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Today, Ariel Sharon is Irrelevant

Until Yasser Arafat's recent demise, Israel's feckless leader, Ariel Sharon, was wont to call him "irrelevant". Sharon did it at every opportunity. Yet, Arafat was anything but irrelevant., 1/20/2005, 10:47 PM

Israel Has Already Held a Referendum

The idea of representative government is firmly rooted in Israel. In fact, so much so, that the "people's representatives" don't want the people to decide for themselves a question of historic magnitude. , 1/12/2005, 10:38 PM

Creating a Palestinian Apartheid State

Forget Apartheid, they're planning a racially-ethnically pure Arab state free of Jews., 12/28/2004, 2:16 PM

The Jewish Struggle Against Arabs in Israel - Part II

The Oslo War, its terrorism, death and destruction, have hardened Jewish attitudes toward both the "Palestinians" and "Israeli Arabs". , 12/5/2004, 4:30 PM

The Jewish Struggle Against Arabs in Israel - Part I

While the Israeli and world media focused on the Sharon government's defeat in the recent Knesset budget vote (69 to 43), another vote took place that same day, with significant long-term consequences, about the right of Jews to build communities for themselves in their historic homeland. , 12/2/2004, 11:24 PM

Tell Israel the Truth, Michael B. Oren - Part II

Then he spewed the standard Israeli leftist line: "Obviously, the only long-term solution to terror is a diplomatic political solution...." , 11/24/2004, 11:38 PM

Tell Israel the Truth, Michael B. Oren - Part I

Every once in a while, I read an op-ed piece and say to myself, "Wait a second, that's not true.", 11/23/2004, 11:00 PM

We Want Our Homeland, Israel

No sooner is that evil, sick, terrorist, homosexual, pedophile, serial mass murderer is finally out of the picture, than George Bush, Tony Blair and most of the world jump on the opportunity to continue his legacy. , 11/17/2004, 11:49 PM

Arafat Was Dead a Long Time Ago

He's dead; he's not dead; he's dead; he's not dead; he's dead.... , 11/10/2004, 8:15 PM

Israeli Settlers: You Will Be Prosecuted!

Start broadcasting the message loud and clear at every opportunity, that in the future, after the Sharon government collapses and is replaced by a pro-Jewish government in Israel, all war criminals - both those who participated in the "disengagement process" and the "original ones" who brought the Jewish People the Oslo War (you know, Shimon Peres, Yossi Beilin and their ilk) - <I>will be prosecut, 9/23/2004, 11:27 PM

Arik or Achav: Sharon's Gone Dictatorial

But, at least Napoleon built an empire for the glory of France; Ariel Sharon seems to be working hard for the Palestinians. It's not so dissimilar to Shimon Peres' earlier global <I>shnoring</I> - fund raising - for Palestine. , 9/2/2004, 11:55 PM

Palestinian Leaders Trick Their People Again

What do Marwan Barghouti, Yasser Arafat, Ahmad Qureia, and leaders past and present of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others, have in common? Besides encouraging their followers to kill Jews in Israel, they regularly pull the wool over their followers' eyes, lying, cheating and profiting from the suffering of the Palestinians. They habitually sacrifice average Palestinians in their struggle against Isra, 8/23/2004, 9:19 PM

Liberating the Israeli Economy From Occupation

Well, I for one am against the "occupation" - socialist, economic control, that is. , 8/16/2004, 8:11 PM

There They Go Again, Those Arab Racists

There they go again. The story is so old already. Arab militia or Arab army or Arab terrorist attacks non-Arab. Or was that Muslim fanatic attacks non-Muslim? This time, it's happening in Sudan., 7/15/2004, 11:54 PM

An Israeli Witch-Hunt By the Likud

For years, there's been a slogan in Israel, "Only the Likud can..." I've always wondered, "Can what?" Now I've learned what. , 7/11/2004, 7:29 PM

Kassam Rockets and the Wall in Israel

The date June 28th, 2004, will go down in history for two different, but interrelated, reasons. While the world focused on how America turned over "sovereignty" to the Iraqis - and it was reported in Israel, too - the really big story that most of the media missed (except in Israel) was that Kassam rockets fired from Gaza finally killed two people in Israel. The Oslo War that Yasser Arafat started, 7/5/2004, 7:30 PM

Israeli Gov't: Kosher on the Outside Only

The pig has even entered the popular culture of Jews as the symbol of hypocrisy, because it looks kosher on the outside - you can see it has split hoofs - yet it is <I>treif</I>, i.e., not kosher, on the inside - it doesn't chew its cud. In Yiddish (one of the thirty-some Judeo-vernacular languages that Jews created in their 1,900-year-exile from their homeland), a <I>"chazzer fissel"</I> (lit. "p, 6/24/2004, 11:36 PM

