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I Believe

Many of us hold on tightly to our core beliefs. In a world where it is easy to get lost in the shuffle, we use our beliefs, our worldview, to carve out an identity for ourselves. It is only natural. Our core beliefs give us a sense of grounding in the shifting sands of the modern world. And yet, the writing is on the wall. If we are to survive as a species, and more than that, if we are to…

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Added by Nissim Dahan on August 9, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

A Knife To Your Throat Concentrates The Mind

Some leaders in the Middle East are facing existential threats, and as we can well imagine, a knife to your throat concentrates the mind. In chemistry an unstable chemical solution seeks a way of stabilizing itself. Could the volatility of the Middle East find a way to stabilize itself in a way that points to the possibility of peace, prosperity, and freedom?



If you look at the varied political landscapes of the Middle East you will begin to see a whole host of hidden dangers lurking… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on July 11, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

What Zionism Means To Me

In some circles, “Zionism” has become a dirty word, like some of the other “isms” which have been discarded on the ash heap of bad ideas. In other circles, however, Zionism is held in high esteem, as the redemption of the Jewish people, and as the fulfillment of the promise made by no other than God himself. So which is it?…

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Added by Nissim Dahan on June 30, 2010 at 8:25pm — 2 Comments

Is Israel The Canary In The Coal Mine?

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Added by Nissim Dahan on June 20, 2010 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

What Do The Flotilla Activists Want?

I know what I want, but I’m not quite sure what the flotilla activists want, although I do have my suspicions.

I want a peace deal to be cut between Israel and Palestine,…

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Added by Nissim Dahan on June 5, 2010 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Peace In The Middle East: A Mosaic Of Mutual Self-Interest

The Middle East is home to some of the finest mosaics the world has ever known. Most of them date back to antiquity and bear stark witness to the passage of time. But what about now? Do you think it would be possible to create yet a new mosaic in our time, a work of art even more glorious than those which came before? Is it possible to arrange the broken pieces of the Middle East, in just the…

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Added by Nissim Dahan on May 11, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

What Will It Take To Cut A Deal?

President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu may soon embark on yet another round of peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis. Each leader, in his own way, faces daunting challenges, in part because he must answer to ideological constituencies which are vehemently opposed to the concessions which are part and parcel of the peace process. Netanyahu, for example, will face an uphill fight convincing his right-wing coalition to compromise on Jerusalem. And in a similar vein, Abbas could be… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on March 10, 2010 at 9:18pm — No Comments

The Enemy of My Enemy

My wife and I just returned home from a three-week visit to Israel. To be accurate, we also visited the Palestinian West Bank for a day; a profoundly memorable day at that.



In some ways, our trip followed familiar patterns: visiting family and friends, taking in the wondrous landscapes and vistas, and enjoying the delicious foods with utter abandon. But in other ways, at least some of our experiences seemed to defy normal expectations, and seemed to negate the usual narratives we… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on December 4, 2009 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Why Would Anyone Deny The Holocaust?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad chose to commemorate Quds Day on Friday, September 18, by expressing his usual doubts as to whether the Holocaust really happened. He stated that the Holocaust was used as a false pretext for occupying Palestinian lands. And he is quoted as questioning, “If the Holocaust was a real event, why don’t they allow research on it to clear up the facts?”



To this last question, I would respectfully ask, “Who are ‘they,’ who are not allowing research to… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on November 16, 2009 at 4:45am — No Comments

Why Would Anyone Deny The Holocaust?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad chose to commemorate Quds Day on Friday, September 18, by expressing his usual doubts as to whether the Holocaust really happened. He stated that the Holocaust was used as a false pretext for occupying Palestinian lands. And he is quoted as questioning, “If the Holocaust was a real event, why don’t they allow research on it to clear up the facts?”



To this last question, I would respectfully ask, “Who are ‘they,’ who are not allowing research to… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on November 16, 2009 at 4:45am — 4 Comments

Arabs Need to Talk to the Israelis

Written By:

Shaikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa

Crown Prince of Bahrain





We need fresh thinking if the Arab Peace Initiative is to have the impact it deserves on the crisis that needlessly impoverishes Palestinians and endangers Israel's security.



This crisis is not a zero-sum game. For one side to win, the other does not have to lose.



