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June 3, 2011
Gerald Otten and others appear to have forgotten the history of the Middle East ("The United Nations created a Jewish state; it can also create a Palestinian one," May 31). The United Nations did act on Palestinian statehood in 1947; two states were created by the declaration. However, the so-called Palestinians rejected their statehood by attacking the Jewish state alongside the surrounding Arab states, and afterward by choosing to live on UN handouts in refugee camps instead of creating their own state in the territories they possessed.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | August 24, 2014
Recently, I was talking with a conservative friend of mine about the drama in Gaza. I knew this individual to be thoughtful about world events and staunchly pro-Israel in outlook. It was sometime after our mutual condemnation of Hamas that our conversation took an unexpected and disturbing turn. Seems my friend is frustrated with the Obama administration's tepid support of Benjamin Netanyahu's government and the Jewish voters who re-elected the U.S. president, a soft-on-Israel candidate.
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May 31, 2011
I read with interest Rabbi Chaim Landau's comment on the possibility that the United Nations could recognize a Palestinian state in September ("Mr. Obama, don't equate Israel with its enemies," May 27). In 1948, the state of Israel was created by the United Nations; Israel had not existed for 2,000 years prior to then. Yet although land was taken from the Palestinians to create Israel, the Palestinians have never been compensated for their loss, nor have they or their descendants been granted any right of return to their ancestral homeland.
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August 9, 2014
We read of Israel describing another "terror attack" against its citizens, but why do Americans conclude that Israel itself doesn't practice terror? Because Israeli military spokesmen say it doesn't? ("Digger rams Jerusalem Bus," August 4). Contrary evidence again piles up in Gaza's dead, leaving aside the 2009 majority conclusions of jurist Richard Goldstone's report that charged Israel with deliberate attacks on civilians during the Jewish state's last foray into Gaza. It is timely as well for Americans to recall President Ronald Reagan denouncing Israel's bombing and shelling of West Beirut in 1982 as "a holocaust.
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By Irwin J. Mansdorf | November 16, 2007
Raanana, ISRAEL -- For anyone who wants to know why there is so much suspicion on the part of Israelis as to the real intentions of the Palestinian people, just listen to Saeb Erekat. Mr. Erekat, who is the chief Palestinian negotiator, this week rejected Israel's position that it be recognized as a Jewish state. The newspaper Haaretz reported that in a radio interview, Mr. Erekat said, "No state in the world connects its national identity to a religious identity." No state, that is, except for the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and a host of other Arab kingdoms, sheikdoms and republics that base their rule on Islam.
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By RICHARD O'MARA | January 6, 1991
The Future of The Jews.David Vital.Harvard University.161 pages. $18.95. David Vital's book is about the Jewish people and what is to become of them. Scattered across the planet for some 19 centuries, subjected to the most relentless persecutions, the Jews, in 1948, reconstituted themselves on a territory, raised a flag and asserted themselves as a state among the other states of the world. It was Zionism's stunning triumph. To have reclaimed Palestine, the ancient home of the Jews (and in the teeth of so much opposition)
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,SUN FOREIGN STAFF Special correspondent Jessica Lazar contributed to this article | April 26, 1998
JERUSALEM -- Israel is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary Thursday with parachutists descending from the skies, schoolchildren parading in the streets and the country's top performers chronicling the Jewish state's half-century in a gala of song and dance.It's a birthday bash for a country whose founding fathers sought to keep secret the moment they would declare the new state, fearing an imminent attack by Arab countries, which came anyway. The moment of statehood arrived late on the afternoon of May 14, 1948, in a Tel Aviv museum.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | August 24, 2014
Recently, I was talking with a conservative friend of mine about the drama in Gaza. I knew this individual to be thoughtful about world events and staunchly pro-Israel in outlook. It was sometime after our mutual condemnation of Hamas that our conversation took an unexpected and disturbing turn. Seems my friend is frustrated with the Obama administration's tepid support of Benjamin Netanyahu's government and the Jewish voters who re-elected the U.S. president, a soft-on-Israel candidate.
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By Mark Matthews and Peter Hermann and Mark Matthews and Peter Hermann,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 20, 2001
WASHINGTON - Declaring that Israel's "occupation" of Palestinian territory must end, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell called yesterday for a return to a peace process aimed at finally ending the 50-year conflict and offered U.S. help to monitor a cease-fire. In his first major foreign policy address, Powell spelled out in the most comprehensive way to date how the Bush administration envisions a peace agreement taking shape in the Middle East, saying both sides need to face "some fundamental truths."