On Israel, Neo-Conservatism and Its Discontents - II

I believe the Jewish Neo-Cons have another element, not yet fully addressed by any other commentator. , 6/16/2004, 10:05 PM

On Israel, Neo-Conservatism and Its Discontents - I

With America seemingly bogged down in Iraq, there are those looking for scapegoats to blame. Neo-conservatives, Likudniks and Israel have become frequent targets, besides the standard fare of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice. Attacks from the Left and the Democrats can be seen as purely partisan, but attacks from the Right need further clarification. , 6/15/2004, 9:51 PM

Israel Should Put Arafat on Trial Like Barghouti

"It is likely that Israel will consider bringing Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat to trial, too." That's right, you read it right, and the Israeli Justice Minister Yosef Lapid said it recently., 6/13/2004, 9:27 PM

Islam, Judaism, Christianity: Some Observations - Part II

For those of you who know history well, you might ask, "Wasn't Islamic civilization very developed in the 800s-1500s?", 6/7/2004, 10:51 PM

Islam, Judaism, Christianity: Some Observations - Part I

Though Islam portrays itself as the "religion of peace" and the successor of Judaism and Christianity, it rejects much of Western civilization, and through it's violent attacks, sees itself on the march toward victory., 6/6/2004, 7:32 PM

The Time of Truth for the Temple Mount

Three modern "prophecies" were spoken in the last generation, yet few have listened. The first was in a song by Naomi Shemer just weeks before the 1967 Six Day War. The second was spoken in his yeshiva - rabbinical seminary - three weeks before the war by Rabbi Tzvi Yehudah Kook. The third was said in the middle of the war, just after the heat of battle ended in victory, by Mordechai "Motta" Gur. , 5/18/2004, 6:45 PM

Islamic Barbarians at the Gates of Jerusalem-Part II

In predicting that international terrorism will expand and intensify, Alexander referred to numerous disputes throughout the world, such as those in Chechnya, Kashmir, Afghanistan, the Middle East and South America. He forgot to mention the Philippines and South Asia., 5/16/2004, 5:20 PM

Islamic Barbarians at the Gates of Jerusalem - Part I

The Arabic Satellite TV station Al-Jazeera shows footage of two Islamic Jihad leaders sitting at a table, speaking about the recent Israeli operation in Gaza against the terrorist infrastructure there, with the head of an Israeli soldier sitting in front of them on the table. , 5/13/2004, 10:42 PM

Israeli Art - In the Eye of the Beholder

If you've wondered lately what's wrong with Israel, just look at the recent winner of the prestigious 2004 Israel Prize for sculpture. , 5/10/2004, 7:08 PM

Thank You Ariel Sharon, Et Al.

Thank you, Ariel Sharon, for your Gaza Disengagement Plan. Due to your willingness to call for "transferring" the Gazan Jewish community - i.e., expelling Jews from a part of their historic homeland - an estimated 70-100,000 people (120-150,000 including those stuck in traffic or turned away by the police) came to Gush Katif in Gaza on Israeli Independence Day, to show their support for the Gazan , 4/29/2004, 11:26 PM

Kahanist in Reverse

Rabin was a "Kahanist in Reverse" and so too is Ariel Sharon today. , 4/22/2004, 7:37 PM

Guerrilla Theater of the Absurd in Hebron

For the last few days, I've been attending the theater. Not the high and mighty halls of culture, but the street theater of life. I've been attending the "guerilla theater" - i.e., political theater - taking place in Hebron-Kiryat Arba. The Israeli government wants to "evacuate" an "outpost" and the "settlers" don't want to let them., 4/4/2004, 11:59 AM

Israel Don't Listen to the Chirping Hypocrites

I think a description of Gazan streets after news of the assassination hit reveals the true nature of the struggle between Israel and the "Palestinians". Cars drove through the streets blaring calls for revenge over loudspeakers. Some played recordings of Sheikh Yassin saying, "We chose this road, and will end with martyrdom or victory.", 3/25/2004, 6:59 PM

Happy Yassin Day

Hamas "spiritual leader" - i.e., he blessed every terror attack against Jews and gave "religious" justification for Hamas' genocidal murder campaign - Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, has been sent to his eternal reward. I hope he brought air conditioning. , 3/22/2004, 10:10 PM

