The Daily Brief – Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010

September 2, 2010

 
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Today’s News and Views About Israel

CBC News Network: Susan Bonner: "Mideast peace talks start in DC" (2/09/2010)
"In the long futile history of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, this one is being described as one of hope.”
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CBC.ca: "Mansbridge interviews Tony Blair on National tonight" (2/09/2010)
“Former UK prime minister Tony Blair is also in Washington to participate in the Mideast peace talks. CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge interviewed Blair on the eve of the release of his memoirs in Canada on Thursday. You can see the full interview on The National at 9 p.m. ET on CBC News Network, or at 10 p.m. local time on CBC-TV.”

CBC.ca/AP: "Netanyahu, Abbas set to meet in D.C." (2/09/2010)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Thursday in Washington, D.C., for their first direct talks in almost two years. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell, the U.S. Mideast peace envoy, are to act as mediators for the talks.”
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CTV News Channel: "Hillary Clinton on peace talks" (2/09/2010)
"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks about the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks taking place in Washington, D.C."
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CTV News Channel: "Netanyahu’s opening remarks" (2/09/2010)
"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the beginning of peace talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington, D.C."
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CTV News Channel: "Abbas opening remarks" (2/09/2010)
"Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he finds it encouraging that the road to peace is clear during talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, D.C."
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Toronto Star: Mitch Potter: "Israeli, Palestinian leaders break bread at White House" (2/09/2010)
"Carefully choreographed pledges in Washington. Yet another volley of bullets in the West Bank.  So began President Barack Obama’s first real thrust toward Mideast peace Wednesday, as the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority met face to face in a private White House dinner aimed at breaking a brutal seven-decade stalemate."
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Hamilton Spectator: LA Times Editorial: "Talks are worth it" (2/09/2010)
"After nearly three decades of failed peace negotiations, Israelis and Palestinians are understandably dubious about the prospects for success of the latest round of talks, this one between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, starting in Washington this week."
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National Post: Jim Young: "’Must learn to live together’" (2/09/2010)
"Excerpts from the speeches of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington yesterday."
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National Post: Reuters: "The peace talks" (2/09/2010)
"What’s been said before, what’s changed and what’s at stake today. The issues: – Two-state solution Creating a state for the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip alongside Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a Palestinian state must be demilitarized. The Palestinians do not object to this. The issue is complicated by the fact that Gaza is run by Hamas Islamists who denounce the notion of direct talks and do not recognize Israel’s right to exist."
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Vancouver Sun: AFP: "Britain, Germany warn against Middle East talks failure" (2/09/2010)
"Britain and Germany threw their weight behind Thursday’s direct talks in Washington between Israel and the Palestinians, warning that "failure would be very serious."
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Edmonton Journal: "Israel, Palestinians hunt settlers’ attackers" (2/09/2010)
"Israeli forces on Wednesday sealed off parts of the West Bank while Palestinian security forces arrested scores of Hamas supporters after four settlers were gunned down just ahead of Middle East peace talks.”
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National Post: John Ivison: "PM finally on brink of world-stage coup" (2/09/2010)
"When he became Prime Minister, Stephen Harper said his government would return Canada as a credible player on the world stage after years of waning influence.  His critics contend that since then, the Tories have squandered Canada’s good international reputation by retreating from Africa and adopting an "Israel: right-or-wrong" policy."
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Globe and Mail: Jessica Hume: "It brings vice, diminishes virtue" (2/9/2010)
"In a move that irritated many and surprised few, the United Arab Emirates announced in early August that beginning Oct. 11, BlackBerry services in the tiny Gulf country will be a thing of the past… Some wonder whether the proposed ban is a reaction, at least in part, to an assassination that took place earlier this year in Dubai, a hit believed to have been carried out by the suspected Mossad agents who left notorious Hamas military arms man Mahmoud al-Mabhouh dead and the pride of the UAE national security apparatus badly wounded."

Globe and Mail: Chris Earle: "Second City troupe brings its A-game" (2/09/2010)
"A dialogue about political correctness and the touchy Israeli-Palestinian issue reminded me of a Seinfeld episode involving Kramer and an insulted monkey. Offending a caged chimp, like questioning Israel’s seemingly questionable actions, just isn’t done, apparently."

Regina Leader Post: Staff: "Movies on TV, Today & Tonight" (2/09/2010)
"Thursday afternoon at 1pm: "(102) ( "Lemon Tree" Hiam Abbass. A widow defends her lemon grove from an Israeli minister. (Subtitled) (1 hr., 50 mins.)"

National Post: Frederick Reiken: "Buy It Or Skip It: Day for Night" (2/09/2010)
"Day for Night, By Frederick Reiken: A novel with a sprawling scope, using the first-person narrative of 10 seemingly disconnected characters on the lasting impact of the Holocaust, really ought not to work, or even be coherent. But this one does, and the result is a dazzling tour de force. Reiken’s backdrops are as compelling as his plotting: the aquatic life of the Cayman Islands, the deserts of Israel, the forests of Lithuania."

 

         Today’s News and Views About Israel

CBC National: Margaret Evans: "Trying again: Israeli/Palestinian leader try a new round of face-to-face peace talks in Washington" (1/09/2010)
"Well think you’ve seen this all before? For so many people, especially those in the Middle East, negotiations are a well-travelled path that doesn’t necessarily lead to peace. The CBC’s Margaret Evans has that story."
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CBC Radio World at Six: Vic Adopia: "Mideast peace talks" (2/09/2010)
“It’s the first direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in nearly two years. The leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority are in Washington, holding one-on-one sessions with President Barak Obama along with other regional leaders. Violence in the West Bank is already an issue in the talks. Four Israeli settlers have been killed by Hamas militants. Obama has set a deadline of a year for a peace agreement, but he acknowledge, it won’t be easy.”
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CBC Radio World Report: Vic Adopia:  "Mideast peace talks" (2/09/2010)
In the news today, Washington, D.C., is the setting for direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.”
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Global National News: "Middle East Peace Talks optimism" (1/09/2010)
"U.S. President Barack Obama says Israeli and Palestinian leaders both believe they can reach a peace deal within a year.”
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CTV News Channel: Brian Katulis, senior fellow, Centre for American Progress: "Direct Mideast peace talks resume after 2 years" (2/09/2010)
“A senior fellow with the Center for American Progress says there should be modest expectations for any immediate results in the latest round of Mideast peace talks.”
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Montreal Gazette: Sheldon Albert (PostMedia News): “Moment for peace” (2/09/2010)
“U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority vowed yeste

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