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Monday, May 28, 2007

Palestine Unravels

University of Pretoria Centre for International Political Studies (CIPS)
No. 31/2007
Palestine Unravels
By Hussein Solomon

Months of lawlessness on the streets of Gaza prompted Palestinian President Abbas, on 13 May 2007, to station thousands of troops on the streets. Hamas viewed this as a provocation as it was not consulted. What followed was a week of fighting between militants from rivals Hamas and Fatah, in which at least 50 Palestinians were killed whilst scores of others were wounded.


by Moderator @ 03:05 PM CST [Link]

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Chaos in Gaza: Saving Fatah from the Palestinians

Israeli and other analysts and statesmen are finally coming to understand that the position of Mahmoud Abbas's moderate Fatah movement in Gaza is imperiled by the Islamist Hamas. The "democratically elected" Hamas faction has been democratically shooting at Fatah forces and has gradually pushed the Fatah out of most of Gaza. [more]

by Moderator @ 12:03 PM CST [Link]

Friday, May 11, 2007

Arab Peace Initiative: Opening the window of opportunity

Walid Salem brings important and reassuring words about the Arab Peace Initiative. There is no doubt that both sides in the conflict must explore every avenue for peace. The Arab Peace Initiative might be the breakthrough that Israel has sought for 60 years, since the Arab states rejected the UN Partition Plan. Objective observers hail the Arab Peace Initiative, and it is somewhat embarrassing for me, as an Israeli, that the Olmert government has not greeted it with much more enthusiasm and activity. [more]

by Moderator @ 07:27 PM CST [Link]

Window of Opportunity for Middle East Peace: Arab or Saudi Peace Initiative?

University of Pretoria Centre for International Political Studies (CIPS)
No. 26/2007
Window of Opportunity for Middle East Peace
Arab or Saudi Peace Initiative?
By Walid Salem

Among Israeli media and politicians it is called the 'Saudi Initiative', whilst the Arab League Summit, held in Beirut on 28 March 2002, approved the 'Arab Peace Initiative'. Analysts in Israel tend to reason that this difference is caused by 'sensitivities' in Israel to the term 'Arab Peace Initiative', which is why Israelis prefer the term the 'Saudi Initiative'. However, is this really the case? [more]

by Moderator @ 05:43 PM CST [Link]

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Notes from the May 3 oust-Olmert rally in Rabin Square

Here are some impressions from the big May 3 anti-Olmert demonstration in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square.

The program began one hour later than the announced starting time of 7 p.m. According to media reports, the organizers decided on the delay because people from outlying areas were arriving slowly. At previous Rabin Square events, whether of the Left or the Right, large numbers of demonstrators arrived in fleets of buses. Fewer buses were evident at this rally, which billed itself as a grassroots, non-political event.

People who arrived before the late start heard loudspeakers playing recorded music, interspersed with a live voice declaring repeatedly that the program would begin at 8 p.m.


by Joseph M. Hochstein @ 11:39 PM CST [Link]

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Just peace

With the "peace process" between Israelis and Palestinians so hopelessly stalled out, it is refreshing to see any positive development and to hear any voice for peace. In the Beirut Daily Star, Ziad Asali of American Task Force for Palestine surveyed the political changes in the Arab arena in the forty years since the Six Day War. The views he presents are a giant step forward on the road to peace. [more]

by Moderator @ 03:09 AM CST [Link]

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Winograd: Sins of Commission

The much awaited interim Winograd commission report on the Lebanon war is a disappointment, to say the least. The report takes many pages to tell us about what we already knew last August. Not surprisingly, the same percentage of Israelis want PM Olmert to resign after the release of the report as before. [more]

by Moderator @ 05:46 PM CST [Link]


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