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Although Prime Minister Sharon's “appeasement” analogy was not exactly apt ? President Bush is a proven friend of the Jewish State and is certainly no fainthearted Neville Chamberlain, nor is Israel a defenseless Czechoslovakia ? he did succeed in making an important point. There is no gainsaying that the task before us in seeking to uproot terrorism around the world does not lend itself to a quick solution. Indeed, everyone in the Administration, from Mr. Bush on down, continues to caution that we are in for a long haul.
So it could be well understood that the series of decisions by the Bush Administration to exclude Israel from the scenario ? Palestinian terrorists not targeted by the anti-terror plan; Secretary Powell declaring that Israel would not be part of any anti-terror coalition; and Secretary Rumsfeld's failure to stop in Israel on his current trip to the region to discuss the anti-terror campaign ? could have had ominous connotations for Mr. Sharon. Plainly, a sea change in U.S. policy for some time to come seemed to be in the offing and Israel was not to play a role in it. This was especially problematical in light of the fact that even after Israel agreed to meet with Arafat while the violence continued and Arafat simply reneged on what he had promised, the story of the U.S. planning to announce its acceptance of the creation of a Palestinian state was leaked and appeared as a stunning reward for Palestinian terror.
As late news reports suggest, hopefully, this issue has now been resolved ? not only for Israel's sake, but for the integrity and prospects for success of the anti-terror effort That is, there will, in fact, be no winking at terrorism and there will be no kowtowing to extortionate Arab conditions for their joining the coalition.
We would also suggest that those who would wish to create a breach between Israel and the Bush Administration should not look to the statements of the Israel Policy Forum or Americans for Peace Now. These groups were quick to applaud the prospect of U.S. recognition of a Palestinian state even in the midst of unceasing Palestinian violence. This is the same crowd that supported and provided cover for the disastrous Clinton policies. And, we might add, they and their ilk have precious little following among American Jews.
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Desperate people take what they can, seizing opportunity to advance their main goal; the Arabs don’t
There was a glaring void in the President’s State of the Union speech: Israel.
Let’s focus not on becoming an ATM for that little bundle of joy, but on what you can save in taxes.
Israel has some wild places left; places to reflect and think, to get lost, to try to find ourselves
The British government assured Anglo-Jewry that it is attacking the rising levels of anti-Semitism.
Obama’s Syrian policy failures created the current situation in the Golan Heights.
Our journey begins by attempting to see things differently, only then can we be open to change.
Despite Western ‘Conventional Wisdom&PC,’ the Arab/Israeli conflict was never about the Palestinians
Confrontation & accountability, proven techniques, might also help dealing with religious terrorists
In fact, wherever you see soldiers in Paris today, you pretty much know you’re near Jewish site
Inspired by the Perek Shira pasuk for “small non-kosher animals” we named the bunny “Rebbetzin Tova”
The abuse following publication proved a cautionary tale: no one followed in Peters’s footsteps
Plainly, there is no guiding hand dictating choices across the board.
In this particular case, the issue was whether the Arkansas prison system could prohibit, for security reasons, a devout Muslim’s maintaining a beard of a certain length as a matter of religious practice.
Despite the president’s respectable anti-terrorism record, he doubtless has little interest in being identified with anything that might suggest, however tangentially, criticism of Muslims or Islam.
One wonders what connection that rejection has with turning to the ICC, which would allow the Palestinians to bring war-crime charges against individual Israelis and is certainly one more step away from seeking a negotiated settlement.
In the NPR interview, Mr. Obama said Iran could become a “very successful regional power” if it agreed to a long-term nuclear deal.
Thus, despite the increasingly serious problems for the mayor arising out of the current anti-police protests, Mr. de Blasio apparently will be cut no slack by those who seem to be aiming for a significant role in running the city from the streets and who will do whatever they can to prevent their momentum from ebbing.
Despite strong pressure to throw the book at the accused, Mr. Thompson allowed him to plead guilty to assault.
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