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As we and others have opined, the inclusion of Arab states that continue to harbor terrorist cells in the anti-terrorism coalition is seriously undermining the effort by signalling a political business as usual modus operandi. We have been equally critical of signs that the Bush Administration is agreeing to certain demands of Arab states in general in order to keep them in the coalition. Primary among the concessions was the recent public support expressed by President Bush for the establishment of a Palestinian state. Plainly, the Arab states think they are finally onto something in their effort to have the United States cut Israel loose. But the snickering that this has doubtless engendered seems about to turn into outright mockery if it hasn't already done so.
The big news in recent weeks has been the public Bush Administration displeasure with Israel's policy of “incursions” to root out the pattern of Palestinian shooting and bombing directed against Israelis. In response to Arafat's varying claims that he is either unable or unwilling to control it, Israel has entered and reoccupied both Area A and Area B territory and tamped down the violence. In our view the coalition politics which prompted U.S. opposition to this policy ? a policy which, of course, on its face makes perfect sense for Israel, if the goal is to stop the killing and maiming of its citizens ? has caused incalculable damage to our image as placing the eradication of international terror at the top of our agenda. A statement this week by U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer regarding the incursion policy carried in a Reuters dispatch has highlighted the problem:
It's been our view that the right of self-defense, which Israel certainly has and no one challenges, should not be exercised with incursions into Area A.
What message other than one of kowtowing to the demands of our Arab coalition partners could account for the arbitrary carving out of an exception for Area A? Further, a front page story in Monday's New York Times reported on Administration gratification with supposed cooperation of some Arab states and emirates in the effort to restrict the movement of funds of terrorist groups. Here is a rather startling two paragraphs of the article:
The outcome, gulf and American officials said, may be a new partnership against terror in a critical Middle Eastern financial hub.
Ultimately, administration officials say, the cooperation of the Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and other nations in monitoring financial transactions may prove as significant as a special-forces strike or a new round of arrests.
The verifiability of this “cooperation” escapes us. But what is the world now to think about our resolve to militarily pursue and root out the terrorists around the world? What indeed?
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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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