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U.S. Could Push One-State Solution to Bring About Israel-Palestine Peace – US News

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There are, theoretically at least, three alternative outcomes to any Israeli-Palestinian peace process: a two-state solution, a one-state solution or the present situation, which is to say no solution. So far most Palestinians (and other Arab governments) and Israelis have preferred the status quo to any alternative outcome that the other side would accept. Moderate Arabs and Israelis support, in principle, a Jewish state and an Arab state living side by side in the former Mandate of Palestine. There are elements on both sides that favor a one-state solution, covering all or most of historic Palestine, although they obviously differ on exactly how that resultant state would be formulated and how Arabs or Jews would share power within it.
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AIPAC: Headed for Defeat (But That’s Not Why It’s Bad for the Jews) – Andrew Levine/Counterpunch

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Though everyone knew it was there – there were even exit signs for it on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway — there was a time when politicians and respectable media would never speak of the National Security Agency. NSA stood for “no such agency.”

In much the same way, respectable people would never talk about the Israel lobby. This was still the case less than ten years ago.
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The Sources of Netanyahu’s Conduct – Daniel Levy/The National Interest

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Benjamin Netanyahu is an out there kind of politician. He courts, even thrives on controversy. It is hardly unusual for a political leader to play exclusively to their base, scare-monger or use dog whistle appeals to racism and jingoism. Many supporters in Israel, America and elsewhere revel in Bibi’s brash style, many opponents recoil in revulsion. With Netanyahu poised to overtake David Ben-Gurion as the longest ever occupant of the Israeli prime minister’s office, it is hard to argue that this style has not served him well.
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New IDF Strategy Dismisses Iran Nuclear Threat – Ben caspit/Al-Monitor

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On Aug. 14, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot issued “IDF Strategy,” a precedential, perhaps even historical, document. It marks the first time that the strategic program of the IDF has been released to the public, in a censored version. Operational data and numbers only appear in the classified version. This document outlines the IDF’s objectives and missions, states how its successes or failures will be defined and identifies what modes of action are needed to achieve success.

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Master of Persian Music: Mohammad Reza Shajarian

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(Mohammad Reza Shajarian: critically acclaimed Persian classical singer, composer and Ostad of Persian music)

Canadian Police Target “Conspiracy Theorists”, Policing Book Talk – Kevin Barrett and Anthony Hall/Veterans Today

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  Hate Squad cracks down on book talk.

Edmonton, Alberta –  The Edmonton Police Department’s  Hate Speech Squad has launched an investigation of a scholarly book that questions the War on Terror.

On August 16th, two undercover EPD officers attended a book talk at the Rossdale Community League Hall in downtown Edmonton. The officers were investigating  We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo: Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11, which has apparently elicited complaints from B’nai Brith Canada.
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Israel Holds Large-Scale Military Drill on Syrian Border – Newsweek

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The Israeli military staged a large-scale drill last week to prepare for a potential ground operation into Syria in the event of an attack by Islamist rebels or the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, according to local media reports.

The rising number of Islamist fighters, many aligned to the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, arriving near the Israeli border area in the Syrian part of the Golan Heights has placed the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on high alert, Israeli television station Channel 2 reported.
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