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May 26, 2005 | By William Douglas INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas visits the White House today, hoping for more aid and assurances from President Bush that he will hold Israel to its obligations under the road map peace plan. The road map, a series of confidence-building measures intended to lead to an independent Palestinian state, has been stalled for months. Abbas wants Washington to pressure Israel to fulfill its obligations under the plan once it begins withdrawing from Gaza this summer. Palestinian officials fear that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan is a stunt to sidetrack the road map and avoid a more comprehensive Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, where Israeli settlements have been expanding.
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June 19, 2009
I'VE known the family on Gina Marie Rosario's father's side for 30 years. It's a tragedy what happened to those three little angels and the mother of Remedy Smith. Many people at first blamed police because they thought there had been a chase. But even if there had been one, it's clear that you need to put the blame on the two thugs. And on our judicial system for letting the thugs back out in society with the criminal records they have. Our judicial system needs to change - society has changed for the worse and our laws need to reflect that.
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July 2, 1992 | Daily News wire services
BRUSSELS NATO: U.S. NUKES OUT NATO announced today that the United States has finished withdrawing thousands of tactical nuclear weapons from Europe. In a brief statement, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said the United States had removed its land-based stockpile of nuclear artillery shells, short-range missiles and naval nuclear depth bombs. It also said the United States told the alliance that all tactical nuclear weapons have been taken off American surface ships and that attack submarines as ordered by President Bush last fall.
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May 9, 2003 | By Ron Hutcheson INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Fresh from victory in Iraq, President Bush today will challenge the Arab world to embrace political and economic freedom as the fastest path to peace and stability in the Middle East. In a commencement address at the University of South Carolina, Bush also will outline plans for a Middle East free-trade zone that could ultimately link the economies of Israel and its Arab neighbors. The address signals Bush's determination to use the overthrow of Saddam Hussein as a catalyst for economic and political change throughout the region.
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December 11, 2012 | By Don Melvin and Slobodan Lekic, Associated Press
BRUSSELS - The European Union warned Israel of unspecified consequences Monday if it goes through with plans to build thousands of new settler homes in Jerusalem and the West Bank. The bloc's 27 foreign ministers said they were "deeply dismayed" by Israeli plans to expand settlements in East Jerusalem and particularly the E1 project, which would separate the West Bank from East Jerusalem, the Palestinians' hoped-for capital, and drive a big wedge between the northern and southern flanks of the West Bank.
NEWS
February 9, 2007
Glorifying gluttony Wing Bowl. When will this display of gluttony and lust be curtailed by public opinion or government action? Each year thousands of young people, many underage, are drunk by 7 a.m., placing themselves and the public in harm's way with lewd and violent behavior and drunken driving. The police details at the sports complex and throughout the day at favored bars and pubs deprive the neighborhoods of police coverage. It also causes taxpayers expense for payroll and cleanup.
NEWS
April 24, 2009
Only Israel supports a two-state solution Re: "Leverage U.S. military aid to halt Israeli settlements," Sunday: If Israeli settlements were the primary obstacle to peace between Israel and its neighbors, there would have been an agreement between 1948 and 1967, when Egypt and Jordan occupied Gaza and the West Bank, or in the years following, when Arabs were boycotting talks with Israel while Israel was seeking peace. Israelis, including their new prime minister, would welcome a two-state solution, with a Jewish state and an Arab state living in peace and security alongside each other.
NEWS
March 21, 2001 | By Trudy Rubin
Only the tragic deterioration of Mideast politics could have created a situation where Israeli leader Ariel Sharon would be warmly welcomed to the White House. Sharon has been a lightning rod at home and abroad for decades - for good reason. Nearly 20 years ago he alienated the Reaganites when he engineered the war in Lebanon and was indirectly responsible for the massacre of Palestinians at Sabra and Shatila. Ten years ago, George Bush's Secretary of State James Baker labelled Sharon "an obstacle to peace" - because he had orchestrated the building of Israeli settlements all over the West Bank.
NEWS
November 27, 2003 | By Michael Matza INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It has been viewed variously as a trial balloon, a propaganda stunt, or a move to steal his critics' thunder. Whatever the intention, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's recent mention of "unilateral steps" he might take to tame the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a vague but volatile remark that has created an uproar in Israel. It comes as Sharon is fending off foreign and domestic pressure to jump-start the stalled peace process with a new approach. The words were barely out of Sharon's mouth when Israeli media, citing unnamed sources close to the prime minister, interpreted them to mean isolated Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip could be evacuated by next summer and other settlements could be clustered behind the controversial fence Israel is building to partition off the West Bank.
