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Bruce S. Ticker

The Conflict, Redefined

Yasser Arafat and the rest of the Arab world invested decades to redefine the crux of their conflict with Israel from survival to occupation. Hamas and Hizbullah shattered this illusion by redefining the conflict once again, back to that of Israel?s survival., 10/5/2006, 9:02 PM

Israel's Right to Invade

I am not necessarily urging such a step, but nobody could blame Israel if it carpet-bombed every inch of the territories, sent in the troops, killed anyone who resisted and evicted the entire remaining population., 6/18/2006, 9:58 PM

The Indefensible Defense Minister

The untested Peretz will undergo on-the-job training to implement the trivial function of ensuring Israel?s survival. (Note: There are no doubt plenty of Israel supporters who believe that Peretz?s appointment is not Olmert?s only serious mistake.), 5/7/2006, 9:15 PM

No Peace, No Money

Hamas campaigned on a platform of destroying Israel, maintained its position to destroy Israel when it was elected to control a majority of parliamentary seats and refuses to budge from this position., 2/28/2006, 1:54 PM

A Declaration of War

The Palestinian people declared war on Israel. , 2/9/2006, 11:53 PM

Paris Hypocrisy Can Burn You Up

Finally, France and other nations can show Israel how it is done. That is, controlling anarchy that could paralyze a given country. , 11/13/2005, 9:40 PM

Temple Tantrum

Gazans wasted little time after Israeli troops exited the settlements to descend upon them and wreck the synagogues. It was their way of kicking the Jewish people in the teeth., 10/31/2005, 11:32 PM

The Commission of PBS Omissions

The PBS documentary, called <I>Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs</I>, offers a reasonably decent recounting of the conflict in Israel. However, in its attempt to educate viewers, PBS omits details that would have added depth and context., 10/16/2005, 1:55 PM

Why Should Israel Deal With Arabs Now?

If Israel still talks to the Authority, it needs to think very carefully about allowing access from Gaza into Israel. They can sneak many of the weapons that they smuggled from Egypt in the past week into Israel at a later date., 9/18/2005, 10:29 PM

Time to Reflect, Not to Celebrate

The Palestinians in Gaza are sending Israel this message: they need Israel and they do not sound willing to reciprocate., 8/28/2005, 2:58 PM

Keep Israeli Troops in Gaza?

The evacuated settlement regions will end up in a state of chaos once the settlers leave Gaza and the four settlements in the northern West Bank. That, of course, begs this question: What should be done about it?, 7/25/2005, 5:38 PM

Getting What Arabs Wish For

Once upon a time, Egypt wanted Gaza back. Twice, in fact. Jordan sought the return of the West Bank and Syria has demanded the Golan Heights. The Palestinians have long clamored for both Gaza and the West Bank so as to establish an independent state., 7/11/2005, 10:01 PM

Arab Marbles

Abbas and his people stalked out upset that they got nothing they wanted after the Israeli prime minister told them they must disarm all terrorists. They likewise accused US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of coming up short in the goodies department., 6/26/2005, 7:51 PM

Stop the Nonsense

Mahmoud Abbas is half right. It was partly Israel's fault. Abbas and I reach roughly the same conclusion - for different reasons, of course., 6/12/2005, 2:47 PM

Arab Thirst for Power

Mahmoud Abbas is fast becoming the Donald Trump of the Middle East. With each security breakdown, he fires someone., 4/11/2005, 7:52 PM

Let the Arabs Pay for Aid

Hannah Rosenthal is one American Jewish leader with whom I would agree far more than Morton Klein, but on one issue I could be identified to the right of Klein: the question of United States aid to the Palestinian Authority., 3/29/2005, 11:38 PM

Acts of War

Why should Israel bother pursuing a diplomatic relationship with the "Palestinians?" It is getting tougher to find a reason., 3/21/2005, 11:03 PM

Bad Omens

Now, after Israel releases 500 Arabs from its prisons, their thanks is the prospective executions of 15 charged with collaborating with Israel. The top Islamic authority approved death sentences of these defendants, the <I>Post</I> reported., 3/13/2005, 7:29 PM

They Cannot Bring Them Back

Raanan Gissin, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, worded it better than any of us could: "Condemnations and excuses aren't going to bring back the dead or heal the wounded.", 3/2/2005, 9:07 PM

Cutting This Peace Process to Pieces

As I perused some post-summit articles this past week, I wondered if rebuilding a relationship with the Palestinians is worth Israel's while., 2/21/2005, 10:12 PM

