August 4, 2010
During 31 years in the Navy, I visited Israel many times. I developed a deep admiration for the Israeli people and a strong belief in the importance of protecting Israel's security. In Congress, I have supported Israel with my vote at every opportunity and shared my advice with Israeli officials who have sought my expertise. Yet, recent political ads falsely accuse me as anti-Israel and pro-terror. I ran the Navy's first antiterrorism unit after 9/11. I was on the ground in Afghanistan.
January 16, 2009
IFEEL I MUST respond to the Jan. 6 letter by John Stuhr on the number of World War II deaths in Germany compared to the number in Gaza. It takes no great education to see that there is an obvious gap in the death tolls between the Israelis and Gazans. At one point, they were listing only 11 dead Israelis, and more than 500 Gazans. I would question the humanity of anyone who thinks 500 deaths in 10 days is a "small number. " I believe I.F. Stone said that there could be no justice in Israel until the Israelis and the Palestinians work together.
April 29, 2002 |
The voice is soft and kind, but the message is dark and fierce. Pensive before a speaking engagement here yesterday, Elie Wiesel - author, philosopher, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate - said the sympathy he had for the Palestinian people was gone. "The suicide killers overshadow anything good that has been done," said Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and longtime supporter of international humanitarian causes. "Those who glorify them are not my friends, not my allies. " Later, Wiesel addressed a crowd of more than 1,300 Catholic schoolchildren, Israeli war veterans, and people who wept as he paused before the great ark of Temple Emanuel, a Reform synagogue that invited him to help celebrate its 10th anniversity in its building at Springdale and Kresson Roads.
April 2, 2002 |
Many are calling for the Bush administration to intervene in the Israeli-Palestinian struggle. And such intervention could help. Yet the Bush administration is making no effort to conceal that its heart lies elsewhere: in creating a coalition in the Islamic world that will support forthcoming U.S. attempts to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Though little evidence links Saddam to Osama bin Ladin or al-Qaeda, the White House has used the cover of outrage at terror to legitimate a new war in Iraq that will complete what the last Bush administration left unresolved.
July 18, 2001 |
The fragile cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians is in danger of breaking down. If it does, it may lead to an expanded Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would threaten to engulf the entire Middle East. Before any of that happens, it would be a wise and heroic idea for President Bush to announce now which side America will support and which side it will condemn if war breaks out. To do this soon, before Israel is left with no alternative but forceful response to another act of Palestinian-sponsored terrorism, would not be an act of diplomatic foolhardiness; it is an act of diplomatic vision and courage.
January 21, 2001 |
A rally at the walls of Jerusalem's Old City earlier this month drew more than 100,000 people, flag-waving Zionists who gathered to voice opposition to any division of the holy city. For American Jim Cowart, the event was joyous and solemn, and the large number of torches in the crowd transported him "back in history, to the ancient city belonging to the Jewish people. " Cowart, though, is not Jewish. He is the administrator of the Jerusalem office of the Christian Friends of Israel.
January 11, 2000 |
Israel seems to be trying for the strangest brass ring in history - the first sovereign nation to wish itself into a Banana Republic. And that may be giving Israel the best of it, for there are plenty of people in the United States and there who refer to Bill Clinton as the first gentile prime minister of the Jewish state. In any case, Clinton has been handed the keys to Israeli security by Ehud Barak, who is hot to deliver the Golan Heights to Syria in return for American guarantees and billions of U.S. dollars.
February 6, 1999 |
As King Hussein lay dying, Israelis and Palestinians alike were praying for his life and worrying about his death. If there was any doubt about the weight that the Jordanian monarch carried in these parts, it would have been dispelled by the imploring voices of the Palestinians here who were trying desperately to trade their Jordanian currency for dollars. Yesterday at noon, as the prayer call from Al-Aqsa Mosque wailed over the rainy city, another scene was unfolding a few blocks away on Salahaddin Street, the bustling commercial strip of East Jerusalem.
December 16, 1998
As part of the Oslo Accords five years ago, Yasser Arafat conceded Israel's right to exist. The Palestinian National Council followed up on his statements in 1996 when, as part of the accords, it voted 504-54 to revoke the clauses in its charter that called for Israel's destruction. That was enough for then-Prime Minister Shimon Peres, but not enough for his successor, Benjamin Netanyahu - even when Arafat put it in writing this year. When Netanyahu demanded an even stronger denunciation of the charter, which many Palestinian leaders considered inoperative anyway, lots of people suspected that nothing would satisfy Israel's prime minister.
September 14, 1993 |
PRESIDENT CLINTON Following is the text of President Clinton's opening remarks at the White House ceremony: Prime Minister Rabin, Chairman Arafat, Foreign Minister Peres, Mr. Abbas, President Carter, President Bush, distinguished guests, on behalf of the United States and Russia, co-sponsors of the Middle East peace process, welcome to this great occasion of history and hope. Today we bear witness to an extraordinary act in one of history's defining dramas, a drama that began in a time of our ancestors when the word went forth from a sliver of land between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea. That hallowed piece of earth, and land of life and revelation is the home to the memories and dreams of Jews, Muslims and Christians throughout the world.