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Israel Report
May 2003

  • The Bi-Polar Nature Of Middle-East Diplomacy  Bad intentions are rarely the cause of failed diplomacy. But when the diplomats fail to examine, or even care to examine the true situation on the ground, diplomacy is doomed. This is certainly the case with the current attempts to graft a new peace process onto the Middle East. There remain, between Israelis and Palestinians, four intractable problems that the road map fails entirely to address:
  • Jerusalem Day  Israel today celebrates the 36th anniversary of its capital's liberation and reunification, but despite Jerusalem Day festivities, never has the future of Jerusalem been as fraught with uncertainty.
  • Not Harmless Posturing  Sharon and his people are wrong. The approval of the Road Map will not result in the PLO taking the heat for its failure. Israel will get no good will. The Road Map is not harmless.
  • An Inauspicious Start  The cabinet decision to endorse the road map is being billed as an historic moment. It was. For the first time, the Israeli government has formally committed itself to the formation of a Palestinian state on this side of the Jordan river.
  • Scapegoating Israel  If there is one thesis which is shared by the U.S. State Department, the British Foreign Office, most of the European governments and, above all, the Arab nations, it is that the single root problem, the source of all present sorrows, the key to future peace and prosperity in the Middle East is putting an end to the so-called Israeli occupation of Palestine, and the creating of a Palestinian state.
  • The Meaning of "Painful Concessions"  In voluntarily severing ourselves from our historic heartland, we will be doing what no nation has ever done to itself.
  • Appease Process  Now comes the kicker: reference to the "peace process" (without scare quotes), which "collapsed in late 2000 amid violence that continues." Where to begin? The word "collapse" is probably as good a place as any.
  • Who Needs the Quartet?  Israel knows all too well, from first-hand experience, that the UN, EU, and Russia have often afforded succor to what the US calls the "axis of evil." So why us? Why should Israel be expected to passively accept and endure what is so unacceptable for the US?
  • Freeing the Middle East  In case you missed it, US President George W. Bush gave a pathbreaking speech at the University of South Carolina on Friday, a speech that should not be obscured by the minutiae of Secretary of State Colin Powell's visit.
  • A Roadblock to Mideast Peace  Before we enter the fantasy world of the road map peace plan for the Middle East it, is worth reminding ourselves the everyday reality of the violence Israel faces.
  • The U.S. and Israel: The Road Ahead  A road map to peace is a fine thing, but if it is based in denial and wishful thinking it will be rightly doomed. The task for diplomats and all other interested parties is to force an end to the murder of Jews and to the effort to destroy the Jewish state; in pursuit of that goal, it is as necessary to delegitimize Palestinian violence once and for all as it is to prevent and repudiate the delegitimization of Israel.

From Last Month

  • The Road Map to Nowhere: Do we really need another doomed Mideast peace process?
  • What about a goodwill gesture from the Palestinians?  I would like one good reason, Mr. Bush, Mr. Powell, to believe that this time the Palestinians can be trusted. I would like a goodwill gesture on their part.
  • Peace in our time?  American humorist PJ O'Rourke summed up the foolishness of what is on offer when he likened it to "a compromise in the sense that being bitten in half by a shark is a compromise with being swallowed whole." Israel would do well to stay out of the water.
  • For a 'Christian Road Map'  How will Bush reconcile his faith in the Bible, where Christianity was born in east Jerusalem, with a road map that calls it "occupied" land? When Jesus predicted that, after His death and resurrection, He would return, the time would be after an undivided Jerusalem was back in Jewish hands.
  • Freedom and the Land of Israel  The time for games, and for bluffing, is over. Too many Jews have been killed, too many families have been destroyed to fiddle away precious months with diplomatic dances and diversions. The battle for the Land of Israel is about to commence. The two roads before us are equally clear: one of faith, determination and fulfillment, or one of defeatism, dismemberment and retreat.
  • A Map to National Disaster  The road map is a huge prize for terror. In its wake the Palestinians will not only achieve their strategic goals, but will reach a clear conclusion: terror pays. They will get all the concessions we shower on them, organize themselves with money they get from the world and us, rebuild their terror units and attack us at the moment convenient for them.
  • An Unwanted Situation  All we can do is that which the nation of Israel and the army of Israel have striven again and again to do, to make our resistance as humane as possible; i.e., to avoid injuring the innocent, to work everywhere to diminish violence and not increase it, and to try to be as humane as possible to our enemy, in the hope that they will eventually choose the way of peace.
  • Why Christians Support Israel  Whether religious or secular in nature, a deep support for Israel resonates with millions of Christians.
  • Israel Can't Win for Losing  Have you noticed the further Israel bends over backward to achieve peace with its neighbors, the more excuses those neighbors find for maintaining a state of war?

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