April 5, 2002
Hateful propaganda leads Muslim world to detest the West I agree with Thomas L. Friedman to the extent that he applauds the Bush administration's move to increase foreign aid to poor countries and asks for a foreign policy that pursues a course of "enlightened self-interest" ("Let's set a moral example for the world," Opinion * Commentary, March 20). But he is very wrong to assume the Muslims who hate us do so because of our greed or support for their bad regimes or anything we have done.
May 18, 1991
WASHINGTON -- President Bush insisted yesterday that "there is real cause for optimism" in his efforts to win a Middle East peace conference despite obstacles that remain following Secretary of State James A. Baker III's latest mission to the region.Mr. Bush made his announcement to reporters after he and Mr. Baker put through a call to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as they met to discuss the results of the Baker trip that ended Thursday night.The president refused to discuss any details of the call or explain the reasons for his optimism, citing the sensitivity of the negotiations.
August 5, 1993
Syria holds the key to Arab peace with Israel. If Syria traded peace for Golan, the rug would be pulled out from those who wish to continue war. Secretary of State Warren Christopher's Middle East shuttle diplomacy is seeking no less than that.While using the same Middle East adviser, Dennis Ross, that his predecessor James A. Baker III brought to the State Department, Mr. Christopher has shunned Mr. Baker's studied detachment. He is not merely bringing the parties together and seeking influence behind the scenes, he is aggressively and publicly involved and putting U.S. proposals forward.
July 27, 1994
With the Washington Declaration, Israel has now made peace with three of its neighbors, Egypt, Palestine and Jordan. That leaves the northern border with Syria and Lebanon, where terrorism remains an irritant but not a threat to the state. The PLO's separate peace led directly to Jordan's, which adds to the pressure on Syria and its Lebanese protectorate to follow.Jordan is an important addition to the circle of peace because the prospects of cooperation between it and Israel flow so naturally from geography.
December 15, 1992
Nowhere is Islamic fundamentalism a greater danger to the U.S. foreign policy that President-elect Clinton will inherit than in Egypt. The peace between Egypt and Israel brokered by the Carter administration in the 1970s remains the cornerstone for all further peace efforts. An overthrow of the moderate and canny regime of Hosni Mubarak from a fundamentalist flank would renounce recognition of Israel and be a disaster for peace.But in Egypt as elsewhere, fundamentalist extremism feeds on economic distress.
August 28, 1995
Q: WHAT DOES Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin call it when more of his countrymen have been killed by Palestinian terrorists in the past 23 months than in any 23-month period in Israel's history; when Palestinian attacks are now concentrated inside Israel's pre-1967 borders; when every several weeks a bus filled with Jewish passengers is exploded by a suicide bomber; when even the president of Israel, a steadfast dove, says of his nation's agreement with...