Why Olmert Must GoIsraeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert must go. He is endangering the security of Israel and he now poses a serious liability to American security, as well.
How the Media Enable TerrorismA major segment of the global media is behaving in a manner that makes terrorism and mass killings more likely rather than less likely. They enable and encourage terrorist slaughter of innocents by providing a propaganda bonanza for the terrorist cause. Without the gain, there would be less incentive for the horrific behavior.
Neutralize the Arab Oil WeaponIt is increasingly urgent to find alternatives to fossil fuels and shift the advantage away from rogue regimes that threaten Israel and the West.
George Bush's Diplomatic AmbiguitiesThe majority of the Palestinian Arabs voted for Hamas and the Bush administration acts surprised and shocked. They denounce Hamas and are squirming to find ways to still proceed with a fictional "peace process" based on an ill-conceived scheme called the Roadmap.
Spielberg's Munich and Me - Part IIThe Middle East has a long and complex history, and moviegoers with little knowledge of that history will drift even further into Hollywood fantasy than they did when they sat through <I>E.T.</I>
Spielberg's Munich and Me - Part II didn't go to Munich, but I spent years training with the athletes who did go. We developed a close camaraderie, as people do at training camps where tensions and hopes are high. I knew each one of them personally. They were my friends.
American Jewish Leaders Betray Gaza's JewsThe majority of American Jewish leaders should be held accountable for gross misconduct, because their callous indifference to human suffering and injustice now amounts to criminal negligence.
What Price Peace?Israel cannot afford to ever lose a war. National extinction is a distinct possibility. The American government claims to stand for freedom, democracy, and justice and it posits itself as the model of such to other nations. Should Israel therefore look to the example of America's <I>successful</I> war strategies in deciding her defense policy?
Enslaved by Oil and the Jewish Problem - Part IIAmerican Jews, in general, have a dual responsibility to help achieve energy independence from fossil fuels: 1) as Americans, achieving energy independence is obviously in the national interest; 2) as Jews, it is also important for Israel's security, which suffers because oil affords her Arab enemies political and economic advantages.
Jewish Leaders Need to LeadAmerican Jews have special vulnerabilities in a terror attack. They comprise less than 2% of the American population and are mostly concentrated in major urban areas, which have already been cited as prime targets for attack.
Why Are We Jews So Self-Destructive?Why do so many members of Israel's elite ruling classes - the politicians, the journalists, the academic "experts", the legal and police establishments, even some senior officers of the army - support unilateral Israeli concessions to a treacherous and ruthless enemy in the first place?
To Trigger an Avalanche - Part IIOne nagging question is: how can Ariel Sharon, the great patriot and hawkish warrior, do this? How could he now go against everything he has advocated all his life?
To Trigger an Avalanche - Part IAriel Sharon's Gaza disengagement scheme is being hailed by George Bush, Sharon and the major media as a step towards peace and security. A closer examination will show instead that it is an egregious violation of human rights, an illegal action, and a major setback in the war against terror....
What's Really Behind the FBI's Investigation of AIPAC?What will the AIPAC case mean for Israel? AIPAC has been the main advocate for Israel?s interests with Congress and successive administrations in Washington for more than a generation. If Israel?s principal American advocates in Washington are branded as Israeli spies, American friendship with Israel will be severely strained.
Nagging Questions About the War in IraqThere is also the Syrian question. Multiple reports described a convoy of trucks moving materials at night from Iraq to neighboring Syria shortly prior to the start of the war...including specific storage locations in the Bekka Valley where these materials were buried along with special military protection.
Could Iran Checkmate America?They are raising the stakes to the limit and daring us to take them on, apparently believing that we will blink first. What do we do now and how big a price can we afford to pay?
George Bush's RoadmapIt is with heavy heart that it has become necessary to document the actions of a US president we had supported and believed in. His actions are a betrayal of our most loyal ally and are endangering the security of the state of Israel.
Nuclear IranThe Iranian mullahs are intractable in their all-out push to achieve nuclear weapons as soon as possible. They cunningly toy with the West, while cynically insisting that their nuclear program is intended to only produce peaceful nuclear energy.
Israel in Retreat - Part IIWhy is Israel's government behaving in this craven and self-destructive fashion? Why is it appeasing terrorists while oppressing its own people?
Israel in Retreat - Part IThe much-ballyhooed "summit" between Sharon and Abbas in Sharm El-Sheikh earlier this month broke up without a joint declaration, a joint press conference -- or a promise from Abbas to do anything at all to stop terrorist aggression.
The Bitter Fruits of AppeasementWe can now look back over the last century with the benefit of hindsight and consider just what we have achieved with international appeasement and timidity. Many threats we face today have origins that can be linked back in time to decisions that were made many decades ago.
