Palestinian, Israeli agreement won’t be Bush’s doing

By Freedom New Mexico It’s unlikely President Bush will do much harm during his current trip through the Middle East, even though he does look a bit like an emperor making a ceremonial visit to the provinces. In some ways it is admirable seeing him trying to make an impression on a part of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Emerging civil society could be first step to peace

Freedom Newspapers Given the history, it is generally wise to be skeptical about signs that might portend a breakthrough toward peace, or even nonhostile co-existence between Israel and Palestine. Nonetheless a move by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to challenge powerful militant Palestinian groups is a sign that might be worth noting. It is important […]

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 […]