It was Israel's great foreign minister Abba Eban who coined the aphorism that "democracies take the right decision only after having exhausted all other alternatives." This is not a universal truth but, unfortunately, it holds true all too frequently.
Born in 1925 in Lithuania, Moshe Arens grew up in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel 1948.
His political life began in 1974, when he was elected to the Knesset as a lawmaker for the Likud. In 1982, Arens became the Israeli ambassador to the United States for one year, before returning to Israel to become Defense Minister. Arens also served as Foreign Minister from 1988 to 1990.
Arens became defense minister again between 1990 and 1992, when he retired from politics, only to return in 1999 to the same portfolio.
Arens studied mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and aeronautical engineering at the California Institute of Technology. A former associate professor of aeronautical engineering at the Technion and vice president for engineering at Israel Aircraft Industries, he has published articles in academic journals on propulsion and flight mechanics.
Moshe Arens is married and the father of four.
A government policy that is based on misconceptions and untruths is bound to founder sooner or later, even if Shas and Yisrael Beiteinu continues to provide the anchor that keeps it afloat for the time being.
The Olmert government continues to offer lame excuses to the residents of Sderot and the communities surrounding the Gaza Strip for not providing them the security to which all Israeli citizens are entitled.
To the strident voices of the post-Zionists have in the past years been added the voices of our prime minister, Ehud Olmert, and one of his newest sidekicks, Tzipi Livni, Israel's foreign minister.
Mahmoud Abbas is clearly not capable of implementing any agreement. We know it. He knows it. And Condoleezza Rice knows it.
The Druze community, as well as the Circassians in Israel, has for the past 50 years been the living proof that you don't have to be Jewish to be a loyal citizen of Israel or to share with Israel's Jewish citizens the burden of defending the country.
The Druze community, as well as the Circassians in Israel, has for the past 50 years been living proof that you don't have to be Jewish to be a loyal citizen of Israel or to share in the burden of defending the country
The Israeli government must have a policy whose aim is the establishment of equality of rights and obligations among all segments of the population.
Toward the end of World War II, when the Germans began launching V2 rockets against London from sites in Belgium and Holland, the only way to neutralize the threat was for Montgomery's army to reach the launching sites and move the rockets out of range.
Let's stop for a moment and ask ourselves whether the concessions being offered to Abbas make any sense - if we were even to assume that he has the authority to make commitments and meet them in return for Israeli concessions.