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In response to yesterday’s post, a smart note from a reader that jibes with what I have been told by people on the ground in the region:
It would be worthwhile to point out that anyone who actually believes Israel’s public demagoguery about not talking to Hamas is a fool; Israel and Hamas speak and even negotiate through back channels (including through the U.S. diplomatic service) all the time. Just because the political bigheads aren’t shaking hands on rostrums doesn’t mean they don’t actually communicate.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Amount that President Obama has added to America’s “brand value” according to the Nation Brands Index:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
A Utah woman named Cameo Crispi pleaded guilty to having drunkenly attempted to burn down her ex-boyfriend’s house by igniting bacon on his kitchen stove.
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