One year after the Palestine National Council met to cancel the PLO Covenant

The Middle East Forum, recently pioneered by New York immigrant to Israel, Dan Diker, held its first round table discussion on April 29, 1997 one year after the Palestine National Council met in a...

Beyond Words

The first revelations were reported on the evening of April 10, 1997. The partially decomposed body of Staff Sgt. Sharon Edri was unearthed in the Arab village of Tzurif by the IDF. Sharon Edri,...

Dilemma and a Constructive Approach … for a change

There are aspects of this issue that yet to surface in public attention, and very few people work to foster new ideas that will mend fences among Jews at this time. The Reform and Conservative...

“Kill & Run” Precedent of the Oslo Accord?

The March 21, 1997 explosion at a Tel Aviv cafe once again brought the issue of terrorism to the forefront of the peace process. In order to allay Israelis' fears and resume negotiations, both Netanyahu...

The Man Who Swallowed Gaza

The cement monopoly, The Al-Bahr Company, belongs to Muhammad Rashid, Arafat's chef de bureau and economic advisor. Palestinian Authority chief Yasser Arafat maintains what people in the know in the territories call "A-Sunduk A-Thani," Fund...

“Why is this night different …”

If he has a son, the son asks. In contrast to Hanukah and Purim where we are commanded to "publicize the miracle" (and include everyone), on Pesach, the publicizing of the miracle starts first of...

Red Lights & Green Lights: Weapons Control in the Palestine Authority?

At a time when Hamas threatens more terror activity against targets throughout Israel, it may be instructive to note the extent to which the Palestine Authority directly licenses arms for the Hamas instead of...

Common Myths of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Zichron Yaakov, IsraelThe Middle East conflict is unique in that every journalist, foreign newspaper columnist, rabbi, politician, political scientist, and Church leader is an armchair expert on Israel's political problem with the Arab world....

Arafat Gave “Green Light” for Attacks Against Israel

On the night between the 9th and 10th of March, realizing that Israel was firm in its decision to build on Har Homa, Arafat gave the signal to renew terror attacks. He also released...

Does Rhetoric Replace Policy?

On the evening before the long-planned March 17 meeting with his counterpart in the Palestine Authority, PA justice minister Abu Medein, Israel Minister of Justice Tzachi HaNegbi talked tough, declaring to a cheering Likud...