5/9-11/03  Muslim Clergymen Repudiate Schoolbooks' Bigoted Content By ORI NIR/ The FORWARD. Two of New York's most prominent Muslim clerics have publicly spoken out against antisemitic content in Islamic textbooks used in local Muslim schools, after the issue was brought to their attention by a group of Jewish community leaders.

5/9-11/03  Searching for ancient Talmud, soldiers find Iraqi intelligence info on Israel/ Israel Insider.  While searching for a 7th century copy of the Babylonian Talmud at an Iraqi secret police headquarters, American soldiers in Baghdad discovered a trove of Iraqi intelligence documents on Israel, including maps of Scud strikes, models of the Knesset and other Israeli sites, and a satellite picture of the Dimona nuclear reactor. American military officials called the discovery "significant." The Talmud has not been found.

5/9-11/03  U.K. Looks Inward as Its Boys Turn Up as Suicide Bombers By S.A. GREENE/ The FORWARD.  The disclosure that two British citizens were involved in a Tel Aviv suicide attack has come as a shock to Britain. It has not, however, come as a surprise for British Jews.

5/7/03   For a Nonpolicy, It Sure Did Work If you thought Bush was disengaged from the Middle East, you missed the point By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER/ Time. For months conventional wisdom on the Middle East — incessant and universal — has been that 1) the Bush Administration has neglected the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and 2) as a result, things have gone from bad to worse.

5/7/03  Partially open window, By Martin Indyk/ jerusalem Post.  I think the new Palestinian cabinet is a window of opportunity but it's only partially opened and Israel, the United States and Abu Mazen are going to have to work together to really turn it into a genuine window of opportunity.

5/7/03   Editorial: End 'plausible deniability'/ Jerusalem Post.  In a classic Yiddish folktale, a rabbi advises a poor man who complains of overcrowding to bring his goat inside the house. Though puzzled, he goes along with bringing animal after animal inside. The rabbi's logic is finally revealed when he tells the man to remove all the animals, leaving a seemingly spacious house behind.

5/6/03  PM says he will not be deterred from putting end to war. By Haaretz.   At a memorial ceremony in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon vowed to move forward on the path toward peace.

5/6/03  Parties, plunder, and prayer in liberated Baghdad. By Matthew Gutman/ Jerusalem Post. In Sadr City, the lawless and impoverished district in east Baghdad formerly known as Saddam City, the US has found a friend.  The Shi'ite residents and their powerful clerics have thrown their support behind American troops, grateful that they rid Iraq of Saddam Hussein and hopeful that the US might drag them out of dire poverty.

5/5/03  The U.S. and Israel: The Road Ahead by Abraham D. Sofaer/ Commentary.  IMMEDIATELY AFTER the 1991 Gulf war, the first Bush administration convened in Madrid an international conference on the Israel-Palestinian conflict. This was an event that political leaders all over the world had been pursuing as if it were the holy grail of international diplomacy.

5/5/03  Grave Security Lapses Led up to Mike’s Place Attack/ DEBKAfile.  The suicide terror attack at the Blues café Mike’s Place near the US Embassy in Tel Aviv last Wednesday, April 30, was made possible by grave security lapses

5/2-4/03  Making the case for Iraqi democracy, By Amir Taheri/ Jerusalem Post.   Some of the same people who just a week into the war to liberate Iraq predicted defeat for the coalition forces are now predicting that democracy will not take root there. 

5/2-4/03  The trail of death that led from Britain to Israel By Cahal Milmo, Justin Huggler, Nigel Morris and Arifa Akbar/ The Independent.  They spent time in Syria. Entered Israel as "peace activists."

5/2-4/03  Israel to bar pro-Palestinian peace activists from entering country/ Haaretz. Some of those already here may be deported; IDF accuses activists of 'inciting rioting.'

5/2-4/03  Arafat sets up national security body in violation of 'road map'/ Haaretz.  U.S.-backed peace plan calls for 'empowered Interior Minister' to coordinate all three Palestinian security mechanisms.

4/30/03  A Letter from Saddam Hussein to the Iraqi People and the Arab Nation/ MEMRI.  The London Arabic-language daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, known for its ideological affinity with the regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, published a letter, allegedly from Saddam addressed to the Iraqi people and the Arab nation

4/30/03  'Road map' to be presented to Israel, PA on Wednesday/ Haaretz.  The 'road map' to Middle East peacemaking, drafted by a quartet of international mediators, will be delivered to Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Wednesday, a UN envoy and Israeli sources said.

4/29/03  Assad said ready to hold diplomatic talks with Israel/Israelinsider. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is interested in holding diplomatic talks with Israel on all issues of dispute between the two countries.


4/29/03  Intentions Unclear, Sharon Remains Sphinx of Jerusalem THE SITUATION CHEMI SHALEV/ Forward.  Does he or doesn't he? This is the question asked most often these days about Prime Minister Sharon. Does the Israeli leader seriously intend to push the peace process forward, as he professes with growing vigor, or is he just playing for time, waiting for an opportunity to abort the process?

4/29/03   Abu Mazen pledges to 'end armed chaos' and fight corruption.  By Arnon Regular and Aluf Benn/ Haaretz.  Palestinian Prime Minister-designate Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) pledged on Tuesday that security services would be the only entities allowed to bear weapons, signalling his intention to disarm militant groups.

4/29/03   Abu Mazen: A Political Profile By Yael Yehoshua/ MEMRI.  This paper will analyze Abu Mazen's positions on the struggle with Israel, on domestic Palestinian matters, and on the peace process with Israel.

4/28/03   Just before `enlightened occupation'.  By Zvi Bar'el. There are three possible scenarios for Iraq.

4/28/03  Explanations for the cleaning woman.  By Zvi Bar'el/ Haaretz.  "I am not prepared to cooperate with any Kuwaiti government organization," wrote former Egyptian judge Tarik al-Masri in reply to an invitation he received from the Kuwaiti Religious Trusts Ministry to speak at the annual conference on innovations in Islamic thought.

4/27/03   France briefed Iraq on war: FRANCE gave Saddam Hussein's regime regular reports on its dealings with US officials, The Sunday Times reported, quoting files it had found in the wreckage of the Iraqi foreign ministry.

4/27/03   Poll: Palestinians support suicide bombings, don't trust Abu Mazen By israelinsider staff. The most recent poll by the Palestinian-run Jerusalem Media & Communication Centre indicates that only a small minority of Palestinians (15.2%) believe that a violence-free approach best serves the Palestinian interest. The overwhelming majority (65.3%) support continuing the violence against Israel, 60.5% support "military operations" inside Israel and 59.9% support suicide bombings against Israeli civilians.

4/27/03   Vote on PA cabinet delayed due to PLC opposition. By Arnon Regular and Aluf Benn, Haaretz.  Palestinian Prime Minister-designate Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is facing a battle ahead of the vote later this week on his new cabinet, due to opposition within the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) - mainly from loyalists to Yasser Arafat - over the government's composition

4/24/03   Something has happened to Ariel Sharon. By Ari Shavit/ Haaretz.  A few days before Pesach, Israel's prime minister gave the country's citizens the finest of holiday gifts: hope.

4/24/03   Analysis / `The Americans won'. By Danny Rubinstein. Haaretz. An East Jerusalem journalist, asked last night who won, replied: "Neither Arafat nor Abu Mazen. The Americans won."

4/24/03   Real Arafat- Abu Mazen Power Struggle Is Just Beginning – Terror Will Go on. By DEBKAfile.  Only one man is smiling in the group photo of Yasser Arafat, incoming Palestinian reform prime minister Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian intelligence chief Osman Suleiman, who brokered an accord on the makeup of the new government. That man is Arafat. The rest were grim.

4/23/03   The Road Map is Not the Main Issue By: Ben Caspit/ Maariv. The “road map’s” sole purpose is to get the peace process moving again. This is the message that was relayed by American ambassador to Israel, Dan Kurtzer, when he met with several senior Israeli politicians over the past several days.

4/22/03   Analysis / Deepest leadership crisis since 1983.  By Danny Rubinstein/ Haaretz.  Senior Palestinian officials are hoping for a compromise today in the most severe leadership crisis in the Palestinian national movement since the 1983 rebellion against Yasser Arafat's authority after the PLO was evicted from Beirut.

4/22/03   Arafat, Abbas at loggerheads over confronting militia groups. By Arnon Regular/ Haaretz.  The dispute between Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat and Palestinian prime minister-designate Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) over the formation of a new government centers around the latter's plans to dismantle Fatah's Al Aqsa Brigades and his intentions to confront Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

4/21/03   Abu Mazen premiership threatened.  Herb Keinon and Khaled Abu Toameh/ Jerusalem Post.  Israeli officials blame an impasse that threatens to stymie the appointment of Mahmud Abbas as Palestinian prime minister on European and American diplomats who reinforce the authority wielded by Yasser Arafat by continuing to meet with him.

4/21/03   Analysis / Brinkmanship in Ramallah. By Danny Rubinstein/ Haaretz. The war of nerves between Yasser Arafat and Abu Mazen reached new levels of tension last night with both sides refusing to change their position regarding the appointment of their people to the new government.

4/16-20/03   The Liberation of Iraq: Economic Consequences for Syria By: Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli. Iraq's liberation will have economic consequences for its neighbors, but nowhere are these consequences greater than in Syria.

4/15/03  PM urges U.S to keep heat on Syria, calls Assad 'dangerous'. By Daniel Sobelman and Nathan Guttman/ Haaretz.  Syria on Tuesday denounced U.S. accusations that Damascus was developing chemical weapons as "threats and falsifications" designed to further Israeli interests.

4/15/03  Analysis / Washington turns its sights on Damascus,  By Ze'ev Schiff. Why is the volume of rebuke leveled by the U.S. administration against Damascus getting higher while the war in Iraq is actually coming to a close?

4/15/03  Revealed: Russia spied on Blair for Saddam.  By David Harrison/ London Telegraph. Top secret documents obtained by The Telegraph in Baghdad show that Russia provided Saddam Hussein's regime with wide-ranging assistance in the months leading up to the war, including intelligence on private conversations between Tony Blair and other Western leaders.

4/13/03  PM to Haaretz: Iraq war has created chance with Palestinians.  By Ari Shavit/ Haaretz.The moment a Palestinian state forms I plan to begin working with it. I will not wait for the telephone to ring.

4/13/03  US show of force galls Arab world.  A day after Baghdad's fall, many foresee American dominance in the Middle East - and possible reprisals.  By Peter Ford / The Christian Science Monitor. AMMAN, JORDAN – In the end, the "shock and awe" US war planners had promised for Iraq came not in a hail of bombs, but with the fall of a hollow bronze statue.

4/13/03  Back to the Bazaar By Martin Indyk From Foreign Affairs, January/February 2002.   A decade ago, the United States faced a defining moment in the Middle East. It had just deployed overwhelming force to liberate Kuwait and destroy Iraq's offensive capabilities. The outcome of the Gulf War, combined with the collapse of the Soviet Union, had left the United States in an unprecedented position of dominance in the region. Washington was debating what to do with this newfound and unchallenged influence.

4/11-13/03  The News We Kept to Ourselves By EASON JORDAN (Chief news executive at CNN)/ NY Times.  Over the last dozen years I made 13 trips to Baghdad to lobby the government to keep CNN's Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi leaders. Each time I visited, I became more distressed by what I saw and heard — awful things that could not be reported because doing so would have jeopardized the lives of Iraqis, particularly those on our Baghdad staff. [How could he remain silent in the face of such evil? Ed.]

4/11-13/03  Is Abu Mazen dangerous?. By Ze'ev Schiff/ Haaretz.  The debate going on behind the scenes in Israel is not necessarily connected to President Bush's "road map." What has suddenly risen to the top of the agenda is the question of whether Abu Mazen's appointment as the first Palestinian prime minister represents an opportunity to stop the terror and put an end to the conflict, or whether it poses a serious danger and the possibility of sliding further down the slippery slope.

4/11-13/03  A NEW AGE OF WARFARE. By RALPH PETERS/ NY Post.  WITH the Iraqi people dancing atop a dictator's fallen statue, the pundits who forecast an American bloodbath have begun to change their story. Implying that our military achievement wasn't all that grand, they tell us Saddam didn't even have much of a plan to defend his country.

4/9/03  Report: Israel, Jordan to talk on Iraq pipeline. By Reuters.  Israel and Jordan will hold meetings about the possibility of restarting an oil pipeline from Iraq to Israel via Jordan that was closed 55 years ago, a National Infrastructure Ministry source said on Wednesday.

4/8/03  Saddam's utter collapse shows this has not been a real war. By John Keegan/ London Daily Telegraph.  The war in Iraq seems to be drawing to a close in circumstances as mysterious as those that have surrounded its unfolding from the beginning.

4/8/03  Intelligence Chief: Abu Mazen intends to fight terror. By Gideon Alon, Haaretz.  Newly appointed Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) intends to bring about a shift from terror and armed resistance to a diplomatic process...

4/7/03  Analysis: Ze'ev Schiff on the breakthrough in the Iraqi capital. By Ze'ev Schiff, Haaretz.  The American armored penetration into southern Baghdad suggests Iraq's defense of its capital is not functioning.

4/4-7/03  The Real Islam.  By Stephen Schwartz/ The Atlantic.  In The Two Faces of Islam the journalist Stephen Schwartz argues that in order to appreciate the pluralist, tolerant side of Islam, we must confront its ugly, extremist side

4/4-6/03  Transcript of Secretary of State Colin Powell's speech to the AIPCA Policy Conference March 31, 2003.   For transcripts of other speeches by Silvan Shalom, Dennis Hastert, Bill Frist, Tom Daschle, Nancy Pelosi.

4/4-6/03  Syria's anti-Israel statements, support for Iraq, raise "grave" concerns By Ellis Shuman April 3, 2003.  President Bashar Assad's comments in a newspaper interview suggesting that "as long as Israel exists, the threat (against) Israel will exist" resulted in a stern warning from Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz.

4/4-6/03  Sowing seeds of hatred. Islamic textbooks scapegoat Jews, Christians. By LARRY COHLER-ESSES/ NY DAILY NEWS.  Textbooks widely used in New York's Islamic schools contain passages that are blatantly anti-Semitic, condemning Jews as a people, repeating old canards about the Jews wanting to kill Christ and faking their Holy Scriptures to mock God.

4/4/03  From Beirut to Baghdad, By Arieh O'Sullivan/ Jerusalem Post.  It was a muggy August day on the outskirts of Beirut in 1982. My unit had been yanked out of NCO course and shipped to Lebanon to fight mop-up battles in the Palestinian neighborhood / refugee camp of Hai el-Salum as negotiations were underway for the PLO to quit the city. Downtown Beirut was spread out before us with its scores of multi-storied buildings and canyon-like streets.

4/4/03  Surprises in the war on Iraq. By Ze'ev Schiff/ Haaretz.  There is no such thing as a war without surprises, and it is doubtful that any war develops exactly as it had been planned in the rooms of the General Staff.

4/7/03  Editor of the London Arabic Daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat Criticizes the Arab Media's War Coverage

4/7/03  Words are not enough.

The Iraqi information minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, just appeared on television. He said that the coalition forces have been crushed by the Republican Guard, that there are no Americans at the Baghdad airport, none have entered Baghdad, and on and on.

The next scene on television is an embedded reporter at the airport and video of the US Army drive through South West Baghdad. (Perhaps these videos were made by the same production team that "faked" the walk on the moon.)

The meaningless words of the information minister portend poorly for peace between the Palestinians and Israel. They do so because for the past 55 years the much of the leadership of the Arab world has lied to their citizens. They have preached false victories over the Jews and rejected compromise. These words have reaped despair and defeat.

Remember 1948 when the Jews were "driven into the sea." Remember 1967 when Egypt, Syria and Jordan spoke of "great victories." Remember, Arafat speaking of peace in English and jihad in Arabic. Remember Arafat lying to the President of United States when he denied having any knowledge of the Karine-A arms shipment from Iran. Now the same false rhetoric comes from Iraq.

After the failure of Camp David, Arafat went on multi country tour, inflaming the Arabs, and preaching no compromise. He denied an offer of Arab control of Al Aksa was made at Camp David. He denied the historical existence of a Jewish Temple.

Why wouldn't he when the Arab schoolbooks in Ramallah and New York City won't show Israel on a map and teach that Christians and Jews are cursed?

I, who once was a strong supporter of Oslo, now realize that words are not enough. The words of the Iraqi information minister and Yasser Arafat have no meaning. 

We know that. The British, French, Germans and Russians know that. The Arabs public knows that. The sooner all accept that, the sooner we can chart a new path toward peace.

Words will not bring peace. Words are not enough. Actions must take their place. [Michael Fried]

4/3/03  Come the Revolution By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN/ NY Times.  To read the Arab press is to think that the entire Arab world is enraged with the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and to some extent that's true. But here's what you don't read: underneath the rage, there is also a grudging, skeptical curiosity — a curiosity about whether the Americans will actually do what they claim and build a new, more liberal Iraq.

4/3/03  Analysis: Ze'ev Schiff on desperate moves by the Iraqi army/ Haaretz.  Two weeks after the beginning of the war in Iraq, the first cracks are visible in the Iraqi army, in general, and in the Republican Guard divisions, in particular.

4/2/03  Analysis / The unholy triangle of a military occupation. By Ze'ev Schiff, Haaretz.  The coalition forces are now in the middle of the inevitable triangle - one side is the humanitarian aid, including distributing food and water to the civilian population, another side is suicide bombings against coalition forces, and the third side is jumpy, trigger-happy soldiers at checkpoints.


3/28-4/2/03  Israel's goals after the war.  By Ze'ev Schiff/ Haaretz.  Even before hostilities in Iraq began, the question of the goals to be achieved after the war was being discussed in the United States and Britain.

3/28-4/2/03  People and Politics / Roll out the carpet for Silvan Shalom. By Akiva Eldar/ Haaretz.  Shalom's crowded Washington timetable, in the midst of a problematic military and diplomatic war, could serve as a textbook example of the influence of the Jewish leadership in general and AIPAC in particular.

3/27/03  Analysis: Ze'ev Schiff on lessons from a crowded marketplace. By Ze'ev Schiff, Haaretz.  The incident in which two guided missiles hit a crowded marketplace in Baghdad should make it easier for the Americans, particularly the military experts among them, to better understand what happened during the heavy fighting in which the Israel Defense Forces was involved in the Jenin refugee camp almost a year ago.

3/27/03  I was a naive fool to be a human shield for Saddam By Daniel Pepper/ London Daily Telegraph. I wanted to join the human shields in Baghdad because it was direct action which had a chance of bringing the anti-war movement to the forefront of world attention.

3/26/03  A different strategy for Saddam.  By Ze'ev Schiff/ Haaretz. Anyone who predicted that the war in Iraq would be as quick and sterile as lightning, and that American victory would be assured after a few days of fighting must be disappointed by developments on the battlefield.

3/26/03  Focus: Israeli military experts assess the U.S.-led invasion.  By Amnon Barzilai, Haaretz.  There has never been a war with such a high level of disinformation about what exactly is happening on the battlefield as the present conflict in Iraq, according to Israeli researchers and senior military officers.

3/25/03  Analysis / What happened to the civil uprising against Saddam? By Zvi Bar'el/ Haaretz.  The port of Umm-Qasr, the main Iraqi exit to the sea, has begun to evolve into a kind of symbol of resistance. For the past four days, continuous fighting has taken place in the city. Every day has ended with an optimistic report that the city is in U.S. hands, only for it to emerge the following day that the battles there are still ongoing.