Jewish Terror on the March

A new "Jewish Terror Underground" has been caught recently in Israel. Not a bunch of "settlers" or "religious fanatics," but secular Jews living in "Red" Haifa - traditionally left-wing dominated - and a Russian immigrant in Ashdod. What will the Israeli Left and anti-religious forces say now?, 3/12/2004, 12:17 AM

Reforming Israel's Culture of Corruption

A couple of years ago, I came across a description of the British civil service's bureaucratic culture. The operative phrase was, "need to know." That is, give out as little information as possible to the public or other levels of the bureaucracy, or even limit information to politicians. Share information only on a "need to know" basis. Suddenly, I realized, many of the "Israeli evils" were in fa, 3/9/2004, 11:23 AM

Baruch Goldstein and Hebron Ten Years Later

What really happened ten years ago, in Hebron, at the Cave of Machpela - the Tomb of the Patriarchs - or, as the Arabs call it, the Ibrahimi Mosque? The short answer everyone "knows," is that Dr. Baruch Goldstein carried out a massacre on the Jewish holiday of Purim, February 25, 1994. But <a target=_blank href=http://www.geocities.com/chaimsimons/baruchgoldstein>a new study by Rabbi Dr. Chaim Sim, 3/2/2004, 6:00 PM

The Holy City of Jerusalem

Mother Rachel is still crying for her children - the Jewish People (Jeremiah 31:14). Not because they've been dragged off to Babylon in servitude - that ended long ago. They've since returned to their borders (Jeremiah 31:16), rebuilt their cities and towns, and re-established their national life. Mother Rachel - buried not far from Jerusalem, just outside Bethlehem - cries because of the horrendo, 2/23/2004, 9:32 PM

Israel Already Held a Referendum

Israel is a strange place, a democracy in form, but weak in content. Of course, a statement like that is made comparing Israel to the US, Europe and a handful of other countries. In comparison to much of the world, Israel shines as a paradigm of democratic self-rule. The idea of representative government is firmly rooted in Israel. In fact, so much so, that the "people's representatives" don't wan, 2/17/2004, 7:03 PM

End Israeli Settlement Activity?

Every time I hear an American official remind Israel of the need to end settlement activity, my blood pressure starts to go up. Those American officials have hit the nail on the head. Yes, for sure, settlement activity should come to a halt and the occupied territories should be given up. Israel, I hope, told them that when US State Department officials John Wolf and David Satterfield recently vis, 2/4/2004, 5:32 PM

Kerry and Dean Are Out of Step On Israel

Both Democratic wanna-be presidents, John Kerry and Howard Dean, proved recently how out of step with the rest of America they are in regard to US policy vis-a-vis the Israeli-Palestinian issue. , 1/29/2004, 8:43 PM

Israel to Syria, Get Out of Lebanon

But there should be one precondition that Israel demands from Syria before the opening of negotiations. What, you ask? Should Israel demand that Syria dispose of its chemical weapons first? Should Israel demand that Syria stop its support for Hezbollah attacks against her first? Should Israel demand that Syria stop its support for Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas and the other Palestinian terror g, 1/26/2004, 5:38 PM

American-Born Rabbi on Trial in Israel

There they go again, those "wild weeds from Brooklyn," as former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin called them, religious Jews and rabbis at that, starting trouble in Israel., 1/15/2004, 7:37 PM

Unionized Hostage-Taking in Israel

Did you ever imagine that terrorism could become unionized? , 1/8/2004, 7:11 PM

Playing Israeli Politician

Dr. Yossi Beilin - let's not forget the man has a PhD - is truly following in the footsteps of his political mentor, Shimon Peres. "Peres' Poodle," as former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin called Beilin, has had a dream of "peace" and recently acted out his fantasy at Geneva. Like Peres, he's been rejected in the electoral realm of politics. And also like Peres, since the Israeli electorate rejected, 12/31/2003, 12:57 AM

Israel, Ban the Bomb

Israel should get rid of its Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) programs - its alleged nuclear arsenal - they say. Yet, Iran is working, as we speak, to get the bomb. Syria has lots and lots of chemical weapons (CW) and missiles to attack with. So does Egypt. , 12/24/2003, 9:38 PM

Hang Saddam, Then Arafat

According to an authoritative May 2003 Pew Global Attitudes Project opinion poll, 80% of Palestinians agreed with the statement: "The rights and needs of the Palestinian people cannot be taken care of as long as the State of Israel exists." Other polls since then consistently back up these findings. They clearly want to destroy the Jewish state; they don't sound confused to me., 12/18/2003, 7:15 PM

Israel or Palestine?

