Witness to Terror: The Twin Towers and the PAThe lecture on the subject of the PA's absorption of Islamic extremism was scheduled for the morning of September 11th, 2001. The first e-mail I received that morning asked which visual aids would be required. Then, the most horrific visual aid appeared outside the window facing east.
Erasing IsraelThe new school books that Mahmoud Abbas has now introduced in the Palestinian Authority school system - run independently of Hamas - represent a curriculum that prepares a new generation of Palestinians to destroy Israel.
Anatomy of Misinformation: Abbas's ReferendumThere is no mention whatsoever of a "two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." The document makes no mention of "eastern Jerusalem". The document refers, instead, to all of Jerusalem.
Why They LostThe Likud and Israel's National Union-National Religious Party lost because they gave the impression to the Israeli public that they cared only about themselves.
The Referendum is HereEhud Olmert, the acting prime minister of Israel, has made things quite clear. The March 28th elections are a referendum on the future of Judea and Samaria and on the creation of a sovereign Palestinian Arab nation-state west of the Jordan River.
Cutting Israel in Half Over TimeThe US is dictating policy to Israel and the Israeli government is issuing bland assurances that should have Israel's supporters in the US rather concerned, if only they knew about them.
Why Netanya?The PLO secretary-general Marwan Barghouti, now in prison for the first-degree murders of 13 people, calmly told MBC Saudi television why the PLO would justify an attack on Netanya: "This is an area that we have yet to liberate."
Sharon's Victory: Business Before SecurityPrime Minister Ariel Sharon led his Likud party to outflank the Israeli Zionist left and to adopt the unilateral withdrawal platform of the Communist and Arab parties of unilateral handover of land to the PLO. There are times when short term business interests override concerns for national security.
US Pressures Determine Israeli PolicyThe United States Department of State has made it clear to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. It wants the Jews out of the Katif district of Gaza by August 15th, with no excuses.
How to Stop the Sharon PlanThere are two hot issues that, if systematically marketed to influence public opinion, could force the Knesset to convene an emergency session in which Israel's lawmakers would have to reconsider the implementation of the plan, pending the convening of an Emergency Disengagement Investigation Commission.
Vive La Difference: From Yamit to KatifDidn't Ariel Sharon demolish 16 Jewish communities in the Sinai in April, 1982, in his capacity as Israel's Minister of Defense? So why is this removal so different from any other removal?
20 QuestionsThe publication and distribution of the premises and text of the Disengagement Plan should be viewed as an important public service, since most people, even in Israel, have never had the opportunity to read the Disengagement Plan and the reasoning behind it.
Waking Up to a New RealityOne morning last week, I came to my office at the press center in Jerusalem at 9:45am and was greeted with two new dissonant realities within minutes.
Write Your Congressman Now!American citizens often ask what they can do for Israel when they are in
touch with their Congressional representatives. Perhaps the most important thing they can do is to challenge the Ten Principles of The U.S. State Department's 2005 Middle East agenda...
An Appeal to the Conscience of the Jewish MediaAs a direct result of the Jewish media not warning the Jewish community of the diaspora of the real message of Abbas, twenty Jewish organizations met with Abbas, not knowing of the virulent message of hatred that emanates from the man who was and is the protege of Yassir Arafat.
The Democratically Elected Gov't of IsraelToday, supporters of Israel must cope with an unprecedented dilemma, after the prime minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon, circumvented the decisions of his own "democratically elected government."
Farewell to the PopeShortly after Pope John Paul II announced that he was coming to Israel with the genesis of the new millennium in Spring 2000, our news agency received a memo from the PLO that the Pope was going to the United Nations refugee camp of Deheishe.
US Law Protects Israeli Human Rights?The decision of the state of Israel to demolish the homes and villages of 10,000 citizens represents the kind of human rights infraction that is described in the human rights amendment to the US Foreign Assistance Act.
All Quiet on the Northern FrontOlmert's reaction was passionate. He pounded on the podium and exhorted people to examine "Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon as a model which Israel would apply to Gaza and Samaria."
"Disengagement Plan" Approved? HardlyIn a generation of fast sound bytes and instant news, neither proponents nor opponents seem to know what Ariel Sharon's "Disengagement Plan" is all about.
The Sham of SharmAnd what if Abbas does not deliver on his promises? Israeli government spokespeople at Sharm could not answer that question.
A Tale of Two RalliesOn Sunday, January 30th, two rallies took place in Jerusalem, both of which reflected the tragedy of Israel's policies towards the PLO.
How to Defeat the Sharon PlanThe Sharon Plan remains a threat to all of Israel. The Sharon Plan isn't the Sharon Gaza Plan. It isn't the Sharon Disengagement Plan. It's the Sharon Retreat Plan.
