May 26, 2005 |
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.
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.
July 2, 1992 |
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.
May 9, 2003 |
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.
December 11, 2012 |
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.
October 5, 2015 |
On a bright, sunny day in September of 1993, I stood on the White House lawn watching Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat sign the Oslo peace accords in front of President Bill Clinton. At that moment, it was possible to suspend disbelief and imagine a two-state solution, with Israel and Palestine living side by side. Twenty years on, Rabin and Arafat are dead, and so is the Oslo peace process - although politicians from Israel and the West are loath to admit this. Last week at the United Nations, however, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said his government could no longer be bound by the Oslo pact, emphasizing Israeli settlement-building on the West Bank among his many grievances.
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.
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.
March 21, 2001 |
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.
November 27, 2003 |
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.