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | November 18, 2002
JERUSALEM -- Abba Eban, an eloquent statesman whose passionate oratory helped persuade the United Nations to approve the creation of the Jewish state 54 years ago, died yesterday at a hospital outside Tel Aviv. He was 87. The veteran diplomat made a career defending Israel in times of war and trouble, captivating audiences with his polished British accent and ability to converse fluently in 10 languages. He backed his rhetorical skills with a pragmatic willingness to compromise, giving Israel an authoritative and sophisticated voice as the state he helped found in 1948 struggled through the first three decades of its turbulent history.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | August 3, 2014
Fact: Captured Hamas fighters confirm that their maze of secret tunnels into Israel was to be the entry point for a series of coordinated terror attacks during the Jewish High Holidays - all in order to massacre Israeli citizens at lightly guarded border settlements. Opinion: Americans should keep this scenario in mind as Secretary of State John Kerry readily adopts Hamas talking points and positions in his attempts to secure a "humanitarian" cease-fire. Hamas views such cessations of hostilities as mere opportunities to re-load in their ongoing campaign to reign terror (and ultimately destroy)
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January 24, 2014
As evidence of the Palestinians' reluctance to make peace with Israel, letter writer Michael Langbaum says that they "cannot even agree to recognize Israel as a Jewish state" ("Sharon's strategy didn't work," Jan. 20). But why should Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state when less than 80 percent of Israel's population is of Jewish heritage? A far greater proportion of Americans have Christian antecedents. Is Mr. Langbaum willing, for that reason, to recognize that the U.S. is a "Christian" nation?
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January 20, 2014
Guy Ziv perceives an absence of strong leadership in current day Israel ("Sharon's style is missed," Jan. 16). He pines for the days of Ariel Sharon and criticizes current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as being weak and irresolute. Mr. Ziv longingly reminisces about Sharon's decision to evacuate Jewish communities from Gaza and how this differentiates him from the current Israeli government. What the writer neglects to describe is what happened after Sharon's "bold" move.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2014
Maryland political and Jewish leaders reflected Saturday on the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and said they found hope in the vision for peace in the Middle East that he outlined shortly before suffering a stroke in 2006. Sen. Ben Cardin extended his sympathies to Sharon's relatives, who have cared for the leader since he was incapacitated by a stroke. "For eight years, they have stood vigil as a great general fought the greatest battle of his life," Cardin said in a statement.
NEWS
August 10, 2013
If the letter writer Ray Gordon considers his stream of anti-Israel rhetoric even-handed reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, then perhaps Al Jazeera is not biased ( "Al Jazeera will give America a balanced view of the Middle East," Aug. 7). Certainly neither source can be considered to be accurate in reporting on the continuing problem caused by the failure of the Palestinian Arabs to even acknowledge the existence of a Jewish state. The writer, while painting the Palestinian Arabs as innocent victims, whether led by the late Yasser Arafat or by Mahmoud Abbas, ignores the numerous attempts by Arab nations in coordination with the Palestinian Arabs not only to destroy the Jewish state but to exterminate its inhabitants - be it during the 1948 war, where Arabs massacred the inhabitants of Jewish towns and cities, or during the intifadas.
NEWS
July 26, 2013
Regarding Susan Reimer 's column ( "Helen Thomas opened journalism for women," July 25), Helen Thomas' comments on Israel and Zionism were more than "unacceptable" and "intemperate," they were insulting. Rather than question their own far-fetched notions, people like Ms. Thomas chalk up their unpopularity to conspiracies and domination by "Zionists. " Her ideas about the Jewish state may have greater resonance in Europe (with its history of anti-Jewish ideas and actions) and the Middle East (wrapped up in the Israel-Arab dispute)
NEWS
June 6, 1997
In an article May 22 containing information supplied by the Associated Press, The Sun erroneously reported that Arabs who live outside Israel cannot own land anywhere in the Jewish state -- even if it was once their property.Israel does allow foreigners, including Arabs, to purchase private land in Israel for building purposes.The Sun regrets the error.Pub Date: 6/06/97
NEWS
September 4, 1995
Shlomo Zalman Shragai, 96, a former mayor of Jerusalem and top immigration official during the early years of Israel's statehood, died Saturday.He was born into an ultra-Orthodox family in Gorzkowice, Poland in 1899, but became active in the religious Zionist movement. He settled in Palestine in 1924 and was active in the pre-state leadership.Israel became independent in 1948, and he was elected Jerusalem's second mayor in 1950. He held the post for two years.Over the next decade, he headed the Jewish Agency's immigration department during a time of massive immigration from Islamic countries to the Jewish state.
NEWS
May 7, 2013
Does it occur to anyone in the left-wing Obama administration that arming Syrian rebels with modern weapons will result in arming a group of fighters who live just across the border from Israel ("The best bad option," May 2)? Does it dawn on anyone on the left who supports this president and this leftist administration what the future impact of high-grade weaponry will be on the Jewish state once the Syrian problems are settled and all these Israeli-hating Syrian terrorists and rebels have U.S. arms?
NEWS
March 27, 2013
"Peace is necessary, just, and it is possible," President Barack Obama told Israelis last week in Jerusalem. His visit to the region was a crucial step in the pursuit of peace. President Obama recognized the ancient Jewish connection to Israel and the necessity for a Jewish state. He understood the grave challenges threatening its survival and that responsibility for resolving the conflict will have to be shared between Palestinians, Israelis and the international community. At the same time, he made clear that the U.S. will stand with Israel as it considers the difficult compromises necessary to achieve peace.
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