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July 3, 1992 | by Shibley Telhami, From the New York Times
The story of the Bush administration's "appeasement" of Iraq will not die in this election year. But claims that U.S. policy emboldened Iraq to invade Kuwait ignore the regional circumstances preceding the gulf crisis. U.S. policy did not mislead Iraq. Saddam Hussein's primary miscalculation pertained not to American but Arab reaction. He understood that the United States, free of Soviet constraints, would counter his aggression. But he believed that Arab public opinion, hostile to the United States in the summer of 1990, would stop governments from allowing American troops on their soil.
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December 26, 2003 | By Trudy Rubin
For "Most Important Book of the Year," I nominate the Arab Human Development Report 2003 issued by the United Nations Development Program. Written by a group of 26 Arab scholars, this volume takes a candid look at why Arab countries have fallen so far behind in key areas of human development. This question is crucial, at a time when the United States is trying to remake Iraq into a democratic model for the region. The authors of this book argue that the impetus for real Mideast change must come from inside their own society.
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September 4, 2003
Due to a typographical error, a commentary by Morton Klein in Sunday's Inquirer misstated his estimate of the number of Jews expelled from Arab states after Israel's creation. The figure should have been 800,000.
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August 10, 1990
RESTORING THAT WHICH WAS TAKEN The Arab nation in the past was one, indivisible. . . . The colonizers redrew the geopolitical map of the region so as to weaken the Arab states, thus splintering . . . the Arab nation, and made it hard for them to speak in a unified voice. . . . They transformed the Arab nation into 22 Arab states or countries. There was a part of that area dear to Iraq, namely Kuwait, which was thus separate from it. And it also was the area of strategic access for our country.
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June 9, 1993 | Daily News wire services
MANAMA, BAHRAIN KUWAIT ENDS BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL Kuwait said yesterday it has ended its participation in the Arab boycott that blacklisted foreign firms dealing with Israel. But its foreign minister, Sheik Sabah al-Ahmed, told the Kuwait News Agency his country would still cooperate with another boycott against direct business dealings with the Jewish state. "Kuwait and other Arab states have broken off from the indirect boycott for considerations of national interest," the minister was quoted as saying.
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March 5, 1992 | BY CAL THOMAS
The Bush administration's decision to link $10 billion in loan guarantees to Israel with cessation of settlements in the occupied territories again proves that Israel has been right in its refusal to allow any outsider to control its destiny. With their policy of politicizing an essentially humanitarian issue, President Bush and Secretary of State James Baker have damaged the chances for a meaningful peace agreement. They have also emboldened hard-line Arab states, who now have further incentive to refuse to give Israel what it wants and needs most: An announcement by Israel's Arab neighbors annulling their still officially declared state of war. In the aftermath of the Gulf War, which saw Iraqi Scud missiles fall on Israel while many in the Arab world rejoiced over the killing of innocent Israeli civilians, many believed that Israel's standing in the world had been strengthened, particularly by her decision (made under heavy American pressure)
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July 20, 1991 | By Owen Ullmann, Inquirer Washington Bureau The Associated Press contributed to this article
In a bid to coax Israel to a peace conference, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak yesterday called for Arab states to suspend their economic boycott of Israel if the Jewish state stopped building new settlements on occupied Arab land. Mubarak issued the statement after meeting with Secretary of State James A. Baker 3d, who is lining up Arab support for the U.S. peace plan before a visit to Jerusalem tomorrow to try to bring Israel to the table. But Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens, in an interview published today, said he did not expect Israeli leaders to make concessions when they talk to Baker tomorrow.
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April 12, 1991 | Daily News Wire Services
Saudi Arabia, once the largest financial backer of the Palestine Liberation Organization, has stopped funding the PLO, a senior State Department official said yesterday. The official said the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud Faisal, indicated in a meeting with Secretary of State James A. Baker III that the Saudis may start funding and politically backing Palestinians living in the Israeli- occupied territories who can negotiate with Israel. Prince Saud "made it very clear that they are not funding the PLO," the official said as Baker continued his round of meetings with regional leaders.
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November 14, 2003
Israel not to blame The Rev. Lloyd James' Nov. 4 letter, "Roots of terrorism," is the kind of response to terror that makes doves within the Jewish community, like me, more and more hawkish with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israeli actions are not the root of the problem, and sending out that message will only exacerbate the problem. The roots are: 1) the failure of Palestinians and Arab states to accept the legitimacy of Israel's existence; 2) the scapegoating of Israel by feudal Arab states and militant Muslims to divert attention from their own failures to serve their people; and 3)
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April 28, 1986
We refer to the Western nations as our allies. I'm inclined to refer to them as cowards. We also refer to some Arab states as moderate. I have yet to see these states support our efforts in the peace process in the Middle East. Europeans' policy of appeasement and reluctance to unite against Hitler contributed to Hitler's rise to power and resulted in the greatest war in history. They didn't learn anything from the past. Those who regret our aid to Israel should now sit up and take notice that the United States has one and only one true ally, and that is the brave little state of Israel.
