Image (above): Ahasuerus and Haman at the Feast of Esther, oil painting by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1660. Netanyahu drew on the story of Esther, the Jewish queen of Persia, in his speech to the U.S. Congress. The prime minister of Israel, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. This time, he […]
60 Minutes: Too late for a Palestinian state?
CBS News just broadcast the best report I’ve ever seen on TV concerning the barriers to Mideast peace. It’s only 13 minutes, but covers the ground very well, and is up to the minute. I can’t manage to embed the video, but here’s a link. What do you think?
Mideast peace: Carter ain’t quitting
Running an errand yesterday at Brookwood Mall, I take a short cut through Books-A-Million and am brought up short by a notice of a book signing. Jimmy Carter will be in the store this Friday at 7 p.m., signing yet another book about Israel and Palestine. This one’s called We Can Have Peace in the […]
The massacre of Gaza
Just over two weeks ago, a rocket fired by radical Palestinian militants killed an Israeli citizen. The rocket was fired from inside the Gaza Strip, the most crowded and defiant of Israel’s Arab reservations. It killed someone outside the strip. This was wrong, of course. Israel responded with a full-scale military assault that quickly killed […]