NEWS
October 28, 1998 | By Yehuda Ben-Meir
As one of the founders of Gush Emunim, the religious Zionist settlement movement, and a longtime advocate in the Israeli Knesset for Jewish settlements, I believe in the sanctity of the entire land of Israel. But I also believe that Jewish settler leaders are making a grave mistake by protesting Friday's deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority at Wye, Md. These settlers and their hard-line Knesset supporters are trying to topple Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government because they want to cling to every Jewish outpost in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
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January 31, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
J ustin Bieber has a new Belieber. Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has risen to the defense of his fellow Canadian after the Biebs was charged with assault Wednesday for allegedly hitting a Toronto limo driver several times in the back of the head in an incident last month. Maybe Bieber was playing the Knockout Game. News of the Canadian charges broke a few hours after the fading teenage pop star's attorney entered a separate not guilty plea in Florida to drunken-driving and other charges.
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April 8, 2013 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
When Secretary of State John Kerry revisits Israel and the West Bank this week, he's unlikely to talk about what really needs discussing: What will Israel and the Palestinians do once the two-state solution dies? No one wants to discuss such a grim prospect, let alone admit that the peace process is over. Such an admission would have earthshaking repercussions not only for the Palestinians and Israelis, but for Washington and the entire Mideast. So the pretense continues that peace talks can be revived.
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December 11, 2012 | By Don Melvin and Slobodan Lekic, Associated Press
BRUSSELS - The European Union warned Israel of unspecified consequences Monday if it goes through with plans to build thousands of new settler homes in Jerusalem and the West Bank. The bloc's 27 foreign ministers said they were "deeply dismayed" by Israeli plans to expand settlements in East Jerusalem and particularly the E1 project, which would separate the West Bank from East Jerusalem, the Palestinians' hoped-for capital, and drive a big wedge between the northern and southern flanks of the West Bank.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
JERUSALEM - Traveling in Israel and the West Bank, and talking to leaders on both sides, one thing soon becomes apparent: The Israeli-Palestinian peace process of the last two decades is dead. Israeli leaders don't believe in it, Palestinian leaders have given up on it, and the White House has abandoned it. An end to talks on a two-state solution means a slide toward a "one-state solution" in which Palestinians outnumber Jews inside Israel's borders. This ensures perpetual violence.
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September 13, 2010 | By Charles Krauthammer
The prospects are dim, but the process is right. The Obama administration is to be commended for structuring the latest rounds of Middle East talks correctly. Finally, we're leaving behind interim agreements, of which the most lamentable were the Oslo accords of 1993. The logic then was that issues so complicated could only be addressed step by step, in the expectation that things get easier over time. In fact, they got harder. Israel made concrete concessions - bringing in Yasser Arafat to run the West Bank and Gaza - in return for which Israel received growing threats, continuous incitement, and finally a full-scale terror war that killed more than a thousand innocent Israelis.
NEWS
March 11, 2010
It's never easy to figure out events in the Middle East. Take this week's announcement of plans to expand a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem. It was like sticking a finger into the eye of fresh efforts to renew peace talks. Vice President Joe Biden, visiting Israel and the Palestinian territory to hail an apparent breakthrough, was instead placed in the awkward but necessary position of condemning the move to build 1,600 new homes. A spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he did not know beforehand about Tuesday's announcement by the Interior Ministry.
NEWS
June 19, 2009
I'VE known the family on Gina Marie Rosario's father's side for 30 years. It's a tragedy what happened to those three little angels and the mother of Remedy Smith. Many people at first blamed police because they thought there had been a chase. But even if there had been one, it's clear that you need to put the blame on the two thugs. And on our judicial system for letting the thugs back out in society with the criminal records they have. Our judicial system needs to change - society has changed for the worse and our laws need to reflect that.
NEWS
April 24, 2009
Only Israel supports a two-state solution Re: "Leverage U.S. military aid to halt Israeli settlements," Sunday: If Israeli settlements were the primary obstacle to peace between Israel and its neighbors, there would have been an agreement between 1948 and 1967, when Egypt and Jordan occupied Gaza and the West Bank, or in the years following, when Arabs were boycotting talks with Israel while Israel was seeking peace. Israelis, including their new prime minister, would welcome a two-state solution, with a Jewish state and an Arab state living in peace and security alongside each other.
NEWS
April 19, 2009 | By Yousef Munayyer
The settlement of Ariel, which sits deep inside the Palestinian Territory of the West Bank, voted overwhelmingly for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party in the recent elections. The reasons are straightforward: Likud has vowed to protect and expand settlements, and its platform denies the existence of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. These facts run contrary to stated U.S. policy toward the peace process, but the new government of Israel and the residents of Ariel and other settlements who voted for Likud do not seem to care.
NEWS
January 15, 2008 | By Gwynne Dyer
"Let's not raise our expectations too high. We are talking about weak leaders on both sides, leaders who can barely stand on their own two feet. . . . It seems fair to say that no great miracle will happen here. " So wrote Israeli journalist Yoel Marcus in Ha'aretz on the eve of President George W. Bush's visit to Israel. The two weak leaders he was talking about were Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, but it applies equally to Bush himself.
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