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David Bedein

Spinning a Disaster

Israeli 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. , 4/18/2004, 5:01 PM

Ariel Sharon Hijacks Israeli Democracy

In 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., 4/13/2004, 5:17 PM

Acting Without Sanction

Meanwhile, 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. , 2/16/2004, 6:10 PM

Hear No Evil, Report No Evil

It 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. , 1/25/2004, 6:14 PM

Financing Desertion in Israel

At 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.", 12/26/2003, 10:32 AM

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. , 12/21/2003, 5:00 PM

"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., 11/30/2003, 3:29 PM

The Red Carpet for Killers

For 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., 11/3/2003, 6:02 PM

How the West Weakens Israel

It'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? , 10/28/2003, 5:45 PM

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". , 5/12/2003, 7:33 PM