3/25/03  Europe's war of independence.  By Adar Primor/ Haaretz. The Bush administration hawks want to believe that Saddam's defeat will frustrate efforts by France and Germany to sever the umbilical cord that binds them to the U.S.  Only rarely can one use the cliche "the world gone mad" without eliciting derision.

3/25/03  Analysis: How allies are winning on ground, Iraqis on TV.  By Ze'ev Schiff/ Haaretz.  After four days of fighting, the Iraqis have chalked up successes on the propaganda front, while the coalition has made achievements on the ground.

3/24/03  Dumb and Dumber Conventional ignorance about the present war. THE WORLDWIDE JIHAD MYTH. By Victor Davis Hanson/ National Review.   Religion, we have been warned, is man's oldest, his deepest urge. Thus we are stirring up a hornet's nest in Iraq that will unleash forces beyond our control. The novelist Margaret Atwood recently warned of just that dire scenario. So does al-Jazeera, the electronic madrassa of the Arab world.

3/24/03  CHECK OUT THIS WEB SITE  Live from Iraq.

3/23/03 EXCLUSIVE: US TROOPS CAPTURE CHEMICAL PLANT.  Caroline Glick/ Jerusalem Post.  About 30 Iraqi troops, including a general, surrendered today to US forces of the 3rd Infantry Division as they overtook huge installation apparently used to produce chemical weapons in An Najaf, some 250 kilometers south of Baghdad.

3/23/03 Road map put off until after Iraq war.  By Aluf Benn/ Haaretz.  The United States has reached a secret understanding with Palestinian prime minister-designate Mahmoud Abbas, better known as Abu Mazen, to put off the formal presentation of the "road map" until the new Palestinian cabinet is sworn in and possibly until after the war in Iraq.

3/21-22/03 The Arab Coalition.  By DENNIS ROSS/ Wall Street Journal. While many European leaders remain deeply fearful of the fallout from a war with Iraq, many Arab leaders in the Middle East began several weeks ago to adjust to what they perceive to be a new reality.

3/21-22/03  Inside Track / Sand and deliver.  By Amir Oren. Haaretz.  As he looked at the images of the dust storm yesterday in the predawn hours (Baghdad time) that threatened to disrupt his war plan, General Richard Myers pictured in his mind's eye an individual with a mustache.

3/21/03  The day after. By Yoel Marcus/ Haaretz. When war ends and we leave our sealed rooms, there's a good chance we'll discover a new world out there.

3/21/03  Odyssey of an Israeli journalist. Caroline Glick/ Jerusalem Post.  I do not recall ever considering the country of Kuwait or the Kuwaiti people for that matter with any particular emotion. To the best of my knowledge, Kuwaiti forces never participated in the Arab world's wars against Israel, nor have the Kuwaitis overtly funded terrorism against us like the Saudis and the Iraqis.

3/19/03   Colin Powell's mistake. By Ze'ev Schiff/ Haaretz.  A second war in 12 years against the same country is an unusual event in American history. Despite the resounding defeat Saddam Hussein suffered in 1991, the United States felt the need to go back and use its power against Iraq - this time under terrible political and international circumstances.

3/19/03   Turkey and Iraqi Kurds clear misunderstandings/ Turkish Daily News.  An angry mob protesting burning of Turkish flags in demonstrations in northern Iraq attacks PUK leader Jalal Talabani and KDP representative Nechirvan Barzani as they enter the meeting. Kurdish leaders assure Ankara that their forces won't enter Kirkuk, while Turkey assures Kurds it has no intention of occupying northern Iraq

3/18/03  Analysis: Baghdad's 'hang-on' strategy.  By Amir Taheri? Jerusalem Post.  Sometime last Saturday, Saddam Hussein was finally convinced that his French friends could not buy him some extra time and that war was coming. And he acted the way he always has, by unveiling a war plan based on his favorite tactic of "cheat and retreat."  Saddam's war plan has three aims.

3/18/03  A gamble as an imperial imperative.  By Uzi Arad/ Haaretz.  Historians who examine the rise and fall of great powers frequently ask how a given power attained the status of empire.

3/17/03  France Against the USA./ Jane's.  France has transformed international relations. Its emergence as the USA's chief international opponent has surprised everyone. Its position is hard to understand. Yet, as seen from Paris, France finds itself in a unique set of circumstances, which President Jacques Chirac remains determined to exploit. Here are the real calculations of the French leader.

3/17/03  What's Arabic for perestroika? By Amotz Asa-El/ Jerusalem Post. Oafish, outgoing and self-assured though he was, Abel Aganbegyan seemed to have gone too far that day in the early 1970s, when he addressed a closed forum at the Kremlin in the presence of prime Minister Aleksei Kosygin himself.

3/16/03  Who, or what, is driving America to war? By Reuven Koret/ Israel Insider. The Jewish lobby doesn't need to control American policies. Because this Administration is guided by principles which are essentially Jewish. And lest my meaning be misconstrued on the eve of our solemn Purim holiday, let me clarify that I mean: rooted in the moral vision of the Bible.

3/16/03  “US officer” Joins Lebanese ex-President for Last-Ditch Mediation. /Debka File.  ...Washington’s final offer to the Iraqi rule to quit Iraq with his family – including his sons Uday and Qusay – and the country’s top political and military leadership, and go into exile in an Arab country.

3/14-16/03   Inside Track / So long, this day before.  By Amir Oren/ Haaretz.  Two years ago, the Institute for Defense Analyses, which is affiliated with the Pentagon, tried to come up with a table of human personality traits that could be applied to nations. In the family of nations, as in human society, there are introverted and extroverted types, those who think and those who sense, those that are intuitive and those that feel. [Read the following article also.]

3/14-16/03   Force and Strategy Assessments - National Security Strategy Issues.  Given rising concerns about the potentially expanding spectrum of nuclear challengers to the United States, IDA explored how Iraq and Iran might exploit nuclear threats to affect the actions of each other and the United States. We recommended steps to increase the credibility and efficacy of U.S. actions aimed at shaping the behaviors of Iraq and Iran in a nuclear crisis. [Myers-Briggs of Countries!?!]

3/14-16/03   Sizing up Abu Mazen.  By Ze'ev Schiff/ Haaretz.  Abu Mazen will confront two dangers when he assumes his duties as prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. Both could ruin his chances of being a leader who can steer his people back to the negotiating table.  One danger is Yasser Arafat; the other is Ariel Sharon - as long as Arafat remains in command.

3/14-16/03  Lindbergh lives./ The Economist. Whispers blaming the war on a Jewish cabal have got a little louder

3/13/03   The Rage, the Pride and the Doubt. BY ORIANA FALLACI/ Wall Street Journal.  To avoid the dilemma of whether this war should take place or not, to overcome the reservations and the reluctance and the doubts that still lacerate me, I often say to myself: "How good if the Iraqis would get free of Saddam Hussein by themselves.

3/13/03   The Americans have interests, too. By Aluf Benn/ Haaretz.  One of the secrets of Ariel Sharon's political charm is the magical influence over President George Bush that is attributed to the Israeli premier.

3/13/03   Its finest hour:  By Israel Harel/ Haaretz.  Far beyond the numerous and complex interests, the United States is going to war against Iraq for idealistic reasons. Along with being the only superpower, America is also the last idealist country. In fact, were it not for this idealism, it is unlikely it would have reached its position as the only superpower.

3/11/03   Whose War? By Patrick J. Buchanan/ The American Conservative.  A neoconservative clique seeks to ensnare our country in a series of wars that are not in America’s interest...Tim Russert put this question directly to Richard Perle: “Can you assure American viewers ... that we’re in this situation against Saddam Hussein and his removal for American security interests? And what would be the link in terms of Israel?”  [Pat Buchanan at it again.]

3/11/03  Radical Islamist Profiles (3): Ayman Muhammad Rabi' Al-Zawahiri: The Making of an Arch Terrorist.  By Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli. The following report appeared in the winter 2002 edition of the journal "Terrorism and Political Violence."[1]It was authored by Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli, senior analyst of MEMRI's Middle East Economic Studies Program.

3/10/03  Prologue to a `festival of revenge'. By Zvi Bar'el/ Haaretz.  "He who helps to do harm to a Muslim, it shall be inscribed on his forehead on Judgment Day that he forgoes the mercy of God. Those who help to harm Muslims are forging an alliance with the Great Satan."

3/10/03 Inside Track / On the warpath. By Amir Oren/ Haaretz.  The fear of The Hague hangs over pilots and infantrymen, and perhaps also a bit over the navy, whose submarines and other vessels will hurl long-range missiles.

3/10/03  Enemies, a post-national story. By Yair Sheleg/ Haaretz. "Images that were in the past directed against the Jews are now aimed at the Americans: the desire to rule the world; the allegation that the Americans, like the Jews in the past, are interested only in money and have no real feeling for culture or social distress.

3/7-9/03  If America backs down on Iraq. By Ze'ev Schiff/ Haaretz.  Is there any logical reason that will induce U.S. President George W. Bush to stop the war machine against Iraq, recall the 300,000 or so American troops, and order the vast armada of ships and planes to turn around, without being considered bankrupt as a president and a leader?

3/7-9/03  The Perils of Partition by Christopher Hitchens/ The Atlantic.  Our author examines the political—and literary—legacy of Britain's policy of "divide and quit". (A weekend read.)

3/7-9/03  PLO official Abu Mazen says considering post of PA premier. By Aluf Benn and Arnon Regular/ Haaretz.  But Abu Mazen said he was still waiting to hear if he would be granted significant power as prime minister before deciding whether to accept the post

3/7-9/03  Corridors of Power / Blood and fire. By Uzi Benziman/ Haaretz. An excellent description of the views of the IDF and Shin Bet about Arafat and terror.

3/7-9/03  A Compendium of Translated Documents Pertaining to Iraq from MEMRI.

3/6/03  Analysis / Thwarting suicide missions is not enough.  By Ze'ev Schiff/Haaretz.  Wednesday's particularly gruesome attack on a passenger bus in the heart of Haifa should provide the leaders of the security services with further proof that they need to eradicate the phrase "decisive year" when discussing terror attacks against Israeli civilians.

3/6/03  IRAQ'S AL-SAMOUD: A MISSILE WITH GREAT POSSIBILITIES. By Richard Speier. Washtington Istitute for Near East Policy.  Read this article to find out the root of the controversy and how Iraq "complies" with its disarmament agreements.

3/6/03  Israel: A Regional Earthquake? Leslie Susser/ Jerusalem Report. Several leading defense officials predict that the fall of Saddam would trigger a Middle East ‘domino effect,’ immensely beneficial to Israel. But there’s a terrifying potential downside, too.

3/5/03  Chicken à la Iraq By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN/ NY Times. What you now see unfolding before your eyes is the last few minutes of a game of geopolitical chicken between George Bush and Saddam Hussein. It's called: Whose Coalition Will Break First?

3/5/03  Crisis meeting in Lebanon over Al Qaida feud with Palestinians/ WORLD TRIBUNE.COM. Two people, one of them an Al Qaida leader, have been killed in as many days in Lebanon's Ein Hilwe camp near Sidon. Palestinian sources had first blamed the killings on Israel, but have now acknowledged that the victims were part of a feud between the Al Qaida-aligned Usbat Al Ansar and Fatah.

3/4/03  How the U.S. Plans to Keep Israel on Iraq War Sidelines. By CARLA ANNE ROBBINS and KARBY LEGGETT/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.   Jerusalem Will Get Live View of Battlefield, Early Jump on Any Incoming Scud Missiles  It's a nightmare scenario, so troubling that U.S. planners are working feverishly to head it off.

3/4/03  Newly installed Shinui ministers take steps towards secular revolution. Newly installed Justice Minister Yosef (Tommy) Lapid plans to introduce legislation that will allow civil marriages in Israel for Jews denied the right to marry according to Halacha (Jewish law).  

3/4/03  Arrest of Hamas leader signals change in IDF tactics. By Ellis Shuman/ Israel Insider. Israel's arrest of Hamas founder Mohammed Taha during the army's raid into the El-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza on Monday signaled that the political leadership of the organization was now being held directly responsible for the terror attacks it instigated.

3/3/03  The Long Bomb By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN/NY Times.  Watching this Iraq story unfold, all I can say is this: If this were not about my own country, my own kids and my own planet, I'd pop some popcorn, pull up a chair and pay good money just to see how this drama unfolds.

3/3/03  Arresting the professor of terror. By Charlotte West/Israel Insider.

3/3/03  Freedom for Araby? By Amir Taheri/Jerusalem Post.

3/3/03  On liberty and faith, By Bernard Lewis/Jerusalem Post.

3/3/03  Will the Iraq war bring change in the PA?, By Aluf Benn/  Haaretz.  Most Defense andnd intelligence officials in Israel agree that the anticipated attack on Iraq will bring about a significant change in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

3/2/03  Bush May Signal Shift on Israeli Settlements. By Glenn Kessler/Washington Post.  In his speech Wednesday evening on postwar Iraq, President Bush signaled a shift in the administration's policy on the controversial issue of Israeli settlements, apparently embracing the Israeli government's view that substantial concessions by the Palestinians are necessary before Israel must begin to rein in the expansion of settlements in the occupied territories.

3/2/03  Three reasons for the offensive against Hamas.  By Ze'ev Schiff/Haaretz.  There are three major reasons behind the decision to launch an offensive against Hamas, which is based mainly in the Gaza Strip. The first has to do with the cease-fire talks in Cairo. The second is related to the firing of Qassam rockets at the southern town of Sderot. The third reason is indirectly related to the looming war in Iraq and the period that will follow it.

3/2/03  Assad accuses US of plotting to redraw Mideast map. Jerusalem Post.  Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a speech during the opening session of the summit, said it was a mistake to identify the Iraqi leadership as the source of the crisis. Assad accused the United States of being interested not in toppling a dictatorial regime, but in securing Iraq's "oil and redrawing the region's map and destroying Iraq's infrastructure."

3/2/03 Nightmare scenarios for all.  By Zvi Bar'el/Haaretz. The Kurds in northern Iraq are worried about further betrayals, while the Turks fear the return of masses of Kurdish refugees to the oil cities. Could the U.S. be caught in a conflict between them?  

3/2/03  Israel in Crisis - What Can I Do to Help? 

2/28/03  Laughing all the way to the government. By Yoel Marcus/Haaretz. Even if Fuad Ben-Eliezer tore out his hair and extinguished burning cigarettes on his body every morning, it still wouldn't atone for the mistake he made in quitting the government at the wrong time, over the wrong issue, setting off a chain of aftershocks in the political system.

2/28/03  Ann Arbor teen pleads no contest to ethnic intimidation.  Arab-American gets community service for slurs aimed at Jewish U-M student

2/28/03   TRB FROM WASHINGTON Once Bitten by Peter Beinart/New Republic.  The Bush administration is good at punishing America's enemies. But it's far worse at rewarding America's friends.

2/27/03   Islamist Website: An Imminent Terrorist Attack (Possibly by Al-Qa'ida) Within "About Ten Days" (Apparently in the U.S.).  On February 24th, an Islamist website, www.alfjr.com(1) - published a religious exhortation containing text announcing an imminent terror attack, apparently to take place in the U.S. The author signed the announcement by the moniker "The Prince of Philosophy."

2/27/03   The Gridlock Gang By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN.  William Rees-Mogg, the former editor of The Times of London, raised a very important question in an essay he wrote after watching the recent, massive antiwar demonstrations in Europe. Referring to the various banners carried by protesters, he noted: "There was, I thought, one slogan which was missing. There were quite a number which called for `Freedom for Palestine' [but] I looked in vain for one which called for `Freedom for Iraq.' . . . None of the speakers expressed any wish to free Iraq. . . ."

2/27/03   PM aides: Sharon, Netanyahu reach accord on Finance Ministry. By Yossi Verter, Jonathan Lis and Moti Bassok/Haaretz.  Outgoing Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon have reached an agreement on the terms of the Finance Minister's position, associates of Sharon said Thursday afternoon.

2/26/03  Sharon offers Netanyahu finance ministry, but he refuses. By Yossi Verter and Lily Galili/Haaretz.  Finance Minister Silvan Shalom accepted Ariel Sharon's offer Wednesday to serve as foreign minister in his new government, after the prime minister shocked the political establishment by offering Benjamin Netanyahu the position of finance minister - an offer that Netanyahu, who had made it clear he was only prepared to serve in his current post of foreign minister, turned down.


2/25/03  Jerusalem in the Snow. (more pictures)

2/25/03  Sharon's Letter to Lapid regarding the "Road Map".  "...the government of Israel is conducting a broad range of talks with President Bush's administration on detailing the precise stages of implementing the road map of June 24, 2002 for achieving progress in the peace process with the Palestinians that would lead to a peace accord..."

2/24/03  Likud and Shinui sign deal, angering ultra-Orthodox who were left out/ Israel Insider.com.  After intensive overnight negotiations, representatives from the Likud and Shinui parties signed an agreement guaranteeing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon with a 61-seat coalition.

2/23/03  Alleged Terrorist Met With Bush Adviser Al-Arian Part of Muslim Outreach advertisement/ By Mike Allen and Richard Leiby Washington Post.  A former university professor indicted this week as a terrorist leader attended a 2001 group meeting in the White House complex with President Bush's senior adviser, Karl Rove, administration officials said yesterday.

2/23/03  The Al-Arian Defense/ Washington Post.  WHEN THE UNIVERSITY of South Florida declared late in 2001 that it meant to fire tenured computer engineering professor Sami Al-Arian, he became a cause celebre of academic freedom.

Remembering the Astronauts

2/20-23/03  GALLUP POLL. Americans' Views of Israel More Positive Than Last Year.   Sympathy with Israel highest since Persian Gulf War. by Jeffrey M. Jones GALLUP NEWS SERVICE. Gallup's annual poll on world affairs show Americans evaluated Israel more positively this year than they did last year.

2/19/03  The arrogance of Aziz.  By Ze'ev Schiff/Ha'aretz.  Butler describes the conversations in his book, "The Greatest Threat," which was published in 2000. Aziz told Butler that chemical weapons saved Iraq from the Iranians, but that the real threat to Iraq comes from the illegitimate Zionist state. Because of that danger, Iraq had to develop biological weaponry, which it is ready to use to defend itself against Israel.

2/19/03  Letter from London: What you don't see is what you get.  By Barbara Amiel/Jewish World View.  The most revealing aspect of the anti-war march in London was what you did not see. You did not see any messages to Saddam Hussein or criticism of Iraqi policy.

2/18/03  Germany accused of hiding evidence of smallpox virus arsenals in Iraq.  Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim/Jerusalem Post.  The German government suppressed evidence of small pox virus arsenals in Iraq for months, fearing such news could undermine Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder's re-election campaign, according to a report in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

2/18/03  Palestinian sources: Abu Mazen to be PA prime minister/Haaretz.  Senior Palestinian sources told Israel Radio on Tuesday that Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), the No. 2 figure in the Palestinian Authority, will be appointed Palestinian prime minister.

2/17/03 Did Saddam Gas the Kurds? By Juan Cole/History News Network.  In a recent New York Times op-ed, Stephen Pelletiere argued that the March, 1988, gassing of Kurds during the waning months of the Iran-Iraq war may have been perpetrated by Iran, not Iraq... My own knowledge of the horrors Saddam has perpetrated makes it impossible for me to stand against the coming war, however worried I am about its aftermath. World order is not served by unilateral military action, to which I do object. But world order, human rights and international law are likewise not served by allowing a genocidal monster to remain in power.

