Archive: Feb 2003

The indictment and arrest of University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian by the FBI last week was a watershed event in the US war on terrorism.This was so not because Arian was the CEO of the Islamic Jihad, although that he was. Nor was it a watershed because by arresting Arian, the US has shown that it will apply the full weight of its laws against terrorists, whether their targets are Israeli or American. Nor still was it a watershed because it brought to…
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Today Labor Party Chairman Amram Mitzna is set to meet with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for a discussion that has been touted as "critical" for determining whether the Labor party will join Sharon's next government.  The Labor party has made four demands of Sharon that its leaders -- from Mitzna to Binyamin Ben-Eliezer and Haim Ramon -- maintain must be met as a condition for Labor's participation in the next government.  Labor demands that the government immediately…
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Americans were shocked this week to discover that while their attention was focused elsewhere, Europe -- or large swathes of Europe -- has become a hotbed of Iranian-like anti-American sentiment.  The same irrational, insurmountable hatred of America that fuels Iranian rhetoric and dictates its policies against the Great Satan also characterizes much public opinion throughout Europe and informs the policies of the governments of Belgium, France and Germany.  The major difference today…
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The tragic loss of the US space shuttle Columbia and the death of its crew just moments before their return home sealed in common blood the foundations of the US-Israel alliance.  As we saw at Tuesday's memorial ceremony at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, this alliance's roots run far deeper than shared forms of government. The stories of the astronauts, told and retold in their eulogies, bespoke a commonality of values that underlie our natural and inevitable commitment to dem…
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In 1981, IAF Col. Ilan Ramon flew one of the F-16 jets that blew up the Iraqi nuclear reactor in Osirak. In so doing he saved the country and perhaps the entire world from the specter of a nuclear holocaust.  For the past 16 days, as Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon again saved us. This time he was not armed with a payload of bombs on a fighter craft. This time Ramon set off for outer space on the Columbia space shuttle, armed with a picture of the Earth as seen from the moon drawn…
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