- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Arafat's terror
"Yasser Arafat is perhaps the only leader in the world who is both directly responsible for terror and whose regime also harbors terrorists. The Fatah and Tanzim forces that are directly accountable to him have committed over 50 percent of the terrorist acts against Israelis over the past year. Hamas and Islamic Jihad, whose suicide bombings have killed and wounded hundreds of Israeli civilians since the peace process began, operate with impunity in Palestinian-controlled areas.
"But rather than unequivocally supporting Israel in its battle against a terrorist regime, many voices in the free world have called on Israel to make concessions to the Palestinian Authority. Talk of a Palestinian state at a time when Arafat uses the media under his control to call for Israel's destruction is rewarding Arafat's decision to achieve through terror what he could not achieve through negotiations.
"The government of Israel must deliver the same message to Arafat that the free world has conveyed to the Taliban: Surrender terrorism or surrender power. What is required of the Palestinian Authority is not merely extraditing the specific terrorists who shot [Israeli Tourism Minister] Rehavam Zeevi and crushing the organization that sent them, but also rooting out the entire terrorist infrastructure that operates within its territory."
former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, writing on "This Is Israel's Fight Too," in Friday's Wall Street Journal

Arab anti-Semitism
"Something like Hitler is back, and it is waging war on the United States. Part of the current crisis is that many of us simply do not have a philosophy capable of countering him.
"Vicious anti-Semitism is now the official doctrine of most Arab governments and their organs of propaganda. The official Palestinian Authority newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, for example, regularly contains references to the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion,' the loopy 19th-century hoax that suggests Jews run the world.
"It is not a revelation that large segments of the Arab world at all levels of society are not just anti-Israel, but fanatically anti-Semitic. So why did I look the other way? Why did I discount this anti-Semitism on the grounds that these are alien cultures and we cannot fully understand them, or because these pathologies are allied with more legitimate (if to my mind unpersuasive) critiques of Israeli policy? We in the West simply do not want to believe that this kind of hatred still exists; and when it emerges, we feel uncomfortable. We do everything we can to change the subject. Why the denial, I ask myself? What is it about this sickness that we do not understand by now? And what possible excuse do we have not to expose and confront it with all the might we have?"
Andrew Sullivan, writing on "Protocols," in the Oct. 29 issue of the New Republic

No ring needed?
"The myth that marriage is unnecessary and undesirable has been perpetuated even flaunted by celebrities and popular culture. Who needs marriage? Indeed, for at least 40 years in this country, we have experimented with the foolish idea that marriage is not important to either women or children.
"Yet, unlike Jodie Foster, Rosie O'Donnell and other high-profile celebrity single mothers, most single mothers and their children are only one paycheck away from homelessness and hunger. And, if they don't cooperate with the state in obtaining a certificate of paternity, they are ineligible for cash benefits from welfare. Fatherhood has come to be defined increasingly, not by a marriage certificate, but by a court-mandated support order."
Janice Shaw Crouse, in a speech Saturday to the World Congress of Families at DAR Constitution Hall

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