Disruptive protests hurt student’s cause

The campus at the University of California-Irvine has become a hotbed of tension between Muslim and Jewish students, divided along the always-contentious debate surrounding Israel and Palestine. The latest major incident occurred Feb. 8, when a raucous group of 11 students, mostly from UCI and including the president of the UCI Muslim Student Association, repeatedly [...]

Editorial: Mideast nations take steps toward peace

In the last few weeks some tentative moves toward resolving, or at least reducing, ongoing conflicts in the Middle East have taken place. The remarkable and remarkably important fact about all of them is that the United States has played virtually no role in any of them. Israel and the Islamist group Hamas that controls [...]

Crisis won’t be solved by meeting alone

Editorial It seems as if every American president has to make one last, desperate attempt to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, and it’s easy to see why. Former President Carter has been using those Camp David meetings that eventually led to a peace — it turned out to be a “cold peace,” but at least it’s [...]

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 [...]