2/16/03  Inspections Are A Total Waste of Time.  By KHIDHIR HAMZA/Wall Street Journal. My 20 years of work in Iraq's nuclear-weapons program and military industry were partly a training course in methods of deception and camouflage to keep the program secret... the U.N. weapons inspectors will not find anything Saddam does not want them to find...France, Germany, and to a degree, Russia, are opposed to U.S. military action in Iraq mainly because they maintain lucrative trade deals with Baghdad, many of which are arms-related.

2/16/03  Focus / Bush must think again.  By Ze'ev Schiff.  In his interim report to the Security Council on Friday, the head of United Nations weapons inspectors, Hans Blix, questioned U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's arguments against the Iraqis, which was a slap in the face to Washington and strengthened those opposing the war.

2/16/03  If things go badly wrong. By Ze'ev Schiff/Ha'aretz.  What is disturbing in the American approach to a war in Iraq is the unequivocal win-win scenarios they generate. In these, only one outcome is possible - total victory. It is doubtful that a proper examination of the alternatives has been made, just in case something does go wrong.

2/14-16/03  In search of smiling Islam.  By David Landau.  ALMATY, Kazakhstan - From the moment the planes crashed into the Twin Towers, the United States has been trying with all its might to refute the widespread claim that this attack marked the onset of a "culture war." On the other hand, Osama bin Laden continues to insist - and did so on a new tape broadcast this week - that he has indeed triggered the fearful clash of civilizations that Samuel Huntington cautioned against in his celebrated book.

2/14-16/03  Palestinian Leaders: Our Strategy Brought Sharon Victory/MEMRI.  In assessing the Likud's victory and the Labor-left camp's defeat in the recent Israeli election, some Palestinian Authority figures concluded that it was the PA's strategy that led to the election's outcome. 'We Should Persuade the Israelis that We are Not Threatening Their Security.'

2/14-16/03  Report: Iraq wanted to reach peace agreement with Israel. By Ellis Shuman/IsraelInsider.  Contacts between the two countries broke off due to Israeli skepticism of Iraq's sincerity to reach a peace agreement and American objections. Representatives of the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein sent messages to Israeli officials on their willingness to establish diplomatic relations between Iraq and Israel, Maariv reported today. Contacts between the two countries broke off due to Israeli skepticism of Iraq's sincerity to reach a peace agreement and emphatic objections of the U.S. government, the paper said.

2/13/03  The Antiwar Anti-Semites. By MICHAEL LERNER/Wall Street Journal. Imagine my surprise when I found out that I am banned from speaking at a peace rally here this Sunday...My sin was publicly criticizing the way that A.N.S.W.E.R., one of the four groups sponsoring the San Francisco demonstration, has used the anti-war demonstrations to put forward anti-Israel propaganda. 

2/13/03  U.S.-EU crisis is death blow to 'road map'. By Ze'ev Schiff/Ha'aretz.  The crisis between the U.S. and Europe will have profound implications for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, undermining the Quartet's effort to impose a solution to the conflict on Israel, and strengthening the Sharon government's opposition to the Quartet "road map" and the prime minister's view that the "Bush framework" is the only relevant diplomatic arena for a political peace process.

2/12/03  AFTER SADDAM? By DANIEL PIPES/NY Post. OUTSIDERS wonder if the U.N. Security Council will endorse Washington's goal of toppling Saddam Hussein. But policy insiders assume an American war and an American victory, followed by Iraq's rehabilitation. [Also see Fouad Ajami article below.] 

2/11/03  ‘We Are Ready For Peace’ A top Palestinian official discusses Mideast politics and his opposition to suicide bombings. By Samir Zedan/ NEWSWEEK.  “Al Hassan,” wrote columnist Danny Rubinstein in Israel’s liberal Haaretz newspaper today, “has been acting vigorously, and, it must be said, courageously.”

2/11/03  Analysis / IDF reverses suicide bombers' success-failure ratio. By Amos Harel/Haaretz. Notwithstanding last Wednesday's serious incident in Nablus, in which two soldiers were killed, the defense establishment can derive some satisfaction from two recent turns in the war on terror.

2/10/03  PA memo: Hamas ceasefire acceptance is 'temporary tactic'. By Arnon Regular/Haaretz. The willingness expressed by Hamas to stop its attacks inside Israel is no more than a "temporary tactic," according to a memo prepared by top officials in the Palestinian Authority security services.

2/10/03  PA readying to retake control over some cities in the West Bank. By Arnon Regular/Haaretz. The Palestinian Authority intends to assume responsibility for some cities in the West Bank in the next few days, a senior Palestinian source said.

2/10/03  [Its nice to know who really cares department.] PETA ASKS YASSER ARAFAT TO EXTEND THE OLIVE BRANCH TO ANIMALS Following the recent bombing in Jerusalem in which a live donkey, laden with explosives, was blown up, shocking people of all nationalities around the world, Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has written to Palestinian National Authority President Yasser Arafat asking that he urge those who listen to him to keep animals out of the conflict. [See comment in the Virginian Pilot.]

2/7-10/03  Sewage continues to flow from burst Jaffa pipe into Mediterranean. By Debbie Berman/Israel Insider. A main sewage pipe that burst in Jaffa last week resulted in the daily flow of some 200,000 cubic meters of sewage into the Mediterranean Sea. Tel Aviv beaches have been closed and the Ministry of Health banned the sale of fish caught off the coast from Jaffa to Herzliya.

2/7-10/03 PM met senior PA officials before, after elections/ Haaretz. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has held high-level talks with two senior Palestinian officials, both before and after Israel's elections last month, Channel One reported Friday.

2/7-10/03 Explosive belt to be used by terrorists found in Taibeh mosque. By Roni Singer and Jalal Bana/Haaretz. Police sappers detonated Thursday night an explosive belt found in a Taibeh mosque, just hours after arresting two Islamic Jihad militants on their way to carry out a suicide bombing in Israel. [For those who wonder why there are road blocks. Ed.]

2/7-10/03 The Iraqis' Use of Poison Gas. NYTimes. To the Editor: Re "A War Crime or an Act of War?," by Stephen C. Pelletiere (Op-Ed, Jan. 31): In 1988, as a staff member working for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I documented Iraqi chemical weapons attacks on 49 Kurdish villages in Dihok Province along Iraq's border with Turkey. These attacks began on Aug. 25, 1988, five days after the Iran-Iraq war ended, and were specifically targeted on civilians.

2/7-10/03  What Sharon will say to Mubarak. By Ze'ev Schiff.  For more than two years, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak took an unbending, offensive attitude toward Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Referring to his expectations of Sharon, Mubarak stated in July 2001, "As long as Sharon is prime minister of Israel, there will be no peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

2/7/03  ISRAELIS QUOTE ARAFAT: 'WHY NOT KILL MORE?' By URI DAN/NY Post.  Yasser Arafat asked, "Why haven't you killed more Israelis?" and said, "You know what needs to be done," in a meeting with Palestinian terrorist chiefs, it was revealed last night.

2/6/03  Deaf Ears by Lawrence F. Kaplan/New Republic.   The problem with Powell's presentation, and with the entire logic behind it, is that they just don't care.

2/6/03  Israel expects Iraq war by end of month. But it won't be like 1991, top defense sources say. By Amos Harel.   Despite Chinese, French and German opposition to America's plans to strike at Iraq, Israeli defense sources said last night they expect the U.S. to act before the end of the month, especially after Secretary of State Colin Powell's speech to the UN Security Council last night.

2/5/03  Will the Neighbors Approve? By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN.  n talking with Bush administration officials of late I am struck by an incredible contrast. It is the contrast between the breathtaking audacity of what they intend to do in Iraq — an audacity that, I must say, has an appeal for me — and the incredibly narrow base of support that exists in America today for this audacious project.

2/3/03  Does Israel Need a Plan? by Daniel Pipes/Commentary.  The year also witnessed a host of new plans, initiatives, and schemes for fixing the situation...they issued from various parties in Israel and the United States, with an echo or two from Europe and the Arab states.

2/3/03  Yes to unity government.  By Amnon Rubinstein/Ha'aretz. The results of the elections were a given. They were dictated, first and foremost, by PA Chairman Yasser Arafat. By declaring war on Israel, the Palestinian leader weakened the left and strengthened the right.

2/3/03  A letter to the Orthodox Yosef (Tommy) Lapid.  We don't wish to make things bad for you nor do we wish to damage Judaism. We aren't talking about religion, but equal rights and equal duties. (One response.)

1/31-2/2/03  People and Politics / 'On the Road Map,' with Meridor as Shimon Peres. By Akiva Eldar/Ha'aretz. An interesting article, the last half of which gives the author's analysis of Israel's response to the "road map".

1/31/03 United We Stand. By Jose Maria Aznar, Jose-Manuel Durao Barroso, Silvio Berlusconi, Tony Blair, Vaclav Havel, Peter Medgyessy, Leszek Miller And Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The real bond between the U.S. and Europe is the values we share: democracy, individual freedom, human rights and the Rule of Law.

1/30/03 An EU turn. By Aluf Benn.  An important goal of the new government to be formed by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon must be the rehabilitation of relations with Europe, which have deteriorated greatly over the past two years.

1/30/03 Ariel Sharon's coalition options. Ha'aretz

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will do everything in his power and use everything at his disposal to establish a national unity government in the image of the previous one - including the Labor Party. If he fails, he will approach Shinui, which won 15 seats in Tuesday's election, and offer the anti-religious party a place in a narrow, right-wing government, with or without Shas.


latest israel election analysis/Ha'aretz


Elections 2003 FAQ


1/30/03  Necessary steps. By Ze'ev Schiff/Ha'aretz.  It makes no difference whether the next government is a narrow government of the right or a coalition of parties from the right and from the left - any government that is formed will have to take the following diplomatic-security steps if it wants to prevent a grave deterioration in Israel's situation:

1/29/03 Sharon crushes left; says either unity gov't or new elections.  PM quoted as ruling out narrow right-wing gov't; with virtually all polling stations counted: Likud - 37 seats, Labor - 19, Shinui - 15, Shas - 11.

1/28/03  Sharon's Likud seen sweeping to victory/Ha'aretz. Labor's Mitzna, conceding defeat, rules out joining Sharon-led unity government; Polls give Likud 32-36 seats, Labor 17-19, Shinui 14-17.

1/28/03 Surprises in Store for Israeli Voter/DEBKAfile Political Analysis. Sharon’s aide Weissglass and Peres are drafting next government’s “road map” for Palestinian statehood.  This formula may open the way for some Labor members to break away from Mitzna’s lead and join Sharon’s national unity government


1/27/03 JERUSALEM POST: Vote Sharansky.  The choice Israelis face Tuesday is not simply between Sharon and Mitzna. There are other parties, some of them farcical, others dangerous, still others parochial. But one man stands out above the rest. He is Natan Sharansky and his party, Yisrael B'Aliya.

1/27/03 Refugees Forever?  Issues in the Palestinian Israel Conflict/Jerusalem Post.  For the past half-century, there has been a deliberate refusal to resettle Palestinian refugees within the Arab world. Instead, the Palestinian and Arab leadership have condemned these people and their descendants to poverty and misery in the UNRWA-run camps that offer little hope of a better life.

1/24/03 Egypt Rethinks Its Nuclear Program – Part I: Scientific and Technological Capability Vs. International Commitments By: Yotam Feldner.   For some time, there has been debate in the Egyptian and Arab media on the question of whether Egypt, and Arabs in general, should strive to develop nuclear programs and obtain nuclear weapons. Those participating in the discussion include Egyptian nuclear scientists, politicians, and clerics.

1/24/03 Egypt Rethinks its Nuclear Program - Part II: The Egyptian Nuclear Lobby By: Yotam Feldner.  Although official Egyptian policy opposes the development of nuclear weapons, Egypt does have a nuclear arms lobby. In addition to many of the Egyptian nuclear scientists who support the development of a nuclear program that can be diverted for military purposes in the future, the nuclear lobby includes politicians, former senior military commanders, and clerics.

1/24/03 Egypt Rethinks its Nuclear Program - Part III: The Nuclear Lobby (Continued) By: Yotam Feldner.  The Religious Establishment Leading elements in Egypt's religious establishment have expressed clear support for developing Arab/Islamic nuclear weapons, based on Koranic verses that they claim permit, and even require, them doing so.

1/23/03 Mapping Out Peace in the Mideast. By Dennis Ross, Los Angeles Times. In my 20 years involved in Middle East diplomacy, there have been many times when the effort toward peace appeared futile to the parties involved. But none of those times had the ring of hopelessness that I see in the region today.

1/22/03 Palestinian debate provokes heated discussion. By Rahwa Ghebre-Ab, Michigan Daily. Chants, jeers and cheers filled the Michigan Union Ballroom during an Arab-Israeli public forum and debate featuring speakers Ali Abunimah, vice president of the Arab-American Action Network, and Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America. [To me the most significant part of the evening occurred during the question period when one member of the audience started chanting "Divest from Israel now." Not a single person in the largely pro-Palestinian audience took up his chant.  Rather he was told to stop and just ask his question.  Perhaps civility is returning to the campus. It may also be a small sign that the intifada has failed and a new way needs to be found to resolve this conflict. (Editor)]

1/22/03 Gaza was indirectly reoccupied. By Ze'ev Schiff/Ha'aretz.  Proposals raised in the past to reoccupy Gaza, if only for a short period, were never serious, either strategically or politically, and were mostly an expression of rage. 

1/21/03 Iraq and the Arabs' Future by Fouad Ajami/Foreign Affairs. The driving motivation behind a new U.S. endeavor in Iraq should be modernizing the Arab world. Most Arabs will see such an expedition as an imperial reach into their world. But in this case a reforming foreign power's guidelines offer a better way than the region's age-old prohibitions, defects, and phobias. No apologies ought to be made for America's "unilateralism."

1/21/03 Sharon's coalition scenarios, By YOSEF GOELL/Jerusalem Post. With just about a week left to election day the mists seem to be lifting from the witches' cauldron of the final polling results, but not necessarily from the even more important coalition scenarios which will follow on the day after

1/21/03 Rein in the extremists. Jerusalem Post. On Friday night, Netanel Ozeri was shot dead by Palestinian terrorists at the front door of his home, in front of his wife and children.  His death should be mourned and his killers condemned, but it is precisely for this reason that the spectacle surrounding his funeral is, as Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau put it, a "disgrace."

1/10-20/03 Likud's continued slide keeps Ariel Sharon's hands tied. By Yossi Verter/Ha'aretz.  The snowball that began to roll slowly downhill on December 8 last year - the day the Likud held its primaries for the list of Knesset candidates - is not coming to a stop. Instead, it grows ever larger, flattening the Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's party of power, which, until a month ago, seemed invincible.

1/10-20/03  A leader in retreat? An interview with Amram Mitzna, By BRET STEPHENS/Jerusalem Post.  By month's end, Amram Mitzna may well be known either as the man who led the Labor Party to its most improbable victory or to its most crushing defeat.

1/10-20/03 The Lapid file - chauvinist, hater of the religious and Mizrahim, scornful of the poor.  By Mazal Mualem/Ha'aretz. The information headquarters of the Labor Party recently prepared a file that contains a collection of particularly outrageous statements made over the years by the leader of the Shinui party,

A huge Chabad menorah being lit in central Moscow on December 30, 2002.
(Photo: Reuters)

1/9/03  The new Russian anti-Semitism targets Muslims. By Eliahu Salpeter/Ha'aretz. The slowdown in immigration from Russia has led to the formation of new, stronger Jewish communities by those who have remained.

1/9/03  Exploiting the Palestinians Everyone's doing it. by Max Boot/Weekly Standatd. IN AN INTERVIEW LAST MONTH with Britain's Sunday Times, Yasser Arafat rebuked Osama bin Laden for seeking to exploit the Palestinians' cause for his own ends. "Why is bin Laden talking about Palestine now? . . . He never helped us. He was working in another, completely different area and against our interests," Arafat was quoted as saying. "I'm telling him directly not to hide behind the Palestinian cause."

1/9/03  Exploiting the Palestinians Everyone's doing it. by Max Boot/Weekly Standatd. IN AN INTERVIEW LAST MONTH with Britain's Sunday Times, Yasser Arafat rebuked Osama bin Laden for seeking to exploit the Palestinians' cause for his own ends. "Why is bin Laden talking about Palestine now? . . . He never helped us. He was working in another, completely different area and against our interests," Arafat was quoted as saying. "I'm telling him directly not to hide behind the Palestinian cause."

1/9/03  SNAP JUDGMENT: The lessons of Pyongyang, By Calev Ben-David/Jerusalem Post.  Say what you want about how dangerous the Middle East is but at least Kim Jong Il doesn't live in the neighborhood.

1/8/03  To End the [Palestinian] Violence by Daniel Pipes/New York Post.  The Palestinian campaign of terrorism rolls on, with 22 people murdered in Tel Aviv Sunday. And even without counting minor incidents involving rocks and firebombs, the Palestinians average more than 10 attacks on Israelis every day.

1/7/03  PA arrests reporter. By Khaled Abu Toameh/Jerusalem Post.  The Palestinian Authority's General Intelligence Service arrested a correspondent for al-Jazeera television on Monday, accusing him of harming the national interests of the Palestinian people by reporting that Fatah had claimed responsibility for that day's double suicide-bombing in Tel Aviv.

1/7/03  Tutor by Leon Wieseltier/New Republic.  In the matter of Tom Paulin's opinions about Israel, why discuss their legitimacy when we can discuss their stupidity? 

1/7/03 Praise for Munich slayers. By Bernard Josephs/Jewish Chronicle (London).   Britain’s Consul General in Jerusalem reacted to the 1972 Munich massacre of Israeli athletes with apparent admiration for the Black September terrorists who carried it out, newly released government papers showed this week.

1/7/03  Savoring a Private Zion By Debra B. Darvick/Hadassah Magazine.  Normally the dog tags of Jewish servicemen are imprinted with the word "Jewish." But Defense, fearing that this would put Jewish soldiers at further risk should they be captured on Iraqi soil, substituted the classification "Protestant B" on the tags.

1/5/03  Al Qaeda prepares bio-terror for US and Israel. EBKA-Net-Weekly’s intelligence sources report mounting fears within US and Israeli counter-terrorism agencies that al Qaeda’s three command centers are preparing mega-terror attacks for US and Israeli targets.

1/3/03  Israel's Shinui Party is dark horse: With all eyes on Labor and Likud, centrist Shinui showing huge gains By Leslie Susser.   While pundits are watching the contest between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's scandal-rocked Likud and Haifa Mayor Amram Mitzna's shell- shocked Labor, a subplot is developing in Israel's upcoming election.

1/3/03  U.S., Israel: Increasing Turmoil Dims Chances for Moderate P.A. By ORI NIR/FORWARD STAFF.  Deteriorating economic and social conditions in the West Bank and Gaza soon may render the territories ungovernable, according to a growing number of reports from Israeli and American government agencies and international humanitarian organizations.

1/3/03  INTERESTING TIMES By SAUL SINGER: What good are Jews?/Jerusalem Post.  In an editorial last week, the Wall Street Journal noted that, "contrary to perceived wisdom, Christianity is booming." At around 2 billion adherents, Christianity is not only the largest world religion, but growing by leaps and bounds.

1/3/03  Hamas pursuing chemical, biological weapons By Ellis Shuman January 3, 2003.  The official Hamas website details the preparation of various homemade poisons and other deadly materials for use in terrorist attacks.  

