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November 6, 2003
IRECENTLY attended a panel at Haverford College titled "Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision," sponsored by Partners for Peace. One woman was a Palestinian Christian, one was an Israeli Jew, the third was a Palestinian Muslim. They are touring the country speaking out about the Palestinian-Israeli situation. There wasn't anything said that I hadn't read about before, but to meet people who live with this crisis makes it very personal. It was very, very sad to hear what they had to say. It made my heart weep.
NEWS
June 3, 2011
NO, MR. OBAMA, the U.S. doesn't want a two-state Middle East. Israel is under attack, and you're kissing up to those that want Israel and the West dead! You are a disgrace to America. Speak for yourself. Don't speak for me and millions of others. I'm ashamed to have you as America's leader. Totally ashamed. You are not a true leader. You are a Marxist that wants to destroy a great country. I stand with Israel. I will never stand with you. Pat Dougherty, Philadelphia
NEWS
September 23, 1986
Richard Reeves' Sept. 13 Op-ed Page article does not reach deep enough into the seeds of terrorism. The origin of Arab terrorism is not about territory, since the Arab nations are 22 in number and have over 10 million square miles of territory. (Israel is the size of New Jersey.) It is not about a homeland, because Jordan is Palestine. (In 1921, the British gave away about 80 percent of ancient Israel to Jordan.) It is not about oil, since the Arabs control all of the oil in the Mideast.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2002 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Seven children living within minutes of one another in Jerusalem and the West Bank are profiled in Promises (. 1/2), a documentary shot in Israel and Palestine in the relative calm of 1997, 1998 and 2000. A collaboration by filmmakers Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg and Carlos Bolado, this sobering Oscar-nominated film brims with the energy, curiosity and hope innate with kids the world over. But it also shows how decades of hatred and hostility create obstacles between potential friends, and casts their future in a bleak light.
NEWS
August 4, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Vice President Bush, saying that he has found a "marked change in the mood of this region," predicted yesterday that peace in the Middle East could be achieved within the next 10 years. "Every leader agrees we must have peace," Bush said. "This growing consensus is a powerful new fact. " Bush made the prediction in a brief address to members of the Multinational Force and Observers, an 11-nation peace-keeping force set up to monitor Egyptian and Israeli compliance with their peace-treaty obligations in the Sinai.
NEWS
April 22, 2011
MOST OF the pundits, politicians and experts believe that Americans had little or no impact on the movements sweeping the Middle East. I totally disagree. Yes, President Bush's ill-advised war on Iraq had nothing to do with these events. And the unwinnable war in Afghanistan isn't a factor, either. And, yes, our government's diplomacy, foreign affairs, intelligence and military had no effect on what's happening in these volatile areas today. But, I contend, the actions of American voters in 2008 have had a profound impact on the psyche of the unprecedented protests we are witnessing.
NEWS
October 17, 2010 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Many years ago, a movie theater called the Brattle near Harvard University would show the film Casablanca over and over. The students who watched would chant the lines along with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The viewers knew every element of the story line from memory - and it never changed. That's the way the Mideast peace process used to seem to a correspondent who followed it for decades. The actors shifted every so often - although there were many who refused to leave the stage short of the cemetery - but the script hardly varied.
NEWS
May 31, 2011
IN HIS MAY 19 speech, President Obama tried to dictate the terms of Israel's borders, which he said would lead to peace in that region. The continued belief by those in the White House and State Department that they can interfere in the rights of sovereign nations to determine their future is both inconsistent with sound reasoning and the wishes of the American electorate. Obama suggests that Israel pull back to its pre-1967 borders, but says nothing about how much closer Hamas rockets would be. I would've loved to have seen Prime Minister Netanyahu say, "We will, Mr. President, when China gets out of Tibet and Russia vacates all provinces occupied during World War II. " Obama and his out-of-touch secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, are trying to strong-arm Israel into weakening both its resolve and defenses.
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NEWS
May 13, 2016
By Dan Sullivan When the president is in open disagreement with the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on one of the most critical issues our nation faces - whether to send our sons and daughters into combat - it should be cause for significant national concern. President Obama has repeatedly told the American people that U.S. troops are not in combat in the Middle East. In 2010, he announced that "our combat mission is ending" in Iraq. He used the same words in 2014 regarding Afghanistan.
NEWS
April 25, 2016
Elliott Abrams served on the staffs of Sens. Henry Jackson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan and in the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations Since my days working for Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson (D., Wash.), events in the Middle East and especially concerning the security of Israel have been at the center of my attention. And if Israel's security and its relationship with the United States are a key concern, Ted Cruz should get your vote. More broadly, if your concern is America's position in the Middle East, your vote should go to Cruz.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will help VPS Healthcare, a health system based in the United Arab Emirates, establish "standard of excellence for pediatric care, the two organizations announced Wednesday. CHOP is the second Philadelphia health system to form an alliance with VPS, which was founded in 2007 by a radiologist, Shamsheer Vayalil. He remains the owner. In November, the University of Pennsylvania Health System has agreed to help VPS improve the care of patients with lifestyle-related disease, such as diabetes, and cancer.
NEWS
January 4, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Will Mideast's grim picture change this year? Trudy Rubin, C1.
NEWS
January 4, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
After the grim foreign-policy news from the Mideast in 2015, can we hope for anything better in the new year? That would be a relief, after a year in which ISIS thrived amid the Mideast chaos and civil wars that flooded Europe with one million refugees, half of them from Syria. So is there any reason to expect things to improve in 2016? After all, in December the world's major powers agreed on a framework plan for ending the Syrian civil war, right? And the Iraqi army (retrained, yet again, by U.S. officers)
NEWS
October 26, 2015
ISSUE | MIDDLE EAST Teach peace The recent string of terrorist attacks in Israel has shocked the world with images of senseless violence. Even more surprising has been the age of the attackers: Most have turned out to be Palestinians who are 16 to 25 years old. When Israel is subjected to terrorism, many of us try to understand the attackers' motivation based on our own moral codes, experiences, or mind-sets. However, the most important factor is overlooked: the persistent cycle of young Palestinians being educated about the glories of terrorism and dehumanization of Jews.
SPORTS
September 30, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Brett Brown and Jay Wright were sitting in the front seat of the bus as it crossed back from the West Bank and into Israeli territory in late July. They had just given a basketball clinic in Ramallah and were returning to do the same in Jerusalem as part of an outreach program sponsored by a group called PeacePlayers International. At the checkpoint, two young Israeli soldiers boarded the bus and this part was not about games. "People come through and they're checking passports and there's two 18-year-olds with AK-47's.
NEWS
August 6, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Asserting that Christians are more persecuted today than at "any time since their early history," the Knights of Columbus announced here Tuesday a major expansion of its humanitarian aid efforts for Christian refugees in the Middle East, especially Syria and Iraq. "Christians in the Middle East are facing a dire situation - even extinction," Carl Anderson, chief executive of the Catholic fraternal organization, told a news conference at the Convention Center. "In Syria, 700,000 Christians have been internally displaced" since ISIS began a brutal campaign last year to establish military and political control of the region, he said.
NEWS
April 12, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
The visit of Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar Abadi to Washington this week will test whether the White House has any Mideast strategy beyond a nuclear deal with Iran. Even administration optimists have revised naive hopes that an accord would stabilize the region. "We can do two things at the same time," Secretary of State John Kerry told the PBS Newshour , meaning negotiate while standing up to Iranian interference in Yemen. The bigger question is whether the White House has a strategy to offset Iran's drive to dominate its neighbors, a drive that is fueling sectarian war throughout the region.
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