Orange Stars: Not a PR PloyIn both Katif and Sderot, there are a few concentration camp survivors with a unique perspective. To put it simply, they feel abandoned once again.
Is Sari Nusseibah a Moderate?Sari Nusseibah went on to tell the viewers of Al-Jazeera around the world that "suicide attacks are often defensive in nature, like the heroes who carried out suicide attacks when they defend their homeland in the refugee camp of Jenin."
No Disengagement; PLO EmpowermentVery few people across the political spectrum in Israel, and even in the media and diplomatic corps represented in Israel, have bothered to read the Sharon Plan.
PA Head Start: Early Childhood IndoctrinationWell, Palestinian Arab children are in the midst of their seventh week of the school year. These school children are learning from new Palestinian Authority school books, made possible through grants by US AID, CIDA of Canada, and special grants from EU countries made available for educational institutions that operate in the Palestinian Authority.
Casino for GazaWeisglass' law firm and business trusts represent the financial interests of the Palestinian Authority, including Muhammad Rashid, the treasurer appointed by Yasser Arafat to manage Arafat's elusive accounts, which reportedly amount to several billion dollars.
Schools of DarknessThe issue of the "right of return" to Beersheba is no theoretical notion for the Palestinian Arabs. The United Nations refugee camps in Gaza and the West Bank have shacks that are supposedly laid out in alleyways precisely according to the neighborhoods from whence the inhabitants say they came in 1948. This exemplifies the <I>idee fixe</I> of the Arabs in their unrelenting drive to make war on, a
The Unexpected Hurdles of the Sharon PlanWhat promises to be the most hotly debated issue when the Knesset parliament considers the rest of the Sharon Plan is the almost unnoticed Clause Five that mandates the provision for further military training of Palestinian armed forces. Such training is to be done in conjunction with the US, the UK, Jordan and Egypt, despite the fact that Clause One of the same Sharon Plan continues to declare th
Spinning a DisasterIsraeli government radio and TV offered an instant analysis that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had made a major accomplishment following his meeting with U.S. President George Bush.
Ariel Sharon Hijacks Israeli DemocracyIn a democratic system, if a head of state's foreign policy initiative is rejected by his cabinet, government, legislature and the political party of that head of state, such a leader would normally be expected to at least drop his foreign policy initiative, if not resign.
Acting Without SanctionMeanwhile, the Israeli cabinet continued its regular cabinet meetings on February 8th and 15th, during which Sharon refused to even discus his retreat plans from Katif. When Tourism Minister Benny Elon asked that the issue be put on the cabinet agenda, Sharon acted as if he did not hear the idea.
Hear No Evil, Report No EvilIt would be consonant with the mandate of President George W. Bush for US diplomatic representatives in the Middle East to monitor and to report the consistent message of the Voice of Palestine, which promotes a total war of liberation for all of Palestine, instead of ignoring it.
Financing Desertion in IsraelAt the Tzafta Hall, an Israeli organization funded by an American Jewish organization organized an all day teach-in, in the heart of Tel Aviv, to convince high school students not to join the Israeli army and to convince Israeli soldiers to desert the Israel Defense Forces. The theme of the "teach-in": Israel's soldiers are "war criminals."
10 Years Later: Does the PA Recognize Israel?At a staff meeting on December 10th, 1993, our news agency made a policy decision: to find out firsthand how the new Palestinian Arab entity would view Israel, and to determine if their recognition of Israel would indeed be real. We raised funds to hire Palestinian journalists and Arabic-speaking Israeli reporters.
"Daily Humiliation" at the Checkpoints?I asked a U.S. consular official in Jerusalem why Bush would claim that Israel was subjecting Arabs to humiliation at checkpoints. The U.S. consular official took offense at the very question. "I think that it is obvious that if my staffers from Bethlehem are made to wait an inordinate amount of time in their cars at the checkpoint, then that would be a clear matter of humiliation," he retorted.
The Red Carpet for KillersFor whatever reason, Ross ignores the reality of the Fatah Tanzim, who have taken "credit" for the vast majority of the 18,000 Arab terror attacks that have been inflicted on Israel over the past three years; attacks that have claimed the lives of 897 men, women and children.
How the West Weakens IsraelIt's easy to be taken in: poor refugees, having nowhere to go, await the opportunity to simply return to where they came from. This is a basic human right, is it not? Isn't it recognized by General Assembly Resolution 194?
Where is Jerusalem?This is a sad story of an American citizen who was murdered in Jerusalem. Ben Blutstein was killed last July by Arab terrorists when he was sitting in a cafeteria at Hebrew University. His family now copes with the fact that the US State Department will not allow his US death certificate to state "Jerusalem, Israel".