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Posted on July 28 at 10:43 a.m.

I have Herzl's classic DER JUDENSTAAT from 1896 in German and it's hard going; he is a founder of POLITICAL Zionism (which I respect), but would be troubled by the current RELIGIOUS Zionism of today, of the Gush Emunim and 'Third Temple' fanaticism which I do not respect. Let's not forget the "terrorism" practices by David ben Gurion and the Haganah after 1945 (blowing up the King David Hotel, as e.g.), although certainly not on the scale of either Hamas OR IDF killings of over 1100 Palestinians in Gaza.
Agree, Kevin, the 1967 Six-Day War was started by Arabs; in it Israel shot down 367 jets (mostly Migs) and lost one. Plenty of documentation that in 1967 Israel was NOT insisting on colonizing/occupying the West Bank or on having Jerusalem as its capital.
Dewdly is a creep, and simply wants attention.

On A Look at Hamas

Posted on July 28 at 10:31 a.m.

dewdly is so repugnant, and on other threads too, Kevin, I refuse to engage with his spiteful, nasty stuff.

On A Look at Hamas

Posted on July 28 at 7:08 a.m.

agree with spacey; see Dr. Wada's letter of this same date [7/25], if "Kitti" was the same as "Katie" (both 12) -- wow, this was an officially designated "dangerous dog" which had killed at least one other dog, and was a pit bull mix. Sorry MS Mazzetti but you're way off, this was no sweet and loving animal.

On Dog Killer

Posted on July 28 at 7 a.m.

This "infidel" comment resembles the Know Nothings of the 1840s... check out http://jstreet.org/

On U.S. Helps Destroy Gaza

Posted on July 28 at 6:57 a.m.

OK, dou4, but do the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs crammed into Gaza, also tyrannized by Hamas, do THEY get a shred of sympathy from you, eh? Eh?!

On A Look at Hamas

Posted on July 27 at 11:24 p.m.

Jarvis, there is a weird disconnect here, since it's Republicans who FAR more than Demos support the IDF hammering Gaza... how do we explain that? I do not know.

On A Look at Hamas

Posted on July 27 at 11:23 p.m.

random, KV has a point, and there are recent articles showing how sophisticated Russian propaganda has become on social and info media...your emphasis on "false flag" comes out of .ru propaganda sites: here is one stating NATO is arming up vs. Russia, using "false flag" stuff: http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/colu...
Please consider this: YOU HAVE BEEN WORKED and tricked, random...
Obama is being hammered by our Right Wing for NOT moving armor and NATO military east toward Russia...don't you get it: Putin wants this, to strengthen his hand in Russia... just as Netanyahu NEEDS Hamas...

On Germany Awake, America Asleep?

Posted on July 27 at 11:12 p.m.

we agree on a lot, on hoping for peace for all there with special emphasis, yes, on Israel; we don't agree on tactics or strategies to get there... Poor comparison with Russia, agree, but with say Iran -- strongest military in the region (not Arab, but Moslem), and Israel is FAR superior and would hammer them... note esp. the 680 aircraft (mostly from us, modified by Israelis, they will also get the F35 Jointstrike figher soon) vs. 450... but the Israelis are so experienced, they could take them ALL as they did in 1967.
http://www.globalfirepower.com/countr...
My angle is: ultimately, military superiority will not achieve lasting peace, which is what civilians on both sides need, of course.
Thank you for honest dialogue; Mark's letter is excellent and I appreciate his writing it.

On A Look at Hamas

Posted on July 27 at 9:47 p.m.

good points, kevin, and no I don't lump you with hannity or palin (I have no TV and don't watch them or CNN); no need to demonize each other, eh? I have been to Israel 3x, have worked there as an archaeologist, it's a wonderful country with lovely people. I've stayed at two kibbutzim. My comments, however awful to you, are based on these experiences and a real respect for a beautiful country where Arabs and Jews once lived together pretty peacefully (e.g. in Haifa where the Technion is).
Look at Noletaman's comment...a dirty bomb or something will get smuggled in eventually, no way to totally "seal" these borders, an e.g. are the tunnels Hamas spends years constructing. The whole scene truly is like a Greek tragedy, whichever "side" you prefer and defend. I'm not for either side politically, but I am for the civilians on both.
kevin writes "Israel is so small and Arabs have 99.9% of the Middle East[.]", but Israel has an absolutely kickass military which could take Putin's Russia, or all the military forces of the entire ME including Iran. It has no equal anywhere in the ME; don't overestimate the small size of physical country. kevin writes "there are so many children dying because of the density there[,]", I'll just let that stand.
Context goes to 1967 and seizure of the West Bank. Your ref. to Calif. goes back to 1848, 165 years ago, mine goes back 47 years, the difference is crucial. Wanna go back to 1000 BCE when David conquered Jerusalem from the Jebusites, or earlier when Joshua conquered "Canaan" from the pre-Jewish peoples there, wiping out all of them in Jericho (JOSHUA 20.6), killing ALL the women and children there?? This game goes nowhere.
I completely agree that "The Jewish people need and deserve a place where they can live safely." -- militarily hammering "the Other" will not do it. Read up on J Street; they condemn Hamas just as all of us do.

On A Look at Hamas

Posted on July 27 at 9:09 a.m.

She may be terrific, but why do the very expensive (!) "nationwide executive recruitment process" involving 91 people and then hire from within? C'mon Jim, just hire this professional and accept the hits. How much did the search actually cost?

On Santa Barbara Public Works Director Appointed

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