Hanukkah: Celebration of freedom

Freedom New Mexico Observant Jews around the world began the celebration of Hanukkah, a festival of lights, on Wednesday. It was instituted to celebrate the liberation of Israel from domination by the Syrian Seleucid empire, which sought to suppress the traditional Hebrew religion by law and violence. It is thus a celebration of religious freedom, […]

Israel-Palestine relations not U.S. concern

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. The United States and Israel are said to be trying to dial back a sense of mutual outrage that has developed over the blindsiding of Vice President Joe Biden last week in […]

U.S.-prompted peace talks may not be answer

Editorial Considering the discouraging history and circumstances, it was an accomplishment to get representatives from 40 countries, including most of the relevant Arab nations, to sit down for a day just to talk about the possibility of a Palestinian-Israeli settlement. And if the real point was to use the meeting to give Sunni Arab countries […]

Chance for peace depends on parties’ willingness to agree

By Freedom Newspapers After years of dormancy, moves toward a peace settlement between Israel and Palestine are appearing on several fronts. The Iraq Study Group report contends that an Israeli-Palestinian settlement is essential to a reasonable outcome in Iraq, and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has traveled to the region and vowed to step up […]

U.S. should stay on sidelines in current Israeli/Palestinian tiff

Editorial A few weeks ago, 19-year-old Gilad Shalit, a corporal in the Israeli Defense Forces, was an individual like the rest of us, with strengths, weaknesses and foibles. Now he has become a symbol. And whatever faint hopes might have existed for a relatively peaceful end to the armed standoff between Israelis and Palestinians have […]

Jumbled Israeli election may hold promise for peace

Editorial The results of the latest parliamentary election in Israel look like a jumbled mess, but it’s just possible they reflect an interesting consensus on the next phase of Israeli relations with the Palestinian territories. At the moment that translates into almost no relations, leading to outright separation. But that might be the closest to […]

Israel, Palestine decide when peace comes, not U.S.

Freedom Newspapers The human impulse is to hope that he survives and has years of restful peace remaining. Whether that happens or not, however, the serious stroke suffered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is likely to be a setback to hopes for Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation. And for a time, at least, it will throw Israeli […]

Civil society might be emerging among Palestinians

Freedom Newspapers Given the history, it is generally wise to be skeptical about signs that might portend a breakthrough toward peace, or even nonhostile co-existence between Israel and Palestine. Nonetheless a move by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to challenge powerful militant Palestinian groups is a sign that might be worth noting. It is important […]

Project: Reader Reaction, July 7

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “So the transfer of power is complete in Iraq. When will the violence in that country end?” Some responses: “IT IS HARD TO even imagine that the violence will come to an end. True what America did for Iraq was much needed, however the extreme members of the […]