Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Headline of the Day
Without the Holocaust, we could have had Jordan, too —Israeli President Shimon Peres as quoted by Israel Today
Newly-installed Israeli President Shimon Peres on Tuesday said that if six million Jews had not been wiped out in the Nazi Holocaust, Israel would today likely be in control of its biblical lands on the eastern side of the Jordan River, in what is today the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Peres made the remarks during an obligatory speech at the graveside of pre-state Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky, who during his lifetime advocated the establishment of a Jewish state on both sides of the Jordan River, as envisioned by the Balfour Declaration and the original League of Nations Mandate for Palestine.
Peres' address was surprising to many, who assumed that the left-wing, secular elder statesman did not accept Israel's biblical claims to the Land.
Zionism and jingoism make a lovely couple.
What about Iran?
Another recent Israel Today story assures us that—
Lieberman said on Tuesday that he received the tacit blessing of Europe and the United States for an Israeli military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.
That's Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman—not our own Joe Lieberman, who stands in for Israel in the U.S. Senate.
It's not all bad news—
Lieberman ... said that ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are “going to prevent the leaders of countries in Europe and America from deciding on the use of force to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities,” even if diplomacy ultimately fails.
The message Lieberman said the NATO and EU officials conveyed to him is that Israel should “prevent the threat herself.”