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October 22, 1990 | BY MEIR ROSENNE, From the New York Times
The trouble with Israel is that it's a Jewish state. Like the Jews, it's a pain in the neck, and the world would feel relieved without it. Or at least if Israel insists on persisting, let it have the good grace to be, again like the Jews historically, a victim. If only some Jews had been killed in the recent tragic events in Jerusalem! Then we could be sure the chancelleries of the world would have pulled from their files the form letter they dispatched when Jews were murdered by various Arab terrorists, expressing their condolences.
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March 22, 2000 | By Nomi Morris and Barbara Demick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
With slow, deliberate movements, Pope John Paul II stepped onto a rain-soaked Israeli tarmac, fulfilling his life's dream of visiting the land where Christianity was born. As he continued a weeklong trip to the troubled Mideast, the Pope stressed that he had come to spread a message of coexistence to Christians, Jews and Muslims across the region and the world. "We all know how urgent is the need for peace and justice, not for Israel alone, but for the entire region," said the pontiff, deftly acknowledging the aspirations of the Arabs while according Israel the full Vatican affirmation it has sought since its founding more than 50 years ago. "May peace be God's gift to the land He chose as His own," the Pope said, concluding with the Hebrew word for peace, Shalom.
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October 15, 1996 | By Leonard W. Boasberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The two dozen distinguished scholars who assembled last week here for a conference celebrating the "Centenary of Political Zionism" disputed many things, but did agree on one thing. It was that Zionism, which, against enormous odds, created a thriving, democratic nation in the ancestral homeland of the Jews and brought millions of Jews from all over the world to it, transformed the self-image of the Jewish people, as well as their image in the mind of the Gentile world. As Ruth R. Wisse, director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University, summarized it: "Israel is the greatest miracle of the 20th century.
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August 21, 1995 | By Carol Morello, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On a Galilee hillside where rustling pines once invited contemplation, the golden arches of a new McDonald's restaurant rise high above a neighboring shrine to Israel's war dead. Today's soldiers en route to the northern frontier with Lebanon pause not to pay respects to the infantrymen of the elite Golani Brigade, who died storming the Golan Heights during the Six-Day War of 1967. Rather, Golani Junction is their pit stop for a quick Quarter Pounder. It's one of many signs of the times in Israel - and not a particularly welcome one to many Israelis.
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April 29, 1998 | By Trudy Rubin
As the state of Israel turns 50, many Israelis underestimate the magnitude of their achievements. Amid the independence celebrations, Israelis are soul-searching about the growing divide between secular and religious and the hostility between Israelis of European or Middle Eastern origins. And they remain divided over whether peace with the Palestinians is possible. Israel's leaders say her security is too precarious to swap much land for peace. Enough already with the glass half empty.
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August 21, 1991 | BY EHUD SPRINZAK, From the New York Times
Some of Israel's most vocal American friends seem surprisingly unaware of a most disturbing aspect of the Middle East quagmire: How is the Jewish state going to accommodate the 1.7 million Palestinians of the occupied territories? Through their recent uncritical support of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who says he will never trade land for peace, these friends may inadvertently be helping plant the seeds of Israel's destruction. That the ultimate goal of Israel's ruling coalition is annexation of the occupied territories is uncontested.
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November 13, 2006
A refugee's plight Re: "Waiting to be a citizen," Nov. 6: Kudos for the poignant article written by Michael Vitez, describing Shmul Kaplan's struggles in the nine years since he was granted asylum and terminated in 2004 from federal Supplemental Security Income disability benefits because he has not as yet been able to become a U.S. citizen. Kaplan is a resident here at Galilee Village, and as his social worker, I am grateful for this recognition of his situation and that of other refugees in this country who hope that Congress will extend SSI eligibility to elderly and disabled refugees and asylees in an appropriations bill now that the election is over.
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February 10, 1992 | Compiled from Daily News wire services
AMMAN SNOWS SMACK HOLY LAND Snowstorms swept the eastern Mediterranean again yesterday, blanketing Jerusalem and other cities in the region's harshest winter in more than 40 years. At least 15 people died in floods and avalanches. Israel radio said the Sea of Galilee, a major source of drinking and irrigation water for the Jewish state, was rising a half-inch an hour. With the lake level up six feet since November, the city of Tiberias was in danger of being flooded, and the radio reported last night that millions of gallons of water were released into the already flooded Jordan River.
NEWS
December 18, 1991
The United Nations' overwhelming vote to repeal the 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism removes a shameful blot on the world body's record and offers another dramatic sign of how the world has changed. The resolution claimed that the ideology that called for reassembling the Jewish people in their Biblical homeland was racist. Back in 1975, this resolution was backed by the votes of 75 communist, Third World and Arab states. But on Monday, with the Soviet empire in collapse and Third World radicalism no longer in fashion, 111 states voted for repeal.
