November 26, 2012
In his Nov. 23 op-ed column, " Why was there war in Gaza ," Charles Krauthammer wondered "why, given that there is no occupation of Gaza anymore," would there be any reason for war there. Would that he were correct that there is no longer any occupation of Gaza. Unfortunately, Israel occupies Gaza now as surely as when it had its settlements there. Gaza has been turned into an open-air prison, with all its borders — land, sea and air — controlled by Israel. If, for example, Egypt had the power to contain Israel in a similar...
May 22, 2012
In his May 17 Fine Print column, " Is the U.S. going too far to help Israel? ," Walter Pincus asked: "Should the United States put solving Israel's budget problems ahead of its own?" First, as Mr. Pincus probably knows, serious fiscal responsibility means dealing with burgeoning entitlement costs, far more than showy penny-pinching on the comparatively smaller rest of the budget. Second, U.S. contributions toward Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense program enable Israel to avoid preemptive assaults on Iran and its clients.
October 4, 2011
Regarding Lisa Miller's Oct. 1 On Faith column, "In a season of introspection, coming to terms with Israel" : There is a silent majority of American Jews who are not represented by this "Israel-centered" enterprise. They are critical of efforts to tell them that Israel is their "homeland" and that the highest expression of their faith is to make "aliyah," to emigrate to that state. Judaism is a religion of universal values, not a nationality, and...
November 21, 2012 |
As missiles and rockets exploded in Israel and Gaza , television news was dominated by the tragic violence, and we were warned that the battle between Israel and the Palestinians might spread because we are in a new and much more dangerous Middle East. Islamists are in power, democracies will listen to their people. In fact, as the relatively quick cease-fire between the parties shows, there is a very low likelihood of a broader regional conflict. It's true that we're in a new Middle East, but it's one in which Israel has become the...
February 2, 2012 |
TEHRAN — A fiery anti-Israel speech by Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivered shortly after a successful Iranian satellite launch, added to growing global tensions Friday, as Israel warned that it might mount a preemptive strike against the Islamic republic's nuclear facilities despite U.S. objections. "From now onward, we will support and help any nations, any groups fighting against the Zionist regime across the world, and we are not afraid of declaring this,"...
May 14, 2008 |
On this 60th anniversary of the State of Israel, we look back at The Post editorial board's reaction to Israel's declaration of independence, President Truman's speedy recognition and the violent response of neighboring Arab states. The State of Israel May 16, 1948 President Truman's haste in recognizing the de facto authority of the provisional government set up in the new Jewish state in Palestine caused temporary consternation in the United Nations General Assembly and surprise throughout the world.