Thursday, January 3, 2013

Shamir and Arafat

I cannot recommend highly enough the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. It is one of my main sources of information regarding the Middle East and not an issue arrives that I do not read completely. The reason I am such a fan is the quality of the writing, the reputation of the writers and the fact that the magazine depends on readers rather than advertisers (who tend to sway content) for its existence.

It's policy with the magazine to only release contents online for issues before the current one. That means a couple of articles I consider must reads are now available to non-subscribers.

Neither one is lengthy but both are revealing, particularly to Americans who get anything from the Middle East carefully edited by the TV networks and the newsmagazines to be unoffensive to supporters of Israel.

The first article is about the (assumed) poisoning of Yassir Arafat, written by Israeli leftist Uri Avnery, who knew Arafat personally. It was written well before Arafat's body was exhumed and taken to France for chemical analysis from which results are awaited. The second article is on undisputed events of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's life that firmly place him in the category of terrorist, even by his own admission. Current PM Netanyahu was a protege of Shamir's.

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