UNRWA Tunnel VisionIn response to a question at a press conference, UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen AbuZayd said that there would be no need for the smuggling tunnels in Gaza, if people were permitted to move back and forth freely.
Embracing Distorted ImagesThere has been a tendency toward self-delusion, a failure to grapple with painful and unpalatable realities. While a certain amount of optimism is good, this is most decidedly not.
Theater of the Absurd, Middle-Eastern StyleWhen the assistant to Ahmed Qurei was asked if he was excited about the possibility of voting in an election, he was actually heard to say (I kid you not), "We voted once, why do we need to vote again?"
The Temple Mount: Getting SeriousIt is time, I suggest, for us to start thinking seriously about the Temple Mount and our relationship to it as Jews. This is not an issue simply for those advocating building of a Third Temple on the Mount.
Plans for the Gaza StripFocus on the "right of return", then, remains at the heart of what will be going on in an all-Arab Gaza.
PA Eliminating "Collaborators"The Palestinian Authority made news ? and generated considerable distress among human rights groups ? by executing four convicted murders on June 12. Officials let it be known that PA President Mahmoud Abbas was planning the authorization of the executions of additional Palestinians who had received death sentences.
Abu Mazen: Beneath the Moderate Veneer - Part IAbbas has been working hard to lend just that impression and he certainly seems to be succeeding. But precisely what does he "deserve"? Does this ostensible moderate truly seek the cessation of violence and genuine peace? Does he accept the existence of Israel as a Jewish state?
The Price of Willful Self-DelusionThat Bush declined to provide recognition by name of specific settlement blocs such as Gush Etzion - as had been requested by Sharon - was brushed off as not important. Sharon, we were told repeatedly, had established an unusually close bond with Bush, who had put himself on the line here.