A Kind of Peace in Gaza

On Patrol in Shijaiyah, the toughest neighborhood in Gaza City, Lieut. Naim Ashraf Mushtaha, 31, an officer of the Hamas Executive Force, spots a man in civilian clothes carrying an M-16 assault rifle and walking through the street suqs in broad daylight. His officers quickly encircle the suspect and demand that he identify himself and […]

Can Arab Leaders Bring Peace?

Has the Arab League finally broken its taboo on ties with Israel by sending a delegation to Jerusalem? Depends who you ask. The Israeli government has declared Wednesday’s visit by the foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan a historic landmark on the road toward acceptance of Israel by the Arab world. “In the past, the […]

Can Bush’s Mideast Peace Talks Work?

It sounded very inspiring. In a major speech last night out of the White House, U.S. President George W. Bush called for a revival of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, and proposed that Israel and some Arab states hold a regional peace conference this fall. “The international community must rise to the moment,” he […]

City of Everlasting Strife

Today is Jerusalem Day, the holiday commemorating the “re-unification” of the city by Israeli forces in the 1967 war with Jordan, which at the time controlled East Jerusalem. Since this year is the 40th anniversary of the war, the city is awash with festivities, including a public concert last night and a parade around the […]