Thanks to the Extreme Liberal Blog for showing off this one:
For his next stop, Romney went to Israel and gave a speech comparing the Palestinian culture unfavorably to Israeli culture. When everybody got mad, he said “I never said anything about culture.” He did, you can see it in the transcript provided by his campaign. Then after saying it, and then denying he said it, he wrote an op-ed and said it again. Now, in the Olympics they name a difficult move after the first person to do it in international competition. So from now on, the “Triple Self Contradiction with Vaguely Racist Backflip” will be known as the “Triple Romney”
– Peter Sagal on his NPR show Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me…
- Romney Denies, Then Confirms He Was Talking About Palestinian Culture (theatlanticwire.com)
- Mitt: I wasn’t criticizing Palestinian culture (politico.com)
- Racist Romney (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Romney claims he never spoke about Palestinian culture (rawstory.com)
- Jennifer Rubin, Mitt Romney’s top media shill (salon.com)
- Romney drops new clanger in Tel Aviv (morningstaronline.co.uk)
Remember this from October 2007?
We should never forget these things when dealing with Willard.
- Republicans defend Romney’s visit to Israel amid growing anger over his ‘racist’ comment on Israeli economy (investmentwatchblog.com)
- Mitt Romney Ends His 2012 Casual Racism European Tour [America’s Screaming Conscience] (gawker.com)
- Romney Visits Basalt, Gives Plan for Middle Class (krextv.com)
Yuval Rabin and businessman Koby Huberman propose a response to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative: A Palestinian state based on 1967 borders, with Jerusalem ‘the home of two capitals’.
By Akiva Eldar
Yuval Rabin, the son of the late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, has joined forces with businessman and social activist Koby Huberman in order to advocate for the Israeli Peace Initiative, or IPI, a response to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.
In an article published in the Web site bitterlemons.org, Rabin and Huberman propose that instead of responding to the APA, the Israeli government should say “yes” by presenting a parallel proposal to end the conflict – the IPI.
The two have spent several months promoting the IPI among political figures, academics, and businessmen in Israel and at the same time tested the reaction of Palestinian and Arab figures to the principles of the initiative in an unofficial manner.
The detailed IPI proposal will be soon published in English, Hebrew, and Arabic, and the principles outlined are the following:
1. A viable Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders and one-on-one land swaps
2. Jerusalem as the home of two capitals and special arrangements in the holy basin
3. An agreed solution for the refugees inside the Palestinian state (with symbolic exceptions)
4. Mutual recognition of the genuine national identities of the two states as the outcome of negotiations and not as a prerequisite
5. Reiteration of the principles underlying Israel’s 1948 declaration of independence regarding civic equality for its Arab citizens
6. Long-term security arrangements with international components.
In regards to the Syrian channel, the IPI suggests that the end-of-conflict scenario include “phased withdrawals from the Golan Heights to finally reach the 1967 borders with one-on-one land swaps, coupled with tight security arrangements to curb terrorists and paramilitary organizations.”
“Regarding Lebanon,” Rabin and Huberman write, “the scenario articulates mainly security arrangements, as international borders have already been established. The other three IPI components present regional security mechanisms addressing common regional threats, a vision for regional economic development, and parallel evolution toward regional recognition and normal ties.”
Concluding the article, Rabin and Huberman say that they “hope the IPI creates an intensified dialogue and some rethinking both in Israeli circles and the region.”
“More importantly, 15 years after Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, we hope to see brave regional and international leaders translate the API and IPI visions into practical and synchronized progress.”
Before the previous elections, Yuval Rabin met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and told him that he didn’t rule out voting for him for prime minister, and also supported Netanyahu’s intentions of establishing a unity government.
Rabin’s initiative may indicate his disappointment with Netanyahu’s current policies.
As one who is also disappointed (to say the least) with Netanyahu’s policies, I find this suggestion by Rabin’s son worth looking into. Haven’t we all had enough war…everywhere?
- Rabin’s Son Releases Proposal (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Rabin’s Son Presents Peace Plan (tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Israelis mark 15th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin’s death (ctv.ca)
- November 4, 1995 – The Yitzhak Rabin Assassination (crooksandliars.com)
- Recalling Rabin, and a Mideast Quest (nytimes.com)
- Fifteen years after Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, letting go is the right thing to do. (slate.com)