The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
Ever since 9/11, President Bush’s constant refrain has been an uncompromising effort at eliminating terror and its infrastructure around the world. Plainly, this has not been the product of a Pollyannish notion of refashioning the world in the American image, but rather of a hard-nosed evaluation of what it will take to minimize the threat from fundamentalists around the world bent on America’s destruction.
Thus, soon after 9/11, Mr. Bush declared that he would pursue the Bin Ladens of the world wherever they were hiding, and cautioned that the governments that harbored them must either
“cough them up” or be deemed as collaborators and face a U.S. driven effort at “regime change.” The ousting of the Taliban from Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom followed.
Now, as Saddam Hussein is fast being relegated to the dust bin of history, it is important that President Bush stay on message. Despite the blandishments of those in Europe who opposed him for not compromising on Iraq, and even the importunings of those like Prime Minister Blair who supported him, Mr. Bush must not exempt Yasir Arafat from “regime change.” Surely there can be no doubt at this point that Arafat is an unreconstructed terrorist who, despite his regular renunciations of violence, continues to deem the “intifadah” as legitimate resistance. Indeed, the transcripts of the interrogation of Marawan Barghouti document how he was so
recently Arafat’s financial conduit to the Fatah’s military wing and the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade.
But it is not only that preserving Yasir Arafat would represent a double standard. Only if the President is firm in his resolve that we will not do business as usual and look to paper over problems will the Arab world begin to take us seriously. Should an exception be made for Arafat and Palestinian terror, it would send the inescapable message that the steam is running out of U.S. resolve.
The appointment of Abu Mazen as Palestinian Prime Minister is being widely touted as tantamount to a Palestinian “regime change.” Yet virtually all commentators have noted that real power on military and security matters and negotiations with Israel is retained by Arafat. Thus, our announcement of the so-called “roadmap” to Mideast peace at this time is a declaration that we are no longer serious and we really are back to the Clintonian posture of business as usual and prepared to defer dealing with the post 9/11 challenges. The premise of the roadmap is that all parties are serious about peaceful resolution of differences. The Palestinian side, however, has yet to demonstrate there is any point in giving it a seat at the table.
The State Department’s desire to repair relations with Europe, Tony Blair’s political problems and fear of Senator John Kerry and the Democrats seizing a possible political issue for 2004 cannot be allowed to dilute our message. Operation Iraqi Freedom did not follow a “failure of diplomacy” on the part of the Bush Administration as Kerry recently charged. It was just never in the cards that Europe would have gone along with military action against Saddam Hussein. France in particular had too much financial interest in preserving the Saddam Hussein regime, and the French and most of the rest of the world continue to be fixated on denying the U.S. opportunities to project its power around the world.
This is not the time for roadmaps. It is time for honest, hard-nosed analysis – and perseverance.
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We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
The recent solid victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party produced something very different.
The reaction is so strong that nine times out of ten, parents engage in some form of coping mechanism before arriving at a level of acceptance of a special-needs diagnosis.
“…his neshamah reached out to us to have the zechus of Torah learning to take with him on his final journey.”
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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