November 23, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Israeli authorities arrested an Arab Israeli on Thursday on accusations that he planted a bomb on a bus in Tel Aviv that wounded 27 people and threatened to sabotage efforts to broker a cease-fire to end the fighting in Gaza, police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that the man, from the village of Taybeh, in Israel, was connected to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups. A Palestinian militant cell based in the West Bank village of Beit Lakiya sent the man on Wednesday to place a bomb connected to a mobile phone on the bus, Rosenfeld said.
July 4, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday dissolved a high-profile committee assigned to overhaul the country's military draft law to spread the burden among more sectors of society, conscripting ultra-Orthodox Jews and requiring Israeli Arabs to perform civilian service. The issue is one of the most charged in Israeli society and could create a coalition crisis. The country's secular majority considers the mass exemptions unjust, while the ultra-Orthodox say they are serving the state by serving God. Compulsory service for Israel's Arab minority is just as fraught.
May 31, 2011
AT LOVE PARK, world-beat music filled the air with peace, love, harmony. A few blocks west on JFK Boulevard, outside the Israeli consulate, low-key chants rose. The pro- and anti-Israel gatherings were provoked by President Obama's near-demand of something that previously had been a U.S. suggestion. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu declined it before a joint session of Congress. Obama prodded Israel to use the 1967 cease-fire lines as a starting point for border talks. While this was understood as a U.S. wish in the past, Obama was the first president to press it on Israel, while demanding nothing of substance from the Palestinians.
October 31, 2010 |
JERUSALEM - On the Mamilla Mall, on a balmy fall evening, a group of Israelis and tourists swayed to the piped-in beat of a paso doble, dancing on an open-air walkway lined with chic shops selling jewelry and clothing. Families with strollers watched, young people flirted, intellectuals perused books in nearby Steinmatsky's or sipped cappuccino in Café Café. Yet a five-minute walk away stood the Jaffa Gate entrance to the hotly contested Old City, and 10 minutes distant were the East Jerusalem neighborhoods that Palestinians want for their capital.
June 15, 2010
Saturday's editorial about the lack of progress toward Middle East peace ("Where is love?") noted a recent Egyptian court decision to strip citizenship from Egyptians who marry Israelis. Some context may be useful. By the way, Egypt is not the only Arab country with a peace treaty with Israel. Jordan has had one since 1994. The Egyptian court decision, which is largely symbolic, has a cruel Israeli parallel. In 2003, Israel's parliament enacted a law that prohibits any of its thousands of Christian and Muslim citizens who marry Palestinians from living together with their spouses.
February 9, 2010
IN AN OP-ED, Carol Towarnicky described the miseries suffered by Arabs who live in Beit Sahour and Bethlehem in Israel's West Bank. I'm aware of the difficulties faced by the Arabs there, and there is plenty of room for legitimate criticism of Israel. But she omitted relevant information when she wrote, "Only a few checkpoints are on the border between Israel and the West Bank. Most of them are in Palestinian lands, undercutting the rationale that they are for security. . . And then there is the Wall - in the Bethlehem district, it's a concrete barrier 30 feet high that snakes along the road and through the fields, often cutting off one part of Palestinian land from another.
July 18, 2007 |
A while back, I wrote a column wondering whether there was a secret White House doctrine dictating policy in the Middle East: the Doctrine of Two Years Too Late. That doctrine was in full view this week when President Bush proposed steps to bolster moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and revive an Israeli-Palestinian peace process. If Bush had taken these steps in 2005, when Abbas was elected, I doubt the radical Islamic movement Hamas would have won Palestinian legislative elections, or taken control of Gaza.
June 27, 2007 |
Gregory J. W. Urwin is a professor of history and associate director of the center for the study of force and diplomacy at Temple University Ever since the Twin Towers disintegrated into rubble Sept. 11, 2001, the cries of "Death to America!" coming from Arab streets have sounded more ominous than simple posturing. The recently squelched plot to blow up JFK Airport and the prospect of Iran becoming a nuclear power fill Americans with unspoken dread that catastrophe lurks. That's just how terrorists want us to think.
January 2, 2007 |
Americans owe a debt to former President Jimmy Carter for speaking long hidden but vital truths. His book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid breaks the taboo barring criticism in the United States of Israel's discriminatory treatment of Palestinians. Our government's tacit acceptance of Israel's unfair policies causes global hostility against us. Israel's friends have attacked Carter, a Nobel laureate who has worked tirelessly for Middle East peace, even raising the specter of anti-Semitism.
October 29, 2006 |
For the 32d time since Israel was founded in 1948, it will have a new coalition government, one that nearly spans the globe of political possibilities. It has a centrist leadership, a left-wing partner, and now a far right-wing party, led by the polarizing Avigdor Lieberman, who bluntly believes Arabs and Jews can't live together and once called for the execution of Israeli Arab lawmakers who talked to the militant groups Hezbollah and Hamas. So how can this coalition of very strange bedfellows accomplish anything of significance, and is there a quilt wide enough to throw across them?