Israel and the Middle-East Coalition

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Moving beyond the al Qaeda terrorist network, President Bush has frozen the assets of a charity that has been accused of supporting the Palestinian group Hamas, which has claimed responsibility for killing 25 Israelis this past weekend and for many other terrorist acts as well. Bush's action provocatively equates the suicide bombings in Israel with the terrorism directed against the West. Will this latest US-Israeli alliance fracture the coalition brought together to fight the wider war? We weigh the rewards and consequences with a former Israeli national security advisor, an expert on international political violence, a diplomatic correspondent for the Arab daily Al Hayat, and the head of a nonprofit organization dedicated to strong American global leadership.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Al Hayat (in Arabic)

Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence

Center for International Security and Cooperation

Project for the New American Century

National Institute of Military Justice



Warren Olney