1/2/03  Arab Media Reactions to The U.S.- Middle East Partnership Initiative Part 1.   Part 2.   Part 3.  The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative, presented by Secretary of State Colin Powell on December 12, 2002, aroused many reactions in the Arab media. Most of those responding rejected the initiative outright, saying that the U.S. was not really interested in establishing democracy in the Middle East but was aiming to serve its own goals.

12/26-31/02 Hezbollah Becomes Potent Anti-U.S. Force By NEIL MacFARQUHAR/NYTimes. The Hezbollah band marched through first, its thumping tune accompanied incongruously by seven bagpipers, drawing the first cheers from thousands of drenched spectators who arrived hours early for the Jerusalem Day parade, an annual military spectacle with a virulent "I hate Israel" theme.

12/26-31/02 Who is Issam Fares? By Joseph Farah/WorldNetDaily.com.  Have you ever wondered why government officials take certain actions in spite of common sense, U.S. interests, even their own stated policy positions?

12/25/02 Turkish Troops Set to Advance on N. Iraqi oil cities – Ahead of US Attack.  DEBKAfile Special Military Report. Israeli chief of staff Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon pays brief trip to Turkey

12/25/02 Muslims should embrace the spirit of King Faisal. By ROSIE DIMANNO/Toronto Star. We feel that the Arabs and Jews are cousins in race (and) have suffered similar oppression at the hands of powers stronger than themselves.... We Arabs, especially the educated among us, look with the deepest sympathy on the Zionist movement....

12/24/02 This futile struggle. Yasser Arafat gambled and lost - the intifada has brought nothing but suffering to the Palestinians.  By Emanuele Ottolenghi/The Guardian. The Palestinian uprising has failed. More than two years after its outbreak, the Palestinians cannot point to one significant achievement.

12/24/02 The price of Israeli restraint. By Amir Oren/H'aretz. America's payment for Israeli restraint in Iraq will apparently be its consent to the use of the Israel Air Force - and perhaps also other branches of the IDF - in Lebanon.

12/23/02 Pandemic Potential in Mid East Bio Warfare/DEBKAfile Special Report.  Little attention has been paid to the pandemic factor inherent in biological warfare – and its potential for mass population shifts.

12/23/02 Muhammad, the Qurayza Massacre, and PBS By Andrew G. Bostom FrontPageMagazine.com.  It is critical that Muslims and non-Muslims alike consider seriously the implications of accepting at face value the apologetic PBS "analysis" of this massacre.

12/22/02 Iranian Students' Movement: 'Leave Palestine Alone, Think About Us!'  In response to calls by Iran's President to demonstrate against Israel and Zionism, the Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran (SMCCDI) issued a statement critical of Islamist terror groups and antisemitism in the Arab and Muslim world. 

12/22/02 Distinction Without a Difference by Spencer Ackerman/New Republic. Despite the presence of Canadian boots on the ground in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, Canada had only placed 13 groups on its terrorist list before last week. By contrast, the U.S. list of banned organizations weighs in at 50.

12/20/02 Iraq and the Arabs' Future by Fouad Ajami From Foreign Affairs, January/February 2003  There should be no illusions about the sort of Arab landscape that America is destined to find if, or when, it embarks on a war against the Iraqi regime. There would be no "hearts and minds" to be won in the Arab world, no public diplomacy that would convince the overwhelming majority of Arabs that this war would be a just war.

12/20/02  Anti-Israel Tide on Campus Is Waning, Activists Report. By DANIEL TREIMAN FORWARD STAFF Pro-Israel students on many American campuses spent much of the last academic year on the defensive, confronted by an aggressive pro-Palestinian movement. Observers of Jewish campus affairs say, however, that the tide appears to have turned this semester, with the campus divestment campaign against Israel failing to make much headway and pro-Israel students growing increasingly confident.

12/19/02  Abu Mazen in Gaza: Stop the Armed Operations; Our Way Failed; Israeli Arabs Can Help Us by Bringing Down and Setting Up Israeli Governments, Not by Participating in the Intifada. 

12/19/02  Israel on Campus. By RUTH R. WISSE/Wall Street Journal.  The claim of universities to be fostering diversity and preventing discrimination against vulnerable minorities is oddly compromised by a surge of anti-Semitism.

12/19/02  Terror according to Assad. Ha'aretz.  During his two years as president, Syria has contributed less than any other Arab state to advancing a solution to the conflict.

12/13-18/02  AN ISRAELI VIEW No common vocabulary by Yossi Alpher. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the current crisis in Israeli-Palestinian relations is the virtual collapse, with a few prominent exceptions, of the capacity of the two sides to communicate productively with one another. Israelis and Palestinians who dialogued successfully prior to October 2000 now appear to have lost their common vocabulary, their shared lexicon of agreed terms.

12/13-18/02  A PALESTINIAN VIEW Where peace is possible by Ghassan Khatib.  In such a deep and complicated conflict, misunderstandings about the other side are to be expected. These misunderstandings result partially from the increasing distance and lack of interaction between the two sides, but are also caused by attempts to distort each other’s positions and ensure the incitement necessary to maintain public clamor for ongoing hostilities or support for this leader or that. There are also other factors, including cultural differences, that sometimes deepen these misunderstandings.

12/13-18/02  Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Speech at the Herzlia Conference December 4, 2002.  The past two years have been a difficult and painful test for Israel's national strength. The callousness and brutality of the terrorists was aimed - first and foremost - at undermining the sense of justness of the people of Zion. This is not the place to ask what led the PA Chairman to question the inner strength and determination which has always characterized the citizens of Israel, but it is clear that the terror has not defeated and will never defeat the State of Israel.

12/11/02  Saudi Columnist: "Our Youths Must be Re-educated... Violence Must be Discarded"  The Extremists have Corrupted the Minds of Our Youth "The recent terrorist attack in Kuwait in which an American soldier and two assailants were killed, and another American soldier was wounded, must be subjected to a careful study. It was strong evidence of the deep influence exerted by the extremist concept of Jihad on certain youths, as a result of which, [they] have lost the power to think rationally."

12/10/02  Arab Press Debates Anti-semitic Egyptian Series 'Knight Without a Horse'- Part III.  The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights condemned the airing of the "Knight Without a Horse" series: "The organization believes that [various] forms of expression should not be abused to propagate events that might incite hatred based on religion, race, color, or gender."

12/10/02  Abrams Back in Capital Fray at Center of Mideast Battle By STEVEN R. WEISMAN/NY Times.  Elliott Abrams, a pugnacious conservative and passionate advocate of Israel, is no stranger to Washington's policy wars. Mr. Abrams's appointment thrilled those who had criticized the administration for being too tough on Israel and too deferential to the Palestinians. But it dismayed those, especially at the State Department, who want Israel to ease its crackdown in the West Bank and Gaza.

12/9/02  Which way out. Report from the Herzliya Conference/Jerusalem Post.  The two and quarter year-long war with the Palestinians, escalation of the global - as well as the local - terrorist threat, and the likelihood of war with Iraq combine to test Israel's resolve and challenge the country's security. In this international environment, the Third Annual Herzliya Conference convened from December 2-4 to debate 'The National Security of Israel in a New Strategic Landscape.'

12/9/02  Both sides now.  By Avihai Becker/Ha'aretz. Born in Taibe, Prof. Gehad Mazarweh left Israel as a youngster and forged a career as a psychoanalyst in Germany. The Arab-Israeli conflict, he says, can be seen in psychological terms - and he prescribes a treatment. 

12/9/02  Prepare for a Palestinian state BY DAVID NEWMAN/Jerusalem Post.  One doesn't need opposition leader Amram Mitzna to tell us that there will eventually be a Palestinian state. After all, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon repeatedly stated this fact in the runup to the Likud party leadership election. It was repeated over the weekend by Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Yehuda Lancry, and again on Sunday by Chief of General Staff Moshe Ya'alon in a private meeting with American government officials in Washington where he made it clear that many of the West Bank settlements will eventually have to be removed.

12/9/02  Left and right bash PM for two-state plan. By Aluf Benn and Nadav Shragai/Ha'aretz.  Prime Minister Ariel Sharon came under fire from the right wing and was mocked for electioneering by the left, as he reiterated yesterday morning his plan to make the "Bush vision" for a two-state solution to the conflict the guiding platform for his new government, if he is reelected.

12/9/02  A Plan for Peace and Democracy By Natan Sharansky. (First appeared in the Wall Street Journal 7/3/02.)  For many years, a psychological Rubicon had blocked any hope for achieving a genuine peace between Israelis and Palestinians. With his speech last week, President Bush has led American diplomacy across that Rubicon, and hope for a genuine peace has finally emerged.

12/6/02  IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. General Moshe Ya'alon at the Third Herzliya conference on the Balance of Israel's National Security. Israel's strategic environment is unstable, hazard infected and challenging. It can be characterized by three "threat circles" which Israel now face. The Inner Circle, the Near Circle and the Distant Circle. Lately, a fourth circle of threat has been added: that of boundary-less terror, with no address, no identity and no known sponsoring state.

12/6/02  Mideast Peace? Let's Start With the Rule of Law. By ROBERT L. POLLOCK/Wall Street Journal.  In 1996, Mahmoud el Farra returned to the Gaza Strip. He had lived 30 years in Los Angeles, where he raised a family and built a construction business. He was precisely the sort of entrepreneur the emerging Palestinian Authority sorely needed, and in those heady days he built its first modern flour mill. But the business struggled against competition from Israeli imports, and PA officials began pressuring Mr. Farra to sell them shares. Led by Mohammed Rashid, Yasser Arafat's money man, they soon gained control of the company. Two days later they closed the market to Israeli flour.

12/5/02  Al-Qa'ida-Affiliated Web Site Warns of Attack During Id Al-Fitr, December 5-6, and Announces Palestinian Branch of Al-Qa'ida. A communiqué in which the Al-Qa'ida organization took responsibility for the Mombasa, Kenya terror attacks was first posted on the "News about the Jihad and the Mujahideen" forum of the Islamist website www.mojahedoon.net by Abu Shihab Al-Qandahari, the forum's deputy moderator. Al-Qandahari posted another communiqué in which he threatened Americans with a terror attack on the Muslim holiday of 'Id al-Fitr, December 5 or 6.

12/5/02  Sharon: Concessions are irreversible. Herb Keinon/Jerusalem Post.  Political concessions to the Palestinians in the past, like those to come in the future, are "irreversible," Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Wednesday in a wide-ranging speech outlining his vision of a diplomatic process that will culminate in a Palestinian state

12/5/02  Sharon’s Palestinian speech may backfire.  DEBKAfile Political Analysis.  Israeli prime minister and Likud leader Ariel Sharon delivered his first major campaign speech Wednesday December 4, declaring that after the January 28 general election he will ask his new government to endorse the Bush peace outline and the creation of a Palestinian state with Yasser Arafat as its “symbolic” head.

12/4/02  The Bush Manifesto by Joshua Muravchik/The Atlantic.   It was thus a dramatic change when, this fall, George W. Bush’s first strategy statement provoked front-page headlines and incited a rash of greatly alarmed reactions at home and abroad. (See also The National Security Strategy of the United States of America.

12/4/02  EDITORIAL: The Herzliya conference. Jerusalem Post.  Why does Israel consistently attract so large a share of the Western world's interest?

12/4/02  Reality games: Getting ready for a second Mandate. By Akiva Eldar/Ha'aretz. Assume for a second that Amram Mitzna is elected prime minister and a few months later signs an agreement that puts and end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

12/3/02  Revealed: How four bomb warnings went unheeded. By KENYA DAILY NATION Team.  Kenya's security agencies were warned four times of an impending bombing a clear eight months before last week's suicide attack near Mombasa, it can be revealed today.

12/3/02  I Stand with Israel: I Stand with the Jews By Oriana Fallaci Corriere della Sera.  I find it shameful that in Italy there should be a procession of individuals dressed as suicide bombers who spew vile abuse at Israel, hold up photographs of Israeli leaders on whose foreheads they have drawn the swastika, incite people to hate the Jews. 

12/3/02  Ya'alon: Most of the settlements will have to be removed.  By Nathan Guttman/Ha'aretz.  Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon has told a closed session of a Washington-based Middle East research institute that both the Israelis and Palestinians know that "at the end of the day, most of the settlements will be evacuated."

12/3/02  Saudi Minister of Interior, Prince Nayef Ibn Abd Al-Aziz: "Who Committed the Events of September 11... I Think They [the Zionists] are Behind these Events... [Arab] Mass Media Should Condemn Terrorism, Warn Arab Nationals of it, and Let Our Voice be Heard by the World... It is Impossible that 19 Youths, Including 15 Saudis, Carried Out the Operation of September 11."

12/3/02  The Call for Islamic Protestantism: Dr. Hashem Aghajari's Speech and Subsequent Death Sentence By Ayelet Savyon. Dr. Hashem Aghajari, a University of Hamedan history lecturer, journalist, and active member of the reformist Islamic Revolution's Mujahideen Organization (IRMO), was arrested in August 2002 and sentenced to death on November 6, 2002, because of a June address he gave commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of Dr. 'Ali Shari'ati, one of the ideologues of the Islamic Revolution. 

11/28-12/2/02  Defusing the Holy Bomb By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN/NYTimes. As you approach the end of Ramadan and we approach our Thanksgiving, I thought it would be a good time for me to share with you some concerns. Let me be blunt: I am increasingly worried that we are heading toward a civilizational war.

11/27/02  No More Fanaticism as Usual By SALMAN RUSHDIE/New York Times. It's been quite a week in the wonderful world of Islam. Nigerian Islam's encounter with that powerhouse of subversion, the Miss World contest, has been unedifying, to put it mildly.

11/27/02  Arafat Deputy: Uprising Was a Mistake. By KARIN LAUB/AP.  JERUSALEM (AP) - Yasser Arafat (news - web sites)'s deputy was quoted as saying the armed uprising against Israel was a mistake and must be halted, but Palestinian militiamen said Wednesday they would renew attacks in Israel to avenge two leaders killed in a mysterious West Bank explosion. (Updated)

11/26/02  TEL AVIV DISPATCH Exit Pols by Yossi Klein Halevi/New Republic.  On a wall in the office of this country's newest party, Yisrael Acheret ("A Different Israel"), hangs a poster with the images of David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin. The juxtaposition of the founder of the Labor Party and the founder of the Likud Party is not coincidental: The message of this youth-driven reformist party is that the old left-right divide that has dominated Israeli discourse is over. 

11/26/02  When checkpoints really do save lives.  By David Ratner/Ha'aretz. After five long weeks that included a week of training and four weeks of routine patrols and checkpoint duty, the soldiers will take off their uniforms and resume their civilian lives. The area will become the responsibility of another reserve battalion and Lieutenant Colonel Shlomo, the battalion commander, will go back to his masters degree studies at Haifa University.

11/26/02  In Shift, Harvard Reinvites Controversial Poet by Patrick Healy/Boston Globe.  Harvard University's English department, in a surprising reversal, has reinvited writer Tom Paulin to give a poetry reading on campus, one week after English professors and Paulin canceled the event because of complaints over Paulin's statements that Brooklyn-born Jewish settlers in Israel were ''Nazis'' who ''should be shot dead.''

11/22/02  Senate Intelligence Chiefs Tell Bush: Go After Hezbollah Before Saddam Graham, Shelby: Hit Terror Camps. W.'s Syrian Dilemma By MARC PERELMAN FORWARD STAFF Riding a renewed wave of criticism of the Bush administration's war against terrorism following the reemergence of Osama Bin Laden, two leading senators with intelligence portfolios are demanding that the United States strike Hezbollah and Hamas before going to war against Iraq.

11/22/02  Arab American Institute, Americans for Peace Now Release Joint Survey of Arab American & Jewish American Opinion. The Arab American Institute (AAI) and Americans for Peace Now (APN) today released a joint survey of Arab American and Jewish American attitudes towards Middle East policy and relations between the two communities.

11/22/02  Barbara Amiel -- a rare, pro-Israel British columnist, London socialite and wife of publisher Conrad Black -- authored a piece that puts both the recent Hebron attack and the larger Israeli-Palestinian conflict in perspective. [David Victor] 

Learning to live with Israel. By Barbara Amiel, London Evening Standard  Twelve Israelis were killed this past weekend in Hebron. Experts discuss the deaths in ho-hum voices. This, after all, is old news on a rainy night. The violence, we are told, is the fault of the Israelis who insist on maintaining small settlements of "hardline" settlers in Palestinian areas. Some of us listening almost wish it were so: the solution would be so simple - just withdraw from the settlements. A small price for the great purchase of peaceful coexistence.

11/22/02  Champion of the loss of faith. By Yisrael Harel, Ha-aretz.  Amram Mitzna was not elected on the waves of a new and exciting vision; it was the bulldozer of despair that determined the decision.

11/21/02  New `road map' draft is tougher on both Israel and PA. By Aluf Benn/Ha'aretz.  The latest version of the internationally sponsored "road map" to an Israeli-Palestinian agreement is tougher in the demands it makes on both sides than the original draft given to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Washington last month. (See early version of 'road map'.)

11/21/02  Judging Judaism by the Numbers By DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF/NYTimes. For too long, the health of Judaism has been defined largely by numbers. Certainly, this is understandable — a concern traceable to some very real and recent efforts at eliminating the Jewish population. But must we forever judge the future of American Judaism as if we were evaluating the health of an endangered species?

11/21/02  Israel’s shrinking Labor picks new face.  DEBKAfile. Amram Mitzna, 57, avowed dove and advocate of negotiations with the Palestinians - even amid surging terror – was picked as next Labor leader on November 19 in what looked more like a journey down memory lane than a hard-headed, future-oriented primary election.

11/20/02  PCPO Poll of Palestinians November 11-16,2002. A poll recently conducted by the PCPO and prepared by Dr.Nabil Kukali
included a random sample of 1041 adults, 18 years and older, from the West Bank including East Jerusalem.

11/20/02  New U.N. Rights Head Seeks 'Balance' By MARC PERELMAN/The Forward.  The new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is trying to open a fresh chapter with America's Jewish community after the stormy tenure of his predecessor. Sergio Vieira de Mello, a veteran U.N. official from Brazil, said he would try to be less outspoken and more balanced than the previous commissioner, Mary Robinson, a former Irish president known for her anti-Israel statements.

11/20/02  Arab Press Debates Antisemitic Egyptian Series 'Knight Without a Horse' – Part II. Egyptian and other television channels throughout the Arab world continue the broadcast of the 41 episodes of the Egyptian television series "Knight Without a Horse."

11/20/02  Not a word against Arafat. By Amnon Rubinstein/Ha-Retz. Who says the BBC doesn't interview Israelis? "Hard Talk," broadcast on November 6, interviewed an Israeli reserve officer for half an hour. The interviewee was Major Rami Kaplan, one of the refusenik leaders, who vehemently attacked Israel's occupation policies.

11/17/02  Secret Fatah-Hizballah alliance manifested in Hebron. DEBKAfile Terror becomes full-scale war on Worshippers Lane in Hebron. Seventeen Israelis have died in two major Palestinian acts of terror in the last six days, confronting Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon’s fresh top team with their first stiff challenge.

11/15-17/02  The Next War. The New Yorker.  Several weeks ago, Richard Holbrooke, the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, moderated a discussion on the possibilities of war after September 11th with the New Yorker writers Jeffrey Goldberg, Isabel Hilton, and Lawrence Wright, and Leslie Gelb, who is the president of the Council on Foreign Relations. The panel was part of the New Yorker Festival; here are some excerpts from the conversation.

