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Humanitarian paradigm?

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Submitted by Malcolm (Israel), May 15, 2017 at 09:26

While the answers of Daniel Pipes to Martin Sherman make general sense, "giving a try" to Sherman's oddly named "Humanitarian Paradigm" is not advisable. Recall that during the post-Tito turmoil in Yugoslavia, Western governments took no significant action against Serbia for a long time. Until, that is, Serbia undertook a mass expulsion of the Muslim population of Kosovo, whereupon NATO bombed Serbia into submission. Likewise, Western criticism of Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank has so far been accompanied by a minimum of concrete measures, but that would change if Israel initiated a massive evacuation of Palestinians. Serbia thus defined the limits of international patience. "Let Israel win" is in principle correct, but only within the limits defined by Mr. Pipes himself; to transgress those limits could be fatal.

As for $1 billion to "make the Zionist case," the problem is not that official Israel does not have such money, but that it has shown no ability to make that case - with however much money. (First find a "new Abba Eban"!) The government did announce some time ago an extra 100 million shekels fur this purpose, but so far we have seen little more than some public waffling about how to spend it. All the good work to make that case is being done by private initiatives, such as CAMERA, Canary Mission, Creative Coalition for Peace, CUFI, European Coalition for Israel, MEMRI, NGO Monitor, Palestinian Media Watch, Shurat HaDin (to mention just a few in alphabetical order). For sure, some of them could well use a little more money.


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No one is talking about a mass expulsion. The topic is voluntary repatriation.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
1Only One Way [105 words]Michael MorcosMay 18, 2017 20:31239155
Questions [73 words]
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janek HoracekMay 18, 2017 19:03239153
Reader Janek Horacek raises a very valid point [312 words]PrashantMay 20, 2017 16:19239153
The notion of palestinians willingly leaving is ludicrous [119 words]
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ZeevMay 18, 2017 09:42239145
They will come right back with more guns [73 words]PrashantMay 23, 2017 06:49239145
Total destruction [155 words]
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John RandomMay 17, 2017 20:49239139
Illusion [129 words]
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Dr Michel A. CALVOMay 16, 2017 04:58239117
Dear Dr. Pipes [36 words]
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DEBANJAN BANERJEEMay 15, 2017 23:31239113
Dear Dr. Pipes [27 words]
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DEBANJAN BANERJEEMay 17, 2017 10:34239113
1Palestinians should gladly accept a dhimmi-equivalent status in Israel [77 words]PrashantMay 18, 2017 03:12239113
Why is Israel afraid to give Palestinians their voting rights ? [96 words]DEBANJAN BANERJEEMay 20, 2017 03:42239113
Why Israel is not giving voting rights to Palestinians [121 words]PrashantMay 23, 2017 06:58239113
Can I vote in your elections? [177 words]JeffMay 23, 2017 21:28239113
2Allowing the Palestinians to Lose War [115 words]
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Ilbert PhillipsMay 15, 2017 21:26239112
Act like the victors - not fight for victory [243 words]Eli E CohenMay 15, 2017 17:31239109
Also, those who leave may send remittances back to West Bank and Gaza [115 words]Yoel NatanMay 15, 2017 10:46239100
Humanitarian paradigm? [261 words]
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MalcolmMay 15, 2017 09:26239098
1Israel accepting the possibility of a Palestinian state. [135 words]Barry RabMay 15, 2017 08:23239096
Pipes and Sherman [399 words]VivartoMay 15, 2017 07:45239095
In response. [113 words]Joy Moss-RendellMay 15, 2017 05:41239089
1PalArabs to be trusted? Fool's errand [373 words]NuritGMay 15, 2017 02:40239086
1Change The Subject For Victory [215 words]DaveMay 14, 2017 21:27239083
Never a Palestinian State [224 words]sMay 14, 2017 19:41239082

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