Ted Belman

In Support of Disengagement

Regardless of whether the letter from President George Bush stakes new ground or is bankable, the withdrawal of settlements in Gaza is a good thing in and of itself. I don't care whether Hamas tries to make hay out of it. , 4/18/2004, 5:24 PM

Don't Take Orders, Take Charge

Israel has no choice but to get off the Road and end the peace process. Everyone agrees that Israel has no partner in the peace process, so in effect there is no peace process. It is time for unilateral moves by Israel not only in relation to the Palestinians, but also in relation to the US., 3/29/2004, 7:28 PM

Hang Tough

[N]ow is not the time for Israel to turn tail. Bush is in no mood for the further weakening of the coalition. My guess is that for this reason alone the US will not agree to the Gaza disengagement., 3/22/2004, 10:05 PM

International Relations 101

Israel's best friend, the US has always played a double game. Her core interest in the relationship is oil. She keeps Israel strong enough to make the Arabs come to her for help in curbing Israel or getting the return of land, yet keeps Israel weak enough that it too would be in constant need of the US. Restraining Israel or forcing Israel to make concessions allows the US to gain headway with t, 3/15/2004, 5:01 PM

Socrates' Cave

And so, both the US and Israel pay homage to the Roadmap, which in turn, pays homage to the Oslo Accords. The Oslo Accords were based on the premise that an entity, the Palestinian Authority, must be created in order to have someone to negotiate with. It was thought that it wasn't enough to have the PA represent the Arabs in <i>Yesha</i> only, but that it should also represent the Arab refugees , 2/25/2004, 9:28 PM

Sharon is a Lame Duck Prime Minister

When Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced his Disengagement Plan, I jumped on his bandwagon., 2/17/2004, 7:01 PM

Elon?s Plan Should Be Israel?s Plan

America?s greatest difficulty with such a plan is the possibility that the Palestinians will take control of Jordan, democratically or otherwise., 1/18/2004, 7:18 PM

In Defense of Ariel Sharon

The Left attacks Prime Minister Ariel Sharon saying he doesn?t mean what he says or that he hasn?t brought security, as he promised. The Right attacks him for being a lackey of George Bush or for not defeating terrorism once and for all or for abandoning some settlements, which he himself was instrumental in creating. The Right goes so far as to suggest that his policies are based on an attempt to, 1/13/2004, 6:31 PM

When Push Comes to Shove

Imagine, if you will, a major assault upon the fence by 10,000 unarmed protestors over a distance of 100 miles, with the intent of destroying the fence. What should the rules of engagement say then? For Israel to allow the fence to be destroyed would be a major setback both militarily and psychologically. , 1/2/2004, 12:34 AM

What?s More Credible?

I believe that they have right on their side in taking this position, but they cannot make it happen given the opposition of the Quartet and given the resistance of the Jews, whether in Israel or in the Diaspora, to this solution., 12/26/2003, 10:38 AM

Sharon?s Strategy and Why I Support It

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon starts with the premise that Arab rejectionism is the problem and that an acceptable end-of-conflict agreement is not achievable for decades. Thus, he favours an interim solution by agreement if possible, unilaterally imposed, if necessary., 12/21/2003, 4:55 PM

No Choice But a Unilateral Solution

Israel can argue ?til it?s blue in the face that she is entitled to all or part of Judea and Samaria, but no one cares. Israel can offer more and more concessions to the Palestinians ?til the cows come home, but they won?t get Israel a meaningful end-of-conflict agreement. Israel can continue to ?work? with the US ad infinitum, in the hope the US will work with her, but that is not likely. The who, 12/16/2003, 6:02 PM

It?s All About Oil

The oil embargo of the seventies, initiated by the newly formed OPEC headed by Saudi Arabia, accomplished three things; it scared the hell out of the US, it lifted the Arabs out of a defeatist malaise and it started the beginning of the end for the Arab regimes., 11/26/2003, 6:06 PM

From Security to Rights

It is very clear to students of the Middle East that the Quartet has decided that the Saudi Peace Plan is the object of all processes put forward. This plan provides for 1948 borders, with negotiated trades of some land and a shared Jerusalem. The Plan itself doesn?t require the Right of Return, but the endorsement of it by the Arab League does. The West wasn?t ready to kill the Right of Return, s, 11/20/2003, 9:39 PM

Who?s Being Realistic?

Any discussion of borders should start with the Torah, wherein the land, including what is now Jordan, was promised by God to the Israelites., 11/6/2003, 5:54 PM

The Cart Before the Horse

The entire world has bought into the idea that peace depends on Israel making concessions. This is based on two notions; namely, that Israel is usurping Palestinian rights to the territories, to Jerusalem and even to the refugee "homes" in Israel itself; and, secondly, that it is in the self-interest of each nation to curry favour with the Arabs (<I>protexia</i>, if you will). , 7/16/2003, 10:07 PM

The Handwriting on the Wall

Bit by bit, step by the step, the plan to which Sharon has agreed is unfolding. , 6/23/2003, 6:28 PM