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Generational Country Study: Israel
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Online reference information
CIA Fact Book: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/is.html
US State Dept.: http://www.state.gov/p/nea/ci/israel/
BBC Country Profile: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/country_profiles/803257.stm
Library of Congress: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/iltoc.html
Google news: http://news.google.com/news?q=Israel
Google books: http://books.google.com/books?q=Israel
Free Google books: http://books.google.com/books?as_brr=1&q=Israel
Generational Crisis Wars
-- Israel: Arab-Israeli War -- 1947-1949
-- How inflammatory was President Bush's speech to Israel's Knesset?:
The speech may have touched some nerves among the Palestinians, and changed American policy.
-- Hizbollah appears to be staging a coup in Lebanon:
As street gunfights spread, observers fear total civil war - which is impossible.
-- Yasser Arafat in 2002: "We used to call Jews our cousins":
In an interview replayed on CNN on Sunday,
-- China and Taiwan: Understanding two different war paradigms:
None of Obama, Clinton or McCain have any idea of this.
-- China "betrays" Iran, as internal problems in both countries mount:
Diplomats say that China has provided Iran's nuclear weapons plans to the UN.
-- Sarkozy government becomes paralyzed after defeat in municipal elections:
Socialists gain power across France, leaving economic reforms in doubt.
-- Palestinian opinion shifts toward greater confrontation with Israel:
A Khalil Shikaki poll shows increasing acceptance of violence against Israel
-- Violence in Gaza escalates significantly as Israel contemplates an invasion:
American warships are off the Lebanon coast to promote "regional stability."
-- The Iraq war may be related to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.:
On the first anniversary of the successful "surge" strategy,
-- Suicide bombing in Israel blamed on the Gaza border opening:
Although Egypt finally closed the border on Sunday,
-- Egypt's failure to close the Gaza border further destabilizes the region.:
Changing events brings Israelis, Palestinians and Egyptians into further confrontation and conflict.
-- In dramatic scene, 60,000 Gazans pour into Egypt through holes blasted through border wall:
Euphoric Gazans go shopping, bring back food, fuel and fertilizer.
-- Israeli blockade of Gaza triggers protests against Egypt:
Angry Gazans stormed the Rafah crossing into Egypt on Tuesday,
-- The nihilism and self-destructiveness of Generation X:
Who's more to blame for our troubles: The Boomer generation or Generation X?
-- Violence continues in Gaza as Israel kills 18 to stop rocket attacks:
President Bush's new Mideast peace initiative has a zero chance of success.
-- Anxious Americans become euphoric over Barack Obama:
This kind of euphoria has occurred twice before recently.
-- Tony Blair compares the Mideast peace process to the Northern Ireland peace process:
Generational Dynamics illuminates when such historical comparisons are valid and when they are not.
-- Mideast summit in Annapolis has feel of act of desperation:
No one appears to have any expectations whatsoever -- talking just to talk.
-- Political chaos increases in Lebanon as Constitution fails to provide a new President:
Hizbollah is threatening to cripple Lebanon's government indefinitely,
-- Jordan's King Abdullah renews stark warnings about Palestinian problem:
Both Israelis and Palestinians are becoming increasingly furious at each other,
-- Israeli governnment in crisis after report on war with Hizbollah:
Tens of thousands rallied in Tel Aviv to call for Olmert's resignation.
-- Iran and Russia increasingly at odds over Iran's nuclear development:
Saying that Moscow "will not play anti-American games" with Iran,
-- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a very charismatic leader:
In his 60 Minutes interview, he was witty, charming, confident and deadly.
-- UN Security Council declares Lebanon peace while war expands:
Israel, Lebanon and Hizbollah have promised to end the war on Monday.
-- Will there REALLY be French troops separating Israeli and Hizbollah forces?:
Stranger things have happened, but I'll believe this only when I see it.
