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  • Palestinians Facing Uncertain Future

    By Fadi A. Elsalameen

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Standing in the Muqata, Yasser Arafat's compound in Ramallah, on his funeral day made me believe that we Palestinians must overcome a hurdle if we are to move forward.

    Our youth face uncertainty, our people feel lost and beaten and our elders are sad to think that their children...

  • The Occupier

    By Rob Eshman

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Yasser, it's not like we hardly knew ye. We knew ye all too well.

    All week I've watched as diplomats torture language to come up with something decent to say about this man.

    Imagine the nicest thing anybody could say at your funeral is, "Well, now that he is dead, there is a chance...

  • Why the Left-Wing Hand-Wringing?

    By Judy Gruen

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I should have known better than to forward an e-mail recommending a boycott of French products for France's anti-Israel stance and willingness to tend to Yasser Arafat on his deathbed.

    In an age of e-mail overload, forwarding e-mail is already a risky proposition, and usually I am...

  • Where Are Arafat’s Millions?

    By Dan Baron

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    With Yasser Arafat's burial, he took with him one of the enduring secrets of the Palestinian regime -- the whereabouts of a missing fortune in ill-gotten public funds.

    Ranked sixth on Forbes magazine's 2003 list of "the richest kings, queens and despots," with an estimated private...

  • Ah Paris! Yasser Returns at Last

    By Carole Raphaelle Davis

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I have a mere two degrees of separation from Yasser Arafat.

    Down the street from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris is a little hair salon where I get my hair

    cut. My hairdresser is a typical French glamour boy who survives on espresso, Cartier cigarettes and gossip. Every time I settle...

  • Progress or Pressure If Arafat Goes?

    By Leslie Susser

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli officials are quietly confident that if Yasser Arafat's health forces him to leave office, new chances for Israeli-Palestinian accommodation will open up.

    But they are aware of a number of pitfalls. The most serious danger is that any successor to Arafat might not have the...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Olympics Ban Wanted

    Jewish groups called on the International Olympic Committee to impose penalties after an Iranian athlete refused to compete against an Israeli. The Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called for action after Iranian judokan Arash...

  • Court Case Could Be Key to Trying Arafat

    By Gil Sedan

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Israeli authorities chose to put Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti on trial in a criminal court, rather than a military court, prosecutors may have set the stage for an even bigger prize: Yasser Arafat.

    That possibility was given a boost last week with Barghouti's conviction on...

  • U.S. Must Move Embassy to Jerusalem

    By Nathan D. Wirtschafter

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As part of the war on terror, it's time for the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem and effectively end the dispute over Israel's capital.

    More than three years ago, Yasser Arafat branded the Palestinian Authority's terror campaign against Israel the "Al Aqsa Intifada."


  • World Briefs

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Syrians Struggle at U.N.

    A Syrian-led draft resolution condemning Israel is not getting support at the U.N. Security Council. Syria has been unable to convince Security Council members to vote on the resolution. Introduced Sunday, it criticizes Israel's attack that morning on a...

  • World Left Guessing on Arafat’s Future

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In September 1982, an Israeli sniper in Beirut had Yasser Arafat's head in his gunsights, and he waited for an order from Ariel Sharon, who in turn was awaiting word from Jerusalem: Kill him or set him free?

    Sharon, then defense minister, soon got the order from Prime Minister...

  • Arafat,the Anti-Icon

    By Josh Mitnick

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Leaders of the world have called him irrelevant, and indeed he has been largely replaced in world affairs. But in an exhibit at Tel Aviv's Dvir Gallery, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is as relevant as ever as the foil for a young art curator's homage to Israeli culture.


  • Chance for Peace Gains Wary Support

    By James D. Besser

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With the Mideast "road map" inching forward and a new Palestinian leadership gaining traction both at home and in Washington, Jewish leaders here -- with the usual exceptions -- are ready to give peace a chance.

    That was evident at last week's meeting between Palestinian Prime...

  • Israel Faces Challenges on Anniversary

    By Zalman Shoval

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Fifty-five years is not a very long time in historical terms, especially when talking about a people who have been around for thousands of years.

    But the balance sheet of those 55 years has certainly been impressive.

    Not everything went the way our founding fathers had hoped for....

  • Looking at

    By Stuart Schoffman

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    We live in an age of anxiety -- to put it extremely mildly. By the time you read these words, Iraq might be in flames, Saddam Hussein (or at least one or two of his doubles) may be history -- or on the other hand, maybe not. We in Israel are readying our plastic sheeting, oscillating...