11/15/02  Welcome Voice? Harvard invites academic who wants Jews "shot dead.” By Tom Gross.  Harvard University's English department has invited Tom Paulin — the Oxford poet who has called for the slaughter of U.S. Jews on the West Bank — to deliver "The Morris Gray Lecture" this Thursday (November 14). [Thanks to George Bornstein for bringing this article to my attention and informing us that the lecture by "mutual agreement" was cancelled.]  Further commentary. 

11/15/02 Poet Flap Drew Summers’ Input.  English department maintains it independently cancelled speech. By ALEXANDER J. BLENKINSOPP/Harvard Crimson. University President Lawrence H. Summers corresponded with senior faculty members of the English department shortly before the department decided Tuesday to cancel a scheduled lecture by Tom Paulin, an award-winning Irish poet who has expressed anti-Israeli views.

11/15/02 THE LIFE OF A LIBERAL MUSLIM. Moral Hazard by Franklin Foer/Atlantic Monthly.  The death threats began shortly after September 11, 2001. Every few days, for about four months, Khaled Abou El Fadl would receive an angry, anonymous phone call at either his San Fernando Valley home or his UCLA office.

11/15/02 Jihad and the Professors by Daniel Pipes/Commentary. LAST SPRING, the faculty of Harvard College selected a graduating senior named Zayed Yasin to deliver a speech at the university’s commencement exercises in June. When the title of the speech—“My American Jihad”—was announced, it quite naturally aroused questions.

11/14/02 Cold Turkey. By Herb Keinon/Jerusalem Post.  Ankara has many reasons to maintain its relationship with Israel - geopolitics, military cooperation and access to the US Jewish lobby, but it is not a connection based on shared values

11/14/02 Metzer killer may be cousin of Robert Kennedy assassin. By Amos Harel, Ha'aretz  The gunman who killed five people at Kibbutz Metzer this week may have been Sirhan Sirhan, a distant cousin of the man who assassinated U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy in 1968, security sources in Israel and Palestinian sources said Tuesday.

11/14/02 Saddam Uses Palestinian Terror Proxies for Jordan. DEBKAfile.  In the last few hours, reports have reached DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources that the three thousands Jordanian special forces and police, after sealing off the southern towns of Ma’an and Kerak for three days and battling local Islamic zealots, are closing in on their quarry: the assassins who shot dead the senior American diplomat, Lawrence Foley...

11/13/02 Machiavelli in Mesopotamia The case against the case against "regime change" in Iraq. By Christopher Hitchens, Slate. Part of the charm of the regime-change argument (from the point of view of its supporters) is that it depends on premises and objectives that cannot, at least by the administration, be publicly avowed.

11/13/02 Liberal Journalist Fired from Al-Hayat. Tunisian journalist Lafif Lakhdhar was recently fired from the London-based Arabic daily Al-Hayat, for his liberal views. The paper is owned by Saudi Prince, Khaled bin Sultan.

11/13/02 Terror war hits home. Detroiters caught in widening investigation. BY TAMARA AUDI FREE PRESS. Convinced that Al Qaeda terrorists are hiding in southeast Michigan, federal investigators have focused much of the government's secret war on terrorism in metro Detroit neighborhoods.

11/12/02 Saddam Hussein: Terror on the Tigris.  Economist Book Review. War should only be waged as a last resort. Two new books on Iraq argue that, for America, the last resort is now

11/12/02 Kibbutz attack not breach of EU-PLO agreement to halt suicide bombing attacks. The PLO maintains that Sunday night's terror attack on Kibbutz Metzer was not in breach of its promise to the European Union to stop assaults on civilians inside Israel, Israel Radio reports.

11/12/02 Arafat’s Road Map: More Killing. DEBKAfile Special Analysis. The terrorists Yasser Arafat’s Fatah admitted sending to Kibbutz Metzer on the Israel-West Bank border carried out their killing rampage on Sunday, November 10, concurrently with the Fatah-Hamas conference taking place in Cairo under the European Union’s aegis.

11/12/02 Divest Yourself How anti-Semitism taints campus anti-Zionism. By Hanna Rosin.  I remember it well from the Gulf War protests in college: You're sitting and basking in that mosh-pit oneness of your first teach-in when a foreign guy in a sweater vest turns up at the podium and suddenly the whole thing takes an uncomfortable turn, as he goes on about the Zionist conspiracy and occasionally slips from saying "Israeli" to "Jew," and everyone's sort of uneasy and wondering if they should clap.

11/9-11/02 The Secret of Turkish Democracy A lone model. By Barbara Lerner. Why is Turkey the only Muslim democracy in the Mideast? In a region where "democracy" means one-man-one-vote-one-time, how has Turkey's republic managed to survive for 79 years?

11/9-11/02 The End of An Era The bankruptcy of the anti-Americanists. By Victor Davis Hanson.  We are witnessing a fascinating period in American history — not the resurgence, as proclaimed, but the decline of an entire culture of dissident leftists.

11/9-11/02 Ramadan Sermon From Iraq: Who Does Bush, the Little Dwarf, Think He is to Threaten the Descendants of Muhammad?

11/8/02 As President Bush continues to build the case for war and the U.N. Security Council prepares to send in weapons inspectors, FRONTLINE/World takes a harrowing journey inside Iraq. Reporter Sam Kiley sets out to investigate Saddam Hussein's weapons, the impact of sanctions on Iraqi civilians and rumors of public beheadings.

11/8/02 THE UN'S OUTCAST: WHY IS ISRAEL TREATED DIFFERENTLY THAN ALL OTHER NATIONS? by Allison Kaplan Sommer. There is a widely-held belief among Israelis that the UN is irredeemably hostile to the Jewish state--and they are right.

11/8/02  Arab Press Debates Antisemitic Egyptian Series 'A Knight Without a Horse'. On November 6th, 2002, some Arab television channels aired the first segment of a 41-part serial called "A Knight Without a Horse," which is based on 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.' The series was slated for broadcast on Egyptian state television, the Egyptian "Dream" channel, Iraqi state television and Hizbullah's Al-Manar channel. The series aroused much debate in the Egyptian and Arab press. Most writers supported the airing of the series, but a few criticized Egypt's obsession with anti-semitic writings. Mark Sayegh, a journalist opposed to the series' broadcast, found an unusual way to express his protest in his weekly column in the London Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat. In his article, titled "The Protocols of the Arab Elders: Enough, Egypt... Enough," Sayegh presented a reverse scenario – that is, Israeli television airing a program based on the "Arab conspiracy" to take over the world: 

11/7/02  Treatment of Israel strikes an alien note. Alan M. Dershowitz National Post.  If a visitor from a far away galaxy were to land at an American or Canadian university and peruse some of the petitions that were circulating around the campus, he would probably come away with the conclusion that the Earth is a peaceful and fair planet with only one villainous nation determined to destroy the peace and to violate human rights.

11/7/02  An Egyptian Intellectual Campaigns to Change the Religious Discourse Led by Al-Azhar. At a recent symposium held in Cairo by the Egyptian Writers' Association, Egyptian intellectual and poet Ahmad Abd Al-M'uti Higazi sharply criticized Al-Azhar University "for producing terrorism." Higazi attacked Al-Azhar's Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi and Egyptian mufti Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, stating, "I do not consider what they say to be something I must listen to and obey..." 

11/7/02  AKP official vows to maintain ties with Israel.  Jerusalem Post. There will be no change in Turkish-Israeli ties, a senior member of Turkey's pro-Islamic AKP party, which swept into power this week, told The Jerusalem Post Tuesday, while harshly criticizing the policies of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

11/6/02  Saudi Hand behind Egypt’s Anti-Jewish TV Serial.  DEBKAfile’s Middle East sources report “The Horse without Horseman” was produced by Arab Radio and Television of Saudi Arabia as an epic that was written, directed and played by Egyptians. It portrays the fictional Elders, the purported blueprint for Jewish global domination, as historical fact and, in a mishmash of periods, makes it also the guiding principle of Israeli policy. 

11/6/02  The Paterson 'Protocols' by Daniel Pipes New York Post. For some weeks now, the Arab Voice [Paterson, N.J.] has been serializing an Arabic-language version of "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" in its pages (but not - revealingly - on www.arabvoice.com, its Web site).

11/6/02   New Yorker bests Times on anti-Semitism coverage.  Andrea Levin. New York Times editors could take a lesson in fearless, information-packed news reporting from a remarkable two-part article on Hezbollah by Jeffrey Goldberg in the October 14 and 28 issues of the New Yorker magazine. Unlike the Times' deceptive portrayals of Hezbollah as a social service agency happily transforming itself from a violent past (since pushing Israel out of southern Lebanon), Goldberg describes a deadly organization fueled by Nazi-like anti-Semitic fervor and bent on the extinction of Israel.

11/5/02  Israel Plunges into Campaign for February election. DEBKAfile Special Analysis.  Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon announced Tuesday, November 5, he had opted for an early election in early February 2003 - reluctantly as the lesser evil, rather than bow to “political extortion”.

11/1/02  Erased in a Moment: Suicide Bombing Attacks against Israeli Civilians Human Rights Watch Report. Suicide Bombers Commit Crimes Against Humanity. The people responsible for planning and carrying out suicide bombings that deliberately target civilians are guilty of crimes against humanity and should be brought to justice.

10/31/02  A review by US News & World Report publisher, Mort Zuckerman, of the recent recurrence of Europe's age-old "shameful contagion", anti-Semitism.

The very most recent symptom of the disease may well be Finland's recent refusal to sell their best-in-class poison gas detectors to Israel. The reason? Oh, it would violate the EU prohibition on the sale of "dual-use" equipment to countries in conflict. Well that certainly makes good sense. This may be totally unrelated but the foreign minister of Finland, Erkki Tuominioja, recently made the following statement about the country to which his nation refuses to sell gas detectors: "I am appalled at the Israeli policy of suppression, humiliation, subordination and impoverishment towards the Palestinians." Hmmm.

Can't put my finger on it but there's something a little disturbing about a former ally of Nazi Germany purposely putting Jews at risk of death by poison gas. Maybe it's just me but if you find this, oh I don't know...disgusting, feel free to let Finland's foreign minister know via an email to his special assistant, Ms. Piritta Asunmaa, at piritta.asunmaa@formin.fi . I did.

For the Zuckerman piece thanks to U of M professor, George Bornstein, and U of M Regent, Andrea Fischer Newman (did I mention you should vote for her on Tuesday?). Thanks to Chicago's Richard Baehr for the info on Finland's self-inflicted disgrace.  (David Victor)

10/31/02 Sharon’s Minority Government Will Survive Labor’s Walkout. DEBKAfile Political Analysis.  Ariel Sharon shows no sign of knuckling under to the demand from his resigned defense minister, the Labor leader Binyamin Ben Eliezer, for an early election next March or April. Labor’s walkout from the unity government leaves Sharon with a minority government of 55 out of 120 Knesset seats instead of the handy 80 his unity government enjoyed for one year, ten months. But he has prospects.

10/31/02 Back aboard the ship of fools. By Ari Shavit, Ha'aretz.  The state of Israel is threatened. It is surrounded by external threats, some threaten its existence. But the most dangerous threat to the state of Israel is not external, but internal - a psychological threat. The most dangerous threat to Israel is the threat of intellectual dishonesty.

10/31/02 Jerusalem Post Editorial: Good-bye and good riddance. After nearly 22 months of partnership, the national unity government, which Prime Minister Ariel Sharon worked so hard to preserve, has collapsed. After trading increasingly caustic barbs, followed by on-again, off-again negotiations that seemed on the verge of resolving the crisis, Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer handed in his resignation at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, ignoring pleas from some of Israel's top industrialists and legal practitioners including, at times, this newspaper to put aside narrow political interests for the sake of the country.

10/30/02  BBC may be fined for poor standards. The BBC could be fined for the first time if it breaches its duties on standards, the Government has announced.

10/30/02 Two libels and an escalation. In the new Arab anti-Semitism, the Jews are portrayed as enemies of Islam. By Eliahu Salpeter/Ha'retz. Despite the protests of Jewish groups from all over the Western world, Egyptian Television has announced that during the upcoming month of Ramadan, it will begin airing a 14-part series called "A Rider Without a Horse." The series is based on "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," the anti-Semitic booklet from 1905 written and distributed by the secret police of Russian Czar Nicholas II, which describes a purported Jewish plot to take over the world.

10/30/02 The Sniper Trail. Wall Street Journal  "An important question remains unanswered: Were Muhammad and John Lee Malvo 'lone madmen' or are they linked in some way to Islamic terrorists?"

10/29/02 The Snipers: Crazy or Jihadis? by Daniel Pipes New York Post. "... Muhammad might have seen himself as a foot soldier in the jihad (holy war) against the United States, and that he took up arms to terrorize Americans. Media across the country as one, however, shut their eyes to this explanation."

10/28/02 The Rescuer by Michael B. Oren.  Review of  A Race Against Death: Peter Bergson, America, and the Holocaust by David S. Wyman and Rafael Medoff (The New Press, 269 pp., $26.95)  More than half a century later, with the generation of the Holocaust now passing from our midst, the relevance of Bergson's legacy is undiminished, and not only for American and Israeli Jews. That legacy reminds us that silence is the handmaiden of genocide, and fear its unwitting assistant.

10/28/02  Goodbye to Europe? by Victor Davis Hanson.  IN THE aftermath of the catastrophe that struck the United States last September 11, few things can have been more dismaying to Americans than the attitude adopted by many of our closest European allies, whose sympathy for the loss of life was quickly replaced by skepticism, if not outright hostility, toward American motives and American policy. The ensuing months seem only to have heightened rather than diminished their animosity.

10/26-27/02  Draft Text: The "Road Map" to a Solution for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
With the backing of the UN, EU, and Russia, the U.S. has presented a three-stage, performance-based "road map to a permanent two-state solution." (Washington Institute for Near East Policy)

10/26-27/02  Pravda/ Latest on the Moscow Hostages

10/26-27/02 Canadian Magen David Adom tussles with government over legal status By Bill Gladstone.  The Montreal-based Canadian Magen David Adom, which has operated since 1976, launched a court action after the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency threatened in 2001 to revoke the group’s charitable status. (Click here for Canadian Court of Appeal Decision).

10/26-27/02 Pro-Chechen Islamist Website: Islamic Religious Interpretation Permits Killing of Prisoners.  Drawing upon Islamic religious sources; e.g., the Koran and its interpretations as well as other traditions about the Prophet’s conduct, the articles advocate a position which permits the killing of prisoners if their killing benefits the Muslims. The following are the main elements in the articles: “A Guide to the Perplexed about the Permissibility of Killing Prisoners” 

10/24/02 The Real Roots of Arab Anti-Americanism by Barry Rubin From Foreign Affairs, November/December 2002. Despite what many argue, Arab and Muslim rage at the United States has had very little to do with actual U.S. policies--policies that have been remarkably pro-Arab over the past 50 years. Promoting anti-Americanism is simply the best way Muslim leaders have found to distract their publics from the real problem: internal mismanagement. New U.S. policies or a PR campaign will not change matters.

10/24/02 Crisis at Moscow Theater Continues. Pravda. As of 1:30 a.m. Thurs.(USA), the hostage standoff at the Palace of Culture continues. As many as 50 Chechen rebels inside of the famous Moscow theater are holding an estimated 600 men, women and children. The rebel’s demands are simple; Russia must remove all of its forces from Chechnya at once, or these criminals/terrorists have vowed to blow themselves, the building and the remaining victims to smithereens.

10/20-27/02 Will the Arrow Find Its Target? By Leslie Susser/Jerusalem Report. Its makers are confident -- but not certain -- that Israel’s missile defense system can counter any threat from Iraq. It is the stock scenario: with Iraq reeling from a massive American attack, a desperate Saddam Hussein fires Scud missiles at Israel, hoping to drag it into the war and turn other Arab countries against the United States.

10/20-27/02 TEL AVIV DIARIST The Pride by Martin Peretz/New Republic.   I'd spent ten days in Israel, and there had not been a (successful) suicide bombing since I arrived. In fact, there hadn't been a successful bombing since September 19.

10/20-27/02 Interview with Palestinian Security Chief Dahlan:  Warns Hamas and Raises Allegations of an American-Palestinian Deal Regarding Arafat's Responsibility for the 'Karin A'. 

10/20-27/02 Iraq First. By Ehud Ya'ari/Jerusalem Report.  Arafat thinks that another Gulf War will lead to an international conference. The Israeli-Palestinian arena is now dominated by Iraq. All calculations are subordinated to the expectation of war.

10/20-27/02 Rallying For Israel Jewish students protest pro-Palestinian divestment forum at the University of Michigan. Don Cohen / Special to the Jewish News.  As the “Second National Student Conference on the Palestine Solidarity Movement” ended, the relief that it was over and not marred by violence was tempered by the single-minded focus of conference leaders that all the blame and responsibility for the plight of the Palestinians, and the terrorism and hate directed against Israel and Jews, was the fault of Israel, Zionism and their supporters.

10/20-27/02 "Detention camps," Mr. Ambassador? You should know better. By Reuven Koret  The British ambassador to Israel, Sherard Cowper-Coles, last week said that the West Bank and Gaza were in danger of becoming "the largest detention camp in the world."

10/20-27/02  Is there anything dumber than repudiating Christians who support Israel? By Jonathan S. Tobin.  A "peace protest" in New York's Central Park was the scene of vicious anti-Israel epithets uttered from both the podium and the Palestinian flag-waving audience. It was organized by a group called "Not in Our Name," which previously sponsored a full-page ad in The New York Times opposing war with Iraq, and also denouncing Israeli policies but not Arab terrorism. It was supported by Hollywood leftists like Susan Sarandon, Ed Asner, feminist guru Gloria Steinhem and the Jewish far-left's Tikkun Community impresario Michael Lerner.

10/20-27/02 The coming fall of the Temple Mount By Ryan Jones. Archeologists reported last week that a second, visibly damp bulge has appeared in the massive retaining wall of Jerusalem's Temple Mount.


10/18/02  A new Israel agenda on campus By Wayne L. Firestone, Jerusalem Post. The organizers of the second annual national divestment conference this past weekend at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, found themselves competing directly with two formidable forces on campus.

10/18/02  As you'll pick up from various unflattering references in the article below, The Economist is no friend of Israel. So when a couple of its pages are devoted to proving wrong those who allege Israel stands in breach of UN Security Resolutions in a manner no different than Iraq, it carries a bit of extra weight. (David Victor)  Double standards. From The Economist.


10/17/02  Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man, His enemies say he's on their land. They got him outnumbered about a million to one, He got no place to escape to, no place to run. He's the neighborhood bully.

10/17/02  Campus Hypocrisy By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN. Memo to professors and students leading the divestiture campaign: Your campaign for divestiture from Israel is deeply dishonest and hypocritical, and any university that goes along with it does not deserve the title of institution of higher learning. Memo to Israel's supporters: Just because there are anti-Semites who blame Israel for everything that is wrong does not mean that whatever Israel does is right, or in its self-interest, or just.

10/17/02  Pro-Israel Activists Seeking Allies Among Immigrants From India. By LARRY RAMER/ FORWARD  — Mirroring close ties between India and Israel, Jewish organizations have begun assisting Indian-American groups in their efforts to become a potent force in both domestic and foreign policy.

10/17/02  Fighting Back Supporters of Israel Protest Pro-Palestinian Divestment Conference at U-M.  By Don Cohen / Special to the Jewish News. Just as the traditional Arab headdress – the kaffiyah -- is one-size-fits-all, the Second National Student Conference on the Palestine Solidarity Movement conference held Oct. 12-14 on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan had one political orthodoxy that fit the conference supporters; all blame and responsibility fell on Israel, Zionism, and supporters of Israel, particularly the U.S. government.

