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The NDP’s simmering civil war over Gaza PDF Print E-mail
Jul 16, 2014 at 06:50 PM

There’s something rotten in the state of Canada’s kumbaya party. For generations, the NDP — with its almost evangelical roots — has promoted an image of itself as the party of peace, harmony and understanding.

Kiss that mirage goodbye. I’ve spent the past few days probing what amounts to a declaration of war between a banned aspiring nominee, his aggrieved supporters and the NDP’s operatives in Ottawa — who have morphed, it appears, into the evasive, secretive Harperites that holier-than-thou New Democrats take such pleasure in bashing.

It’s all getting rather ugly, with veiled and not-so-veiled accusations of smears, innuendo and muzzling flying halfway across the continent in phone calls, letters and emails. The irony is that the trigger for this internecine political war may or may not be (depending on whose version you believe) the latest deadly spasm of violence between besieged Palestinians in Gaza and frightened Israelis.

This bitter skirmish also has revealed smouldering discontent — particularly on social media — with the party’s and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s muted response to the disproportionate toll suffered by Palestinians in Gaza.

The man in the middle of this brewing conflict is Paul Manly, a documentarian, musician and rejected candidate for a party nomination in traditionally NDP-friendly British Columbia. Manly insists he’s the victim of a “smear” perpetrated by senior NDP officials in Ottawa.

Read full article: http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/07/16/the-ndps-simmering-civil-war-over-gaza/

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Israel planned for Lebanon war months in advance, PM says
  • Olmert's leaked testimony contradicts earlier remarks 
  • Criticism from inquiry may force resignation

Conal Urquhart in Tel Aviv
Friday March 9, 2007
The Guardian

Preparations for Israel's war in Lebanon last summer were drawn up at least four months before two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped by Hizbullah in July, Ehud Olmert, the prime minister, has admitted.

His submission to a commission of inquiry, leaked yesterday, contradicted the impression at the time that Israel was provoked into a battle for which it was ill-prepared. Mr Olmert told the Winograd commission, a panel of judges charged with investigating Israel's perceived defeat in the 34-day war, that he first discussed the possibility of war in January and asked to see military plans in March.

According to the Ha'aretz daily, which obtained details of Mr Olmert's testimony, the prime minister chose a plan featuring air attacks on Lebanon and a limited ground operation that would be implemented following a Hizbullah abduction. Hizbullah had made several attempts to capture Israeli soldiers on the border since Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000.

Israeli commentators believed that Mr Olmert and Amir Peretz, the defence minister, took the opportunity of the kidnapping to show they could manage a war in spite of their limited military experience. But the outcome of the war seemed to highlight their lack of experience and also deficiencies in Israel's military planning.

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