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January 27, 2006 | By Trudy Rubin
I came to the world economic forum to get away from the Middle East. Or so I thought. The program at this annual gathering of world leaders, CEOs, thinkers, artists, and media who gather at a snowy resort two hours from Zurich, has an uncanny way of spotlighting the world's main concerns. This year, the organizers seemed to have given up on the Middle East. In the compact conference center, where you rub elbows with a few presidents, prime ministers, finance ministers, and oil magnates in an hour's time, the focus of Davos 2006 was on China and India.
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March 2, 2006 | By DANIEL MANDEL
LAST MONTH, Hamas triumphed convincingly in the Palestinian legislative elections, easily outpolling Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah, the movement he co-founded with Yasser Arafat. Now, the European Union, despite its policy not to fund Hamas until it reforms, authorized $143 million for the PA it will soon control. This could signal the prelude to its legitimization. So what is Hamas, why did it win and what can be learned from this? Hamas is an Islamist terror movement whose chief goals (according to its charter)
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January 8, 2009
WE SHARE cartoonist Signe Wilkinson's pain at seeing the toll taken by civilians in Israel's military operations in Gaza. Any civilian death is regrettable and tragic. However, Israel is taking maximum precautions to avoid harming civilians in the area. Israel has shown the utmost restraint in dealing with Hamas' blatant hostility. It has, tragically, not succeeded in stopping the lethal rocket attacks aimed at Israeli civilians. Hamas bears sole responsibility for the current situation in Gaza.
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October 19, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
MITZPE HILA, ISRAEL - Gaunt and pale, Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit returned home yesterday after more than five years in captivity, freed in a lopsided exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners that could greatly complicate Mideast peace prospects and strengthen the Islamic-militant Hamas. The swap set off massive celebrations in Israel and the Palestinian territories, where crowds in Gaza called for more kidnappings of soldiers, chanting: "The people want a new Gilad!" The 25-year-old Schalit's poor condition, a jarring appearance by masked Hamas men during his release and the prospects of a strengthened Hamas bode poorly for future relations between Israel and the Palestinians.
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January 27, 2006
Palestinians deserve praise for holding an election Wednesday that observers called free, fair and well-run. The polling drew a historically high turnout to determine who would serve in parliament. The winner, though, was a shock - and it's hard to tell whether the electoral triumph of Hamas, a radical Islamic group that has called for Israel's destruction, can bring Palestinians any closer to the homeland they should have. Hamas, whose ugly specialty has been detonating suicide bombs in Israel, didn't just win. It won by a landslide, getting 76 out of 132 seats.
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March 7, 1996 | By Alan Sipress, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Although the venomous letters of Hamas graffiti still streak across the alley walls of Bethlehem, Palestinian residents have few kind words for the Islamic militants. Never before have Hamas attacks evoked such resentment among the population for whom they claim to be waging a holy war. Where the Islamic extremists see a battle for sacred liberation, most residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip see only the destruction of their dream of statehood. "People here are depressed and angry at these [Hamas]
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June 7, 1991 | BY JACK MCKINNEY
If you're the type who skims the news with your morning hit of coffee, you probably didn't linger over the brief wire story of the three Palestinians who were attacked with guns and knives by rival Palestinians in Israel's disputed West Bank territory. Given the ever-mounting numbers of Palestinians who have been done in by other Palestinians, there seemed to be nothing special about a non-fatal clash. In the 1991 update of his incisive book, "The Closed Circle - An Interpretation of the Arabs" (Harper Perennial)
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March 5, 1993 | BY JACK MCKINNEY
The arrest of a fundamentalist Moslem suspect in connection with the terror bombing of the World Trade Center should add another perspective to the controversy over those Palestinians who've been stuck in South Lebanon since their deportation by Israel three months ago. The suspect, identified as Mohammed Salameh, of Jersey City, was nabbed by the FBI when he tried to claim the security deposit on the rental van believed to have carried the...
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November 14, 2011 | By Josef Federman, Associated Press
REIM MILITARY BASE, Israel - Weeks after a new round of fighting with Gaza militants subsided, a senior Israeli military official said Sunday that Israel was ready and able to topple the territory's Hamas government, though it has no immediate plans to do so. The official also said Gaza militants have steadily built up an already formidable arsenal, in part with weapons smuggled out of Libya, and now have rockets capable of striking Tel Aviv,...
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January 29, 2006 | By Dion Nissenbaum INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
Hamas' top leader said yesterday that his group was in no hurry to negotiate with Israel, but he said Hamas still hoped to include Fatah members in a future Palestinian government. Khaled Mashaal's statements to reporters in Damascus, Syria, came as unrest in the wake of Hamas' victory in last week's Palestinian elections spread to the West Bank. Hundreds of Palestinians loyal to the late Yasir Arafat's demoralized Fatah party marched on the seats of power to vent their outrage.