10/16/02  Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat recently gave an interview to Saida Hamad, the Ramallah correspondent for the London Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat. Arafat made a comparison between the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Al-Hudaybiyya agreement made by the Prophet Muhammad and the Meccan tribe of Quraish. He stated that no one can abolish the right of return and that the Wailing Wall has no connection to the Jewish Temple. The following are excerpts from the interview:(1)

10/16/02 Christian generosity becomes a rabbinical nightmare. By Yair Sheleg. Debate has raged among American Jews about their new alliance with evangelical Christians, who in the past two years have shown themselves to be Israel's most vocifeous supporters in the United States (maybe in the world).


10/11/02 RALLYS and programs

10/11/02 Remarks of Regent Laurence B. Deitch at the Israel Support Rally,  University of Michigan - Ann Arbor October 10, 2002

10/11/02 Don't Let Hate Speech Pollute U-M Workshop/Detroit News Editorial.  A workshop at the University of Michigan advocating the strangulation of Israel will go on as scheduled this weekend, despite intense objections from Jewish students and community groups.

10/11/02 Hillel rally urges campus to take stance/ Michigan Daily. 

10/11/02Palestinian conference denounced U-M protesters fear event will be forum for anti-Semitism/The Detroit News

10/11/02  Divest from the only democracy in the Mideast? By Prof. Zvi Gitelman

10/10/02  Letter from U of M Hillel Director on  response to the conference.

10/10/02 Activists gear up for showdown at Michigan divestment meeting By Rachel Pomerance, JTA.  The anti-Israel divestment movement could enter a critical phase this weekend when Palestinian students from across the country gather at the University of Michigan.

10/10/02 Israel Targeted Divestment conference raises issues of anti-Semitism and support for terrorism. Don Cohen / Detroit Jewish News.  A national “Palestinian Solidarity” conference slated for the University of Michigan Saturday-Monday, Oct. 12-14, clearly has Israel, Zionists and, some argue, Jews in its sights. But the effort to end all diplomatic, political and financial aid to Israel by branding it racist and illegitimate is meeting stiff resistance from campus and community groups.

10/10/02 Q & A ON THE PALESTINIAN SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE Updated October 4, 2002. The following has been prepared by the University of Michigan Office of Communications in response to commonly asked questions about an upcoming conference.

10/10/02 Draw Your Own Conclusions. From the FAQ at the divestment conference website.

"Q: Why does SAFE believe that Zionism is racism?

A: This is not one of SAFE's principles. However, it is included in the conference's guiding principles as they were adopted at the 1st Student Conference in Berkeley, California. One could argue that Zionism is racism on numerous grounds. First, any nationalist movement is inherently exclusionary, and thus racist. Furthermore, and more pertinent to this particular nationalist movement, Zionism is defined as the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Clearly, this excludes the indigenous Palestinian population, and the result has been the diaspora of millions of Palestinians, creating the world's longest-lasting current refugee problem."  

10/9/02  University of Michigan President Opposes Divestment. University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman has expressed her opposition (Click for her email) to divesting the school's funds from companies that do business with Israel. Coleman released the following statement regarding the Palestine Solidarity Conference which will be taking place at the University of Michigan as well as the recent talks about divestment on campus.

10/9/02   Michigan Hillel Says: Invest in Israel. Students at the University of Michigan, among the country’s leading pro-Israel activists, have launched an Invest in Israel campaign to counter a national effort to prod university officials to divest from companies that do business in Israel.

10/9/02   Invest in peace, invest in Israel. By David Post, The Michigan Daily. The upcoming Second National Student Conference on the Palestinian Solidarity Conference is a primary example of why peace in the Middle East has not yet been achieved.

10/9/02   THE FACE OF ANTISEMITISM. By Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe.  Actually, even anti-Semitic intent can be found on American campuses these days.

10/8/02  Suicide Bomber's Father: Let Hamas and Jihad Leaders Send Their Own Sons.  In a letter to the editor of the London Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat,(1) Abu Saber M. G., the father of a young Palestinian who carried out a suicide bombing in an Israeli city, wrote: "I can find no better words with which to begin my letter than the words of Allah, in his precious book [the Koran]: 'Act for the sake of Allah, and do not throw yourselves to destruction with your own hands.'(2) I write this letter with a languishing heart and with eyes that have not ceased weeping. We must, today more than at any other time, obey this Koranic verse, act for the sake of Allah, and refrain from carrying out acts that will throw us to destruction."

10/8/02  Divestment conference not about divestment by Johanna Hanink, Michigan Daily. "The framework of this upcoming conference comes with exactly the kind of nasty baggage that people (take Larry Summers, the president of Harvard or the Anti-Defamation League, for example) have been worried about."

10/8/02  More Middle East Fiction from NPR.  So far in its series on the Middle East, NPR has proven that it can mangle history at least as well as it can mangle breaking news.

10/7/02 Time for Toppling The arguments against "regime change" are backward. BY BERNARD LEWIS. "...requiring a settlement of the Palestine question as a prerequisite to dealing with Saddam Hussein sends him a clear signal that he must at all costs prevent such a solution."

10/7/02 Bush veto on Middle East talks. Humiliating rebuff for Blair initiative. Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian.  Tony Blair's drive for Middle East peace talks has suffered an embarrassing setback at the hands of the US president, George Bush, only days after the prime minister flagged up his plan at the Labour party conference in Blackpool.

10/7/02  An education policy of equality. By Limor Livnat, Israel's Education Minister.  I believe education policy must treat every child the same as every other child - Jew and Arab, rich and poor, excellent and weak, secular and religious, including the Haredim. That is the basis for the comprehensive reform I am now proposing in the education system.

10/6/02 Opportunity knocked. Book Review by Reuven Pedatzur . "Dreams and Missed Opportunities, 1967-1973," by Dan Bavly.  On June 19, 1967, about a week after the Six-Day War had ended, the Israeli government unanimously decided that, in return for a peace treaty with Egypt and Syria, Israel would be prepared to give back all the territory it had captured in the Sinai Peninsula and on the Golan Heights and to return to the international boundary lines.

10/4-6/02  A Challenge to House Master Hanson.  By ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ.  In my 38 years of teaching at Harvard Law School, I don’t recall ever writing in praise of any action by a Harvard president, but this time I must congratulate President Lawrence H. Summers for his willingness to say out loud what many of us in the Harvard community have long believed: namely, that singling out Israel, among all the countries in the world, for divestment, is an action which is anti-Semitic in effect, if not in intent.

10/3/02  A shameful contagion.  BY MORTIMER B. ZUCKERMAN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, US News.  Europe is sick again. The memory of 6 million murdered Jews, it seems, is no longer inoculation against the virus of antisemitism. It has taken hold, on the supposedly liberal left as well as the xenophobic right, all too long unchecked by feeble political leadership with one eye on the vengeful sentiments of millions of anti-Zionist immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East. The historic antisemitism denying individual Jews the right to live as equal members of society has horribly coalesced with a new version of antisemitism that denies the collective expression of the Jewish people, namely Israel, to live as an equal member of the family of nations.

10/3/02 The Divestment Petition Demonizes Jews. By JAY M. HARRIS.  In the hope of shifting the debate on divestment from Israel to the real issue—the nature of the divestment campaign—and not the specious accusations regarding University President Lawrence H. Summers’ speech on the issue, I would like to suggest why I believe the campaign is properly characterized as “anti-Semitic in effect, if not in intent.”

10/3/02 A familiar ring to Israel criticism.  By Robert Leikind, HARVARD UNIVERSITY President Lawrence H. Summers recently gave a speech in which he decried the emergence of anti-Semitism and argued that some ''serious and thoughtful people'' are ''taking actions that are anti-Semitic in their effect if not their intent.'' His comments aroused indignation from a broad spectrum of people who accused him of stifling open debate by threatening to call Israel's critics bigots. They missed the point.

10/3/02 Harvard president’s remarks, Web site ignite campus wars.  By Rachel Pomerance.   Even before Daniel Pipes arrived at the University of Oklahoma for a speech this week, his opponents were waiting for him. The Oklahoma Daily campus paper carried two letters to the editor on Tuesday blasting Campus Watch, a Web site Pipes created that monitors professors and institutions it deems anti-Israeli or anti-American.

10/2/02 Divest and Conquer By ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ.  A nasty and immoral campaign is being waged around the world to damage Israel's economy by coercing universities and other institutions into divesting their holdings in Israel, as some of them did from South Africa during the apartheid regime. There is no justification for the comparison between the two, and the divestment effort should be opposed by anyone who supports human rights.

10/2/02 The rise and fall of the Intifada By Dina Ezzat,  Al-Ahram. On the second anniversary of the Intifada, its future appears more dependent on what happens to Saddam Hussein than to Yasser Arafat.  Official Arab support for the Palestinian Intifada is clearly dwindling. The praise from the highest levels that came from across the Arab world for the Palestinian uprising when it first started on 28 September 2000 is all but gone.

10/2/02 Squandered Support.  Patrick Clawson, a top Middle East expert and economist, explains how poor governance and continuing violence have offset the potential benefits of the vast amount of aid that has poured into the territories.

10/1/02 Iran Jumps Aboard US War on Iraq DEBKAfile’s Washington, Gulf Sources.  America’s failure to enlist UN Security Council members for a tough new ultimatum to Baghdad is misleading. On the quiet, Washington has made important strides in the bid to assemble an Arab-Muslim coalition for its war effort.

10/1/02 Sharon, victim of his own bulldozers. By Bradley Burston, Ha'aretz. In the continuing Greek tragedy of the Israel-Arab conflict, with Ariel Sharon the prisoner of his own preferred instrument of policy, the bulldozer, could a perceived victory by the Palestinians mean a triumph for Arab proponents of a sharp turn away from violence?

10/1/02  Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.  The conflict between Israel and the Arab states produced not one, but two refugee populations: Arabs from Palestine and Jews indigenous to countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

9/30/02 Why is Michigan lending its campus to conference with anti-Jewish agenda? By Nolan Finley / The Detroit News.  Coming soon to a college campus near you: A student workshop that expresses tacit support for terrorism and has as its mission the destruction of Israel.

9/20-22/02  Analysis / Not a time to set the territories on fire. By Ze'ev Schiff.  Israel has found itself in a situation in which its only possible response to a suicide attack in the heart of Tel Aviv appears to be to tighten its hold on Palestinian cities in the West Bank and to keep up the pressure on Palestinian civilians and on Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, while also trying to locate those directly responsible for the attacks.

9/20-22/02  Thou shalt judge our Jewish leaders. By David D. Perlmutter. "...every day on television news and in the paper appear the usual suspects of Jewish "leaders" in action. Yet, by that self-defined criterion we can ask Ronald Reagan's campaign question: Are we better off today for their leadership? Where are our glorious leaders in the fight that will decide the fate of the Jewish people and of Western civilization?

9/20-22/02  The world's collective amnesia. By Joseph Farah. Yasser Arafat may have lost some of his personal political clout of late, but the political movement he began – demanding justice for Palestinian Arabs expelled from their homes in 1948 – remains as strong as ever.

9/19/02  Israel is still on top of something. By Amnon Rubinstein. Question: In which countries is a newborn most likely to live to the age of 60?

9/19/02  AJC Launches Pro-Israel Television Ad Campaign "The continuing strength of the affinity Americans feel towards Israelis stands squarely on the core values of democracy and pluralism. The fact is that Israel is the only real democracy in the Middle East – a region desperately in need of reforms, freedom, and hope." Watch the television ad using either Real Player or Windows Media on AJC's website.

9/19/02 The War on Campus by Daniel Pipes.  Last week, two prominent Middle Easterners traveled to two North American campuses to deliver speeches mainly about the Arab-Israeli conflict. Both met protests. One succeeded in giving the speech; the other did not. Therein hangs a tale.

9/18/02 An open letter to British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks By Isi Liebler. Dear Chief Rabbi, We have known each other for a long time and as one who considers himself a personal friend and has always admired you as a profound religious thinker, I have thought long and hard before committing to paper what I have to say in this open and public fashion. I feel compelled to do so because the issues involved go to the very heart of Israel's critical self-examination, indeed to the very heart of Israel's right to be.

9/18/02 Thaw Seen as Rights Groups Denounce Antisemitic Wave. By MARC PERELMAN FORWARD STAFF. A tentative thaw is underway in the decades-long chill between human rights groups and Jewish organizations, after what sources on both sides said was an incipient rethinking of the human rights groups' views on antisemitism in the past year.

9/17/02 Iran on the Brink. The Atlantic.  Iraq and Israel may dominate the headlines these days, but many who are well-versed in Middle Eastern affairs agree that the linchpin of the region has almost always been, and still is, Iran. "If history repeats itself," Middle East specialist Reuel Marc Gerecht wrote recently, "as goes Iran, so will go the Muslim world."

9/17/02 An Arab parliament that speaks its mind by Zvi Bar'el. Between the burdens of the occupation, the poverty, the gang and organization wars, the curfew, the closures, the liquidations, the home demolitions and the relocations, someone latched onto a thin golden thread that came out of the frayed and tattered Provisional Palestinian Constitution - and fomented a revolution

9/17/02  The Events of September 11 and the Arab Media: The New Antisemitic Myth. In March 2002, MEMRI released a study of the Arab media's response to the events of September 11, titled, "A New Antisemitic Myth in the Middle East Media: The September 11 Attacks Were Perpetrated by the Jews." The study, with a foreword by Congressman Tom Lantos, is available online at http://www.memri.org/sr.html and as a PDF file at: http://www.memri.org/book/AntisemiticMythBook.pdf .

9/13-15/02  When the Palestinians say End of occupation, What do they mean?

9/13-15/02   Analysis / Learning from Bush's address. By Ze'ev Schiff. There are a number of conclusions that Israel can draw following the address by U.S. President George W. Bush at the United Nations yesterday,

9/12/02   The speech he couldn't give. By BENJAMIN NETANYAHU. Violent protesters at Concordia University in Montreal prevented former Israeli prime minister BENJAMIN NETANYAHU from addressing students on Monday. This is what he planned to say.

9/12/02   The massacring of the truth. By Amnon Rubinstein. A new film by Mohammad Bakri, "Jenin, Jenin: A One-Sided Movie" portrays the IDF as an embodiment of evil and cruelty, and its soldiers as the butchers of helpless citizens in Jenin. The movie was the subject of Ha'aretz Magazine's article "Taking sides," by Vered Levy-Barzilai, on September 6.



9/11/02 Targeted by a History of Hatred The United States is now the unquestioned leader of the free world, also known as the infidels. By Bernard Lewis. Most people in the United States and more generally in the Western world find it impossible to understand the motives and purposes that drove the perpetrators of these crimes, those who sent them and those who applauded them with song and dance in the streets.

9/11/02 Fostering a Democratic Islam, Most fundamentalists do not take part in acts of terror but simply want to see their faith reflected more clearly in public life. By Karen Armstrong.  How can the United States deal most effectively with the fundamentalist threat from the Muslim world?

9/10/02 `It's time to learn the lesson' By Danny Rubinstein. For the first time since the outbreak of the intifada two years ago, the official journal of the Palestinian Authority last week published severe criticism of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leadership, and the Palestinian public as a whole - for rejecting the proposals that were put forward by former U.S. President Bill Clinton at Camp David in July 2000.

9/10/02 Legitimacy Demands Leadership by: Nabil Amr. Open Letter to Yasser Arafat. I have no idea whether this letter will reach you, or, like many before it, will be pulled from the presses due to the current political timing.

9/9/02 The following three articles present the most articulate statements I have seen of the "right" and "left" views of the possibility and path to peace.  The articles are long and worth your time.


9/9/02 Years of hope By Ze'ev Binyamin Begin

A reminder: September 9, 1993, Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel

Mr. Prime Minister,

The signing of the Declaration of Principles marks a new era in the history of the Middle East.


9/9/02 Back to a coalition of pragmatism by Dr. Yossi Beilin. Dr. Ze'ev Begin, a most honest man, sees the world in black and white. He has never believed in a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through historic compromise.


8/30/02   The enemy within. By Ari Shavit, Ha-aretz. The confrontation with the Palestinians is an existential, cancerous threat to Israel, according to IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon. In his first interview since assuming his post last month, Ya'alon attacks the Israeli pathology of self-blame, criticizes the media and accuses various elements of undermining him in the Shehadeh affair. No, he's not right-wing, just the same old kibbutznik at heart. 



 9/6-8/02 Rosh Hashanah 5763: Hope from Israel By Debbie Berman, Israel Insider. It has been a difficult year in Israel. Many here, as in the United States, have been personally affected by terrorism to a degree never before experienced. And yet here we find ourselves on the eve of another new year, regrouping our strengths, healing our wounds and dusting off one of the most well guarded, tried and true secret Israeli weapons: hope.

9/6-8/02 Failing to use the calm wisely by Ze'ev Schiff. There have been several periods of calm in the acts of terrorism and other hostilities against Israel since the onset of the military confrontation initiated by the Palestinians two years ago.

 9/6-8/02 Shin Bet: Terrorists planning mass attack on Rosh Hashanah by Ha'aretz Staff. The Shin Bet has received numerous warnings regarding the aims of terrorist organizations to carry out a mass attack during the Rosh Hashanah holiday and possibly a series of attacks throughout the holiday season, and as a result the security forces are on a very high state of alert Friday.

9/5/02 Nightmare of the generals - a Kurdish state, by Zvi BarelHa'aretz. Turks and Kurds jostle over who would benefit most from a U.S. assault on Iraq

9/5/02 Lawsuit: Iraq Knew of 9/11 Attacks, Washington Post. A lawsuit filed Wednesday claims Iraq knew Osama bin Laden was targeting the Pentagon and New York City prior to Sept. 11 and that it sponsored terrorists for a decade to avenge its defeat in the Gulf War.

9/5/02 The Palestinian intifada has been a disaster, editorial The Globe & Mail. The second anniversary of the intifada occurs later this month. The Palestinians have a sad history often made worse by their leaders, but the violence that has engulfed Israel and the Palestinian territories seems particularly grievous since it followed a time when peace appeared so close.

9/4/02 Complete text of the Supreme Court regarding 'assigned residence' [transfer of relatives of suicide bombers to Gaza] 

9/4/02 An Al-Qa'ida-Affiliated Online Magazine: On the Importance of Jihad as a Means of Destroying the 'Infidel Countries'. In an article in the sixteenth issue of the online magazine Al-Ansar, which is affiliated with Al-Qa'ida,(1) a columnist identified as Seif Al-Din Al-Ansari discussed the Koranic verse "Allah Will Torture Them [the Infidels] At Your Hands": The Annihilation of the Infidels is a Divine Decree

9/3/02  Pushing - gently - for peace by Akiva Eldar. Maj. Gen. (res.) Amram Mitzna says that the peace camp has to capture the government and then reach an agreement with the Palestinians on peace terms.

9/3/02 Palestinian Interior Minister Says Violence Must End,  By Wafa Amr (Reuters) - The Palestinians' top security official called on Monday for Palestinians to end all violence against Israelis and switch to civil resistance in their nearly two-year-old uprising for statehood.

9/2/02  Official confirms Syria allowing Qaida to operate in Lebanon by Ze'ev Schiff, Ha'aretz. A Jerusalem source confirmed an exclusive report in Ha'aretz on Monday that Damascus has allowed some 150-200 Qaida operatives to settle in the Palestinian refugee camp Ein Hilwe near Sidon in Lebanon.

