Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.
By any standard, the moment of truth for the “road map” has arrived. The coordinated attack by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades against an Israeli army base on June 8th, only days after the Aqaba “summit,” - and concededly as a challenge to what happened there – squarely presents President Bush with the choice of whether the “road map” process will even be arguably a serious effort at achieving peace and part of a worldwide battle against terrorism, or just another exercise in diplomatic futility.
If the Palestinian Authority is not now required to move seriously against and disarm Hamas and the other armed terrorist groups, the “road map” process will be exposed as the sham we and others always knew it to be. Abu Mazen will never be the authoritative decision-maker for the Palestinians - since the attack, he has already backtracked from even his meager commitments at Aqaba. The message to the Palestinians will be that they really do not have to meet any of their commitments, including the abandonment of violence. Democratization of the Palestinian Authority will be impossible. The threat of renewed terror will always be looming if Hamas and the others are dissatisfied about what goes on at the negotiating sessions. And despite the global hunt for terrorists, a virulent, cancerous terrorist infra-substructure will be allowed to remain intact, servicing the needs of its comrades around the world, perversely under the protection of the “road map.”
Nor should we be taken in by the grand ceasefire gesture made by the terrorist groups that is surely coming. They, and perhaps Mazen as well, are counting on a bludgeoned and conditioned Israel, and United States sighing in relative relief and welcoming even a palpably cynical respite from the carnage.
There should be no mistake made about it. Terror is being used as a negotiating tool. To paraphrase an old adage, someone has spit in our face, and we should not pass it off as eyewash.
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Myth #1: It is easy to be a B’nai Noach. It is extraordinarily hard to be a B’nai Noach.
The question of anti-Semitism in Europe today is truly tied to the issue of immigration.
Polls indicate that the Palestinians are much more against a two state solution than the Israelis.
Emigration from Israel is at an all-time low, far lower than immigration to Israel from Europe.
Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters: “‘Klinghoffer’ is justified as ‘a work of art’…This is an outrage.”
Do you seriously think that as you kidnap our children we should medically treat and help yours?
Sometimes collective action against the heinous acts of the majority is not enough. The world should not only support the blockade of Gaza; it must enforce the dismantling of Hamas.
The Arab Spring has challenged Jordan with the task of gradual reform with regard to its monarchy.
Israel offered Syria the entire Golan Heights, only to find that the Syrians were demanding MORE!
Israeli hasbara too can be described at best as pathetic, at worst non existent.
A ‘good news’ story from the Nepal avalanche disaster to warm your heart. Take out your Kleenex.
Journalists see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as morality play: Israel=evil; Palestine=innocent
Warsaw Ghetto: At its height, the Nazis walled in some 500,000 Jews within the1.3 square mile area.
While police officers face dangers every day on the job, Jews also face danger in their daily lives.
That key is the disarming of Hamas and the demilitarization of Gaza – as the U.S., EU, and others agreed to in principle at the end of Operation Protective Edge.
Given the vitality of Hamas, Israel can hardly rely on the commitments, even if sincere, of PA President Mahmoud Abbas for its security.
Is the president oblivious to polls saddling him with some of the lowest presidential popularity rankings in recent history?
There is not even a hint of recognition that Hamas deliberately fires rockets at civilian targets in Israel while storing arms and rocket launchers among its own civilians in Gaza.
No one with any sanity would dream of rationalizing or justifying the depredations perpetrated on the Arab world by ISIS.
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