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August 28, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Public officials and the family of 23-year-old Aaron Sofer, an Orthodox Jew who went missing Friday from a Jerusalem woods, implored the United States and Israeli governments on Tuesday to do all they could to find him. "Please bring back my brother. Please bring back my brother," Aaron's younger brother, Yaakov, implored from the steps of Lakewood's town hall, repeatedly bowing his upper body as if in prayer at the close of a morning news conference. Another brother, Tuvia Sofer, followed Yaakov to the microphones.
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August 13, 2014
ISSUE | PEACE Change U.S. focus While The Inquirer features a somber President Obama announcing a deepening re-intervention in Iraq on its front page, perhaps it should have given more prominence to a small item that appeared inside the same edition ("Obama oks air strikes," Aug. 8). That article noted that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel had arrived in India to press for a number of new weapons agreements. Indeed, the United States should get out of what might be called the peace-through-war-business, and it should beat its swords into ploughshares.
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August 8, 2014
ANOTHER ROUND of fighting in Gaza has ended in the usual way - a military victory for Israel, the "good publicity" of dead Palestinians for Hamas, which ignited the miniwar by raining missiles on the Jewish state that Hamas is sworn to destroy. With a limited and shaky cease-fire in place, the two sides will be dragged to a table to devise a sham that will pass for "peace. " This will be followed by another round of begging the "international community" for billions to help rebuild battered Gaza.
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July 26, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
As the Gaza war drags on and the terrible civilian death toll keeps rising, it's necessary to look to the past to find a way to stop the killing. It's particularly vital to revisit the moment in 2005 when Israel made a strategic error by unilaterally withdrawing from the Gaza Strip. I wrote then that Israel should have negotiated its withdrawal with the moderate Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, and let him take the credit. The failure to do so undercut Abbas: Hamas claimed that violence, not negotiations, forced Israel to exit.
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July 25, 2014
ISRAEL Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summed it up the other day when he said, "We use our rockets to protect our women and children; they [Hamas] use their women and children to protect their rockets. " Some time ago, the left adopted the Palestinians as their pet oppressed-minority group, so there is nothing that Israel might do that will be OK with them, except to commit suicide; that is, cease to exist - which is the stated policy of Hamas. Every time Israel refuses the suggestion that it cease to exist, the left becomes inflamed.
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July 25, 2014
YESTERDAY was my feast day, or, as the Italians call it, my onomastico . Since I live in the United States, it went completely unnoticed. Had I lived in Italy, however, I would have been showered with cards and phone calls. That's because about 75 percent of the paesani are named after saints, and the other 25 percent are named "Sal," which is short for "Salvatore," which means savior. I think you can see why Italian obstetricians also need theological degrees before they're admitted to practice medicine.
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July 18, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Here's the awful truth about the Gaza war in which Israeli air strikes are matching Hamas rockets number for number. This kind of violence is likely to become the new normal now that both Israelis and Palestinians believe the peace process is over. Israelis have enjoyed a relative calm for the past several years, with West Bank Palestinians confined behind a separation fence and Gazans locked inside their wretched strip. That calm won't last once the idea of two states is buried for good.
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July 13, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Eti Cohen's telephone rings these days, it is often her sister calling in tears from Israel, with air-raid sirens wailing in the background. Cohen, owner of the Center City restaurant Hamifgash, was born in Jerusalem. Her sister Mazi, 47, lives near Tel Aviv. "This needs to be over," said Cohen, speaking of the Palestinian rockets that have rained on Israel by the hundreds this week, and Israel's numerous air strikes on Gaza. "People are afraid. " Bareeq Albarqawi, 26, of Somerset, N.J., a Palestinian American whose parents are from two villages near Nablus, said the violence affects her, too, because her aunt and extended family live in that West Bank city.
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June 21, 2014
ISSUE | TEENS ABDUCTED Hamas true to form The kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers last week by Hamas terrorists occurred a mere 10 days after Hamas entered into a unity government with the Palestinian Authority, at the invitation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ("Abbas defends help for Israel on abductions," June 19). One immediate lesson is that endorsing terrorism - even if disguised in a tie and fronted by technocrats - does not tame, restrain, or reform it. If indeed Abbas truly seeks peace with Israel, rather than unchecked terrorism directed against Israel emerging from territories under his control, the immediate and obvious lesson for him should be to disassociate himself from Hamas and disband the destructive pact he made.
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July 24, 2013 | By Jennifer Rubin
That was quick. Last week's "peace process" announcement by Secretary of State John Kerry has turned out to be less than meets the eye. He told reporters Friday that "important details need to be worked out before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas actually sit down face to face. " We will see whether they arrive at the bargaining table. But let's assume the talks about a basis for meeting for talks go well. What then? Any progress in the "peace process" is unlikely in light of some unpleasant realities.
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