January 25, 1991 |
Anguished and angry over Iraq's missile attacks on Tel Aviv, a delegation of American Jewish leaders will leave for Israel today to demonstrate support and to urge Israelis not to get involved in the Persian Gulf war. Trip organizers said they were not acting in concert with the Bush administration, which is pressing diplomatically to keep Israel from retaliating and upsetting the Arab members of the anti-Iraq coalition. But several Jewish leaders said in interviews that they supported Bush's strategy, and they have been urging restraint in private conversations with Israeli leaders over the last week.
August 10, 2009
WHEN WE SPOKE, Raslan Abu Rukun's life was in a container on a ship. The container held almost all his earthly possessions, being shipped from one end of the world, Kathmandu, Nepal, where he was the Israeli embassy's deputy chief of mission, to his new home in Philadelphia. He will work here for up to four years as deputy general in the consulate that handles affairs for Israel in six states. It's a heavy job for the slim 33-year-old, made more interesting by the fact that Abu Rukun is an Arab, as are 20 percent of Israeli citizens.
June 25, 1996 |
The American news media generally present a picture of Israel that lacks credibility in regard to the human fabric of Israeli society. Americans are being bombarded with instant visions of military confrontations with Arabs, endless peace processes and continuing moral judgments on the correctness of various group behaviors. You rarely encounter actual statistics on the makeup of Israel's population. To wit: Arab Jews (Sephardim - those who migrated from Arab lands) and their descendants constitute at least 50 percent of Israel's Jewish citizens.
July 9, 1986 |
Israel today sharply denied allegations being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department that it smuggled American technology to build its own cluster bombs after Washington banned the sale of the weapons. An Israeli Defense Ministry spokesman said in a statement: "Those claims published by the media were unfounded. " He said Israel had produced a cluster artillery grenade using its own technology, and all equipment purchased from the United States for this purpose was legally acquired with State Department export licences.
November 3, 1991 |
With Syria and Lebanon raising last-minute resistance, Israel prepared to hold historic separate peace talks with each of its Arab foes today to begin unraveling a conflict that has eluded settlement for 43 years. A united front the Arabs promised to carry into their talks with Israel splintered, as Arab delegates haggled over the terms for launching the unprecedented one-on-one negotiations with the Jewish state. A joint delegation of Palestinians and Jordanians quickly agreed Friday night to hold one session with Israel today to discuss where and when to hold future negotiations.
March 11, 1991 |
Eight Arab nations that sided with the United States in the war against Iraq lined up yesterday behind President Bush's call for an end to the Arab- Israeli conflict, but they offered no specifics on how that could be achieved. Meeting here with U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker 3d, the foreign ministers of Egypt, Syria and six Persian Gulf states agreed to work together on several goals outlined by Bush, including ridding the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction and fostering economic development.
October 22, 1990 |
The biggest challenge facing Israel today does not come from Saddam Hussein's Iraq or from the Palestinian intifadah, but rather from the expected influx of between one million and two million Soviet Jews over the next five years, Israel's new ambassador to the United States, Zalman Shoval, said yesterday. Speaking at a conference on Challenges of the Soviet Immigration at Gratz College in Melrose Park, Shoval called this migration "the biggest thing for Jews since the creation of the state of Israel . . . an event of historic proportions.
April 6, 1989 |
Mimi Schneirov's visit to her native Israel last summer left her "lonely and worried. " Absent, even in Jerusalem's historic streets, were the hordes of tourists who normally visit the country, she said. The Jenkintown resident wondered then if the televised scenes of bloody violence in the Israeli-controlled territories of the West Bank and Gaza strip were actually scaring U. S. tourists away. This week, Schneirov and about 1,000 Philadelphia-area Jews and non-Jews, including many from Montgomery County, are on a mission to help wipe out those fears, she said.
January 1, 1988 |
In 1988 Israel will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its founding as a nation. But what about the Palestinians on whose land it was founded? What will they celebrate? Forty years in squalid refugee camps and two decades of Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip? Will they celebrate life as outcasts in their own land, cynically used as pawns by Arab leaders playing political games even while being dismissed or condescended to by Westerners who preach democracy and self-determination for everyone except Palestinians?
February 23, 2012 |
New Jersey's Gov. Christie said something that caught my attention the other night at an event sponsored by a pro-Israel group. He paraphrased a Franklin D. Roosevelt quote - "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made" - and then said: "In that same spirit, I would like to say to all of you tonight: I admire Israel for the enemies it has made. " It was an acute observation, and one made not often enough. It is sometimes difficult, given Israel's missteps, to remember that it is a democracy whose enemies are among the world's most dangerous people.