The peace dividend for the entire Middle East is potentially immense. So why have we not gotten… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on August 24, 2009 at 6:29pm — No Comments

In Search of Justice

The following article was brought to my attention recently, about the brutal killing of a man on the promenade of a Tel Aviv beach.



Haaretz

August 17, 2009

“Our father was a man of peace,” says daughter of Tel Aviv murder victim.



Hundreds of people accompanied Leonard Karp, who was brutally beaten to death on the promenade of a Tel Aviv beach Friday night, as he was laid to rest in Petah Tikva on Sunday.



Karp’s daughters, one of which was with… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on August 18, 2009 at 9:57pm — No Comments

What Should Obama Say To Iran?

President Obama finds himself in a bit of a bind when it comes to Iran. And the dilemma he faces is not unlike that faced by many policy makers when it comes to the Middle East. Who do you support, the government, or the people?



When he ran for the Presidency, Obama vowed to negotiate with Iran’s leaders with respect to such contentious issues as their nuclear weapons program, and their support for terrorist groups. And at the time, the prospect of using diplomacy as an olive branch,… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on July 19, 2009 at 6:38pm — 6 Comments

Freedom in Iran

People around the world are not all the same. They don’t all want the same exact things. But at the end of the day, my guess would be that most people the world over do want some similar things, and that freedom would probably top the list of what most people need and want. Iranians are no exception.



What is freedom? Not an easy question to answer considering all the hype that goes into that one simple word. Freedom means different things to different people, and its meaning changes… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on July 6, 2009 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Are the Stars in Proper Alignment for a New Middle East?

Say what you will, the Middle East is a mysterious place. The person who says he knows what will happen there is either foolish of naïve. And yet, there are signs afoot which may point in a new direction, one that is more hopeful, and which hints of a better day and a brighter future.



Whatever else it was, 9/11 was a wake up call of sorts. The horrific events of that day said to the world that there are pent up resentments in various parts of the world, which are festering, which may… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on May 27, 2009 at 5:34am — No Comments

What's So Wrong With A Nuclear Iran?

On the face of it, it may be possible to make a reasonable case for Iran’s right to develop nuclear weapons. After all, Iran is an independent nation, and as such, should have the right to self-determination. If Iran perceives a threat from its enemy, Israel for example, which does possess nuclear weapons; shouldn’t she have the right to counter that threat with a nuclear arsenal of her own? Why should Israel be singled out as the one state in the Middle East that is allowed to have a nuclear… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on April 26, 2009 at 5:17am — 2 Comments

If You Were God

Try to imagine being God, or more precisely, being the sum total of all the creative energy in the universe, even the energy of intelligence, and even the energy that is the lifeblood of each and every atom. Some 13.7 billion years ago there was nothing, not even time or space, or so the scientists tell us. And then, in an instant, there was a great explosion, what we call The Big Bang, and suddenly, there was everything, the entire universe in all its glory. You made that happen, and your… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on April 4, 2009 at 3:50am — No Comments

Pakistan's Swat Valley: Lest We Forget

I saw a news report recently on ABC News, about a little known place called Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan. It used to be a tourist haven not long ago, a ski resort, but has been transformed of late into something quite different. The news video showed a father carrying his son’s limp body in his arms, after a mortar attack. The boy would not survive, nor would his sister. Masked men could be seen dumping mutilated bodies in the town square. One of these men was beating a man with a wooden… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on February 2, 2009 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Reflections on the Inauguration

The inauguration of President Obama occurred just a few short days ago, but already, some of the memories of that momentous event seem to be fading. What I do recall in particular, are the countless smiles which lit up the faces of the two million people in attendance, and the countless tears which rolled down their faces. For many, the election to the presidency of an African American was the fulfillment of a life-long dream that they thought would never come. The day marked not just an… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on January 26, 2009 at 8:33pm — No Comments

They Beat Their Swords Into An Industrial Zone

In the Bible, Isaiah, in one of his more memorable prophesies, says that there will come a time when, “…They beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation does not lift a sword against nation, and they no longer learn war.” Quite a profound sentiment, if you ask me, but how realistic is it, given the recent violence in Gaza?



In recent days, in the midst of the ghastly fighting in Gaza, I’ve heard about a proposal to build an industrial zone on Gaza’s… Continue

Added by Nissim Dahan on January 16, 2009 at 7:11pm — No Comments

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