Thursday, April 23, 2009

Connect The Dots # 10: Cognitive Dissonance

1. A report that 75% of Jewish Israelis, and 40% of Arab Israelis, wish Israel to be a member of the European Union.

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2. A report of an economic rescue plan, the major pillar of which is "increasing exports."

3. A report by the Israel Export Institute that 10% of 400 polled exporters received order cancellation notices this year, because of Israel's assault on Gaza. (About half of Israel's exports are "high-tech" and about a third go to Europe; most Israeli agricultural produce go to Europe; Israel plays in European sports leagues--need I go on?)

4. A report that the EU refuses to upgrade its ties to Israel, so long as the Netanyahu government will impede a two-state solution.

5. Reports that Netanyahu is telling Obama he will not proceed with any peace process until Iran renounces its nuclear program and recognizes Israel as a "Jewish" state.

Question: Explain the term "Economic Implosion."
Extra Credit: Define "Paper Tiger."