Archive: Apr 2002

First came Foreign Minister Shimon Peres's lone defense of Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process who last week insinuated that Israel committed war crimes in the UN-managed Jenin refugee camp. He stated, among other things, that "Israel has lost all moral ground in this conflict."   Then came the Makor Rishon newspaper's revelation that, in 1999, the Shimon Peres Center for Peace gave Larsen and his wife, Norwegian Ambassador…
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 On Remembrance Day, members of the reserve infantry company that lost 13 men last Tuesday were given a day's furlough from combat to visit the families of their fallen comrades.   Outside the home of their dead company commander, Maj. Oded Golomb, they spoke to reporters of their friends' heroism. Capt. Ya'acov Azulay, for instance, died after running into battle to save the soldiers who were struck down in the initial ambush. Azulay, a policeman in civilian life, was…
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In his address to the Knesset earlier this week, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon laid the groundwork for a possible indictment of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat for war crimes. Let's review the evidence to help US Secretary of State Colin Powell prepare for his meeting with Arafat tomorrow.  Sharon read from two documents confiscated from Arafat's headquarters in Ramallah during IDF operations. The first document, dated January 7, 2002, is a request from Raed Karmi, then h…
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During a telephone interview with Al-Jazeera television on Wednesday afternoon, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat rejected Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's offer of a “one-way ticket” out of the area by retorting, "Why? Is this my homeland or his?"  Arafat went on to explain "the Palestinian people has been rooted to this land since before the time of Abraham, the prophet," and to proclaim the way to victory is through continued suicide bombings b…
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