Archive: Dec 2002

After meeting with the members of the Quartet to discuss the so-called road map a week ago, US President George W. Bush said, "I view the road map as a part of the vision that I described, it is a way forward." A study of the proposed road map suggests otherwise.  Perhaps assuming that Yasser Arafat will reject this plan, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last week announced his willingness to accept it. The talk emanating from Arafat's headquarters in Ramallah tends to support an a…
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"If this is how you treat your friends, after we fought with you for 25 years, no one will ever want to make peace with you!"  "We don't want land, we don't want money, we want honor for our blood!"  The above are a representative sampling of the signs that were held by 1,000 demonstrators who stood in the driving rain and cold outside the Prime Minister's Office on Sunday afternoon.  The demonstrators, former soldiers and officers in the South Leba…
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'Today, mine is the only right-wing party' MK Avigdor Lieberman, the head of the combined list National Union, comprised of his Yisrael Beitenu, Benny Elon's Moledet, and Zvi Hendel's Tekuma Party, is a man who does not shy away from controversy.  He speaks bitterly of Sharon's policies and yet hopes to join his government. He views the Likud as a party that has lost its ideological bearings.  He is willing to sacrifice democratic rule for the purpose of nation…
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Over the past week, the leaders of Europe have been tuning their instruments ahead of today's meeting of the Quartet in Washington. The sound has been lousy.  Last Friday, EU leaders met in Copenhagen for a summit on the Middle East in order to blast Israel. Israel, the European ministers alleged, is responsible for Palestinian terrorism because it dares to allow Jews to live in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. By daring to allow Jews to live in these areas, the EU said, Israel "violates i…
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In an interview last year, former US Middle East envoy Dennis Ross responded somewhat awkwardly to a question of mine about Palestinian corruption and authoritarianism. I had asked him why the Clinton Administration did not raise an eyebrow when it was clear that the Palestinian Authority was an authoritarian regime and completely corrupt. After a brief pause and an embarrassed glance, Ross said, "Well, it wasn't as if the Israelis were particularly concerned about the problem." &n…
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Since its inception three years ago, the Herzliya Conference on the Balance of National Strength and Security has rightly been considered the most important conference in Israel. Its importance stems both from the conference's ability to engage all the members of Israel's elite political, military, economic and academic -- and from the comprehensiveness of the issues discussed during its three days of panel discussions that include a wide spectrum of challenges and opportunities facing t…
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