Helped set up the first event for CAMERA, a lunch for Daniel Pipes earlier today on 59th Street. We spoke long and hard..........talked alot of LGF and Charles and the blogosphere and saving the world and how it would not be possible without the blogosphere and the righteous among us. Pipes is pessimistic about the future for Israel. Dire about Israel's midterm prospects; if an Abbas emerges and can appear to be able to govern it will be bad for Israel, because once again she'll have to give up precious concessions, and we saw what Oslo wrought. And if no leader emerges, there will be more terrorist killings. He thinks the latter is the better (!). What I found most interesting is when leaders, i.e. King Hussein of Jordan, Sadat in Egypt, had sought to make a legitimate peace with Israel, it was their populations that were most against it. Remember when Hussein paid a shiva call on his knees to the families of the little girls that a Jordanian military guard had killed, that was an UNPRECEDENTED act. When Egypt was Israel's enemy, Pipes lived there for 3 years, and there was very little talk of Israel...they had given the government their proxy against Israel, but as soon as peace was made, the people took back their proxy and the population became very unhappy with the prospect of peace. A lot to think about............but the bottom line is that there can be no negotiations until the war is won. PERIOD. All in all, a wildly informative afternoon, and we got to chat privately as well, which was depressing but magnificent!