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Reminiscing about Peace – Israel’s Founding Fathers

News broke recently from various outlets that Israel has been providing training and non-lethal supplies for Jewish settlers in Palestine to defend themselves from an expected onslaught of unrest during the days surrounding Palestine’s bid to seek official recognition from the UN in September. Palestine’s attempt at recognition, while doomed at the outset because of the US’ asinine, ideological intransigence, will amount to nothing – it’s not as if the issue stopping the international community from reigning in Israel is the lack of Palestinian statehood (over 100 states already recognize Israel).

The move would provide Palestine with an acting role in the UN, which would aggravate Israel, but only serve a symbolic purpose. Nonetheless, grandstanding Bibi knows how to corral his lackeys well and has threatened dire consequences. It’s no surprise, thus, to see that tensions have heated up between the two parties – Israel and Palestine – with every attempt being made to portray Palestinians as zealots and terrorists that will stop at nothing to regain their land.

Oh Bibi, gone are the honorable, peaceful days of the Stern Gang and the Irgun, Israel’s founding fathers. (Photo, the Irgun’s massacre at Deir Yassin, 9 April 1948).



Ali A. Riazi
Ali A. Riazi

Ali is an independent advisor on conflict and foreign affairs and an advocate for civilian protection. He has advised the Office of the Secretary of Defense, US military, NGOs, and intelligence oversight staff on topics, such as Afghanistan, civilian protection, irregular warfare, and civil-military affairs. His 13+ years of career experience have spanned humanitarian and national security circles and involved extensive experience throughout the Near East and Central Asia.

Ali earned a BA in Government & Politics (summa cum laude) and a Minor in International Development & Conflict Management from the University of Maryland, College Park. Additionally, he served as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in International Political Economy. He is currently pursuing an MLitt in Terrorism Studies through the University of St. Andrews.

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