Israelis capable of fighting back without U.S. aid

Freedom New Mexico The ferocity of the Israeli response to continuous rocket fire into its territory from Gaza was designed to send Hamas and, indeed, the world a message. The question, of course, is what that message may be, especially given that the scale of the campaign, which could last for months, is quite obviously […]

Uncle Sam’s helping hand not needed

In the last few weeks some tentative moves toward resolving, or at least reducing, ongoing conflicts in the Middle East have taken place. The remarkable and remarkably important fact about all of them is that the United States has played virtually no role in any of them. Israel and the Islamist group Hamas that controls […]

Palestinian-Israeli peace long way off despite talks

By Freedom New Mexico Considering the discouraging history and circumstances, it was an accomplishment to get representatives from 40 countries, including most of the relevant Arab nations, to sit down for a day just to talk about the possibility of a Palestinian-Israeli settlement. And if the real point was to use the meeting to give […]

Neighbors fear Gaza Strip after Hamas takeover

Freedom Newspapers There are losers all around the Middle East, and most decidedly in Washington, in the virtually complete takeover of the Gaza Strip by the militant Islamist faction Hamas. But the residents of that unhappy territory will suffer the most. A little more than a month ago, before the fierce fighting of the past […]

U.S. would do well to stay out of armed standoff

Freedom Newspapers A few weeks ago, 19-year-old Gilad Shalit, a corporal in the Israeli Defense Forces, was an individual like the rest of us, with strengths, weaknesses and foibles. Now he has become a symbol. And whatever faint hopes might have existed for a relatively peaceful end to the armed standoff between Israelis and Palestinians […]

Israel, Palestine have opportunity for some peace

Freedom Newspapers R ecently we have been skeptical of the prospect — trumpeted in some quarters — that the death of Yasser Arafat and the election of his longtime aide Mahmoud Abbas was likely to create a significant opportunity for a useful Palestinian-Israeli “peace process” to begin. Well, when it comes to this issue skepticism […]

Intense protests prove problems far from resolved

Freedom Editorial In a country of about 6 million people, 100,000 protesters or so (estimates ranged from 70,000 to 150,000) are hardly a majority. But in politics intensity can count for as much or more than sheer numbers. Those who joined hands to protest against a plan to withdraw Israeli settlements from Gaza constitute more […]

Bush’s best strategy for Israel/Palestine is non-intervention

Freedom Newspapers Has American approval become the kiss of death for Israeli politicians? Is there a chance American politicians will take a second look and pull back a bit from involvement in Israeli politics? Back in 2000, former President Clinton was on the verge of writing position papers for former Laborite Israeli Prime Minister Ehud […]