Posted on: May 15, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 15

“Never Again” Means For Everyone

In one of the most bizarre and appalling developments here in the US, a number of Jewish groups are pressing Congress not to recognize the Armenian genocide of the early 20th century. They are opposing bills in both the House and Senate that would formally recognize it. It’s hard to imagine the cynicism and hypocrisy that this act embodies. Of all people, we Jews have, rightly, pushed the world to…

Posted on: May 9, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 85

Resolutions in Conflict and Conflict Resolutions

On June 10, there will be a big demonstration in Washington calling for an end to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. The precise demands read as follows: * An end to US military, economic, diplomatic, and corporate support for Israel’s illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. * A change in US policy to one that supports a just…

Posted on: April 22, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 66

Stuart Eizenstadt: Rationality That Still Misses the Point

I found the article in the Forward this week by Stuart Eizenstat absolutely fascinating. Eizenstat had a great deal to say, and much of it bears listening to, because this article contains many important points and many debatable ones. Eizenstat is a former American ambassador to the European Union, deputy secretary of the Treasury, under secretary of commerce for international trade, and under secretary of state for economic, business and…

Posted on: April 22, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 2

US Playing a Dangerous Game With Israel and Syria

Amid all the controversy American support for Israel has generated in recent months, between the Walt-Mearsheimer paper, Jimmy Carter’s book, et al, many have lost sight of the damage the Bush Administration’s policies are doing to Israel and to any hope of resolving the ongoing Middle East conflict. I’ve mentioned previously in this space the interference of the US in Israeli-Syrian relations. The problem is continuing to grow, and is…

Posted on: April 15, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 4

Rules of Engagement

Dear Readers, It has been and continues to be my goal that this blog be a forum for a free exchange of ideas from all points of view. The reality of this issue is that it tends to get heated. I do not believe it is practical to try to force people to keep their heads while so many in the Middle East and the US are losing theirs. Having…