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Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
Topic - Yasser Arafat
"Man of conflict: Sharon is admired for his unwavering defense of Israel" (Web, Jan. 11) observes that detractors blame former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for the failure of peace efforts under then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak because of Mr. Sharon's "provocative visit to Jerusalem's Temple Mount in September 2000" and the violence that "reignited in the wake of the visit." That narrative has been discredited.
War hero, statesman, strategist and pragmatist, Ariel Sharon died just when the perpetually stalled Middle East Peace "process" could use his brand of decisiveness. Boldness and decisiveness, alas, are out of fashion, replaced by retreat into "process."
A Russian probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has found no trace of radioactive poisoning, the chief of the government agency that conducted the study said Thursday.
Some called him Tata ("Father"). Others affectionately called him by his clan name, Madiba. The world knew him as Nelson Mandela. It was June 1990 when this force of nature, this dignified man, came to America months after being released from RobbensIsland.
A team of French investigators have ruled out the possibility that deceased Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned, contrary to a previous report by Swiss scientists that said tests on his body showed "unexpected high activity" of polonium.
Swiss scientists say they are 83 percent confident that deceased Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned after tests revealed at least 18 times the normal levels of radioactive polonium in his remains, Al Jazeera America first reported.
Last week, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons." The official ceremony will take place in Oslo on Dec. 10.
A reader who wants to learn about Israel's history has a choice. For simple dates, events and dry facts, there are any number of texts that would fit the bill. However, if he seeks a truthful exploration of the roller-coaster ride of Israel's history, then Sarah Honig's book, "Debunking the Bull," is an appropriate choice.
Winston Churchill famously said, "To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war." That seems true enough — except when jaw-jaw is another way of making war-war. As the U.S. starts yet another round of peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, we had best remember the risks associated with past failed negotiations.
Tom Howell Jr.'s article, "Israeli airstrikes on Syria put Obama at the crossroads" (Web, May 5), quotes an Obama official as saying: "If he [Assad] drops sarin on his own people, what's that got to do with us?" I was shocked by this remark.
For all his legendary powers of persuasion, Bill Clinton never could quite sweet-talk Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak into closing the deal on a final status peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority back in 2000. Looks like he whiffed again with Jimmy Page and and Robert Plant.
Before a ballroom packed with people who once might have shunned his words, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, told an audience of evangelical Christians on Saturday night that "the transformation of a culture is a most heroic cause indeed."
Symbolism matters, and President Obama knows it. When the president spoke at Georgetown University in 2009, his advance team asked that the Roman Catholic university cover an image derived from the first three Greek letters of the name of Jesus Christ.
As President Obama wrapped up his three-day visit to Israel Friday, he spent some solemn moments at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, relighting the eternal flame there, laying a wreath and vowing to fight anti-Semitism and racism of all kinds.
Peace is a condition of harmony between nations and their people with no threats of acts of war or terrorism.
Immediately after the failure of the Camp David [negotiations] ... he said to me: 'You should remain in Paris.'
I asked him why, and he said, 'Because I am going to start an intifada.'"