David Price

Opinion: Trump’s Political Retribution Threatens Palestinian Lives and Israeli Security
We can’t allow bruised egos to endanger our nation’s interests

The Trump administration’s decision to withhold funding from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, or UNRWA, abandons millions of vulnerable refugees, jeopardizes Israel’s security and undermines the credibility and interests of the United States in the Middle East.

Since 1949, UNRWA has provided health care, education, stable housing and other vital services to Palestinians displaced by conflict who live in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian territories. While the United Nations, the European Union and other governmental and private-sector partners also fund UNRWA, the United States has historically been the largest single contributor.

Where Political Theory Meets the Sausage Factory

When I first ran for Congress in 1986, I was not inclined to emphasize my previous career as a professor of political science and public policy at Duke University. But when I finally got together enough money to take a poll, I found that voters thought well of Duke and ranked teaching and writing about Congress highly as preparation for serving there. So I switched my strategy and cut an ad showing me at the blackboard!

While this experience says a great deal about the Research Triangle district I represent, the perception about political science was largely correct. I had some advantages that others lacked. I taught in departments where public service was viewed positively, and I had areas of study — American political thought, the ethics of policy choice, and American government — which all were relevant in their own way.

Owens’ Commitment To Mideast Peace Should Inspire Others

Editor’s note: A memorial service will be held for former Rep. Wayne Owens (D-Utah) at 3 p.m. today in Room B-338 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

At a time when prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace have receded dangerously and bold leadership is in short supply, the death of former Rep. Wayne Owens (D-Utah), president of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, is a devastating blow. Those who wish to advance the cause of peace can take instruction as well as inspiration from the way Owens went about his work.