December 24, 2008 |
Israeli forces killed three Palestinian militants on the Gaza Strip border, the military and Israeli media said. Israel said the three were planting explosives. There was no immediate Palestinian comment. Despite the violence, Israel's Defense Ministry said it had decided to open three border crossings to allow some supplies into Gaza.
December 29, 2006
Re "Israel eases hard line on Palestinians," Dec. 26 As a Jewish American, I have mixed feelings about Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and releasing to Abbas $100 million of Palestinian tax and duty money that Israel had been withholding. On one hand, I say congratulations to Olmert for finally recognizing that for Israel's long-term security, it must negotiate with the Palestinians. On the other, I say shame on Olmert for not meeting with Abbas or any Palestinian for the year that he has been in power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2000
Re "Palestinian Refugees Must Be Allowed to Choose," Commentary, Aug. 10: Elia Zureik failed to mention that the 800,000 Palestinians who fled their homes in 1948 could have easily been absorbed and started a new life in surrounding Arab countries. Instead, they were purposely kept in refugee camps as a political trump card. There were more than a million Jews who were expelled or constrained to leave their homes from Arab countries such as Iraq, Egypt, Syria, et al. They too had to relinquish their homes, properties, businesses, assets, etc. The difference, however, is that they did not go to refugee camps and hibernate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2000
Re "Martyrdom: The Most Powerful Weapon," by Avigdor Haselkorn, Commentary, Dec. 3: It is very impressive when Palestinian spokesmen boast about their willingness to sacrifice as many lives as necessary to achieve a state of their own. Not their own lives, of course. What these spokesmen are really boasting about is their control over the lives of their people. Being able to get people to commit suicide on demand is the ultimate sick power trip. Cult leaders have been exercising this supremacy over their subjects for years.
November 16, 2004
Re "Behind the Camp David Myth," Commentary, Nov. 12: Robert Malley's musings on the reasons why Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat might have turned down Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's offer at Camp David in July 2000 do not change the facts. Arafat had the opportunity to establish a viable, contiguous Palestinian state based on the Barak-Clinton offer, which would have fundamentally changed for the better the lives of the Palestinians. Arafat left Camp David without making a counterproposal or response to the Israeli offer, in effect turning his back on negotiations.
March 25, 2005
Re "Settlement Plan Disappoints Palestinians," March 22: Israel's plans to construct 3,500 houses in Maale Adumim east of Jerusalem severely undermines the ability of the new Palestinian leadership to create a viable state by dividing the land and separating the people into isolated and disconnected cantons reminiscent of the apartheid-based bantustans of South Africa. President Bush now has an opportunity to display his commitment to the ultimate goal of a viable Palestinian state living in peace with its neighbors by applying our country's immense political and economic power to ensure that Israel lives up to its obligations under the "road map" peace plan.