November 16, 2012
Moshe Dayan Explains It All for You

Laleh Khalili brought this quote from Moshe Dayan to my attention tonight. He’s talking about conflict in the Golan Heights:

I know how at least 80 percent of the clashes there started. In my opinion, more than 80 percent, but let’s talk about 80 percent. It went this way: We would send a tractor to plow some area where it wasn’t possible to do anything, in the demilitarized area, and knew in advance that the Syrians would start to shoot. If they didn’t shoot, we would tell the tractor to advance farther, until in the end the Syrians would get annoyed and shoot. And then we would use artillery and later the air force also, and that’s how it was.’

Useful reminder, as Laleh says, when people start talking about provocations from Hamas.

November 15, 2012
Reading about Gaza, I’m reminded of Brecht

Reading about the events in Gaza tonight, with Israel preparing for its second invasion in four years (the last time it killed 1400 Palestinians) and Barak and Netanyahu blustering away, I’m reminded of Bertolt Brecht’s poem “Germany" from 1933, which Hannah Arendt used as the epigraph for Eichmann in Jerusalem.

O Germany —

Hearing the speeches that ring from your house,

   one laughs.

But whoever sees you, reaches for his knife.

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