Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the last real Israeli Prime Minister who actually wanted a peace deal with the Palestinians, died over the weekend after suffering a comatose state for 8 long years (yeah, the former Prime Minister should have had a living will). Some think that Sharon’s successor, Benjamin Netanyahu, is now warming to peace himself.
Over the coming weeks, Netanyahu will likely find himself in the difficult position that Sharon found himself in the run-up to the Gaza withdrawal: hard-pressed to explain to the right-wingers in his party and his coalition why he is abandoning the principles he stood by for decades. He will of course trumpet the achievements of Kerry’s framework agreement: the Jewish-state recognition, the security guarantees, and the belated Palestinian acceptance of reality on the refugee issue. He will say it in his best Likudish.
But Netanyahu will more likely emphasize what Israel faces should it not accept the Kerry plan: a jilted American administration, a ramped-up Palestinian U.N. campaign, European sanctions, a global-divestment campaign on steroids, a growing Palestinian binational-state movement, a brewing third intifada, and—oh, by the way—the likely collapse of his government. In other words, this time Netanyahu may find that the path of least resistance lies in crossing the rubicon.
Some good news from the Supreme Court: Arizona’s unconstitutional abortion ban is so blatantly and obviously unconstitutional that the Court will not even consider hearing the state government’s appeal of a lower court’s similar finding of unconstitutionality:
The Supreme Court without comment declined to review a lower court’s decision that struck down an Arizona law that banned most abortions after 20 weeks. The ruling on Monday means Arizona’s abortion law will remain off the books.
Last May, a federal appeals court struck down the Arizona law as unconstitutional, citing an “unbroken stream” of Supreme Court decisions upholding abortion rights. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled at the time that the government had no right to ban abortion before a fetus is viable — currently measured at 24 weeks. About a dozen states around the country have passed laws similar to or more restrictive than the Arizona law.
All of those laws will now be struck down too. Thank you, you conservative theofascists, for wasting all of our time since 2011 in passing all of these new abortion laws. You now have nothing to show for your work.
I have never understood why people bother complaining to the FCC about what is on TV. If they really dislike a program, do they not know that they can change the station and never watch the offending program or station ever again? Check out some complaints the FCC has received about the Simpsons.