Filed under: opinion, politics | Tags: barak, bibi, economics, Elections, Israel, Kadima, labor, likud, Livni, negotions, Olmert, palestinians, peace, posted by Joshman 91, war
Throughout this dreadful Olmert Administration, our ears have been tortured with the same, old rhetoric. This whole notion that we can simply trade “land for peace” has proven to be unproductive. The fundamental concept that politicians from all sides have ignored is economics. If a country goes to war, there is usually an economic justification. Hence, if we want the Palestinians to choose peace over terror, then there must be an economic incentive for them to do so.
While he may not be perfect, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu has made it abundantly clear that he understands this principle. This was evident in a Jerusalem Post article the other week that stated “Bibi pledged to help the Palestinians ‘rapidly develop their economy’ if he wins the February elections.” Although Bibi’s policies regarding negotiations are much more hawkish and hardline than those of Livni or Barak, he has vowed to continue the peace process, and, in relation to this issue, he has stated that “economic development is not a substitute for political negotiations.”
When Bibi says that he will boost the Palestinian economy, can we trust him? Yes, the record speaks for itself. As Finance Minister, he enacted many free-market reforms which revived the Israeli economy. If he can do the same thing to the Palestinian economy, there would be no need for endless negotiations. Trends in history have shown that “men are usually more tolerant when their belly’s are full.”
Filed under: opinion, politics | Tags: barak, barak obama, Emanuel, Obama, posted by samsit, Rahm
If you don’t know who Rahm Emanuel is now, you will soon. The Representative fro the state of Illinois has accepted Barack Obama’s offer to be the new White House Chief of Staff. He led President Clinton’s campaign finances for his 1992 bid for the White House. Going back a little bit further, he is the son of an Israeli who fought in the Irgun during the time of the British Mandate. He went to a Jewish Day School, and volunteered in the Israeli Defense Forces during the Persian Gulf War.
Emanuel is a strong supporter of Israel. He supports AIPAC (Amerian-Israel Public Affairs Committee) and we quote in the Chicago Tribune as saying Israel will not achieve peace until the Palestinians “turn away from the path of terror.” Will this strong supporter of Israel really help Israel? Could his strong views cause him to only act on his emotions towards Israel, without processing the potential outcomes of his actions? That is to say that he might suggest radical plan for Obama without pondering the negative feedback that might be taken out on Israel as a result.
On the other hand his experience that he obtained through his Clinton years and his understanding of the Israeli mindset and the situation in the Middle East will help him make good decisions. As a first time voter in this past week’s presidential election, I can say that I voted for Obama because I believe that he will continue to surround himself with knowledgeable staffers who will make up for his inexperience in political spotlight.
Emanuel on MSNBC on Israel and Obama