Archive: Jul 2005

It was ironic that Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz announced his decision to indict Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's son, MK Omri Sharon, on criminal corruption charges related to his management of his father's political campaigns – charges that could lead to five years' imprisonment – at the same time the prime minister was en route to Paris for a state visit.  The timing of Mazuz's announcement was ironic because it brought to the surface just how similar 72-year-o…
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Well, that was quick. No sooner had the blasts gone off in Sharm e-Sheikh than the Egyptians were already blaming the murderous attack which claimed at least 88 lives on the Jews. As Khaled Abu Toameh reported in Sunday's Jerusalem Post, the immediate reaction to the bombings Saturday night on Egyptian state television and pan-Arab television networks Al-Jazeera and Al Arabiya was to blame the bombings on Israel. As retired Egyptian army general Fuad Allam stated in an interview on Egyptian…
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Walking among the tens of thousands of Israeli protesters at Moshav Kfar Maimon this week was like being witness to a miracle. There in the scorching summer heat were thousands upon thousands of families with children of all ages, young men and women and elderly people, living under siege and in conditions that would make an infantryman cringe.  And yet, there was no complaining. There was no shouting. There was no pushing. There was no garbage on the ground. There was no stench of any kind…
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Yesterday Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, accompanied by a dozen Iraqi cabinet ministers, rounded off a three-day official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran. While there, Jaafari met with Iranian arch-dictator Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, outgoing president Mohammad Khatami and president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  Jaafari heads the Islamic Dawa faction in Iraq, which is closely allied with Teheran. He came to Iraq after the downfall of Saddam's regime from Iran, where he had been…
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Reacting to Neville Chamberlain's Munich Pact with Adolf Hitler in the British Parliament in October 1938, Winston Churchill warned, "You have to consider the character of the Nazi movement and the rule which it implies....There can never be friendship between the British democracy and the Nazi power, that power which spurns Christian ethics, which cheers its onward course by a barbarous paganism, which vaunts the spirit of aggression and conquest, which derives strength and perverted p…
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A district attorney in a Middle Eastern country last week indicted a citizen for writing a letter to a public servant accusing him of being a quisling. The remarkable thing about the episode is that it did not take place in Syria or in Egypt. It took place in the only democracy in the Middle East.  Last Thursday, the Jerusalem District Attorney's office indicted Nadia Matar, head of the right-wing, largely religious women's movement Women in Green for the crime of "insulting a…
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The barbaric terrorist attacks on Thursday morning in London make us all feel like Englishmen. Sitting in Jerusalem and watching the scenes on the television screen of emergency workers evacuating wounded from the burned out bus and of survivors, faces blackened from the underground blasts, describing the frightful events, bend one's heart toward Britain in its hour of pain.  As we Israelis think of England, it is hard to help from wondering if perhaps, in the hearts of some of the Brit…
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Since his election to the Iranian presidency two weeks ago, ultra Islamist Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has done everything to make a strong first impression on the rest of the world.  On the nuclear issue, Ahmadinejad is planning to take a "new approach" towards Iran's ongoing negotiations with Britain, France and Germany on Iran's nuclear program. This new approach does not involve an Iranian pledge to end its uranium enrichment activities. On the contrary, it involves demanding…
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