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April 25, 2016
Elliott Abrams served on the staffs of Sens. Henry Jackson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan and in the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations Since my days working for Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson (D., Wash.), events in the Middle East and especially concerning the security of Israel have been at the center of my attention. And if Israel's security and its relationship with the United States are a key concern, Ted Cruz should get your vote. More broadly, if your concern is America's position in the Middle East, your vote should go to Cruz.
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December 4, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Ever since ISIS attacked Paris, politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have called for a more intense effort to destroy the caliphate. Yet despite the horrors wreaked in France, I've yet to see any political leader put forward a strategy that shows much promise of achieving that goal. Republicans (and I refer to those with foreign policy expertise, not the bombastic Donald Trump or the bemused Ben Carson) rightly chastise President Obama for a policy that has mostly failed to dent ISIS's hold on physical and digital territory.
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September 13, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Now that President Obama has finally laid out a strategy to "degrade and destroy" ISIS, there are only two (very big) questions that matter: Is this strategy really necessary? And can it succeed? My answer to the first question is a firm "yes," but to the second a very shaky "maybe. " Yet I believe Obama has no option but to try. Until the Islamic State in Syria beheaded two American journalists, the president himself didn't believe the ISIS threat merited a comprehensive strategy.
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November 29, 2012
Folly of Palestinian cause Daoud Kuttab's op-ed "Pointless punishment in Gaza" (Friday) continues the folly that has plagued the Palestinian cause for nearly a century. Israel should "deal politically" with Hamas, he says, an organization that denies Israel's right to exist, calls for its destruction, and eschews any solution save violence ("There is no solution ... except through jihad"). He bemoans the loss of civilian life, ignoring that Hamas deliberately positions its rocket launchers in heavily populated areas.
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May 9, 2012 | By George Jahn, Associated Press
VIENNA, Austria - Hopes dimmed Tuesday for staging major nuclear talks later this year between Israel and its Muslim rivals, as Iran and Arab countries at a 189-nation conference accused Israel of being the greatest threat to peace in the region and Egypt warned that Arab states might rethink their opposition to atomic arms. Because Israel has not signed the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, it was not present at Tuesday's gathering of treaty members. But the United States defended its ally, warning that singling out Israel for criticism diminished chances of a planned meeting between it and its Muslim neighbors to explore the prospect of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction.
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February 6, 2012 | By Charles Krauthammer
Imperial regimes can crack when they are driven out of their major foreign outposts. The fall of the Berlin Wall did not just signal the liberation of Eastern Europe from Moscow. It prefigured the collapse of the Soviet Union itself just two years later. The fall of Bashar al-Assad's Syria could be similarly ominous for Iran. The alliance with Syria is the centerpiece of Iran's expanding sphere of influence, a mini-Comintern that includes such clients as Iranian armed and directed Hezbollah, now the dominant power in Lebanon; and Hamas, which controls Gaza and threatens to take the rest of Palestine (the West Bank)
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February 3, 2012
O NE WEEK after Holocaust Remembrance Day, the carnival of hate known as the National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Conference arrives at the University of Pennsylvania today, its clown car stocked with lies, half-lies, white lies and bald-faced lies, playing to the ignorant. It gets no sympathy from Penn, which rejects its theme. Penn believes in free speech, as does Israel, the target of the hate fest. Free speech, and most human rights embedded in Western societies, are absent in Arab states.
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August 10, 2011 | By Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The United Arab Emirates pledged Tuesday to give up to $1 million to help equip high school students in the tornado-ravaged city of Joplin with laptop computers for the coming school year. When school begins later this month, some students will attend classes in a converted big-box store, but they will have new Apple notebooks to aid their studies. Joplin High School was among the many homes and buildings destroyed by the May 22 tornado that tore through the city, killing 160 people and injuring hundreds more.
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August 9, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Syria's neighbors have turned decisively against President Bashar al-Assad, launching a diplomatic campaign against his crackdown on the country's pro-democracy movement that analysts say could have a major effect on important pillars of Assad's support. Even as Syrian armed forces pushed against several opposition strongholds Monday, international action against the government mushroomed. Western countries so far have led efforts to stop the violent crackdown, including a U.N. Security Council statement last week that condemned the offensive.
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August 2, 2010 | By Charles Krauthammer
"They [the United States and Israel] have decided to attack at least two countries in the region in the next three months. " - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, July 26 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a penchant for the somewhat loony, as when, last weekend, he denounced Paul the Octopus, omniscient predictor of eight consecutive World Cup matches, as a symbol of decadence and purveyor of "Western propaganda and superstition. " But for all his clownishness, Ahmadinejad is nonetheless calculating and dangerous.
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