I read in the news not long ago something that caught my eye. A headline, "Breslov Hassidim Arrested On the Way to Joseph's Tomb." I know I can't praise them for "breaking the law", officially, violating a military order barring Israeli citizens from entering PA autonomous areas. But I just can't help myself from thinking, congratulations for keeping the issue in the news. Since Operation Defensiv, 12/15/2003, 7:10 PM

Israel, Build the Temple Now!

The State of Israel - the Jewish state - should start rebuilding the <i>Beit HaMikdash</i> - the Temple destroyed by the Romans almost 2,000 years ago - right now. There, it's been said., 12/7/2003, 4:54 PM

The Israeli Thought Police

Clump-clump, clump-clump, clump-clump. Hark, I hear the sound of the goose-stepping Bolshevik Israeli thought police in the distance. , 12/1/2003, 5:11 PM

Who is a "Palestinian Refugee"?

Who is a "Palestinian Refugee"? Well, the short answer is, it could be almost anyone, even you or me. The long answer gets a bit more complicated, but not too much. You see "Palestinian Refugee" is a prized political status. Let me explain. But first..., 11/25/2003, 6:51 PM

Avraham Burg OK's State of Judea?

More recently, Jewish Agency head Sallai Meridor strongly criticized Labor MK Avraham Burg in front of an Israeli Zionist Congress meeting. Meridor was responding to that series of articles by Burg, a former head of the Jewish Agency., 11/13/2003, 9:00 PM

Where are the Human Shields for Israelis?

The ISM knowingly puts people into dangerous situations - taking advantage of young naive idealists - it seems Hurndall might have got caught in the crossfire between IDF troops and Palestinian terrorists. My question is, where are the "human shields" for Israelis? Why not send some people to protect innocent Israelis from suicide bombers?, 11/10/2003, 5:28 PM

"Retire" to Israel Like Abraham

Programs need to be developed to bring older people to Israel, and they need to be encouraged to make <i>Aliya</i> and "retire" in Israel, to start the next stage of their lives, just as Abraham and Sara did. You could call it, the Abraham and Sara Project., 11/6/2003, 5:48 PM

Why Have a State of Israel At All?

After the terrible slaughter of 6,000 Jews in the War of Independence in 1948 - fully one out of every ten Jews in Israel - since the loss of life was so high, Ben-Gurion and the other Zionist leaders should have re-thought the entire Zionist enterprise and left the country. Auschwitz, here I come., 10/29/2003, 7:13 PM

The Pope is Dying: It's Time to Come Clean

Vast libraries of rare stolen Jewish books - and often, unique manuscripts - exist in the Vatican. How do I know? Because, occasionally, scholars - Jewish or otherwise - are allowed access to them, to do research. The Vatican is so morally corrupt, that it's not embarrassed to admit that they have the stolen goods, and even relishes the opportunity to show them off - to the right scholars - at tim, 10/22/2003, 5:28 PM

Egyptian Tunnels to Heaven

For some time now, I've been watching with astonishment the occasional cat and mouse game of "find the arms smuggling tunnel" in Gaza. I'm not astonished that the Israelis keep finding them. I'm not astonished either, that the Palestinians keep digging them. And I'm certainly not astonished that the Palestinian Authority doesn't try to stop them. They probably have gotten their best weaponry via t, 10/17/2003, 12:59 PM

Israeli Left: Love Your Enemy

The Peace Now demonstrators also denounced the Sharon government's policy of "targeted killings", assassinating leaders from Hamas and the other terrorist groups, saying the policy creates an endless cycle of violence. All blood is red, and I guess Israel's lemmings can't tell the difference between the blood of innocent Israelis cut-down in the "act" of living their lives and the blood of sociopa, 10/1/2003, 9:51 PM

Poor Marwan

Poor Marwan Barghouti. While Yasser Arafat gets thousands to rally at the Mukatah in Ramallah, after Israel "threatened" to "remove" him; while Arafat gets political leaders worldwide to call on Israel to leave him alone; while Arafat gets all 15 members of the UN Security Council to pressure Israel not to expel him; Marwan languishes in an Israeli prison. It just isn't fair. , 9/21/2003, 7:38 PM

Don't Expel Arafat II: The Rerun Continues

Like a bad movie on late-night TV, we're being exposed to the inner workings of the Sharon-led Israeli government's policy processes again. Should he or shouldn't he? Should Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat be expelled, deported, exiled? Well "removed", in principle. And like a bad, old, black & white, B-grade Western, where it's so clear who the good guys and the bad guys are, the guy, 9/14/2003, 4:29 PM