May 14, 2008
Perspectives from the Israeli and Arab media on Israel's 60th anniversary: "Have we gone mad? Has something gone wrong with our collective mind? The state of Israel is about to mark 60 years of independence in an atmosphere of bitterness, depression and public reluctance 'to waste the money on celebrations.' The state of Israel, whose existence, growth and prosperity are perceived by so many in the world as one of the most impressive and influential successes of modern times, is sinking in melancholy as if it were a total failure.
November 7, 1995
THEY ALL CAME -- the presidents of the United States and France, the prime ministers of Britain and Russia, the chancellor of Germany, more than 40 world leaders to mourn the murder of Yitzhak Rabin and, by their presence, to pay a remarkable tribute to the modern state of Israel. Yet the most significant visitors by far came not from the big powers but from Arab states hostile to Israel at its founding.President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt was there, walking in the footsteps of his martyred predecessor, Anwar Sadat, who defied the whole Islamic world and endured its ostracism in making peace with Israel.
March 10, 1992
One of Israel's two chief rabbis took a detour last night from his diplomatic mission to Washington to stand in the dining room of an Upper Park Heights home, fold his hands over the back of a chair and talk to about 150 people who crammed the living room to hear him.Rabbi Avraham Hacohen Shapira said he had kept diplomats waiting in order to come to Baltimore.He spoke in Hebrew. The English translation, provided by an interpreter from his entourage, was mixed thoroughly with common Hebrew terms.
September 12, 1993
In one of the great turning points of the Twentieth Century, the leader of the Palestinian people has recognized "the right of the state of Israel to exist in peace and security" and the prime minister of Israel, in turn, has recognized the Palestine Liberation Organization as "the representative of the Palestinian people." If this isn't peace in the Holy Land -- and it is not -- it is still an inspiring reach toward this worthy goal.Tomorrow, barring the ever-present threat of disruption by the enemies of reconciliation, high-ranking representatives of Israel and the PLO will meet at the White House to sign a historic accord granting limited self-rule to Palestinians in Gaza and Jericho.
June 11, 1995
Contrary to your editorial (''Fooling With the Peace Process,'' May 28), there are cogent reasons for moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem immediately.For more than 45 years we have questioned the sovereignty of the state of Israel by keeping our embassy in Tel Aviv while the seat of the government is located in Jerusalem. To do so has been an insult to Israel, particularly in light of the constant support that this country has given us in all international bodies, including being our most consistent friend in the United Nations, as indicated by its voting pattern.
July 18, 1997
Fifty years ago today, a group of more than 4,500 Holocaust survivors aboard the Exodus 1947, a converted Chesapeake Bay steamer that had sailed from Baltimore, engaged in a showdown with the British navy in international waters off Egypt.The refugees were hoping to slip by a blockade to enter British-controlled Palestine. The furor after they were rebuffed and sent to detention camps in Germany eventually resulted in the creation of the state of Israel.Today at noon, members of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Baltimore Zionist District will unveil a historical marker commemorating the event at the Waterfront Arcade of the World Trade Center in the Inner Harbor.