Datanic HauntingsOver three millennia ago, when Jews were fleeing Egyptian bondage en route to their Land of Promise, Datan helped lead the revolt of Korach, proclaiming to frightened, wandering Israelites the virtues of a fertile Egypt from which Moses had led them. And the same way some Jews mistakenly found the trappings of ancient Egypt alluring back then, others have recently behaved likewise. Another tragic
With All Due Respect, Sir...While for those who care about Israel's future, Dubya still appears to be the better choice given that the Arabs and their supporters, both in America and around the world, want the other guy to win, actions such as his United Nations' remarks make the choice -- in terms of Middle Eastern policy, at least -- more difficult than it could or should otherwise be.
We Have Sinned Against YouIn terms of Arab-Israeli politics, Jews have been accused of countless sins by much of the world today. But, as is noted in terms of yet another Jewish holiday, Passover, while it is regrettable that any hardship had to be suffered even by enemies who would destroy us, as we symbolically remove drops of wine from our cups at the Seder dinner to diminish our joy of deliverance, we offer no apologie
The Punditry Of AmnesiacsIn light of repeated acts of mega-barbarism deliberately directed against Israeli innocents (many proudly claimed by Yasser Arafat's own Al-Aqsa affiliate), it is time to take a closer look at some of the underlying issues that have frequently been ignored.
Evolution of the Suicide BomberWhile the year 2004 has brought other issues back to the front burner that also demanded immediate attention (the future of the Gaza Strip and the rest of the disputed territories, as just an example), it's worth rethinking another all-too-real fact of life that has driven events over recent years, especially since the onset of the era of the so-called Oslo "peace". I'm speaking, of course, about
A La AlaaNeither Arafat nor Qurei' -- or, for that matter, any other Palestinian Arab leader with any clout -- envision a long term, Jewish Israel in the neighborhood. Qurei' just believes more "delicate" means are needed to bring this about. Forcing Israel, for example, to absorb millions of real or alleged Arab refugees in a "right of return" would win more support abroad than blowing Jews apart on buses
What Would Ibn Khaldun Say?Now assume that there were fifty, not five, million Israeli Jews who had far more political clout on the world scene than they actually have. Take this a step further, and imagine that Israel then demanded that if nations wished to have relations with itself, they would have to forever deny Arabs any hope of statehood and national dignity.
Peanut Brittle - Part IICarter speaks of the territories as if Palestinian Arabs (many of whom were newcomers -- settlers -- themselves in Palestine) had exclusive rights there. Contrary to popular current protestations, these are not "occupied Palestinian Arab lands."
Peanut Brittle - Part ILet's get something straight right from the get-go. I'm a registered Democrat (though I have voted and will vote otherwise again on occasion) and second a few of the same environmental issues that Jimmy Carter championed while in the Oval Office. I voted for him. So I'm not automatically triggered to be nauseated by the man.
Treason...<I>Notice: Politically correct Gentiles and suicidal Jews should not read any further. Hear that, Yossi Beilin, Shimon?</I>
Hunting Quail and Sitting DucksWith all that's been going on in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, the situation in Iraq, worries about Iranian nukes and thousands of Hizbullah rockets in Lebanon aimed, just a stone's throw away, at northern Israel, the Syrian front had been pushed to the back burner for the time being. This, of course, was possible due to Syria's expulsion from much of the Golan Heights since the 1967 Six Day War.
Eternal Truths - Part IArabs have spent decades trying to convince the world that they are both the old and the new Jews.
Beware of Arabs Bearing GiftsAs a decades long student of classical history, as well as contemporary Middle Eastern Affairs, the chance to see the tragic clash between Achilles and Hector on the big screen was too much to resist.
Talking Turkey About Turkey - Part IIWith all that's happening with the Iraq mess right now, and in light of recent developments regarding the Turks, it's time to put things into a broader perspective.
Talking Turkey About Turkey - Part IThe same folks who have declared over one-fifth of their own non-Turk Kurdish population (over ten million people) to be "non-existent" in the past (they're really just "Mountain Turks", don't you know) and have taken steps to outlaw Kurdish language and culture (Arabic is one of Israel's two official languages), are allegedly mad at Israel for going after the Arab terrorist infrastructure in Gaza
Now There's a ShockerThe headline of the Associated Press report in <I>The Daytona Beach News-Journal</I> on April 16, 2004 spoke of widespread rage among the Arabs following President Bush's positive reaction to Prime Minister Sharon's Gaza disengagement plan. Papers all over the world were carrying similar stories.
No Time For Foggy DoublespeakPrime Minister Ariel Sharon is visiting Washington. He brings with him a controversial plan to yield Gaza -- used since the days of the Pharaohs to bring death and destruction into Israel proper -- and some other areas in Judea and Samaria as well, to those who will surely continue to murder Jews and aim for the destruction of their nation even after such a proposed withdrawal takes place. Sharon
The One, Ten PunchSo they finally took out the murderous imp ? hundreds of buried and thousands of maimed Jews too late. I know, he was a "militant" and not really a terrorist, meaning his victims were Jews not Gentiles.
Thinking Jerusalem...a mention of Jerusalem itself is no where to be found in the Muslim holy book...interesting, since it was recorded in many other places besides the writings of the Jews themselves for over 1,500 years before the rise of Islam. Religious claims of both Christians and Muslims to Jerusalem exist primarily because of those religions' links to the Jews.
Chutzpah...Arab StyleThe Jordan-Palestine connection is just one of many well-documented facts (not "Zionist propaganda") completely ignored or distorted by Arab spokesmen and, unfortunately, little known by the rest of the world. Arabs typically claim Jews got 78% of all of the land, and leading newspapers typically prepare segments on the Middle East ignoring this crucial Jordan-Palestine connection.
The Chicken or the Egg?Let's get something straight right from the start. The problems that both Abbas and Rantisi had earlier cited ? Israeli incursions, assaults, checkpoints, travel restrictions, and other measures that admittedly cause inconvenience and frustration ? were eggs laid and hatched as a result of Arab rejectionist hens raised on both of their farms. The Palestinian Authority and Hamas have simply been pl
Makos, Kristof, and Bike WeekI guess this piece had to be written. Not that I'm superstitious or anything. But what I am about to tell you would have had to have been one heck of a coincidence. I hope I do it justice.
Too Predictable: Take 2Arabs know that their own wives and children will not be deliberately targeted on buses, in restaurants, shopping centers, etc. So what I will state next, I regret, but will say anyway.
In Defense of BantustanWhile all people should be able to live in dignity, this applies to Jews also. This, unfortunately, proved often to be impossible both in the Christian West, where Jews were considered to be the Deicide people (and treated accordingly), as well as in the Muslim East, where they were considered to be persecutors of prophets and <i>kelbi yahudi</I> ? "Jew dogs." Hence, the necessity for the rebirth
Mel, Meet Irineos[M]ost folks still don't understand what all the fuss is about. So, let's try to be as candid as possible in trying to clarify the potential problems revolving around this sensitive and painful subject.
Altalena RevisitedNews reports are circulating about recent "behind-the-scenes" peace plans that have supposedly been worked out by left-wing Israelis and some Palestinian Arab politicians and academics, notably Yasser Abed Rabbo and Sari Nusseibeh.