Israel won’t solve problems with Iran

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist It is remarkable how quickly discussions about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons turn to Israel. “Well,” worriers are reassured, “Israel will never permit Iran to go nuclear. Remember Osirak?” Very well. In 1981, Israeli planes streaked across the desert at low altitude and destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak, […]

God’s punishing hand recurrent Robertson theme

Freedom Newspapers The stroke that laid Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon low is a medical condition; a cranial injury inflicted by hemorrhaging following a vascular rupture. Some have speculated that a blood-thinning medication Sharon had been taking as a preventative measure may have exacerbated the damage he suffered by increasing the flow of the hemorrhage. […]

Charges could interrupt Israel, American relations

Freedom Newspapers This could turn out to be nothing much, or it could be a major scandal that ends up affecting U.S. relations with Israel. The emerging Larry Franklin-AIPAC story bears watching because it could signify an organized effort to affect U.S. policy in the Middle East — perfectly legitimate — that veered over the […]

Emerging civil society could be first step to peace

Freedom Newspapers Given the history, it is generally wise to be skeptical about signs that might portend a breakthrough toward peace, or even nonhostile co-existence between Israel and Palestine. Nonetheless a move by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to challenge powerful militant Palestinian groups is a sign that might be worth noting. It is important […]

Israel, Palestine have opportunity for some peace

Freedom Newspapers R ecently we have been skeptical of the prospect — trumpeted in some quarters — that the death of Yasser Arafat and the election of his longtime aide Mahmoud Abbas was likely to create a significant opportunity for a useful Palestinian-Israeli “peace process” to begin. Well, when it comes to this issue skepticism […]

Small-minded critics spit their venom

By Mona Charen Natural disasters bring incomprehensible suffering. In this, they differ from manmade calamities. If you believe in free will, you can at least allow that human beings are capable of inexhaustible evil when they turn away from God, and that innocents suffer as a consequence. Even if God exists, free will makes the […]

Palestinians must discover new identity

Freedom Newspapers Amid the public tussle over whether Yasser Arafat was more sinner than saint is a strong undercurrent of hope. With the leader the Israelis decided they could not and would not deal with out of the picture, is there a chance to redeem the promise of Oslo with steps toward peace? Should the […]

Jews should support Republican ticket

Freedom Newspapers If it’s an election year, it must be time for my quadrennial column urging Jews to vote Republican. Though I feel a bit like Sisyphus, I’ll try not to be a sourpuss. Here are some of the questions I usually get on this subject: Everyone knows that Republicans tend to be rich, snobbish […]

Intense protests prove problems far from resolved

Freedom Editorial In a country of about 6 million people, 100,000 protesters or so (estimates ranged from 70,000 to 150,000) are hardly a majority. But in politics intensity can count for as much or more than sheer numbers. Those who joined hands to protest against a plan to withdraw Israeli settlements from Gaza constitute more […]

Reyna, Israel

Israel Reyna Services: Have been held. Mr. Israel Reyna, 56, of Clovis, died Monday, July 19, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on July 27, 1947, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Guadalupe and Elodia Champa Reyna. Family members said he loved to be around the family and was a hard […]

Readers say prison abuse is appalling

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for observations related to recent events in Iraq. Some responses: “I don’t agree with the treatment of the prisoners. And they didn’t behead the man for revenge; those people would have found a reason to do it no matter what. A lot of people do […]

Decision to endorse Israeli plan bad for foreign relations

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s apparent endorsement, in a joint appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Wednesday, of an Israeli plan to hold on to at least five major Israeli settlements on the West Bank, is a major turnaround in American foreign policy. It might redound to the short-term benefit of Sharon’s Likud Party […]

“Make Me a God!” Is a Strange But Common Request

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Make me a god!” It seems like such a strange request — until we realize how often we probably make this same request ourselves. Israel’s children were waiting in the desert at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Moses had been summoned up the mountain by God himself. Jehovah was about to […]

Missile strike on Hamas leader puts U.S. in peril

Freedom Newspapers Beyond the loss of life, beyond the near-certainty that the killing of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin will prompt further bombings in or against Israel, the action places the United States in a delicate position. Unfortunately, this is the result of years of mostly well-intentioned insistence on being intimately involved with what U.S. […]

‘Christ’ movie ads fuel to anti-Semetic fire

Mona Charen It grieves me to object to Mel Gibson’s movie because I know millions of Christians in this country and around the world will be moved and possibly even transformed by it — and that is a welcome thing. As a Jew, I can unhesitatingly declare the world would be a better place if […]