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The brazenness of Abu Mazen is startling. He will not, he is widely reported to have said, do
anything to stop Hamas and the other terrorist groups unless Israel accepts the “road map” – with its requirement of an immediate cessation of Israeli anti-terror activity in the West Bank and Gaza - as is and begins to implement its provisions.
For the benefit of those who still don’t get Yasir Arafat’s hand-selected Palestinian prime minister’s point, we would refer them to the news reports of the homicide bombings of the past few days. How is this really any different from the old Oslo days of asking Israel to make concessions in order to empower Arafat to neutralize those nasty renegades bent on terror? It was always the fiction that the “other guys” were responsible and Arafat would surely smash them if only Israel made it possible for him to do so. Abu Mazen’s reliance on terror is no different: Israel is to be bludgeoned into agreeing to Palestinian demands.
Indeed, a sense of d?ja vu is inescapable: “Acts of terror … should not undermine efforts to
implement the road map,” European foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Sunday. “The
opportunity it brings should be seized in order to end the violence and put the Middle East peace process back on track.” That message still resonates from the old pre-Camp David days.
The ball is now in President Bush’s court. If he does not abandon this slavish obeisance to the
“road map” and revert to the vision he articulated in his speech of last June 24 – in which he spoke uncompromisingly of a new Palestinian leadership unconnected to terror and the prompt elimination of the terrorist infrastructure - then there really is no hope for peace.
The contrast between the road map and what the president called for on June 24 is striking. No one today seriously doubts that Arafat is still calling the shots. And, tragically, no one can deny the Palestinians? continuing reliance on terror and Abu Mazen’s embrace of it. Yet the Bush Administration’s touting (at least in public) of the “road map” signals that the president’s conditions have somehow been met.
The truth is, any sign of a weakening American resolve will only reenforce Palestinian delusions of bludgeoning Israel into submission. Sadly, we are perhaps where we are now in the Middle East because advocacy of the “road map” has fed that very fantasy.
Moreover, this is hardly happening in a vacuum. In addition to this ‘business as usual’ attitude toward Palestinian terror, the Administration seems to be uncertain about what to do with the mountain of evidence linking the Saudi royal family and the governments of Syria and Iran to the worldwide terror movement (including, of course, its Palestinian chapter).
Taken together with our “road map” fixation, the inescapable message to al Qaeda and its
affiliates is that maybe, despite what we’ve done in Afghanistan and Iraq, we don’t have the strength to live up to our convictions.
We were encouraged, however, by Secretary of State Colin Powell’s statement following the
weekend attacks in Israel:
We call on the Palestinians to begin to take immediate and decisive action to eradicate the infrastructure of terrorism and violence that has wrought such tragic bloodshed for
both Palestinians and Israelis and has undermined Palestinian aspirations.
Perhaps Mr. Powell, who has been the most vocal champion of the “road map,” finally is seeing things as they are, not as he wishes them to be. And if that is the case, we can only hope that he was speaking for a united American government. If it is not, then we fear the lessons of 9/11 have been forgotten, and all of the efforts since then have been for naught.
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Many journalists are covertly blaming the Charlie Hebdo writers themselves through self-censorship.
Why does the Times relay different motivations and narratives for jihadists in Europe and Israel?
To defeat parasites-the hosts of terrorists-we need to deny them new people, potential terrorists
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.
Since the passing of the Governance bill legislation on March 11, 2014, new alignments have become to appear in Israeli politics.
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
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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