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Gee...Where are our "special friends" in Likud during this Syrian situation? They have been as quiet as the sphinx (Pun intended) I guess they must be busy unloading their billions in welfare money off the planes from their "special" Goyum (Cattle) useful idiots in Congress ,,,,,Yeah....we have a "special" relationship....they are not only useless, but a hindrance

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The Israeli Ministry of Defense raised some eyebrows when it sought prices for a product usually associated with pursuits more lusty than war. The request in question? A large supply of Viagra for Israel Defense Forces.

The news came from a published ministry tender seeking "1,200 tablets of 100 mg. sildenafil citrate, the active ingredient in Viagra," according to Haaretz. The pills were reportedly for soldiers with erectile dysfunction.

This request might've come as a surprise to some, considering the Israeli Army hasn't always been so accommodating to active duty soldiers seeking that certain pharmaceutical boost. In fact, Haaretz notes that in 2005, the Israeli Army banned members of its Air Force from taking Viagra before flights. This was following research, such as study from the Casey Eye Institute, linking viagra to ocular side effects, including inhibited color perception and blurred vision. Since then, Viagra has been investigated for potential performance enhancement effects, to mixed results.

The Defense Ministry declined to comment on the tender, citing privacy concerns.

Officials shouldn't feel embarrassed, though. After all, Israel is hardly the only country to offer medical help for soldiers experiencing sexual dysfunction. Indeed, the United States Department of Defense has spent lavishly on the cause. According to an investigation by Texas newspaper The Austin American-Statesmen, the DOD spent more than $380 million on erectile-dysfunction drugs between 2002 and 2012.

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Likud is a terrorist organization, and by extension Israel is a terrorist nation, they will defend anything they do, no matter how horrific

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Interestingly, after the "little" altercation in WB, and the palestinian chest puffin' of not attending the third round of peace talks. They quietly drove to the negotiations, sat their behinds down in chairs and talked. Furthermore, when they came out, Abbas was giving quite the positive interviews, as did the Israeli administration. I'm still quite positive, this will result in peace and more importantly, a Palestinian state.

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CNN: Israel defends munitions amid white phosphorus accusations

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Wishing for something does not increase its chances of happening. I totally want a long-term peaceful solution in the Middle East. I just think there are too many people who DON'T want it, and they are backed by nefarious forces in other countries.

I'll be so happy if I'm wrong.

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Yup! I was thinking the same thing. G.Mitchell made it happened. Maybe Kerry will create another miracle.

Just think, think about the prospect of peace, how many benefits there are to both and even America!

The detractors of course are against it, and are up in arms that Abbas made such a statement.

I wonder though, since Gaza is hamas ruled. How would this peace apply to Gaza?

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I'm not optimistic, but I would be more than pleased if things work out well.

I was remarking to Mrs. VA that there was also a time when people thought long term peace in Ireland was impossible, yet, it happened.

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**Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he wants a negotiated peace agreement with Israel to include a clause stating that the conflict is officially over, Haaretz reported.

During a meeting with a delegation from the Israeli left-wing party Meretz in Ramallah on Thursday, Abbas said the Palestinian people want sovereignty and independence as well as peace in the region.

“People say that after signing a peace agreement we will still demand Haifa, Acre and Safed,” Abbas said. “That is not true. Signing the agreement will signal the end of the conflict.”

According to The Jerusalem Post, Abbas remains committed to a two-state solution that would involve the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.

In 2012, Abbas won U.N. General Assembly recognition of a state of Palestine in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, The Associated Press reported. However, an official in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the Palestinians had promised to suspend their U.N. campaign during the peace negotiations.

Abbas also said that he wanted the final peace settlement to note that the Palestinian state would be demilitarized -- guarded by a police force rather than occupied by troops.

“We don’t need planes or missiles. All we need is a strong police force,” Abbas said. **

Despite all the skepticism, I remain optimistic. I have a feeling that this round of talks will end quite positively for all involved.

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maritimers ....right, because history shows oppressed occupied people are rewarded by their oppressors for accepting their occupation and oppression....you're joking right? Can you name a SINGLE time in history, when a nation which was occupied and oppressed was granted Independence because they were rewarded for being cooperative and complicit with their oppression? That was rhetorical...don't think too hard, because it has NEVER happened. Armed resistance is the ONLY reason Palestinian rights are even on the table. The Jews have had homelands for 6000 years, they are called Ethiopia and the Central Asian Steppe. One was the home of the Jews of the OT, the other the origin of the modern day jews. There was NEVER a nation called Israel in the middle east until 1948, but we are where we are, so for better or worse it has a right to exist, but ONLY by the standards of every other nation, and only under a 2 state solution. BTW...Israel ONLY EXISTS becuse it engaged in armed resistance and acts of terror of it's own

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