Down Memory Lane in Munich

Ah, and one writer became wistful about the good ol' days when it was far easier to murder Jews in a foreign land. To wit (or nitwit): "Remember when Black September shot up the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany?", 2/14/2005, 10:58 PM

Arafat's 'Apartheid' Lie

"We put an offer on the table," the former Israeli prime minister said. "The Palestinians could get a Palestinian state, contiguous, and 90 percent-plus.", 2/6/2005, 7:53 PM

Abbas Talks, Jews Die

Perhaps Abbas never approved of any of this violence. Or he genuinely changed his attitude. Maybe he is now lying about his public stance against attacks on Israelis. I can't read his mind, and it seems futile to try., 1/17/2005, 8:22 PM

A Tsunami of Arab Neglect

Saudi Arabia and company probably could have solved the entire refugee problem in Gaza and the West Bank long ago, if they were willing to spend their billions on their so-called brethren., 1/5/2005, 5:44 PM

Back Up, Abbas

Any issue can be placed on the table, but the necessity for each proposal must be justified and the proposing party must prove they can fulfill their obligations. As a prime example, Palestinian negotiators must explain why they need an independent state and demonstrate how they will operate such a state in a peaceful and responsive manner., 12/26/2004, 6:50 PM

Basking in Brutality

Their mindset makes one wonder. They are so proud of murdering people. They took this opportunity to bask in their brutality., 12/15/2004, 11:30 PM

A Dangerous Game

The diplomatic dance between Israel and the Arabs is showing greater signs of risk., 11/29/2004, 7:18 PM

Games the <I>Times</I> Plays

A <I>New York Times</I> editorial writer proves to be schooled in baseball and perhaps train travel, but s/he needs to bone up on the Israel-Palestinian conflict., 11/21/2004, 6:16 PM

No Right of Return for Arafat

"I appreciate that." - President George Bush, after being told of Yasser Arafat's reported death at a news conference., 11/8/2004, 6:43 PM

The Edge of Yasser

Alas, Yasser once again put his bad manners on display for the world to watch. He could not die quickly and quietly. He insists on dragging out his death., 11/1/2004, 8:30 PM

Israeli Defense After Pullout

If current Israeli military commanders fought the Indians in the Wild West, they would have balked at the notion of scrambling behind the fort to protect the soldiers, ranchers and farmers., 10/26/2004, 11:15 PM

Arabs Wanted a War

Hansen, who heads the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, is right about one thing. Those deaths were "horrific." In fact, what happened was sickening. Two of the girls were 10 years old - my niece's age - and the third was 13 years old., 10/18/2004, 9:28 PM

Disinvesting in Sensitivity

Those Presbyterians and Episcopalians might as well have kicked and beaten their mutual victim to a pulp while they were at it., 10/10/2004, 5:34 PM

1,000 Israeli Deaths

waited with anxiety the past few weeks for this tragic, sobering moment since I checked the Israel Defense Forces Web site, which as of September 13 reported that 989 Israelis died in the last four years. Eleven Israeli civilians and soldiers were killed during the last two weeks in six attacks - four in Gaza, one in Jerusalem and one in the border town of S'derot., 10/3/2004, 10:38 PM

Arab Hypocrisy

Whenever I hear someone assail Israeli policies, I am tempted to ask: "Where were you four years ago when this senseless war started, daddy? Perhaps you would dispute the claim that the Palestinians initiated this conflict, but did you make any effort to end it when it was building up? Did you speak out against it then?", 9/27/2004, 10:15 PM

Arab Barrier to Barrier

Had Israel built its barrier along the unofficial border between pre-1967 Israel and the West Bank, Arabs would have had absolutely no case against the barrier. Or would they?, 9/8/2004, 11:54 PM

The Mensch and the Maniac

Dueling words between a Jew and an Arab generated by the Beersheba genocide bombings distinguish one mindset from the other., 9/3/2004, 12:25 AM

Another Day, Another Outrage

"This area here, it's an empire of lies. It's an empire of lies. They look into your eyes and lie. It's very hard for you to understand. It's very hard for us to understand. But that is the situation here. Therefore, you have to be careful. Here, in this region here, declarations, speeches, words, are worthless.", 8/22/2004, 6:13 PM

Death of Media Perspective

Even the <I>Post</I> makes mistakes, and on Thursday (August 12) a television reviewer slipped in some passages in a review of a television documentary on Gaza that are at best patronizing and disingenuous., 8/15/2004, 6:47 PM

How the Barrier Threatens Arabs

It does not make sense for the Arabs to obediently abide by the barrier no matter where it is built. It threatens them in two ways., 8/3/2004, 7:58 PM

