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Thursday, July 28, 2005

The solution according to "Israel"

The "poor Jewish state in a sea of Muslims" has made a significant discovery: the key to Palestinian democracy is banning Hamas from taking part in elections.

Meet "the only democracy in the Middle East."

As a sidenote, you might find the following excerpt from Turkish Foreign Policy in an Age of Uncertainty of interest: "Israel strongly supported Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh war and relations have warmed considerably since then. Cooperation in the intelligence field has intensified and there are some indications that Israel may have supplied arms to Azerbaijan" (119).

The last sentence is ironic, given Azerbaijan's constant whining about possible Russian arms supplies to Armenia.

Comments:
I truly love your blog. I've book marked it.

Time and again, the Israelis wonder why there is Hamas, yet all they have to do is look at how many homes they're demolished.

I've got my own MidEast blog called Middle East Politiks (www.mepolitiks.blogspot.com).
--Oscar
 
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Israeli supported Hamas early on as a religious counterweight to the PLO. Not a good choice eh? Israel is no more of a democracy than any other country in the Middle East.
 
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