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The Daily Brief – Tuesday September 14, 2010

by Mike Fegelman

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  September 8-14, 2010
Today’s News and Views About Israel

TVO The Agenda: Steve Paiken interviews Janice Stein: "’Maybe This Time?’ there will be Mideast peace" (14/9/2010)
"Tonight, we’ll have one of our favourite guests, Janice Stein, on the program talking about the newest push for peace in the Middle East. To be sure, ever since the Camp David Accords more than 30 years ago, no one has lost money betting against peace in that region of the world.  Is it possible that this time, things could be different?”
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CBC.ca/AP/CP: "Mideast talks wrap for day without breakthrough" (14/9/2010)
"The latest round of talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders has ended for the day without any reported progress on the divisive issue of Israeli settlements."
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See also
: Hamilton Spectator (write letter), Toronto Star (write letter), Montreal Gazette (write letter)

CTV.ca: "Israel honours woman for saving boy in Mumbai attacks" (13/9/2010)
"Israel granted honorary citizenship Monday to an Indian woman who braved gunfire to save an Israeli boy from the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that killed both of his parents."
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National Post: Reuters: "Upcoming U.S. Arms package for Saudis worth up to $60-billion, official says" (14/9/2010)
"The Obama administration will soon notify Congress of an arms package for Saudi Arabia worth up to US$60-billion, a potentially record-breaking deal that may help counter Iran’s growing regional muscle. A senior U.S. defence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said yesterday he expected the Saudis to initially commit to US$30-billion in purchases, but that could double."
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Guelph Mercury: Barry Kay: "Gaza flotilla controversy seems to have had no staying power" (13/9/2010)
"More than three months after the Gaza flotilla controversy, it doesn’t seem to be quite the region-altering event that some suggested at the time."
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See also:
Waterloo Record (write letter)

Halifax Herald: AP: "Moldovans held after clash with Bedouins" (12/09/2010)
"Egyptian police say a dispute between Moldovans and Bedouin traffickers demanding more money to take them to Israel has left one Bedouin dead."
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The Manitoban: Stefan Epp: "Sanctions in Iran not the answer" (12/9/2010)
“I was hiking on an Iranian hillside, exploring the ruins of a long-abandoned castle, when I met Masumah and her husband Mohammad. Masumah spoke some English and we got to talking. It didn’t take long before the conversation turned political. What do Canadians think of Iran? Is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a dictator? Should Iran have nuclear power?”

Varsity: Mersiha Gadzo: "Double standards" (14/9/2010)
“For years, the United States and its allies have accused Iran of being a major nuclear threat because it has violated the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Ironically, the real violators of the NNPT are the same nations accusing Iran. The U.S. and its allies have never been able to confirm their accusations with concrete proof since they are based entirely on suspicion. While the media continues to attack Iran, illegal nuclear activities made by the West remain widely unknown to the public.”
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Vancouverite: Yehonathan Tommer: "Turks say ‘Yes’ to democratic reforms, but whither Turkey?" (13/9/2010)
“Israel, which has been in confrontation and on the raw end of Erdogan’s lacerating tongue and hard line Middle Eastern activism since the Turkish leader came to power has not commented on the referendum results.”
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National Post: David Frum: "The myths of 2001" (11/9/2010)
“Well, the Israeli-Palestinian dispute remains unresolved. Yet despite this non-resolution, the Islamic terrorism problem continues to dwindle.”

National Post: Daniel Pipes: "Eight years after 9/11, an anti-Islamist awakening" (10/9/2010)
“My lowest point came in 1999 when a retired U.S. career foreign service officer named Richard Curtiss spoke on Capitol Hill about "the potential of the American Muslim community" and compared its advances to Muhammad’s battles in 7th-century Arabia. He flat-out predicted that, just as Muhammad once had prevailed, so too would American Muslims. While Curtiss spoke only about changing policy toward Israel, his themes implied a broader Islamist takeover of the United States. His prediction seemed unarguable.”

