Thursday, December 26, 2002

Bret Stephens fisks an NY Times op-ed by Saeb Erekat called "Saving the two-state solution" here. As usual, Erekat lies and misrepresents everything from Palestinian intentions to the number of settlers and settlements and Israeli water use - and noone seems to care.

Wednesday, December 25, 2002

This isn't good news: IDF predicting new terror wave prior to U.S.-led attack on Iraq
Zeev Schiff on what the war with Iraq is likely to look like. People who I speak to seem to be keeping calm, no doubt partly because in 1991 Saddam didn't fire missiles on Jerusalem. But the possibility of war comes up when T. and I need to make mundane decisions about what we are doing in Jan. and Feb.
Not much attention here to the death of Joe Strummer. The closest thing that Israel had to a punk rock scene In the late 70s / early 80s was a bunch of synthesizer groups like Jean Conflict and Minimal Compact that played at the Penguin Club in Tel Aviv, but "Rock the Casbah" was actually a radio hit.

Monday, December 23, 2002

In the latest "roadmap" proposal (see here), the Palestinians are supposed to start a democratic society, "confront" terrorists, and establish normal relations with Israel after a withdrawal from West Bank/Gaza.