Sharon - An Israeli King Lear?What Sharon deceptively calls "disengagement" in Gaza is nothing less than self-administered ethnic cleansing against 8,000 civilian residents legally residing in part of historic Israel.
The Chomsky File - Part III[It] is hard to see how so many anti-Semitic and extreme-right-wing organizations... could be disseminating Chomsky's writings and speeches without his consent. And why would he give his consent to anti-Semites' exploiting his reputation and respectability in liberal and academic circles to legitimate themselves by association?
The Chomsky File - Part IIAt the same time that Chomsky began making public statements on behalf of Robert Faurisson, he assigned publication rights for the French edition of his book... to Guillaume and Thion. This saved them from bankruptcy and gave them the money to publish their Holocaust-denying pal Faurisson's scholarly masterpieces.
The Chomsky File - Part IChomsky repeats every distortion and libel directed against the Jewish state that has appeared in Arab, Western and "pro-peace" Israeli publications, to which he adds some conspiracy theories of his own devising.
<I>Judenrein</I> Comes to IsraelTwo expressions from World War II are coming back to haunt the Jews of Israel. One expression is <I>Judenrein</I> and the other is "I was just following orders." Some historical perspective is in order.
The Failure to Replace the Six MillionFollowing World War II, there were about six million Jews in America. If they had simply increased at a modest 1.5% per year (the same growth rate as Israeli Jews), those six million, from 1945 to 2004, would have grown to become 14 million. That is without any additional effort at replacing those lost in World War II.
Jewish Anti-Semitism - Part IIA recent political attack on Israel by Hedy Epstein, a 79-year-old Holocaust survivor, seemed to follow a suspiciously familiar script. After first claiming Holocaust survivor status, and after a perfunctory acknowledgement of Jewish victims, she then launched her attack.
Jewish Anti-Semitism - Part IThe existence of "black sheep" in families is not all that unusual. What stands out among various ethnic groups is the unique degree of malevolence exhibited by the Jewish black sheep against their fellow Jews, which would then qualify them as Jewish anti-Semites. Simply having Jewish ancestors is no obstacle to being an anti-Semite.
The "Occupied Territories" - Part IIThe Jews revolted against harsh Roman rule and were defeated, after a long and brutal war. As punishment, the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and renamed that city Aelia Capitolina and renamed the land from Provincia Judea to Provincia Philistia/Palaistina in an attempt to erase even Jewish history. No Arabs were involved in this action.
The "Occupied Territories" - Part IThe phrase "occupied territories" has come to mean only one particular place in the entire world - namely Gaza and Judea/Samaria (i.e., the West Bank). ...Many view this "occupation" as a crime, so heinous that it exceeds all others in the world, and that it justifies the barbaric murder of Jewish men women and children.
A Closer Look at EgyptIn return for these huge rewards, Egypt committed to implement its peace treaty with Israel and to normalize relations. Egypt never fulfilled its commitments. It blocked Egyptians from visiting Israel, limited trade, blocked cultural exchanges and maintained extreme anti-Israel and anti-Jewish propaganda in the government-controlled media. A few years ago, Egypt withdrew its ambassador to Israel i
The US is Not Really Fighting TerrorismClaims that America is engaged in a total war against terrorism are greatly exaggerated. President George Bush cannot selectively fight some terrorists, while ignoring or even supporting other kinds of terrorists, and still claim to be fighting a War on Terror.
The Dog That Didn't BarkWe observe that when Israel defends itself, the Administration is very capable of promptly barking its disapproval. For example, when Israeli forces entered Judea and Samaria to root out terrorist murderers, Colin Powell had no trouble barking at Israel in a nasty manner for them to get out and be quick about it; and such outbursts also carry an implied threat.
A Win-Win Solution - Part IIIWhat remains now is for all parties to courageously and boldly cast off the mindless schemes of Oslo and the Road Map and return to the sanity and statesmanship of the 1919 agreement. Those Arabs who have an acquired identity as 'Palestinian' should be given a far better alternative option than to be buried alive inside a non-viable, illegal micro-state carved out of the Israeli heartland.
A Win-Win Solution - Part IIA far-sighted Arab-Jewish agreement was arrived at 85 years ago, but was never fully implemented. This still-legal agreement provides the basis for a solution today and should become widely publicized and supported.
