We hear a lot these days about the "window of opportunity" created by the election of Ehud Barak, as if Israel alone is to blame for holding up progress towards peace. Little regard is given to the much larger impediments posed by long-serving, regressive Arab dictators, like Hafez el-Assad and Yasser Arafat, and the way they have prolonged the Arab/Israeli conflict.
A recent column by Syrian expert Daniel Pipes [see Guest Column] suggests Assad deliberately has delayed peace with Israel for ten years now because he fears rapprochement means an end to the repressive ways of his regime. And as for Arafat, it is wrenching to watch him demand that Israel release Palestinian terrorists who have murdered scores of innocent people at the same time that he stirs up the Arab League about Jews flipping hamburgers in Ma'ale Adumim.
Editor, David Parsons
Writers & Layout: Cale Hahn, Christine Bird, Raymond McNemar