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Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Palestinian Right of Return - The Heart of the Problem
Perhaps the most intractable obstacle to resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the Palestinian claim that all refugees who fled or were expelled during the Israeli war of Independence and the 6-day war have the right to return to Israel based on UN General Assembly Resolution 194 - the so called "Right of Return." [more]
Saturday, September 25, 2004
What terror statistics tell us about the issues
What is the most important fact that nobody mentions about disengagement? Is Israel winning the war on terror? Is the barrier preventing terror attacks? Statistics can help answer some of these questions.
There are only imperfect statistics available regarding the number of terror attacks by Palestinians, but those available allow us to draw some tentative conclusions. [more]
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Yom Kippur: Atonement and Politics
Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, is a time for self-examination and self-criticism. According to legend, between the New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and Yom Kippur, the deeds of each of us are examined and we are written down in the book of life or the book of death. Yom Kippur represents a last chance for atonement.
Since the 1973 Yom Kippur war, the self-examination and atonement of Yom Kippur have had a special additional public political meaning. In a few days, because of political and military errors, over 2000 young men and women were registered in the book of death. Unfortunately, we have not learned the major lessons of the Yom Kippur war, and apparently, we are condemned to commit the sins of our ancestors and to suffer the punishment as well. [more]
Sunday, September 19, 2004
Iraq between two elections
The shape of American strategy in Iraq, still largely unarticulated, became more apparent in an article today by New York Times Baghdad correspondent Dexter Filkins. Filkins relates the latest plans of the U.S. military in Iraq, according to "a senior American commander": a renewed push to recapture Fallujah, Ramadi, and other Sunni Arab cities before the elections planned for January.
Without some semblance of order in the Sunni Triangle, balloting won't be possible there. But the planned offensive seems compressed into the narrowest of timeframes, for reasons that inescapably include the November elections in the U.S. Only once America's voting is finished should we expect the situation in Iraq to heat up dramatically.
by Analyst @ 09:11 PM CST [Link]
Monday, September 6, 2004
Beslan tragedy: Some unpleasant truths
The tragic murder of about 400 innocent people held as hostages by Jihadist terrorists in a Beslan school has attracted a great deal of media attention. The crime has been justifiably condemned by just about every world leader, including widespread criticism in the Arab media. One would think that every aspect of the crisis was covered, but it is not so. [more]
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Dismally significant suicide bombings in Beersheba
Nobody who is concerned for peace between Palestinians and Israelis can ignore Tuesday's double suicide bombing in Beersheba, which killed at least 16 people. In more than one way, this bombing has a dismal and tragic significance for Israelis and Palestinians, beyond the brute force of the mayhem and anguish caused by many of the bombings during the long years of the Oslo accords and especially during the "Intifada." [more]
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