  • Tel Aviv Bombing Lets Arafat Off Hook

    By Gil Sedan

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The bombs that ripped through crowds of Israelis and foreign workers in Tel Aviv this weekend may have saved Yasser Arafat from making some tough decisions.

    Internal and external pressures have been building on Arafat to allow comprehensive reforms of the Palestinian Authority --...

  • Terrorism Grows as Israeli Vote Issue

    By Leslie Susser

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    This week's suicide bombing in Tel Aviv has made terror even more of a central issue in Israel's upcoming election -- and highlighted the major parties' different prescriptions for ending the violence.

    For months, Amram Mitzna, the Labor Party's candidate in the elections, has...

  • Scandal Erupts Over Secret Arafat Funds

    By Gil Sedan

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Those inclined to look on the bright side might say that Israeli-Palestinian cooperation is alive and kicking: Israelis and Palestinians allegedly joined ranks to make big money, until one of them woke up with a bad conscience.

    The joint venture in question began in February 1997,...

  • Following Arafat’s Money Trail

    By Gary Fitleberg

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Palestinian people are being betrayed and misled by the one "trusted leader" who is responsible for protecting their interests. Yasser Arafat chairman of the Palestinian Authority, has diverted funds allocated specifically for humanitarian aid purposes directly into his own...

  • To Exile or Not to Exile?

    By Leslie Susser

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Since the intifada began, Israeli officials have declared Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat "irrelevant," a "terrorist," an "enemy" and a "pathological liar."

    Now, after more than 20 months of relentless Palestinian terror, Prime Minster Ariel Sharon is said to have made...

  • There Is No ‘Occupation’

    By Morton A. Klein

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Arab spokesmen regularly complain about what they call "the Israeli occupation" of the Judea-Samaria-Gaza territories. But the truth is that there is no such "Israeli occupation."

    To begin with, nearly all Palestinian Arabs currently live under Yasser Arafat's rule, not Israel's....

  • Sharonism vs. Building a Wall

    By Ron Unz

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Any attempt to resolve the crisis in the Middle East forces us -- the American people and American Jewry -- to appraise the motives and the ultimate goals of the leaders involved.

    Endless disputes have raged over whether Yasser Arafat and the other Arab leaders merely seek a...

  • Your Letters

    May 9, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jews and the Times

    At the end of the panel discussion that took place at Temple Beth Am on Sunday, April 28, Los Angeles Times senior editor David Lauter said that the way to reach (and possibly affect) the Times with one's concerns would be to call the special office that has been...

  • Strength in Numbers

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm


    The message was loud and clear: Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, with terrorist backing by Iran and Iraq, was considered no less a monster than Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Ladin. That was the message backed by thousands of Southland residents...

  • Arafat’s Choice

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Last week, as a Palestinian terrorist murdered 22 Israelis sitting down to their Passover seder, the Al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade became the first group affiliated with Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement to be added to the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organization since the United States...

  • Control Issues

    By Gil Sedan

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Suppose for a second that Israel strikes a cease-fire deal with Yasser Arafat. Would the Palestinian Authority president be able to deliver? Arafat himself may not know for sure, as the extent of control he retains over the many military factions he has created or allowed to flourish...

  • Saudi Plan Marks Change

    By Leslie Susser

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser swept into Khartoum for an Arab summit less than three months after the Arab debacle in the 1967 Six-Day War, he was greeted like a hero.

    Newsweek ran a cover story titled, "Hail to the Conquered!" The summit passed the notorious "three...

  • Making the Case for a Jewish State

    By James D. Besser

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jews in more than 100 communities across the nation gathered on Sunday, March 24, to show their support for Israel -- a welcome, if hastily organized, expression of solidarity as the Jewish state faces continuing terrorism and an increasingly treacherous diplomatic climate.

    The same...

  • A Letter to Tom Friedman

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Tom,

    I heard you had a great trip to Saudi Arabia. In the privacy of their homes people removed their veils and expressed their true feelings. Even the crown prince, the guy who really runs Saudi Arabia, spent some time with you.

    Apparently he has a great new idea. Israel...

  • Washington Reassesses

    By James D. Besser

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Bush administration, reeling from a week of explosive developments on the troubled Israeli-Palestinian front, is reexamining even its limited efforts to win a cease-fire in the 16-month-old intifada.

    That reassessment -- that resulted in this week's indefinite postponement of a...

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