No time like the present

BY STAN GOODENOUGH, JERUSALEM WATCHMEN— Russia’s annexation of the Crimea is a done deal – a fait accompli. Headlines about the land grab, described March 19 by NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh-Rasmussen as “the most serious security crisis since the end of the cold war,” are muted, barely there. They’ll soon be gone. Nor is Russia…

Fool me twice, shame on me

By STAN GOODENOUGH, JERUSALEM NEWSWIRE— Seven years ago, Israel carried out a unilateral “disengagement” from the Gaza Strip with catastrophic consequences for the Jewish state. The action saw Israeli forces uprooting 10,000 of their countrymen from their homes and demolishing their communities, thereby facilitating the establishment of a permanent terrorist mini-state in the enclave. Massive…

Awash in rumors of war

BY STAN GOODENOUGH— ‘Mysterious explosion rocks Iranian city of Isfahan’ – The Jerusalem Post, November 28, 2011, 19:30 For weeks Israelis have been greeted – almost every day – with headlines sounding the ticking clock that is measuring the minutes toward war. Other things – for us, relative trivia, but indicative of growing global chaos…

Is it arrogance, Mr President, or are you deaf?

BY STAN GOODENOUGH— News Item#1: The United States has been holding separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian delegates to see if they are willing to go back to the negotiating table based on Obama’s May 19 speech. (Ha’aretz, June 7, 2011) News Item#2: Seventy-seven percent of Israelis oppose returning to pre-1967 lines even if it…