Worth Reading Today

FoxNews has background on Israeli doctors working to save the life of an Iraqi baby who was born with a congenital heart defect, and the fine Israeli charity that made this possible.

William Safire critiques the newfangled peace proposals, concluding that movement toward peace “will [only] have meaning when the Palestinian majority takes charge of its enemy within.”

Israel’s ambassador to the US, Danny Ayalon, was in Denver and was interviewed by the Rocky Mt. News editorial staff. Good questions, good answers.

The LA Times reports on an activist who brought a blown-up Egged Bus to the U.S. and plans to take it around North America as part of an anti-terror campaign.

The Boston Globe gave Israeli consul general Meir Shlomo op-ed space to write about the security fence. Shlomo has a refreshing, plain sense style:

IT TAKES about 10 minutes to walk from Coolidge Corner in Brookline to Kenmore Square in Boston. Why is this important? Because it takes the same amount of time for a Palestinian terrorist to walk from Kalkilya in the West Bank to Kfar Saba in Israel. Nothing can stop one from walking from Brookline to Boston; so too, nothing can stop a Palestinian terrorist from walking from the West Bank to Israel. Unfortunately, it’s as easy as it sounds.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution gave op-ed space to Avraham Burg, who literally begs President Bush to take a more active role in the peace process.

BBC reports that Iraq has banned the Al-Arabiya network because its reports incite violence against US troops.

The Montreal Gazette published a commentary by a Canadian-Ukrainian community official who pours scorn on the Pulitzer committee, which recently decided that Walter Duranty’s 1932 Pulitzer stands.

Duranty knew but didn’t care that millions were deliberately starved. This Pulitzer committee didn’t care either. Instead they worried over setting a precedent that might require reviewing whether other awards were as ill-deserved as Duranty’s.
Are there more like him in the ranks of the Pulitzer winners? And what would be wrong with establishing such a model? If Joseph Goebbels had secured a Pulitzer in 1932 for eloquent prose about the New Order in Europe, does anyone believe his prize would still stand? Why this reluctance to do what’s right?

The LA Times has a similar opinion piece, decrying modern-day “Durantyism” among dictator-friendly reporters.

NY Times picked up on the Indiana CANDLES (Holocaust museum) rebuilding effort.