Disruptive protests hurt student’s cause

The campus at the University of California-Irvine has become a hotbed of tension between Muslim and Jewish students, divided along the always-contentious debate surrounding Israel and Palestine. The latest major incident occurred Feb. 8, when a raucous group of 11 students, mostly from UCI and including the president of the UCI Muslim Student Association, repeatedly […]

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 […]

Crisis can’t be resolved with meeting alone

Editorial It seems as if every American president has to make one last, desperate attempt to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, and it’s easy to see why. Former President Carter has been using those Camp David meetings that eventually led to a peace — it turned out to be a “cold peace,” but at least it’s […]

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 […]

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Carter is now, 30 years later, attempting to legitimize the shameful Zionism Equals Racism resolution passed and later repealed by the United Nations.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 […]

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 […]

God’s punishing hand recurrent Robertson theme

Freedom Newspapers The stroke that laid Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon low is a medical condition; a cranial injury inflicted by hemorrhaging following a vascular rupture. Some have speculated that a blood-thinning medication Sharon had been taking as a preventative measure may have exacerbated the damage he suffered by increasing the flow of the hemorrhage. […]

U.S. should not interfere, but watch Israeli politics

Freedom Newspapers The human impulse is to hope that he survives and has years of restful peace remaining. Whether that happens or not, however, the serious stroke suffered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is likely to be a setback to hopes for Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation. And for a time, at least, it will throw Israeli […]

World opinion no reason to halt war

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Apparently eager to disprove the Jewish reputation for intelligence, the Union for Reform Judaism recently adopted a resolution condemning the Iraq War and demanding that President Bush provide “a clear exit strategy,” including a plan for troop withdrawals. In a letter to President Bush alerting him to the URJ’s action, […]

Twelve-year-old’s death a damnable lie

Mona Charen The image has achieved iconic status: 12-year-old Muhammad al-Dura crouching behind a concrete barrier next to his father as (presumably) Israeli bullets ricochet around the pair. Moments later, the boy lies dead in his father’s arms. The video dates from September 2000, the start of the Second Intifada, and has become the world’s […]

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 […]

Palestinians must discover new identity

Freedom Newspapers Amid the public tussle over whether Yasser Arafat was more sinner than saint is a strong undercurrent of hope. With the leader the Israelis decided they could not and would not deal with out of the picture, is there a chance to redeem the promise of Oslo with steps toward peace? Should the […]

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 […]