It Is Time For Coercive Diplomacy

President Bush's decision to dispatch Secretary of State Colin Powell to the Middle East to seek a cease-fire and search for a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is critical and overdue. Secretary Powell's prospects for success, however, will largely depend on the willing

April 5, 2002 Read more

The Ball Is In Our Court

The United States, and only the United States, is the final political arbiter between Israel and the Palestinians, for only we have the power to stop the current ferocious cycle of mutual destruction. Unfortunately, up until now the Bush administration has shown no vision for peace, no determin

March 31, 2002 Read more

Occupation Could Have Ended In 2000

NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) — NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) — In an article by Akram Baker, a former communications advisor to the Palestinian Minister for Jerusalem Affairs (the late Faisal Husseini), and published by UPI on April 18, the writer strongly admonishes the Israelis for their occupation.

March 17, 2002 Read more

Negotiating A Way Out Of The Morass

The momentum generated by Crown Prince Abdullah's peace proposal, the United Nation's resolution calling for the immediate cessation of hostilities and the establishment of a Palestinian state, and the Bush administration's renewed commitment to end the violence, coupled with the growing internal Israeli as well as Palestinian pressure on their respective authorities to halt the escalating violence, could produce a cease-fire that will subsequently lead to political negotiations.

March 17, 2002 Read more

Facing a Crisis of Leadership

Both Prime Minister Sharon and Chairman Arafat owe it to their own people to provide the Arab League meeting in Lebanon with an opportunity to deliberate Crown Prince Abdullah's peace proposal in an environment not poisoned by the mounting body count. President Bush's belated decision to change his strategy and take a more active role to end the bloodshed is welcome. We must exert all necessary pressure on Sharon and Arafat to prevent the premature death of the peace initiative because of the continuing violent extremism. If there is a time for the three leaders to demonstrate leadership, that time is now.

March 8, 2002 Read more

Making The Saudi Peace Proposal Work

Whatever motivated Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah to propose a general formula for a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace, the proposal and its timing are extremely significant and warrant serious consideration by all affected parties. The proposed peace plan, however, will not work unless a number of conditions involving the Saudis, Israelis, Palestinians and the United States are first established.

March 3, 2002 Read more

The Mutual Dehumanization Of Occupation

I have been following and writing about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for more than two decades.I have never been more saddened and enraged about the senseless and tragic waste of human life and for what? This is not a rhetorical question because try as they may to change the ultimate outcome Israel and the Palestinians will fail. The only viable solution is staring them in the face–a two-state solution, with Israel and a Palestinian state, to be established on the West Bank and Gaza, coexisting peacefully side-by-side. The Israelis and the Palestinians are simply stuck with one another. They can either live in peace and dignity or slug it out until they lose what is left of their humanity.

February 22, 2002 Read more

From The Dark Pages Of Intifadah 2

The past 18 months of dehumanizing violence between Israel and the Palestinians might have forced Arafat to give up his demand for repatriation of the Palestinian refugees, a demand that torpedoed the Camp David negotiations in the summer of 2000. This critical shift in policy has begun to have a revitalizing effect on the Israeli peace now movement. These developments, if carefully nurtured by the United States, could finally usher in an agreement based on a two states solution.

February 20, 2002 Read more

The Folly Of “The Axis Of Evil”

Much has been said in reaction to President Bush's characterization in his State of the Union address of Iraq, Iran and North Korea as the "axis of evil." An overwhelming consensus here at home and abroad seems to have emerged that the president's characterization is, at best, misguided. Lumping all three nations together as if we could deal with them on equal terms only undermines our national interest and the war against terrorism.

February 17, 2002 Read more
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