-- While world watches Lebanon, Sri Lanka goes to war:
Tamil Tiger rebels have engaged Sri Lanka government forces in heavy fighting
-- Which war came first, Korea or Vietnam?:
This is the kind of question that today's journalists typically need help with,
-- Lebanon: Storm over airstrikes on UN observer post has a darker side:
The presence of Chinese observers was previously unreported. What are they doing there?
-- Lebanon war escalates as UN officials are killed and Nasrallah threatens deeper strikes in Israel:
Kofi Annan accused of Israel of "apparent deliberate targeting" of a lookout post
-- Some random notes on the Mideast crisis:
First off, dislodging Hizbollah from the Israeli border is almost impossible.
-- Why did China agree to join a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning North Korea?:
Henry Kissinger has one theory, but mine is quite different.
-- Mideast war now centers around Hizbollah's Hassan Nasrallah:
Nasrallah splits the Arab world and draws international support for Israel
-- Israel and Hizbollah declare war:
However, the Palestinians are staying out of it so far
-- Israel mobilizes reserves and invades Lebanon:
Calling Hizbollah capture of Israeli soldiers an 'act of war', Olmert promises "very painful and far-reaching" response.
-- Olmert promises retaliation after missile lands in Israeli city:
Another day, another escalation.
-- Israeli Air Force buzzes Syrian President's Palace as Israeli settlers are kidnapped:
As the level of brinksmanship increases, so does the risk of miscalculation.
-- Tensions reaching the boiling point among Palestinians and Israelis:
So-called "pinpoint" Israeli missile strikes have killed several civilians, including children
-- Palestinian Authority and Hamas deploy rival armies in Gaza:
In open defiance of PA president Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas mounted an illegal 3,000 man militia force
-- Hamas calls Monday's Tel Aviv bombing "justified":
The Mideast slide toward all out war appears to be accelerating,
-- Crunch time for Hamas, as American and European aid is cut off to Palestinians.:
Will they "cry uncle" and recognize Israel in exchange for financial aid?
-- Israel votes to move from occupation to withdrawal:
Israel's increasing bunker mentality complements the Palestinians' increasing belligerence.
-- Is the Israeli election campaign too dull?:
Things will get exciting again when another generational shoe drops.
-- Israel is becoming increasingly dysfunctional:
With Sharon in a coma, elections coming soon, and growing Hamas influence,
-- Iran appears to be positioning itself as a post-war superpower:
Iran restarts its nuclear enrichment program while calling for Israel's removal.
-- Ariel Sharon nears death as his political career ends:
Now both Ariel Sharon and Yasser Arafat are gone, and the Mideast descends into chaos.
-- Sudden generational shift puts Palestinian "Young Guard" threatening "Old Guard":
Younger generations in control in Palestine and Israel bring war closer.
-- Storks fall out of the sky in Lebanon:
500 million birds are migrating from Asia to Africa this week and next,
-- Gaza violence spiking up as Israel launches "crushing response" to rocket attacks:
Hamas promised to stop attacking Israel from Gaza, to prevent spiraling out of control.
-- With Israelis almost gone, Gaza is becoming increasingly violent and unstable:
Especially ominous is the planned intervention by Egypt as border guards.
-- Israel withdraws from Gaza amid hopes for peace and fears of instability:
Here's what you should watch for in the weeks ahead.
-- Vatican and Israel exchange angry words on terrorism:
Some Jews are pointedly recalling that the new Pope used to be in the Hitler youth.
-- Israel joins America and Russia in striking at terrorists wherever they are:
Israeli agents are believed to be behind the assassination of a Hamas leader in Damascus, Syria.
-- Russia and Israel cooperating against terrorism:
The most unpopular politician in the world is George Bush, but Vladimir Putin and Ariel Sharon are close behind.
Other online references
Canadian Country Profile:
UN Humanitarian Profile: http://www.irinnews.org/ME-Country.aspx?Country=IL
National Geographic Music Profile: http://worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com/worldmusic/view/page.basic/country/content.country/israel_36
Kidon Media Link: http://www.kidon.com/media-link/il.php
Country Flag for Israel
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