Hanukkah: Celebration of freedom

Freedom New Mexico Observant Jews around the world began the celebration of Hanukkah, a festival of lights, on Wednesday. It was instituted to celebrate the liberation of Israel from domination by the Syrian Seleucid empire, which sought to suppress the traditional Hebrew religion by law and violence. It is thus a celebration of religious freedom, […]

University right to suspend student group

Officials at the University of California- Irvine have made the right decision when they recommended suspending the UCI Muslim Student Union for one year. This was for disrupting a campus speech by Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, in February. UCI’s Muslim Student Union, at the center of a number of political controversies in […]

Israel should consider bribes as peace option

Freedom Newspapers Our position on the situation between Israel and the Palestinians long has been that the United States should leave the matter to the two parties. If that happened, then Israelis and Palestinians would have to deal with one another without the meddling of Washington, possibly bringing about an agreement. We also long have […]

Israel-Palestine relations not U.S. concern

Freedom New Mexico The United States and Israel are said to be trying to dial back a sense of mutual outrage that has developed over the blindsiding of Vice President Joe Biden last week in Israel, followed by complaints from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, press secretary Robert Gibbs and presidential counselor David Axelrod, expressing […]

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 […]

Israel achieves much growth in 60 years

Freedom New Mexico On May 14, 1948, the state of Israel was recognized by the United Nations and almost immediately thereafter by the United States. The infant Jewish state was almost immediately invaded by its Arab neighbors, who figured they would nip this “ancestral homeland” nonsense in the bud, but improbably Israel prevailed. The country […]

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 […]

Israel, Palestine won’t reach peace on outside pressure alone

After years of dormancy, moves toward a peace settlement between Israel and Palestine are appearing on several fronts. The Iraq Study Group report contends that an Israeli-Palestinian settlement is essential to a reasonable outcome in Iraq, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has traveled to the region and vowed to step up support for Palestinian […]

Hanukkah history pertinent lesson

By Freedom Newspapers Jews throughout the world have begun the celebration of Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights that commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after Israel regained its independence from the Seleucid or Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C. After Alexander the Great died, the empire he conquered was divided among his generals, […]

Carter not reliable historical source

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Having scolded the Western world for its “inordinate fear of communism,” Jimmy Carter is now, 30 years later, attempting to legitimize the shameful Zionism Equals Racism resolution passed and later repealed by the United Nations. The man has a seemingly unerring instinct for error. “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” is touted […]

Report’s depiction of Iran unrealistic

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Recommendation 16 of the Iraq Study Group’s report calls upon Syria to agree to a peace deal with Israel in return for the Golan Heights. It further suggests that Syria be persuaded to end its interference in Lebanon, cease aiding Hezbollah, convince Hamas to recognize Israel’s right to exist, and […]

Enemy not afraid of death hard to battle

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist When Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert addressed the Knesset and claimed victory against Hezbollah, some members of the body audibly scoffed, reports WorldNetDaily.com. Israel’s tentative military campaign, Olmert asserted, “changed the strategic balance in the region.” Well, he’s right about that part. By failing to crush Hezbollah, as 90 percent […]

Peaceful solution rarely achieved by use of force

By Freedom Newspapers After a brief interlude when the United States took a hands-off position toward the fighting in Lebanon, the United States has teamed up with France to offer a cease-fire resolution in the U.N. Security Council. Because of opposition from Lebanon and other Arab states the resolution is unlikely to succeed. And even […]

Hollywood weighs in on Mel Gibson

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Someone suggested to me the morning after Mel Gibson’s thunderclap that his career was over. Ha! Far from it. This is the start of a whole new gig. If Gibson had used the N word, or defamed feminists, or praised George W. Bush, he might be in serious trouble. Those […]

Middle East situation requires understanding

Freedom Newspapers The images of death and devastation are so appalling, the destruction seems so senseless. It is not difficult to understand the emotional impulse behind the call for the United States to “do something” about the fighting between Israel and the forces of Hezbollah, the jihadist group that effectively controls southern Lebanon. Surely the […]

Attacks on Israel continue without end

By Mona Charen: syndicated columnist “Israel believes this threat is existential,” explained a clearly dubious former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia Richard Murphy. Well, how could they think that? (And by the way, all former ambassadors, especially those who served in Saudi Arabia and now serve as advisers to Saudi banks, should be taken with […]

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 […]

Mideast democracy has its peculiarities

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist In Israel and the Palestinian territories, two new governments are taking shape. The Kadima Party, which will (just barely) head Israel’s new coalition government, seeks simply to separate and insulate Israel from the homicidal intentions of its Palestinian neighbors. On the other side of the fence, Hamas is settling into […]

Israeli elections may lead to near stability in region

Freedom Newspapers The results of the latest parliamentary election in Israel look like a jumbled mess, but it’s just possible they reflect an interesting consensus on the next phase of Israeli relations with the Palestinian territories. At the moment that translates into almost no relations, leading to outright separation. But that might be the closest […]