National Post: Lorne Gunter: "Fidel disowns his own revolution" (9/9/2010)
“Much will be made of Castro’s fears, expressed in the same interview with Goldberg, of impending nuclear war between the U.S. and Israel, on one side, and Iran on the other. To his great credit, Castro urges Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to stop denying the Holocaust and bashing Jews. He doesn’t just call on Israel to make all the concessions to Palestinians and Iran; he sees the irritants for Israel created by the other side as well, even though he sees both sides slipping inevitably into war.”

National Post: Lorne Gunter: "A double standard on rage" (8/9/2010)
“According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, on Aug. 25, a cartoon on Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV in Gaza and the West Bank aired cartoons showing Jews transforming into apes (who are seen as vile and unclean), and claiming that the transformation was sanctioned by the Koran.”

Victoria Times Colonist: Adrian Blomfield: “In Washington, they talk peace. In Hebron, they bury the dead and speak of betrayal” (11/9/2010)
“A little to the south of Hebron, where the animosities of the Israel-Palestinian conflict run as deep as anywhere in the West Bank, a small cairn marks the place where the killings happened.”

Montreal Gazette: Jeffrey Heller: "Netanyahu silent on Obama settlement freeze remarks" (12/9/2010)
“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ignored in public remarks on Sunday a nudge from U.S. President Barack Obama to extend a partial settlement freeze on land Palestinians want as part of their future state.”

Nanaimo Daily News: Robert Barron: "Prime minister drops in on federally funded projects" (9/9/2010)
“The prime minister’s motorcade was met at both locations by peaceful protestors holding up signs highlighting a number of causes, including legalizing marijuana and freeing the Gaza strip from Israeli rule."

National Post: AFP: "Obama’s Topics" (11/9/2010)
“Settlements: He called on Israel to extend a freeze on settlements as he pledged a never-say-die approach to the new Middle East peace talks, calling the effort "a risk worth taking." Saying last week’s launch of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations "exceeded lots of people’s expectations," Mr. Obama looked to the September 26 expiration of the partial freeze on new Jewish housing in the West Bank as a key hurdle. "A major bone of contention during the course of this month is going to be the potential lapse of the settlement moratorium."

InsideTORONTO.com: Mike Adler: "Mayoral hopefuls debate small business issues" (13/9/2010)
“Rossi agreed, unless "hate speech" is involved in Pride, as some have alleged through a group called Queers Against Israeli Apartheid.”

StarPhoenix: Blake Schmidt: "Ahmadinejad should recognize Holocaust: Castro" (9/9/2010)
“Former Cuban President Fidel Castro criticized Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust and said the Iranian leader’s anti-Semitism doesn’t help the cause for peace.”

Xtra.ca: Jeffrey Round: "Queer Ontario boycotts Pride Toronto panel" (9/9/2010)
“Their proposal, approved by the board, first rescinded PT’s ban on the phrase “Israeli apartheid” and then called for a panel of “LGBTTIQQ2SA leaders and friends” to consult with the community and make recommendations on how Pride can support freedom of speech and reconcile with the broader community.”

CBC.ca/AP/CP: "Montreal student sues US for border searches" (9/8/2010)
“The officer questioned him about some personal pictures and images of Hamas and Hezbollah rallies that he had downloaded as part of his research for his doctorate in the modern history of Shiites in Lebanon. Then he was searched, handcuffed and taken to a detention cell, the lawsuit says.”
See also: Montreal Gazette

Montreal Gazette: AFP: "Afghans attack NATO outpost" (11/9/2010)
“At Islam’s holy city of Mecca, Imam Saleh bin Humaid said Jones’s threat was "a form of terrorism and an incitement to terrorism," while in the Gaza Strip, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya called Jones an "insane lunatic."


         Today’s News and Views About Israel

CBC News Now: Margaret Evans: "Mideast talks underway in Egypt" (14/9/2010)
"U.S. Secretary of State in convening a new round of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, says that the ‘time is ripe’ for a Mideast peace deal Watch."
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CTV News Channel: Scott Laurie: "Lack of Optimism in Mideast peace talks" (14/09/2010)
“A CTV correspondent discusses the Middle East peace talks. He says many in the Middle East are not very optimistic about the outcome of the talks, and adds how they consider the one-year timeframe ambitious or far too short a time to work with.”



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