Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.
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?
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
“Mr. Prime Minister, declare a unilateral ceasefire! Remember, Blessed is the peacemaker!”
Hamas is continuing to prepare its next war against Israel instead of improving conditions in Gaza
The decision to not publicly light the Menorah in Sydney, epitomizes the eternal dilemma of Judaism and Jews in the Diaspora.
Am Yisrael is one family, filled with excruciating pain&sorrow for losing the 4 kedoshim of Har Nof
What is its message of the dreidel?” The complexity and hidden nature of history and miracles.
Police play down Arab terrorism as mere “violence” until the truth can no longer be hidden.
The 7 branches of the menorah represent the 7 pillars of secular wisdom, knowledge, and science.
Obama obtained NO verifiable commitments from Cuba it would desist from acts prejudicial to the US
No one would deny that the program subjected detainees to less than pleasant treatment, but the salient point is, for what purpose?
For the past six years President Obama has consistently deplored all Palestinian efforts to end-run negotiations in search of a UN-imposed agreement on Israel.
It’s not an admiration. It is simply a kind of journalist fascination. It stands out, it’s different from more traditional Orthodoxy.
It seems to us that while the Jewish entitlement to the land of Israel transcends the Holocaust, the Jewish experience during that tragic time is the most solid of foundations for these “national rights.”
Last year the Obama administration sought to minimize civilian deaths from drone strikes by generally requiring that missile attacks be limited to instances where Americans were directly threatened and there was a “near certainty” that no civilians would be killed.
If anything, Operation Protective Edge showed that Israel will not pull punches when it comes to combating terror.
Toward the end of Operation Protective Edge this past summer, the president was unusually vocal about Israel’s so-called disproportionate use of force and alleged lack of compliance with international humanitarian law.
There was no accompanying caption, but the cartoon could not help but feed the anti-Semitic canard that Israel was responsible for 9/11.
An accomplished Torah scholar and ardent adherent of Bobov chassidus, he was renowned for his self-effacing dedication and skills as an international lawyer and law professor
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/theyre-laughing-at-us/2001/12/07/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: