Daily Archives: May 1, 2007

Israeli War Commission Slams Olmert

The universal expectation was that Olmert's handpicked panel would criticize the government and the army, without mentioning Israeli government and military leaders by name. Therefore, the Olmert government and the public at large in Israel were taken by surprise by the intense, personal tone of Olmert's own commission of investigation. "We determine that there are very serious failings in these decisions and the way they were made..."

U.S. sets dates for Israeli, Palestinian moves

The Bush administration has drawn up an eight-month timetable setting dates for when Israeli and Palestinian leaders would complete steps meant to bolster prospects for peace talks, U.S., Israeli and Palestinian officials said. The U.S....

The Iran-Hamas Alliance: Threat and Folly

Perspectives Paper No. 28, May, 2007 www.biu.ac.il/SOC/besa/perspectives28.html Since the US invasion of Iraq, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Iran has taken on the behavior of a regional hegemon. Indeed, Ahmadinejad speaks and acts as if he is the...

Commentary on the War Commission Report

To date, we are seeing the following in response to the interim Winograd report: A special Cabinet meeting was held today. A committee, chaired by former chief of staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, is being formed to...

The shock of No Confidence

Up until yesterday evening the partial Winograd report troubled three people. As of this morning it needs to trouble us all. Not to trouble. To frighten. To shock. Because according to the conclusions in the...

The Amir Peretz Paradigm: “… I know nothing about security.”

On March 23, 2006, five days before the Israeli elections, I accompanied my second son, Elchanon, to the Israeli army recruitment center in Jerusalem, from where he was to begin his service in the...

Olmert’s Hand Picked War Investigation Commission Issues Scathing Attack on Olmert

During the 34 days of Israel's war in Lebanon last summer, the Israeli Prime Minister's Cabinet Secretary conducted constant briefings with the media, repeating over and over the precise war aims of the Israeli...