I was on the Westwood One talk show for a full hour last night, interviewed by host Jim Bohannon, mostly about Palestinian infighting, Gaza and peace talks. He was fascinated to learn for the first time about the 2008 Israeli peace offer, the one the AP prevented me from writing about–and this is a guy who’s knowledgeable enough to refer to the Russian regime of Alexander Karensky in context.
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|On The Jim Bohannon Show…
|One of the more dismaying reports out of the Middle East this year was word that the Palestinian Authority, the government that rules over the West Bank, was entering into a unity government with the far more hardline Hamas, the terrorist group that has control over the Gaza Strip. This would mean a lot of aid money the U.S. gave the Palestinian Authority, based on its peace overtures to Israel, might land in the hands of Hamas, which is unrepentantly dedicated to Israel’s destruction. So imagine the surprise of many with the recent news that Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, has lashed out at Hamas, blaming it for the recent deadly mini-war with Israel, and for allegedly operating its own ‘shadow government’ in Gaza that ignores the unity governments edicts. That unity government could easily collapse, adding another level of instability to the region. We’ll discuss this turn of events with a return guest: journalist Mark Lavie (@freelavie). His book “Broken Spring: An American-Israeli Reporter’s Close-up View of How Egyptians Lost their Struggle for Freedom” (in paper-back and bargain e-book from Gefen Publishing House) is now out in its second edition.