May 22, 2015
ISSUE | PAPAL MOVES Amorphous vs. immovable forces I find it disturbing that the Vatican has recognized Palestine ("Vatican recognizes 'state of Palestine,' " May 14). It should be clear to anyone familiar with history that there is no such state as Palestine. To fulfill the requisites of statehood, there must be established borders and institutions. As long as the world continues to bestow statehood on a people who refuse to negotiate with Israel in good faith, there will be no peace.
July 25, 2014 |
W EARING A white shirt that said, "End terrorism, support Israel," Rachel Rosenberg, 24, of Spring Garden, said she wanted to educate people that Hamas is a terrorist group responsible for most of the civilian deaths in Gaza. Across the street, Alex Ibrahim, 26, a Palestinian Muslim who lives in North Philadelphia, said he wanted the bombings to stop - especially from Israelis, who he said are targeting civilians and children. At a rally featuring speakers ranging from local religious leaders to politicians, several hundred pro-Israel supporters gathered in LOVE Park yesterday to show solidarity for the country and its right to defend itself.
December 22, 2013
In a Dec. 14 article on the Hillel chapter at Swarthmore College, a national spokesman for Hillel said members of Students for Justice in Palestine, a national pro-Palestinian group, have in the past plastered eviction notices on dorm rooms of Jewish and other students. The spokesman was not referring to any incident at Swarthmore College. A separate group mentioned in the story, Swarthmore Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine, said it has no affiliation with the national group and does not condone such acts.
July 23, 2013
JERUSALEM - Israeli and Palestinian officials voiced skepticism yesterday that they can move toward a peace deal, as the sides inched toward what may be the first round of significant negotiations in five years. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced late last week that an agreement has been reached that establishes the basis for resuming peace talks. He cautioned that such an agreement still needs to be formalized, suggesting that gaps remain. In his first on-camera comment yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to lower expectations by saying the talks will be tough and any agreement would have to be ratified by Israelis in a national referendum.
December 4, 2012
By Jennifer Rubin Last week's vote to extend nonmember observer status to the Palestinians was a primer on what is wrong with the United Nations, the European Union, the Palestinian Authority, and the United States when it comes to the Middle East. One hardly needs to note that the United Nations' Israel obsession comes at a time when it can't bring itself to move against Bashar al-Assad in Syria, religious oppression of Christians in the Middle East, or anything about the authoritarian revanchism in Georgia.
November 30, 2012 |
UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians and an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States. The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the U.N. was approved by a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions, in the 193-member world body. A Palestinian flag was quickly unfurled on the floor of the General Assembly, behind the Palestinian delegation.
December 14, 2011 |
Newt Gingrich raises interesting questions, but he doesn't always have the right answers. Gingrich recently questioned the concept of a Palestinian nation, declaring it "invented. " Is that true? Yes - just as true as it is that all nations are invented or imagined. The concept of nation is relatively new in human history, having grown at least partly out of another kind of innovation: the movable-type printing press, invented by Johannes Gutenberg around 1440. To find buyers for their products, printers and booksellers found that it was good business to use a region's dominant language - say, the English spoken in London or the French spoken in Paris.
October 6, 2011 |
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - The Obama administration warned the U.N. cultural agency to stay out of the question of Palestinian statehood or face the consequences, as American lawmakers were threatening to withhold tens of millions of dollars in U.S. funding if the organization agrees to admit Palestine as a member before an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is reached. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called UNESCO's deliberation "inexplicable" at a time when the Palestinian bid for U.N. recognition and membership was being examined by the Security Council, the global body's top decision-making organ.