9/2/02  THE DEBATE ON CAMPUS Jewish groups coordinate efforts to help students ‘take back campus’ By Rachel Pomerance. (JTA) — With pro-Palestinian activists heating up college campuses around the country, nearly every Jewish organization, it seems, is going back to school. And they are hitting the books with new strategies to help map out a pro-Israel agenda as classes begin.

9/2/02  Defining Terrorism: Is One Man’s Terrorist Another Man’s Freedom Fighter? by Boaz Ganor.   The statement, “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter,” has become not only a cliché, but also one of the most difficult obstacles in coping with terrorism. The matter of definition and conceptualization is usually a purely theoretical issue—a mechanism for scholars to work out the appropriate set of parameters for the research they intend to undertake.

9/2/02   ISLAM'S DILEMMA: Extremist terror overshadows the tenet of compassion. BY DAVID CRUMM, Detroit Free Press. After Muslim extremists burned down Javed Nazir's newspaper in Pakistan and threatened him with death for blasphemy, the Muslim journalist and his wife, Ameera, fled to the United States.

Three important articles for your weekend reading.


9/6-8/02 Pith helmet policy by David Landau, J Post. In my mind's eye, I see the chief of staff, Moshe Ya'alon, with his interviewer Ari Shavit, standing before the crumbling walls of Khartoum.

9/4/02 Kiblawi's viewpoint 'appalling,' 'revolting,' proves he is 'delusional' by Brad Sugar. To the Daily: I am writing in response to Fadi Kiblawi's commentary piece in the New Student Edition, Activist Manifesto: Divest from Israeli Apartheid.

9/2/02  Chief Rabbi: Guardian interview meant as ‘passionately’ pro-Israel by Simon Rocker And Bernard Josephs. Chief Rabbi Sacks at the Trafalgar Square solidarity rally in May, at which he proclaimed: “Israel, I am proud of you” Photo: John Rifkin Chief Rabbi Dr Jonathan Sacks this week moved to soften the impact of a newspaper interview hailed by critics of Israeli policy but challenged by Orthodox colleagues and other Jewish community members.

THE DIGNITY OF DIFFERENCE. The Chief Rabbi's Official Spokesperson, Jeremy Newmark has responded to recent press coverage as follows: "It will be clear to anyone who reads the actual Guardian interview, as opposed to the front page headlines, that the Chief Rabbi, expressed passionate support for Israel, in a newspaper that has often taken a critical stance.

In doing so, the Chief Rabbi has continued his work, undertaken since the start of this conflict, in seeking to achieve a deeper understanding, beyond the Jewish community, of the challenges faced by the State of Israel.

That his expression of the pain and tragedy that Israelis are going through should be construed as criticism of Israel is absurd.

8/29/02  Israel set on tragic path, says chief rabbi. Guardian interview will shock Jewish community by Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian. Britain's chief rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, today delivers an unprecedentedly strong warning to Israel, arguing that the country is adopting a stance "incompatible" with the deepest ideals of Judaism, and that the current conflict with the Palestinians is "corrupting" Israeli culture.

8/29/02  How about a little respect? By Mike Cohen  In 1998, Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks of Great Britain made an important statement at the Orthodox Union West Coast convention in Los Angeles that I have been quoting ever since: "Non-Jews respect Jews who respect Judaism; non-Jews are embarrassed by Jews who are embarrassed by Judaism."

8/23/02 Mort Zuckerman makes a pretty thorough case for ridding the world of Saddam Hussein. When reading this consider too that no less an internationalist and diplomat than Shimon Peres recently went on record advocating Hussein's forcible removal as soon as possible. In his words, attacking Iraq now would be "quite dangerous, but postponing it would be more dangerous." As Peres knows all too well, Israel will be the first nation struck by Saddam if we go in after him, so you might say Israel has some skin in the game. This is an exceptionally meaningful statement given the source. (David Victor) 
(This article is a rebuttal to Scowcroft's article below)
US News & World Report Editorial 8/26/02 No time for equivocation BY MORTIMER B. ZUCKERMAN•EDITOR-IN-CHIEF America, and Americans, stand at a historic moment. Traditionally, democracies do not go to war barring attack on themselves or an ally. So it is that the question now is asked: How can the United States justify initiating hostilities against Iraq at a time of peace? It is the wrong question. Better to ask how America can justify not going to war against Saddam Hussein–and at the earliest possible moment.

8/23/02 Don't Attack Saddam By BRENT SCOWCROFT. Our nation is presently engaged in a debate about whether to launch a war against Iraq. Leaks of various strategies for an attack on Iraq appear with regularity. 

Regardless of what one may think of O'Reilly, he is on target with the case against Iraq. For Israel, the destruction of Iraq is crucial. It is probably critical for the future of Judaism. When Sadam has the means, he will surely throw them at Israel, just as he did in the Gulf War. However, a few years down the road or even sooner, he will be more accurate and deadly. Can our people  in Israel and the Diaspora survive this kind of attack? What does a nuclear missile on Tel Aviv portend for Israel ? Sadam wants to be known as the mother of all Arabs. He will use all means to prove it. (Marvin Gerber)  

8/12/02 A friendly reminder by Bill O'Reilly. There is a life lesson in watching how America's alleged allies are dealing with the Saddam Hussein situation. Just this week, Germany and Saudi Arabia said flat out that the United States could expect no help from them in attempting to remove the Iraqi tyrant. The Saudi behavior was predictable, as that nation has proved over and over it will not cooperate with America's war on Islamic terror. But Germany's stance is extremely interesting.

Reader Comment

8/15/02  The following question/comment is not, in any way, rhetorical. I am the first to admit my confusion and would very much like you to elaborate on your statement that "When Saddam has the means, he will surely throw them at Israel".


Dear Marvin, It's a given that Saddam is a brute, in relation to his region and his own people. Is it also a given that he is crazy or suicidal? What, in your opinion, is the benefit to Saddam if he targets Israel with nuclear weapons given the absolute certainty that Israel has the means and the will (under a first strike attack from Iraq) to, at a minimum, destroy Baghdad and Saddam with it? Is he more interested in honorific eulogies from the Arab "street" than in staying alive in a city that still physically exists? We've had tyrants before who have controlled nuclear weapons; Stalin and Mao. Yet, both understood the results of using them and never did. Is Saddam's hatred of Israel so powerful it would override all logic and his desire to live?

(Steve Schiff)


Dear Steve, You asked "Is Saddam's hatred of Israel so powerful it would override all logic and his desire to live?" Yet, isn't that true of every suicide bomber? Hasn't their hatred of Israel overridden all logic and their desire to live?

 Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum.

  "A great religion can persuade of evils."

 (Liz Fried)

Don't Attack Saddam by BRENT SCOWCROFT. Our nation is presently engaged in a debate about whether to launch a war against Iraq. Leaks of various strategies for an attack on Iraq appear with regularity. The Bush administration vows regime change, but states that no decision has been made whether, much less when, to launch an invasion.

8/31-9/1/02   Analysis / A new page in Zionist history by Avirama Golan.  In its decision yesterday, the High Court of Justice turned a new page in the history of Zionist thinking. Even in the short three-page synopsis, concepts such as "distributive justice," "saving the open spaces" and "public interest" are dominant. This nomenclature indicates that the court has adopted a clearly civic discourse.

8/30/02   The enemy within. By Ari Shavit, Ha-aretz. The confrontation with the Palestinians is an existential, cancerous threat to Israel, according to IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon. In his first interview since assuming his post last month, Ya'alon attacks the Israeli pathology of self-blame, criticizes the media and accuses various elements of undermining him in the Shehadeh affair. No, he's not right-wing, just the same old kibbutznik at heart. 

8/30/02   The sound of one opinion clapping By Uzi Benziman. When asked why he had chosen to go public with his views (in the rabbinical forum and in Ha'aretz Magazine), Ya'alon explained that he is "the chief of staff of the nation of Israel and not only of the political level."

 8/29/02   Time for Judaism to go global too By Yair Sheleg. Settlement theology has a new cultural hero. Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Kook, long considered its undisputed spiritual leader isn't up to date, suggest some thinkers who want a philosophy that would better deal with the problems of the hour. And so, two articles in the settler journal Nekudah are promoting the ideas of Elijah Benamozegh, a 19th century rabbi of Livorno, Italy.

 8/29/02  Our Enemies, the Saudis by Victor Davis Hanson. EVEN if we were not attempting to prosecute a war against terror, the time would have long since arrived to reconsider our relations with Saudi Arabia. 

8/28/02  There's a more important war now - against `the ruler of the planet' By Zvi Barel. The war in Palestine has been usurped by another conflict: the war on Iraq.

8/27/02   Something Rotten in Denmark? by Daniel Pipes and Lars Hedegaard  New York Post.  A Muslim group in Denmark announced a few days ago that a $30,000 bounty would be paid for the murder of several prominent Danish Jews, a threat that garnered wide international notice.

8/27/02   Olmert: Gov't must prevent collapse of part of Western WallBy Nadav Shragai, Ha'aretz. Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert Tuesday morning called on the government to take immediate action to prevent the "historical and human disaster" that will happen if the southern portion of the Western Wall collapses.

8/26/02     NOTEBOOK The Bad Fight. Bill Clinton--who, like his successor George W. Bush (and unlike Al Gore, John McCain, and John Kerry), took frenzied steps to avoid Vietnam--may go to war yet.

8/26/02 TEL AVIV DISPATCH Refugee Status by Yossi Klein Halevi.  Tayseer, as we'll call him, a 21-year-old Gazan whose constant smile tries to conceal watchfulness, learned early on that to be gay in Palestine is to be a criminal. 

8/26/02  WHILE SHARPLY DIVIDED OVER THE CEASEFIRE AND BOMBING ATTACKS AGAINST CIVILIANS, AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY SUPPORTS POLITICAL REFORM BUT HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT THE PA’S INTENTIONS TO IMPLEMENT IT. The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) has conducted a public opinion poll in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the period between 18-20 August 2002. A representative sample of 1320 adults were interviewed face-to-face, in 120 locations, with a sample error of 3%

8/26/02   Militant Islam Is Put In Class With Communism, Fascism BY SEAN HIGGINS INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY. Pipes, "There are some scholars who argue that militant Islam is on the decline. I find that argument unconvincing. I think it is still on the increase. I think it has a ways to go before it peaks."

8/26/02   SAUDIS PAID BIN LADEN HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS. Senior members of the Saudi royal family paid "protection money" totaling at least $300 million to Osama bin-Laden and the Taliban to prevent them from attacking targets in Saudi Arabia, the London Sunday Times reported yesterday.

8/24-25/02   Father of Ousted McKinney Spells Defeat 'J-E-W-S' By ELI KINTISCH FORWARD STAFF ATLANTA — The father of Rep. Cynthia McKinney is blaming Jews for her defeat in Georgia's Democratic primary

8/24-25/02   IThe Book of Job - or Genesis? By Charles R. Bronfman. A few weeks into our annual, summer-long stay at our home in Jerusalem, my wife, Andy, and I became honorary citizens of this extraordinary city - the first North American Jews to be so honored.

8/24-25/02   Israel's contingency planners see possible fight on three fronts Leslie Susser. The Israeli army is preparing contingency plans for fighting on three fronts if the U.S. attacks Iraq,

8/24-25/02  Ehud Ya'ari: Step It up. There is no alternative, Israel has to step up the pressure on the Palestinians, unrelentingly and uncompromisingly.

8/24-25/02  Syrians tell Mideast forum gov't would consider border changes. By Sharon Sadeh, Ha'aretz. LONDON - A closed-door conference that brought together opinion makers and officials from the Middle East - including Israelis, Syrians, and Palestinians - heard surprising readiness on the part of the Syrians to discuss border corrections in any peace deal with Israel involving a return of the Golan Heights.

8/23/02 The Metamorphosis of the Secretary of the Arab Psychiatrists Association. Secretary of the Arab Psychiatrists Association Dr. Adel Sadeq, who also heads the Department of Mental Health at Ein Shams University in Cairo, is known for his extremist views. In an article and television interview in April 2002,(1) Dr. Sadeq praised suicide attacks, declared that the Arabs' goal was "to throw Israel into the sea," and "professionally" diagnosed U.S. President George W. Bush as "stupid." It would seem that the uproar Dr. Sadeq sparked with his statements affected him profoundly. In a recent article in the Egyptian daily Hadith Al-Madina, he makes a complete change from his previous position:

8/22/02  Impact: Al Qaeda among us Fox: The O'Reilly Factor August 19, 2002 JOHN GIBSON, HOST: In the second "Impact" segment tonight, al Qaeda among us. While the military has been fighting the terrorist network in Afghanistan, the FBI has reportedly been investigating hundreds of suspected sleeper cells in the United States. Is it possible for our government to shut these sleepers down?

 8/22/02 Jihad 101 by Martin Kramer. Professors and Pundits: An occasional column devoted to makers and brokers of ideas. Predict this. Who even imagined the possibility of a September 11? Well, you might say, Steven Emerson and Daniel Pipes did. Well, you are wrong. Richard Bulliet, professor of Islamic history and past director of Columbia University's Middle East Institute, now claims that the academic "experts" on Islam had seen it coming all along.

8/21/02  SADDAM'S RAP SHEET By DANIEL PIPES & JONATHAN SCHANZER, NY Post.  CONSIDER the paradox: Almost every government agrees that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is an appalling monster and shudders at the prospect of his acquiring nuclear weapons. Yet those same governments are also furiously signaling their disapproval of an American-led military effort to depose him.

8/21/02   Al Qaeda's Fantasy Ideology To understand Sept. 11, think of it as theater, not politics. BY LEE HARRIS, Policy Review. "Know your enemy" is a well-known maxim, but one that is difficult to observe in practice.

8/21/02  Tough love for the Palestinians By ALAN TONELSON, NY Daily News. Imagine a proposed negotiation between two parties. One is very strong. One is very weak.

8/20/02 Demon Israel' and the ivory tower by Noga Tarnopolsky.  Dr. Shira Wolosky, a lecturer in literature at the department of American studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, found it hard to understand why no one present got up and protested and why such silence prevailed at a conference held a few months ago at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

8/20/02 From the director of the Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies. The way we live now If present trends continue, writes Abdel-Moneim Said, the future for the Middle East Peace Process will be bleak indeed. But it is not too late to change it.

8/20/02 A command of contradictions by Ze'ev Schiff. Maj. Gen. Yitzhak Eitan, who just stepped down as head of the Central Command, is unique for having served as commanding general of a difficult front longer than any other top officers in this kind of conflict.

 8/19/02 Edward Said on Arabs. DISUNITY AND FACTIONALISM. "What lies behind the Pavlovian regularity with which Arabs try to hurt and impede each other rather than uniting behind a common purpose?" asks Edward Said

8/19/02 Fog of War By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN. "... in case you missed it: two years into the Palestinian uprising, Palestinian factions were meeting to determine why they are fighting and whether their means are legitimate."

8/19/02  Christians Aren't the Enemy by YECHIEL ECKSTEIN. Last week Saudi newspapers launched a concerted attack on American Christians, who, in their eyes, are too anti-Saudi and pro-Israel.

8/19/02 Hardship in the territories By Danny Rubinstein Almost five months have passed since Operation Defensive Shield, and the change in daily life in the West Bank is clearly evident.

8/19/02  Hamas mentor: No Palestinian unity if dependent on acknowledging Israel. Hamas spiritual leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin said Saturday that agreement between all Palestinian parties is forbidden if it is dependent on the acknowledgment of the State of Israel.

8/17-18/02   Into the rough: Bush versus Saddam - with Israel in the middle. By Ze'ev Schiff. This was the situation in 1991, and a similar scenario is forming again. What has changed, what are each side's interests, how are they preparing for a military confrontation - and what can be expected the day after?

8/17-18/02  ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS.  Why the Palestinians Are Winning the Media War An Interview with David Bedein. Do you agree with those who say that "the Palestinians have been doing a better job than the Israelis on the public relations front"? Yes. For the past twenty years, the Palestinians have outmaneuvered the Israelis in framing the conflict for the world media.

8/17-18/02   Secret talks for united front on Israel, by John Ward Anderson, The Indian Express.  Deeply divided Palestinian groups have been involved in secret negotiations for more than a month over ground rules for their uprising against Israel, trying to agree on fundamental issues like why they are fighting, how to end the conflict and if suicide bombings are a legitimate weapon.

8/17-18/02   That's my boy, by Guy Lawson,The Guardian. Technically he is an unemployed 38 year old who spends a lot of time with his dad. But in reality, Omri Sharon, the Israeli prime minister's son, may be the most powerful backroom operator in the Middle East. As well as being a devoted follower of his father, he also has the ear of Yasser Arafat. In a rare interview he talks to Guy Lawson

8/16/02   Liberal Arab Intellectuals on Their Governments' Information Campaign Plans. Since September 11, high ranking Arab government officials, as well as the Arab media, have been contemplating the need for an information campaign that would present Arab positions to a Western audience "in language the West understands." A number of liberal Arab intellectuals have mocked this idea. The following are excerpts from articles authored by two prominent liberal Arab intellectuals on the topic:

8/16/02  Bush, in Shift on Egypt, Links New Aid to Rights By Peter Slevin Washington Post. The Bush administration will oppose any additional foreign aid for Egypt to protest the Egyptian government's prosecution of human rights campaigner Saad Eddin Ibrahim and its poor treatment of pro-democracy organizations, administration sources said yesterday.

8/16/02   PA: Talks with Hamas on end to attacks in Israel fail By Amira Hass and Daniel Sobelman, Ha'aretz. Negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and the radical Islamic organization Hamas on an end to terror attacks inside Israel have failed, according to senior PA Minister Nabil Sha'ath.

8/16/02   Jordan Prince Said To Seek Iraqi Throne Meets With Wolfowitz By MARC PERELMAN FORWARD STAFF. Former crown prince Hassan of Jordan is not on the guest list of a high-level meeting between the main Iraqi opposition groups and American officials scheduled for Friday in Washington. Nevertheless, he is bound to loom large as participants grapple with the all-important question of who runs post-Saddam Baghdad. Rumors are rife that the 55-year-old Hassan is angling to become king of Iraq.

 8/15/02   Israel’s Peculiar Position By Eric Hoffer. This article, written by the late Eric Hoffer 34 years ago, is uncannily contemporary. Some truths never change. Hoffer was a Non-Jewish American social philosopher. He was born in 1902 and died in 1983, after writing nine books and winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a classic. 

8/15/02  Coexistence is easy when `there are no tanks and no curfews' Thousands of religious Muslims are moving to New York's Haredi neighborhoods. The reason - both communities are religious, family-oriented, modest and shun pork.

8/14/02   The Problem with “Peace-Process” Politics Looking back to go forward. By Joshua Kleinfeld. Peace, in hostile situations, requires that no party be too publicly, or too sincerely, peaceful.

8/14/02  RICO Arafat By Bennett M. Epstein. Yasser Arafat's chief deputy, Saeb Erekat, a member of the Palestinian delegation meeting in Washington recently with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, howled in protest when Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in a televised speech to his nation, called the leaders of the Palestinian Authority a "gang of murderers." It was a charge that for Erekat and company, must have hit too close to home. (Read the Koby Mandell Act HR 2098, S 1377)

8/14/02  MI chief: terror groups trying hard to pull off mega-attack By Gideon Alon and Amira Hass, Ha'aretz . Terrorist organizations are making every effort to carry out as many attacks as possible, including "mega-attacks," inside Israel, the head of Military Intelligence, Major General Aharon Ze'evi (Farkash), told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday. There are currently six warnings of attacks that are about to be perpetrated, he said.