Gaza Turmoil: Ground Rules for a State

Israelis must now be asking: Would you trust these idiots to run an independent Palestinian state? We should all be posing questions about the Palestinians' ability to govern when they cannot run what they now have. Some Palestinians are wondering same., 7/25/2004, 10:04 PM

Collaborator Killings Are War Crimes

Mohammed Rafiq Daraghmeh molested both his daughters. "What should his sentence be?" asked a gunman as he turned to a crowd of 500 watching Daraghmeh's street trial in the West Bank town of Qabatiya., 7/12/2004, 7:31 PM

'Right to Resist' Afik's 'Brutal Occupation'

If history is any guide, O'Keefe will call the murders of Afik Zahavi and Mordechai Yosefov "the Palestinians' right to resist"., 6/30/2004, 11:30 PM

The Case Against Rachel Corrie

Maybe, just maybe, Rachel Corrie knowingly aided and abetted cold-blooded murderers. Many of you will probably call me naive and roll over having belly-laughs. It took me long enough, right?, 5/30/2004, 5:06 PM

From Jenin to Rafah

Maybe the politicized assault over Israel's operation in Rafah reminds you of another event: Jenin., 5/20/2004, 10:08 PM

Betraying a Sacred Cause

An intriguing choice: Let's see. Shall I take $50 from the Israelis to snitch on my brethren or martyr myself for Allah and pleasure myself with 72 virgins?, 5/6/2004, 1:12 AM

Images From the New Jewish Holiday

After creating a new Jewish holiday last Monday, March 22, the Israeli government may want to bide its time before creating yet another Jewish holiday at the expense of Abdel Aziz Rantisi. It is not that he deserves to die of old age, but this guy promises to be a walking public-relations disaster. He has had an awful week in the perception war due to a combination of his own bumbling, poor luck, , 3/29/2004, 7:38 PM

Touching a Nerve

It is approaching two years since the great Jenin "massacre." The "apartheid wall" is on trial and on Ash Wednesday, Israel committed the notorious Ramallah "armed robbery." Of course, these are terms used by Arabs and their supporters., 3/1/2004, 5:12 PM

Suha Watch: Mad Cow Sleaze

The combination of Suha's physical appearance and choice in men brings two words to mind: mad cow. Yeah, I'll concede that's a sexist term, but how could I resist applying it to her? Long overdue, Suha is being subjected to a money-laundering investigation ? part of four developments that expose just how sleazy the Palestinian leadership can be. More importantly, these events raise serious questio, 2/19/2004, 7:02 PM

Arab Arrogance

Soon after the current war began, I cringed when I heard suggestions from hardliners that Israel should just fight it out with the Palestinians and, if need be, the rest of the Arab world once and for all. That approach still seems out of line, but after three-and-a-quarter years of hearing constant news of my brethren being murdered, that approach is no longer out of mind. It is an idea worth hol, 2/13/2004, 2:29 AM

Warped Warriors

That a Palestinian policeman could obtain 15 pounds of explosives almost at the spur of the moment speaks volumes of three critical elements of the Palestinians' thinking process (an oxymoron, to be sure): It amounts to a military operation that is probably systematically organized; killing Jews takes priority over feeding their own children; and, at the least, some Palestinian police have warped , 2/2/2004, 6:31 PM

Two Women: Bloody Mama, A Touch of Class

The contrasting lives of Reem Saleh Riyashi and Irshad Manji inspired this writer to get carried away inserting three movie titles in one headline. , 1/25/2004, 5:19 PM

Make Syria an Offer It Cannot Refuse

This is quite the opportune time to make a deal with Syria. , 1/18/2004, 6:35 PM

Seeking Logic Among Arabs? Don?t Read This

All logic ends here. What logic is there when a British subject injects himself into the middle of a war zone thousands of miles from home? Or when athletes champion war? Or when student political candidates brag about the number of innocents they killed?, 1/12/2004, 6:26 PM

Us ?Subhumans? Are Still Helping Iran

The United States should revoke its aid to Iran so long as its leadership rejects Israel?s aid., 1/2/2004, 12:32 AM

Hoodlums on the Temple Mount

Another new low in the Palestinian struggle: A Muslim gets roughed up when he attempts to pray inside Jerusalem?s al-Aqsa Mosque., 12/24/2003, 9:39 PM

Arab Honor Thwarts Peace

To all my detractors: Curse be upon thy mustache! So there., 12/17/2003, 5:03 PM