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August 2, 1991 | By Owen Ullmann, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Israel and its Arab neighbors have embarked on a course toward compromise that could finally end 43 years of bitter conflict. Middle East cynics, of which there are many, say they doubt that this latest U.S.-arranged peace plan will overcome the passionate disputes that have proven intractable for so many decades. Indeed, the Israelis and Arabs remain unconvinced that the other side really wants peace enough to make concessions. Rather, they suspect each other of only acting as if they want peace to stay on the good side of the United States, the only superpower left in the post-Cold War era. The Israelis contend that Syria has thrown its lot in with Washington because it has been abandoned by Moscow, its longtime patron.
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December 15, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
While Arab countries are struggling to redefine themselves amid violence, Israel is poised to wrestle with its own identity crisis - at the polls. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to call an early ballot in March has precipitated a most unusual election season, with stark implications not only for Israelis, but also for the Middle East and the United States. Under Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister since its first, David Ben-Gurion, this basically centrist country has drifted steadily rightward.
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May 2, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
In February 2010, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned that failure to make peace with the Palestinians would cause Israel either to lose its Jewish majority or to become an "apartheid state. " He meant that without a two-state solution, Israel would face two impossible choices: Either give citizenship to millions of Palestinians, who would soon become a majority in Israel, or continue to control the lives of millions of Arabs who lack basic rights. Barak's remarks caused no political hysteria in Israel because they reflected painful reality; other Israeli politicians and pundits have said the same before and after.
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July 24, 2013 | By Jennifer Rubin
That was quick. Last week's "peace process" announcement by Secretary of State John Kerry has turned out to be less than meets the eye. He told reporters Friday that "important details need to be worked out before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas actually sit down face to face. " We will see whether they arrive at the bargaining table. But let's assume the talks about a basis for meeting for talks go well. What then? Any progress in the "peace process" is unlikely in light of some unpleasant realities.
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June 5, 2013 | By Anne Gearan, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Israel cannot afford to wait to make peace with its Arab neighbors, Secretary of State John Kerry argued Monday, saying that demographic forces and rising militancy are working against America's top ally in the region. "What happens in the coming days will actually dictate what happens in the coming decades," Kerry said, referring to whether Israeli and Palestinian leaders will try again to broker peace. "We are running out of time," he said in remarks to the American Jewish Committee.
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January 4, 2013 | By Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press
CAIRO - A leading Muslim Brotherhood member and adviser to Islamist President Mohammed Morsi created a stir in Egypt when he called on Egyptian Jews in Israel to return home because Egypt is now a democracy and because the Jewish state won't survive. Essam el-Erian's remarks in a TV appearance put the Brotherhood, which holds power in Egypt, on the spot as opponents - and some allies - jumped on the comments to denounce the group. Morsi's office this week disassociated the president from the comments, saying they were Erian's personal opinion.
NEWS
November 29, 2012
Folly of Palestinian cause Daoud Kuttab's op-ed "Pointless punishment in Gaza" (Friday) continues the folly that has plagued the Palestinian cause for nearly a century. Israel should "deal politically" with Hamas, he says, an organization that denies Israel's right to exist, calls for its destruction, and eschews any solution save violence ("There is no solution ... except through jihad"). He bemoans the loss of civilian life, ignoring that Hamas deliberately positions its rocket launchers in heavily populated areas.
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November 23, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
CAIRO - The top leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories on Thursday - one day after the country's president, who hails from the movement, mediated a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians to end eight days of fierce fighting. "The enemy knows nothing but the language of force," said Mohammed Badie. "Be aware of the game of grand deception with which they depict peace accords," he said in a statement carried on the group's website and emailed to reporters.
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April 4, 2012 | By Dan Perry, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Israel's prime minister said Tuesday that he still hopes to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians, because the alternative would be absorbing them into Israel and destroying the Jewish character of the state. "I want to solve the conflict with the Palestinians because I don't want a binational state," Netanyahu told a rare news conference. "For as long as it depends on me, we will ensure the Jewish and democratic character of Israel. " The statement was notable because it in effect concedes a key argument made by Netanyahu's ideological opponents on Israel's Zionist left: A pullout from territories the Palestinian claim for a state is not just a concession that could be made in exchange for peace - but also an imperative for an Israel that wants to remain a Jewish state that is also democratic.
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March 9, 2012 | By Jeffrey Goldberg
This week, the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, visited President Obama in the White House. The two met, together with their national security advisers, then had a chat alone, then moved to a lunch with various high officials. Many words were exchanged, but they all might have been superfluous. Netanyahu delivered his overriding message quite efficiently, and almost wordlessly, in the form of a gift. The gift he handed Obama was a copy of "Megillah of Esther," the scroll that recounts the heroics of Queen Esther in ancient Persia.
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February 26, 2012 | By Aron Heller, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - He's considered to be one of the greatest scientists of all time. But Sir Isaac Newton was also an influential theologian who applied a scientific approach to the study of scripture, Hebrew, and Jewish mysticism. Now Israel's national library, an unlikely owner of a vast trove of Newton's writings, has digitized his theological collection - 7,500 pages in Newton's own handwriting - and put it online. Among the yellowed texts are Newton's famous prediction of the apocalypse in 2060.
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