A Win-Win Solution - Part IA true solution to the Arab-Israel conflict requires confronting two fundamental issues: 1. Current proposals, including the Road Map, are totally unworkable and should be abandoned; 2. An entirely fresh approach is required that is free of imposed constraints. The purpose of this essay is first to briefly challenge the entrenched mindset and then advance a win-win solution for both Jews and Arabs
Don't Push Israel Too FarPopular wisdom has conditioned us to expect endless Israeli restraint in the face of the most extreme barbarism aimed at Israel's ultimate annihilation. Past instances of restraint brought no tangible support or benefits from world opinion, and even a measured Israeli response to mass murder of their innocent civilians has Colin Powell barking at Israel, while other voices express outrage that Isr
Pressuring IsraelThe modern state of Israel has always been on the receiving end of pressure from its closest ally. Even before Israel had declared its independence in 1948, it had to endure relentless pressure from President Truman and Secretary of State George Marshall to renounce independent nationhood and submit to a United Nations trusteeship.
The Blessing and the CurseGenesis 12:3 in the Hebrew Bible contains a brief statement by the G-d of Israel: "I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and all the families of the earth shall bless themselves by you." This brief statement has profound meaning today for the Jewish Nation and for humanity in general.
The UN is a Failed OrganizationThe United Nations recently passed another blatantly anti-Israel resolution in support of extremist Arab Palestinian claims. There is no longer any point in entering into any serious dialogue with this organization.
Target: ArafatIf perchance Mr. Peres is not aware that Arafat is the main driver of Palestinian terrorism, then he should read what Farouk Kaddoumi, the PLO's hard-line "foreign minister", had to say on April 22, 2004. In an interview with the Jordanian newspaper <I>Al-Arab</I> (as reported by the <I>Jerusalem Post</I>), Kaddoumi said that Arafat means 'armed' when he says 'struggle'.
The Islamic HydraDay after day, fanatic Arab Muslims murder "the infidels" and proudly profess their noble goal of spreading Islam and ruling the world. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, now -- perhaps hundreds of millions later -- are driven by this ideology. Could a world-wide Islamic hegemony usher in peace and prosperity?
Islam Plays for KeepsBush and Rumsfeld are indeed fighting the same war. Rumsfeld suggests the need to use invasive therapy to root out that enemy; Bush wants to "inoculate" Iraqi society with a healthy dose of preventative medicine: democracy.
"Expert" Takes Us All for FoolsWell, Mr. Thomas Friedman, I shall not mince words either. American policy is not "insane," but your flawed observations and analyses are. From your first assertion that the Palestinians are "gripped by a collective madness" causing them to "commit suicide", to your cure-all suggestion that an Israel reduced to a nine-mile wide strip will be a more defensible Israel, you have shown yourself to be
<i>Judenrein</i> Palestine?Why is it that people are proposing a Middle East peace plan that will make Judea and Samaria <i>Judenrein</i> (the Nazi term for a place with no Jews)?
Peres Cross-ExaminedI was there when former Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres spoke at the UCLA campus on October 14 as part of his national tour.
History?s Road MapThe defeat of Saddam Hussein?s regime presents the opportunity to reconfigure the Middle East. However, President Bush?s vision of both Iraq and a Palestinian state living in peace with Israel is doomed, because it ignores historical, religious and ethnic factors.
Does CAIR Really Care?In late July I contacted Mr. Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman and director of communications at the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). When he returned my call, he presented his point of view about the Arab-Israeli conflict and militant Islam. When I reminded him about CAIR's record of openly supporting Hamas, Hizbullah and other organizations deemed by the government to be terrorists, he repl
The Prerequisite to PeacePursuing peace through a mechanism like the Quartet's "Road Map" is doomed to failure. The Middle East conflict will only be resolved when all terrorist Islamist factions in the Arab states and elsewhere are expunged, and when the Arab world embraces democracy and accepts Israel as a Jewish, democratic state.
The Holy Land, Shared With Terrorists?The gravest enemy threatening democracy and world peace today is militant Islam ? the convergence of fundamentalist Islam and terrorism. Its breeding ground is in the madrasses (Islamic schools), mosques, and camps sponsored by Arab leaders, and it seeks world dominance.
A Road Map Through JordanThe creation of a second Arab/Palestinian state, run by the terrorist PLO, will cause a humanitarian crisis and economic disaster for both Jordan and Israel. If we are ever to achieve peace between Israel and the Arabs, we must know history and face reality: the Arab people who live in what is now Israel ? including Judea, Samaria, and Gaza ? and Jordan are one people.
Stick By Your GunsObviously, we can't even contemplate the next step until terrorism is destroyed. In addition, the creation of a 23rd Arab state as the resolution of the Israeli-Arab conflict ignores the potential that it will be a terrorist state; therefore, every means must be employed to insure that it is a democratic society, as president Bush enunciated. If not, Israel and the West will not be able to achieve