February 22, 2011 |
Israel's so-called cold peace with Egypt is looking colder by the day. Early Tuesday, Egypt reportedly permitted two Iranian warships to enter the Suez Canal for the first time since the Iranian Revolution in 1979. During a mass prayer service Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square, anti-Israel cleric Yusuf Qaradawi? who returned to Egypt after years in exile ? called for the "conquest" of Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque, Islam's third-holiest site, which was captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War and sits atop a Jewish holy site.
June 8, 2010 |
Decades ago, she was a pioneer breaking down barriers for women in journalism. For years, she was in the front rank of the White House press corps posing blunt, often uncomfortable questions to the world's most powerful leaders. But it was her own blunt answer to a question that abruptly ended her career. Helen Thomas, the 89-year-olddean of the White House press corps, resigned as a syndicated columnist Monday amid controversy over anti- Israel comments she made to a filmmaker last month.
October 6, 2009 |
An Israeli Cabinet minister called off a visit to Britain because of concerns he could be arrested on suspicion of committing war crimes, a spokesman said. The decision by Moshe Yaalon, a former military chief of staff who is now a vice prime minister, came a week after Palestinian activists tried unsuccessfully to have Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak arrested during a visit to Britain. "This is a campaign to delegitimize Israel," Yaalon said in a statement. He called off his trip "to avoid playing into the hands of anti-Israel propaganda," spokesman Alon Ofek-Arnon said.
August 7, 2009 |
Jewish congressional members and lobbying groups are protesting President Obama's decision to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Irish leader Mary Robinson, who they say has a long record of harshly criticizing Israel. The award announcement prompted the first criticism of Obama by the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a group he courted during last year's campaign. Jewish groups in the U.S. have been largely supportive of the president.
July 31, 2009
Evenhandedness usually is considered to be a positive attribute in diplomacy, but when it comes to the Middle East, many Israelis and their supporters see it as code for a pro-Arab policy. In that view, President Obama's insistence that Israel freeze Jewish settlement construction is anti-Israeli and a sop to the Arab street. That's wrong.
March 16, 2009
Re "Israel isn't off-limits," editorial, March 12 Kudos to The Times for having the courage to raise the issue of the attacks on Charles W. Freeman Jr. by the juggernaut Israel lobby. That no position other than unwavering support for Israel, right or wrong, should be allowed in our government is appalling, and is in no one's best interest -- Israel's or ours. No issue can have only one acceptable side, and honest criticism cannot be cast as hatred of Israel, as Freeman's has been.