believe?
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