September 3, 2010 |
"The peace process is back," my friend said with bitter sarcasm, after four Israelis were killed in a terror attack just before Palestinian-Israeli negotiations got underway this week. The irony may have been lost on outsiders but not on Israelis. The Oslo peace process of the 1990s was accompanied by waves of attacks by Hamas jihadists, which Israelis believe were tacitly orchestrated by their negotiating partner at the time, Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. Then, in September 2000, just as Israel accepted a Palestinian state and the re-division of Jerusalem, Arafat responded by launching a four-year terror war. But there is one crucial difference between this week's deadly terrorism and the terror assaults of those years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 1989
Secretary of State James Baker delivered a strong warning to the pro-Israel lobbying organization, saying that Israel must be realistic and give up territorial claims (Part I, May 23). I will ask a very simple question of Baker. When has our country ever given up territories won in a war? But more importantly, the Israelis didn't start the wars they won; they fought hard to survive only after being attacked and because of superiority in strength--not in numbers of personnel--they won. I don't see the U.S. giving up New Mexico or any other part of our county--and I have never noted our country returning land to the Indians that we took with or without fighting for it. Let's be realistic.
June 16, 1989 |
The Israeli army demolished three houses today and sealed three others belonging to residents of the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip, including those of Islamic Resistance Movement members allegedly involved in the murder of a suspected Palestinian collaborator.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2001
Having just visited Palestine in April, I concur with all that Mustafa Barghouthi relates in his May 31 commentary, "Palestinians Won't Be Forced Out Again." There are 29 refugee camps in Israel where Palestinians live, 11,000 people in one square kilometer of land. The Jewish settlements are beautiful communities with green grass and swimming pools. The refugee camps have no grass and not enough water. They keep the keys to their homes and deeds to their land but are not allowed to even visit them.
May 31, 2004
I almost never like Michael Ramirez's political cartoons, but I always read them -- at least I can get the little adrenaline charge that I get from reading most neocon blather. But Ramirez's May 27 cartoon (Commentary), in which a Palestinian family wearing "Kill Jews" T-shirts are standing in the rubble of their home saying "Why?" looks to be intended to stir up racism and to justify further violence. Though Israelis have a legitimate concern for security, they cannot claim that the majority of people they are casting into homeless misery are guilty of anything.
April 5, 2006 |
Israeli warplanes fired three missiles into the Gaza Strip compound of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in response to Palestinian rocket fire, the first such Israeli attack since the militant group Hamas took power last week. The attack did not appear aimed at Abbas. The site was scarcely occupied, and the Israeli army gave no explanation for hitting the security compound of the moderate leader, who was in the West Bank at the time.
October 18, 2007 |
An opera by Richard Wagner -- whose music and anti-Semitic writings influenced Adolf Hitler -- will be performed by an orchestra made up of Israeli and Arab musicians and conducted by a Jew at an open-air theater built by the Nazis.
September 24, 1987 |
Israelis celebrated the start of the Jewish New Year on Wednesday, with rabbis blowing the traditional ram's horn.
April 23, 2004 |
An Israeli Arab taken hostage in Iraq on April 8 and accused of spying for Israel was released by his captors Thursday, his U.S.-based employer said. Research Triangle International Vice President Sally Johnson said employee Nabil George Razouk "is safe and sound." Dozens of foreigners have been abducted in Iraq in recent weeks and most have been released unharmed. One Italian hostage has been killed.