January 4, 2013 |
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.
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.
November 23, 2012 |
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.
April 4, 2012 |
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.
March 9, 2012 |
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.
February 26, 2012 |
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.
February 2, 2012 |
I'm embarrassed to say I went to the University of Pennsylvania. Penn is a great school, and I loved learning from excellent professors and classmates and growing through the many opportunities available there. But apparently, since my graduation, Penn has decided that intellectual honesty and academic integrity are no longer among its preeminent values. Starting Friday, PennBDS, a university-recognized group, will sponsor the 2012 National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
January 29, 2012 |
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a complex issue, one that deserves serious scholarship and open, civil debate. Expect to see none of that next weekend on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, where the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement is staging a "conference. " Instead, as we should have learned from many past BDS events at colleges around the country, this will be an exercise in disinformation and propaganda, a call for political and economic warfare, and an attempt to foment hatred of Israel.
September 25, 2011
Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author of The End of Sparta Will Israel survive? That question hasn't really been asked since 1967. Then, a far weaker Israel was surrounded on all sides by Arab dictatorships that were equipped with sophisticated weapons from their nuclear patron, the Soviet Union. Now, things are worse for the Jewish state. Egyptian mobs just tried to storm the Israeli Embassy in Cairo and kill any Israelis they could get their hands on. Whatever Egyptian government emerges, it will be more Islamist than before - and may renounce the peace accords with Israel.
September 22, 2011
Rubin misses Mideast reality On reading Trudy Rubin's "A U.N. vote on Palestinian state just might offer a way forward" (Sunday), I felt I could have been reading a dispatch from Al Jazeera or the offices of any Mideast Arab state. Yes, the Arabs do indeed want a "two-state" solution, but on their terms only, which means they will accept one state, "Palestine," which would be totally Islamic, and no Jews would be allowed to live there, and the other state, called "Israel," would be overrun by up to four million Arab refugees from all over the world, causing what was Israel to become a wing of Palestine, where all the Jews would have to become second-class citizens ( dhimmis )