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.
As the “road map” process inches forward, there are eerie reminders of the failures of the Oslo “peace process.” Indeed, the work product of the first meeting between Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon and PA Prime Minister Abu Mazen consisted of a lifting of the closure of Palestinian areas, IDF withdrawals from Palestinian cities, freeing of Palestinian detainees,
25,000 work permits for Palestinians, transfer of frozen Palestinian funds, and greater freedom of movement for Palestinian leaders. From the Palestinian side, all that was forthcoming was an observation from Abu Mazen that this was a propitious time for peace. So Israeli concessions in return for empty Palestinian words are once again the order of the day.
And there is more. Notwithstanding President Bush’s insistence on “regime change” in the PA as a condition for American support for a Palestinian state, it has been embarrassingly clear for weeks that Abu Mazen is in the thrall of Yasir Arafat. And Mazen’s first stop after getting those concessions from Mr. Sharon, was Yasir Arafat’s office.
In his June 24th speech last year President Bush said,
…[T]he United States will not support the establishment of a Palestinian state until its leaders
engage in a sustained fight against the terrorists and dismantle their infrastructure.
Yet, it now appears that the road map will go forward with President Bush’s blessing if Mazen merely secures a “ceasefire” with Hamas and the other terrorist groups, leaving their weapons, infrastructure and capacity to vent their displeasure with what happens at the negotiating table intact.
Even before anyone sat down at a negotiating table, and before Palestinian guns fell silent and terror attempts ceased, Israel was called upon by the road map to abandon its anti-terrorist efforts. Israel had to commit to the uprooting of the “settlements” and the establishment of a viable Palestinian state. Yet, it is apparently okay with President Bush that Abu Mazen refuses to commit to accepting a “Jewish” state or to the abandonment of the so-called Palestinian right of return which would render the viability of such a state an impossibility.
Although most are trusting of Mr. Bush’s intentions, the President is inviting the Arab world and European powers into the Israel/Palestinian mix despite their collective, shameful anti-Israel history.
So, once again, as was the case throughout the Oslo years, the Palestinians have reason to believe that they can be secure in their recalcitrance and they will have their interlocutors.
We have seen this movie before, and the final scene has not been pleasant. George W. Bush is certainly no Bill Clinton. But we hope that the promise of the President’s firmness in Iraq and uncompromising vision of June 24th will not be squandered by even the best of intentions.
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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.
Turkey and Iran the 2 regional powers surrounding the ISIS conflict gain from a partial ISIS victory
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.
Carter developed a fondness for Arafat believing “they were both ordained to be peacemakers by God”
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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