Posted on: June 9, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

40 Years of Deepening Mistrust

As I write these words, it is about to turn to June 10, the date which, in 1967, was the last of six days of war that would be the primary landmark for the course of the next 40 years in the Middle East, and with reverberations that have continued to ripple through world events. So much has been written, in newspapers, magazines and online journals in the past week,…

Posted on: May 22, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 129

A Dearth of Leadership: The International Community Must Get Involved

On May 21 a Qassam rocket fired from Gaza killed a 35-year old Israeli woman in Sderot. No doubt, this will mean a further escalation in Israeli fire into the Gaza Strip, despite the fact that this seems unlikely to stop or deter the Qassam fire. These events are exposing the yawning gulf of leadership on all sides. Israel, rudderless under Ehud Olmert, vacillates between a silent response to Qassam…

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…