The Mechanics and Theater Behind Mideast Peace Talks

Thursday, September 02, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Oval Office of the White House September 1, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (Ron Sachs/Getty)

Since the Six-Day War in 1967, American presidents have tried long and hard to encourage peace in the Middle East. After he helped ink the Camp David Accords, former President Jimmy Carter insightfully warned that peace would not come easily. "The questions that have brought warfare and bitterness to the Middle East for the last thirty years will not be settled overnight," he said. Now, six presidencies and thirty years later, lasting peace has yet to be achieved.

President Barack Obama’s administration scored big points recently simply for bringing Israeli and Palestinian officials back to the table to negotiate peace; this is the first time they have returned for talks in 20 months. However, is this diplomatic energy well spent?  

For more on the theater, mechanics, hopes and reality of peace in the Middle East, we speak with The Guardian's Middle East editor, Ian Black, and Robert Malley, the Mid-East program director at the International Crisis Group. Robert played a big role in President Clinton’s 2000 attempts towards peace in the region when he served as President Clinton’s Special Assistant for Arab-Israeli Affairs.


Ian Black and Robert Malley

Produced by:

Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [4]

Maccabee from Jerusalem

. To: John Tourian & Patricia: Your dense ignorance and debility - shocking. I highly recommend ASAP to seek help from a psychiatrist and after recovery take some classes on the history of the Holy land, USA and Hebrew religion. After completion, please read the following books: Islamic imperialism. A history by Efraim Karsh King's college, University of London and The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion By Robert Spencer. Than, visit the following website and read everything what is written over there: http: // www. hirhome. com I hope that after this, your brain would be freed, at least in part, from heavy rust. BTW, prior Mohammad was born, the tribes of nomads Arabs NEVER got any literacy, own alphabet, State and ANY land AT ALL. Every inch of land which the Arabs currently have in their possession in 22 states, never legally belonged to them and was conquered from other tribes and states by fire, sword and lies, and for this reason must to be considered as occupied territories, and no matter how many years and generations of the Arabs illegally possessing them. What the Israelis are doing to them is not even enough, if we will consider that all of this is done in self-defense and sanctified not only by the modern laws of all civilized peoples, but also by the main source of The Holy law - the Bible. The "suffering" of the Arab bloody Islamo-Fascist savages is made up by the Media as a propaganda tool. Suffering people are not multiplying in millions, not building private pulls in a desert with limited water supply, not driving on Mercedes-Benz (private and taxi) without holdings any productive job, except killing Jews, destroying their houses of worship in Gaza, smuggling, making and firing thousands of rockets on towns and villages, kidnapping on Israeli territory Israeli soldiers, etc. For the Arabs it is very easy to stop any actions of the Israeli army - to stop pursuing openly declared at their Statutes of PLO/Fatah , Hamas and Hezbollah genocide of Jews and destruction of their only tiny, but prosperous State of Israel

Sep. 06 2010 12:56 PM
John Tourian from US

Funny that Jews claim ownership on the mythical writings of remaining monotheistic religions whose 'books' have never been mentioned in any of ancient writings, including Tao who created it with his 'Eternal One Who lives in Heave' that was stolen by Pharaoh Akhenaton & then Moses. IS-RA-El is ArabiC acronym. IS= Egyptian Fetility Goddess, RA=Egyptian Sun God and El= Akkadian (Iranian) Earth God. Point: what about the present rights of Arabs & Moslems or their rights before Israelis massacred them in their own lands. All US Presidents since 1,900, except JFK, were Jews who converted (Bushes) or have Jew blood in them. Hence no Israeli atrocities have ever been even criticised! It is US & Jews who have created the matching radicalism of 'islamists'. US must embrace peace!

Sep. 03 2010 12:24 PM
Patricia from New York

I alway hear you speak about what the Palestinians do to the Israelis. Why not the atrocities comlmitted by the Israelis? Of course not, any criticism of Israel and automatically your an Anti-Semite. So we should let the Israelis, terrorize, torture and kill the Palestinians.

Sep. 02 2010 07:29 AM
Maccabee from Jerusalem

Those, who support this plan, are mortal enemies of the Jews in general and the state of Israel, in particular and are forcing Israeli government not to peace, but to a war of extermination planned by the Arab savages for more than 100 years. Nothing more and nothing less. From the speech of the Professional Terrorist and Holocaust denier Abu Mazen (aka Mahmoud Abbas) was the same old BS, which was in Arab Islamo-Fascists since 1948: "The resurrection from ashes and the failed war of aggression and extermination of Jews of Israel is considered as Hakba - tragedy. Nakba Day (Arabic: يوم النكبة Yawm an-Nakbah), meaning "day of the catastrophe",[1] is an annual day of commemoration for the Palestinian people of the anniversary of the creation of Israel. A person, who today repeating this sickos' twist of history, can't have nothing good in mind, in addition to the Hitler's original policy of ethnic cleansing of Jews in Judea and Samaria and Eastern Jerusalem and 100% releasing from Israeli prisons savage murderers of innocent women, elderly and children since the Oslo disaster began. The entire humanity in general and American people in particular, must to keep in mind that this American-Arab policy was developed and approved by Islamo-Fascist and National-Socialists of the Arab League in Cairo in 1974. The invitation to the White house the Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, who together with Anvar al-Sadat one year after the aggression against Israel on the Holiest of Days for Jews , Yom Kippur (1973) was a host and mastermind of the Phased plan, plan of destruction of Israel and Jews by stages.

The following is their plan in their own words: Interview, Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam, on the occasion of Fatah day, January 1, 1998:
Question: Have we made a mistake by entering the battle over a settlement, starting with Madrid, through Washington and until Oslo?
Arafat: Since the decision of the Palestinian National Council at its 12th meeting in 1974 [known as the Phased Plan for Israel's destruction], the PLO has adopted the political solution of establishing a National Authority over any territory from which the occupation withdraws. At other PNC meetings we developed this position, until the one held in Algiers in 1988, in which the declaration of independence and the peace initiative were ratified. . . ."

This is why American Emperor Hussein The First after the speeches of Nethanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, choose to pat on the shoulder the Holocaust denier ONLY! This is continuation of his first symbolic act after entering for the first time to work at the Oval office calling to Mahmoud Abbas, a person who financed and participated in the plot of the Munich Olympic massacre of 1972. Never again?

Sep. 02 2010 07:16 AM

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