Our thanks to Mike Sachs for compiling this reading list
In an overwhelming 406-6 vote [13 answered “present”], the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday warned the Palestinians that they risk cuts in U.S. aid if they pursue UN recognition of a future state not defined in direct talks with Israel. The symbolic resolution sent a stern message to the Palestinians one week after the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a similar measure. “Any Palestinian unity government must publicly and formally forswear terrorism, accept Israel’s right to exist, and reaffirm previous agreements made with Israel,” says the resolution, crafted by Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Democratic House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. It warned of serious implications for the United States assistance programs for the Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority” if they seek UN recognition of a future state. (AFP)
“The UN Human Rights Council’s Expert on Israel – Gabriel Latner
On June 29, Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council’s expert on Israel, posted a cartoon on his blog depicting Lady Justice, with robes and scales, holding a dog by a leash. The dog is eating a dead body. On closer examination, the dog is wearing a coat that says “U.S.A.,” as well as a skullcap decorated with the Star of David, the emblem the Jewish people. After a reader sent Falk a link showing the cartoon on his own website, Falk wrote: “Maybe I do not understand the cartoon, and if it offends in this way I have removed it from the blog. It may be in bad taste to an extent I had not earlier appreciated, but I certainly didn’t realize that it could be viewed as anti-semitic [sic], and still do not realize.” (National Post-Canada)
The Arab Spring Is an Economic Revolt – Fouad Ajami
For generations the Arab populations had bartered away their political freedom for economic protection. They rose in rebellion when it dawned on them that the bargain had not worked, that the system of subsidies, and the promise of equality held out by the autocrats, had proven a colossal failure. The old order of merchants and landholders was upended in the 1950s and ’60s by a political and military class that assumed supreme power in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Algeria and Yemen. As a rule, they hailed from the underclass and they put the merchant classes to flight.
In the 1950s the Jews, Greeks, and Italians who had figured prominently in the economic life of Egypt were sent packing, taking with them their skills. In Iraq, the Jews of the country, on its soil for well over two millennia, were dispossessed and banished in 1950-51. In Syria, the Alawites, the religious sect to which the Assad clan belongs, had been poor peasants and sharecroppers, but political and military power raised them to new heights. If the tremendous upheaval at play in Arab lands is driven by a desire to capture state power – and the economic prerogatives that come with political power – the revolution will reproduce the failures of the past. The writer is a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. (Wall Street Journal)
The Economic Case for Supporting Israel – George Gilder (Wall Street Journal)
Israel cruised through the recent global slump with scarcely a down quarter and no deficit or stimulus package.
It is behind only the U.S. in an array of leading-edge technologies.
In the face of a global campaign to boycott its goods, it raised its exports 19.9% in 2010’s fourth quarter and 27.3% in the first quarter of 2011.
Tiny Israel’s unparalleled achievements have become vital to the U.S. economy and military capabilities.
U.S. defense and prosperity increasingly depend on the ever-growing economic and technological power of Israel. We need Israel as much as it needs us.