 8/14/02    Islam's Future by Daniel Pipes, New York Post. 'I am surprised at your lack of courage, Mr. Pipes," one reader scolded me. "Your point of view is for people who believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus," opined another. "You really dropped the ball on this one!" "I hope you are not beginning to lose your nerve." "Totally wrong." Or, more charitably: "Maybe your hope is overshadowing your understanding of the truth." (prior op-ed)

8/13/02 The Saudi Way By SIMON HENDERSON. The recent statement by Saudi Arabia's foreign minister that the U.S. will not be allowed to use Saudi soil to launch an attack on Iraq is further proof that the House of Saud is not our "ally" in the war on terror.

8/13/02 The Mideast Threat That's Hard to Define By Youssef M. Ibrahim. There are people inside the American defense establishment -- the most powerful, technologically sophisticated military in the history of mankind -- who believe that the greatest threat they face today may come from followers of an early 18th century religious extremist who called for a renewal of Islamic spirit, moral cleansing and the stripping away of all innovations to Islam since the seventh century. Those disciples are known as Wahabis.

8/13/02 Saddam's Sirens, Wall Street Journal. Charming is not a word that usually springs to mind when we think of Saddam Hussein

8/12/02  Christian Zionists Stage Telethon for 'My People' By AMI EDEN FORWARD STAFF Dozens of Christian television stations are slated to air a five-hour telethon next week in support of Israeli victims of terrorism, with half the money raised earmarked for a fund organized by the United Jewish Communities and its national network of charitable federations.

8/12/02 A White House in Search of a Policy By MARTIN INDYK, NYTIMES.  Does the Bush administration know what it's doing in the Middle East?

 8/12/02 Hamas, Fatah mull cease-fire draft plan By Amira Hass and Amos Harel. A Gaza Hamas representative has taken part in drafting an all-Palestinian political platform that defines their national goal as establishing a state inside the 1967 borders, and implying it rejects attacks inside Israel.

8/12/02 The intellectual and the Pharaohs By Zvi Bar'el. "Yes, I know I could go back to prison. I am also prepared for that."

8/10-11/02 Waiting for Godot by David Warren, Ottawa Citizen. There is a strange lull in the confrontation between Israel and the Palestinians -- not in Palestinian terrorism but in the Israeli response.

8/10-11/02 Iraqi Physician: Saddam's Orders to Cut Off the Ears of Defecting Soldiers and Officers Were Implemented in Iraqi Hospitals "The problem started in 1994 when Saddam Hussein issued a presidential order to cut off the ear of any military person who failed to report for military service, or defected from the army."

8/9/02 The security umbrella of victory By Ari Shavit. The Catch-22 in which Israel finds itself in the current decade is the catch of withdrawal.

8/9/02 Saudis blame Jews for hostile views (UPI). The Saudi media Wednesday blamed Jews and Israeli sympathizers for a widely reported article in the U.S. press that said Pentagon advisers considered the kingdom to be an enemy of the United States.

8/8/02 Lessons From Sri Lanka By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN. It's often forgotten that while suicide bombing started in the Middle East, the people who perfected suicide as a weapon of war were the Tamil Tigers militia here in Sri Lanka, the island-state off the southern tip of India. In the last decade, Tamil suicide bombers, many of them women, killed some 1,500 people, including an Indian prime minister and a Sri Lankan president. And in a bizarre twist, the Tigers filmed many of their suicide bombings to show and motivate their troops.

8/8/02 Arabs Ignore Palestinians' Plight By MARC GINSBERG, former U.S. ambassador to Morocco, WSJ . The latest flare-up in the Middle East is once again shining the spotlight on the plight of millions of destitute Palestinian living in squalid refugee camps. Arabs claim to be outraged by the Palestinians' plight, but in reality they have contributed little to the welfare of the Palestinian people.

8/8/02 ISRAEL IS WINNING By DANIEL PIPES, New York Post Op-ed. "...the Palestinian campaign of terror continues apace, with frequent, bloody successes. But it has failed to have the intended effect of demoralizing Israelis."

8/8/02 Gaza first, once again. By Ze'ev Schiff. Throughout the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, plans dubbed "Gaza first" have periodically arisen.

8/8/02 Background / Occupation now, occupation forever? By Bradley Burston, Ha'aretz. Championed by settlers, feared and loathed by Palestinians, the military occupation of the West Bank gives every sign of having roared back into existence - but is Israel willing or even able to pay the price?

8/7/02 Truth Massacred By Richard Cohen, Washington Post. It has the only army in the Middle East in which reservists have refused to serve for reasons of conscience -- an option I wouldn't recommend to any soldier in any Arab army. Israel, it can be argued, has the "most humane army in the world."

8/7/02 On Being Disliked It’s an America thing, by Victor Davis Hansen. Rather than creating new programs to teach others about America, I would prefer that our government instruct Americans about the exceptional history of America, reinaugurate civic education in the schools, explain that racism, sexism, and prejudice are endemic in the human species — but under the American system of government can be identified, discussed, and then ameliorated.

8/7/02 Palestinians Cheer Carnage By MICHAEL B. OREN, Wall Street Journal. In Gaza last week, crowds of children reveled and sang while adults showered them with candies. The cause for celebration: the cold-blooded murder of at least seven people -- five of them Americans -- and the maiming of 80 more by a terrorist bomb on the campus of Jerusalem's Hebrew University.

8/6/02 Bush's Support For Reformers Backfires in Iran Speech Brings Conservative Crackdown, by Karl Vick, Washington Post. A sudden surge in momentum for reform inside Iran was reversed last month by President Bush's public expression of support for the cause, according to Iranian analysts and foreign diplomats there

8/6/02 High Ranking Iranian Conservative Cleric Resigns Over Regime's Failures He explained that his resignation was in protest of Iran's human rights violations, the regime's failure to meet the people's expectations of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and the harsh situation of unemployment, poverty, the spread of prostitution, illegal drug use, and AIDS.

8/6/02 Watershed: The Will of the Iranian People Should Not Be Ignored This Time Around By Michael Rubin, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy It is ironic, then, at a watershed moment inside Iran, past and present State Department officials still advocate engagement with a terror-sponsoring government whose subjects long for true democracy.

8/5/02 Bush's Shame By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN.  "I'm also frightened, because if there is no space in Egypt for democratic voices for change, then Egyptians will only be left with the mosque."

8/5/02 Top Palestinian minister slams Hamas for attacking civilians, arabia.com. "We cannot really continue like this: with the PA that condemns the killing of civilians and people that go on television and publicly advocate further killing civilians," he said, pointing the finger at Hamas.

8/5/02 New Palestinian party calls for secular, democratic state.  Jerusalem Post. Bassam Abu Sharif, an adviser to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, yesterday released the program of his new political party the Palestine Democratic Party (PDP) -- which calls for a peace agreement with Israel, and a Palestinian constitution which ensures secular, democratic government, equal rights, separation of judicial, executive, and legislative powers, and a free market economy.

8/5/02 Terrorism won't break Israel's will By Yossi Klein Halevi.  This terrible summer is defined not only by terrorism but also by a stubborn Israeli refusal to be terrorized.

8/5/02 Operation 'maybe this time' By Amos Harel, Ha'aretz. For the last three and a half months the IDF has not touched the Casbah of Nablus. Operation Determined Path may have been going on for the last month and a half, but on the ground it has left pockets of terror, the Casbah being the most conspicuous among them.

8/4/02 'An atrocious scene': Eyewitness accounts of the Safed bus bombing,  Ha'aretz. 

8/4/02 Jenin, the Real Story, Wall Street Journal.  It was heartening yesterday to witness the way fact muscled out myth and obfuscation in two important Middle East policy areas.

8/3-4/02 David Victor comments: Preeminent mid-east scholar and Princeton professor emeritus, Bernard Lewis, gave an enlightening interview recently in which he sought to answer virtually every Westerner's question about the world of Islam: What went wrong? Thanks to Richard Baehr in Chicago. Hot Type: Bernard Lewis Interview: What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response. CBC.   "In the course of the twentieth century it has become abundantly clear in the Middle East and all over the lands of Islam that things have indeed gone badly wrong. Compared to its millennial rival, Christendom, the world of Islam has become poor, weak and ignorant." 

8/3-4/02 Victims of the Hebrew University bombing

8/3-4/02 Hamas to Jews: Get out or Die by Cal Thomas. "Crowing about the innocent dead and wounded, the Hamas spokesman said Jews should leave Israel and 'return to where they came from.'How long would the United States support a "peace process" if, say, white supremacists in America were bombing black churches and promising the killings wouldn't stop until African-Americans went back where they 'came from'?"

8/3-4/02 Analysis / A three-pronged fight against terror By Ze'ev Schiff. The third area, newer for Israel, is to make things difficult for families once there is proof that they supported or helped the suicide attackers.

8/3-4/02 Military attacks are not the way By Aluf Benn, Ha-aretz. Israel's strategic weapon against the Palestinians is not the F-16, but the economic siege, by its various names, which is backed by the reoccupation of Palestinian cities and by American pressure to remove Arafat.

8/3-4/02 Palestinian Legislative Council Member: The PA is Corrupt. The Muslim Brotherhood organ in Jordan, Al-Sabil,(1) published an interview with Mu'awiya Al-Masri, a Palestinian Legislative Council member from Nablus.

8/2/02 July Terror Watch – 30 Persons Murdered in Attacks

8/2/02 Let the Iraq Debate Begin by Al Hunt, Wall Street Journal. One Washington ambassador of a top American ally says he hasn't the foggiest idea what the U.S. policy on Iraq is.

8/2/02 Hadassah Is Boycotting All Boycotts Fears That Protests Inspire Israel's Foes By NACHA CATTAN, FORWARD STAFF "It is exactly because Israel has been the target of boycotts, that Hadassah opposes boycotts — even by well-intended parties — as a strategy that only results in harm,"

8/2/02 The Mideast's Political Pygmies by Jim Hoagland, Washington Post. "...the region is afflicted with pygmies...[who] capitulate to moral obtuseness shaped by decades of conflict and corruption."

8/2/02 Hamas leader who planned Passover massacre also plotted cyanide attack. By Zvi Harel, Ha'aretz   "...the 36-year-old Hamas military commander contacted his brother, Tiraq Zaydan, a pharmacist, in order to obtain a variety of chemicals to be used in explosive devices."

8/1/02 CELEBRATIONS IN GAZA. In Gaza City, thousands of Palestinian men, women and children celebrated by clapping, singing and distributing sweets.

8/1/02 Coming to terms with the inconceivable. "The only Arab I hate is the terrorist - and he's dead."

8/1/02 Greek Orthodox Church Spokesman Replaced for Supporting Suicide Attacks. The spokesman of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, Father 'Atalla Hanna, who is a Palestinian Arab, stated his own and the Church's support for suicide attacks and for all forms of Palestinian resistance to the occupation.

8/1/02 Arafat Acts to Unravel Reforms DEBKAfile Special Report. "But as soon as Jackson left, he vented his real feelings for Americans of any stripe with a series of contemptuous actions - all aimed at undermining the credibility of the US-sponsored reform program for cleansing the Palestinian administration of terrorist and corrupt elements."

7/31/02 Terror bombing kills 7, wounds 45 at Jerusalem university A bombing in a crowded cafeteria at the Mount Scopus campus of Jerusalem's Hebrew University killed at least seven people Wednesday afternoon and injured at least 45, 14 seriously. In memory

7/31/02 The great security plan that came apart at the seams.The State Comptroller outlines a gloomy reality about lack of security cooperation, of government decision-making, and of funds needed to secure the seam line. By Mazal Mualem, Ha-aretz.

7/31/02 Israel to expel terrorist's relative to Gaza. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's security cabinet Wednesday decided to order a relative of a Palestinian terrorist expelled to the Gaza Strip

7/30/02 The Evil Isn't Islam by Daniel Pipes New York Post  It is a mistake to blame Islam (a religion 14 centuries old) for the evil that should be ascribed to militant Islam (a totalitarian ideology less than a century old).

7/30/02 "O God, destroy the Jews and Americans ": Friday 26 July Sermon on Iraqi Government TV These sermons reveal the dephth of anti-Semitism in the Moslem-Arab world today, and the hatred of Israel (and America) as a foreign body in the Dar el-Islam (the lands conquered by and once ruled by Mohammed and his successors).

7/30/02 Left-wing Jews rally behind Rep. McKinney By Barbara Ferguson, Arab News Correspondent. “Cynthia McKinney is one of only three representatives who received a perfect score from us for advocating a balanced policy in favor of a just peace between Israel and Palestine. The other two are John Dingell, D-Michigan and Nick Rahall, D-West Virginia,”

7/29/02 Liberal Arab Columnist: Why the Palestinians Miss Opportunities "My generation opened its eyes with the loss of Palestine, and is about to shut them with the loss of the opportunity to retrieve what can be retrieved from it."

7/29/02 Watershed: The Will of the Iranian People Should Not Be Ignored This Time Around By Michael Rubin  Iran is reaching the boiling point.

7/29/02 The amazing story of an American Jew who "converted" from Shas to Hamas.  "Ovadiah Yossef brought us to Israel," Hatab says, "and because of Ovadiah Yosef, today we are Muslims."

7/28/02 Arab nations halt funding after reports Arafat embezzled aid. Among the countries that have suspended funding are Morocco, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates

7/28/02 US Brands Palestinian Intifada Terrorism DEBKAfile Special Analysis The speech delivered Friday night, July 26, by US ambassador John Negroponte at the UN Security Council in New York, snapped Washington’s last ties to some critical historical conventions on the Middle East conflict.

7/28/02 War & Responsibility. Who is to blame for the deaths of innocents in Gaza. By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz. Many people, in Israel and abroad, have said that the Israeli strike in Gaza against the number-two man in the terrorist Hamas organization, Salah Shehadeh, was mistaken on several levels.

7/27-8/02 One of the Most Destructive Myths of American Foreign Policy By Michael Rubin, adjunct scholar The Washington Institute for Near East Policy "On July 16, the State Department showed it just doesn't get it."

7/27-8/02 Bush administration planning to oust Hussein By WARREN P. STROBEL and JONATHAN S. LANDAY Knight Ridder Newspapers "If it happened in October, I wouldn't be completely surprised"

 7/27-8/02 Suicide and Car Bomb Attacks in Israel Since the Declaration of Principles (September 1993) A list of horror.


 7/26/02   Opposing   

The long and imbecilic arm of Israel By Yoel Marcus

Letter to Pres. Bush from John Dingell and Nick Rahall Questioning Use of US Arms in Israeli Attack (PDF)

Something stupid by Mark Heller, Jerusalem Post.

Unacceptable Losses, editorial The Forward

Background / Shehada 'hit' sends shockwaves back to Israel By Bradley Burston, Ha'aretz Correspondent.  

Analysis / From a `pinpoint' operation to massive casualties By Amos Harel, Ha-aretz 

IDF, Shin Bet to probe Gaza bombing disaster, Ha-aretz


WSJ.com - Civilian Casualties : No Apology Needed

Inside Track / Deadly reality and cease-fire fantasy By Amir Oren

Hamas to blame for civilian deaths. Editorial Chicago Sun-Times

HAMAS KILLS ITS OWN by John Podhoretz, New York Post

Ettinger: U.S. Knows Why It Issued Only A Weak Condemnation., Arutz Sheva 

Shehadeh was 'ticking bomb' by

Hitting the extremists helps the moderates By Amir Oren, Ha-aretz

EDITORIAL: Completely unacceptable?, Jerusalem Post  

The targeting of Hamas's bin Laden, By URI DAN, Jerusalem Post.


7/26/02 A May 2002 Interview with the Hamas Commander of the Al-Qassam Brigades

7/26/02 Palestinians, look in the mirror DAVID MARGOLIS, Jerusalem Post. "For their part, the Palestinians, locked in their own delusions, remain crippled by a nearly absolute refusal to take responsibility for what has happened to them."

7/25/02 Both Lynn Rivers and John Dingell vote in favor of Supplemental Appropriation for  Fiscal Year 2002.  Bill includes $28.9 B Supplemental Emergency Spending for War on Terror; Extra $200m Allocated for Israel’s War against Terror and Suicide Bombing Prevention; and Additional $50m for Humanitarian Aid to Palestinians - Strictly Prohibited from Reaching Palestinian Authority.

7/25/02 From Oslo to Ground Zero By RUTH WISSE "I did not believe that Israel could claim my support for putting into power a mob of professional murderers and extortionists."

7/25/02 The Hidden Threat in the Mideast By DENNIS ROSS.  With a constant stream of supply from both the Iranians and Syrians, Hezbollah is building a formidable arsenal of highly mobile rockets.

7/25/02 Background / Shehada 'hit' sends shockwaves back to Israel By Bradley Burston, Ha'aretz Correspondent. On the face of it, the timing of the attack could hardly have been worse.

7/25/02 The targeting of Hamas's bin Laden, By URI DAN. The elimination of Hamas leader Salah Shehadeh in a combined General Security Service and Israel Air Force operation had a purpose beyond the obvious one: to inform Hamas that its chiefs are not immune to Israeli attacks.

7/24/02 Analysis / From a `pinpoint' operation to massive casualties By Amos Harel "The IDF doesn't think that they'll have to answer for this week's bombing at the international crimes court in The Hague. But a few more similar operations and that danger may be a lot closer than it appears right now."

7/24/02 Hitting the extremists helps the moderates By Amir Oren "The determination to strike at the murderers and their accomplices, despite the tragic harm done to the children this week, should be considered as that kind of help."

7/24/02 IDF, Shin Bet to probe Gaza bombing disaster  A government source said "the operation was contrary to the entire logic of pinpoint prevention. Usually we used tweezers to hunt an elephant, this time we used an elephant against tweezers, and the results were very bad."

7/24/02 Indian Arms Plan Worries State Dept. Powell Ready to Voice Concern on Intent to Buy Missile Defense System From Israel  By Peter Slevin and Bradley Graham Washington Post Pentagon

7/23/02 The gesture politics of an Israel boycott by Geoffrey Alderman, The Guardian (London). The demand by some British academics for a "boycott" of Israel is significant mainly for what it tells us about the prejudices and short-sightedness of the boycotters.

7/23/02 Liberal Columnist Calls on Hamas to Stop Terrorism. Tunisian liberal Al-'Afif Al-Akhdhar, who resides in Paris and writes for the London-based Arabic-language daily Al-Hayat, published an open letter to Hamas in which he called on the organization to stop suicide bombings. 

7/23/02 III. Arafat Threatens Palestinians Joining Americans Third DEBKAfile Article on Impact of US Palestinian Scheme The arrival of Jordanian Palestinian troops will therefore signal the countdown for the demise of Arafat’s regime in the West Bank together with Jordan’s reinstatement, a process carried forward by Gen. Yahya with American and Israeli approval and financial support.

  7/23/02 II. Sharon Is Supportive, Prepares for Storm. Second DEBKAfile Article on Impact of US Palestinian Scheme The unconventional makeup of the delegation Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon sent to Washington Saturday night, July 20, betrays his ambivalent attitude on the Bush administration's plan to restructure the Palestinian Authority from top to bottom.

7/22/02 I. Comprehensive US Plan to Rebuild Palestinian Administration DEBKAfile Exclusive Report from Washington Without waiting for Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Europe or Saudi Arabia, the Bush administration is forging forward alone with a grand scheme for overhauling the Palestinian Authority politically, economically, militarily and administratively, a scheme so broad that the term "reforms" does not begin to do it justice.