David Bedein

Cutting Israel in Half Over Time

The 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. , 12/12/2005, 10:35 PM

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.", 12/5/2005, 11:41 PM

Ariel Sharon Loyalists Unite

Ariel Sharon has organized a party based on loyalty to Ariel Sharon. , 11/23/2005, 5:27 PM

Rockets, Mortars and Fences in the New Year

Israel awakens to a difficult new reality that transcends the perennial debate in Israel over the location of security fences. , 10/9/2005, 10:11 PM

Sharon's Victory: Business Before Security

Prime 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., 9/29/2005, 11:48 AM

US Pressures Determine Israeli Policy

The 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., 8/10/2005, 1:14 PM

How to Stop the Sharon Plan

There 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., 8/3/2005, 9:09 PM

Vive La Difference: From Yamit to Katif

Didn'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?, 7/21/2005, 11:10 PM

20 Questions

The 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., 7/7/2005, 11:55 PM

Waking Up to a New Reality

One 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., 6/12/2005, 2:26 PM

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... , 6/5/2005, 1:26 PM

An Appeal to the Conscience of the Jewish Media

As 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. , 5/29/2005, 11:59 AM

The Democratically Elected Gov't of Israel

Today, 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.", 4/17/2005, 4:42 PM

Farewell to the Pope

Shortly 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., 4/5/2005, 9:41 PM

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., 3/27/2005, 9:08 PM

All Quiet on the Northern Front

Olmert'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.", 3/3/2005, 9:37 PM

"Disengagement Plan" Approved? Hardly

In 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., 2/18/2005, 12:37 AM

The Sham of Sharm

And what if Abbas does not deliver on his promises? Israeli government spokespeople at Sharm could not answer that question., 2/10/2005, 12:41 AM

A Tale of Two Rallies

On Sunday, January 30th, two rallies took place in Jerusalem, both of which reflected the tragedy of Israel's policies towards the PLO. , 2/2/2005, 9:05 PM

How to Defeat the Sharon Plan

The 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. , 1/9/2005, 10:30 PM

Orange Stars: Not a PR Ploy

In both Katif and Sderot, there are a few concentration camp survivors with a unique perspective. To put it simply, they feel abandoned once again., 12/22/2004, 11:46 PM

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." , 12/9/2004, 11:39 PM

No Disengagement; PLO Empowerment

Very 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. , 11/3/2004, 12:13 AM

PA Head Start: Early Childhood Indoctrination

Well, 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., 10/26/2004, 10:48 PM

The Yesha Council: In the Service of Ariel Sharon?

Throughout the eleven years of Oslo opposition, the Judea, Samaria and Gaza (<I>Yesha</I>) Council has conformed to the Rabin/Federman strategy, to the letter., 10/17/2004, 8:16 PM

Casino for Gaza

Weisglass' 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., 10/3/2004, 10:45 PM

Schools of Darkness

The 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, 9/8/2004, 11:51 PM

The Unexpected Hurdles of the Sharon Plan

What 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, 6/17/2004, 11:23 PM

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