Obama speaks at the UN… Goodbye to peace

By Alan Hart* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz On marks out of ten for his speech to the UN on the subject of ending the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel, I’d give President Obama minus five. Earlier this month (on 4 September) I wrote a piece with the headline Obama has signalled … [Read more...]

Best option: dignified failure

By Sam Bahour* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The entire U.S. administration's Middle East A-team--President Obama, Secretary of State Clinton, and Special Envoy Mitchell--is defying the mass majority of political analysts by dismissing the status quo in the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip, and … [Read more...]

In whose name do they talk?

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Gazans share their views on the talks taking place between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. By Laila El-Haddad* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz A second round of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are taking place under the auspices of Hillary Clinton, the US secretary … [Read more...]

Hypocrisy Defined: Another Round of Peace Talks

By Stephen Lendman* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Dealing with Washington and Israel is like swimming with sharks. Get out of the water or be eaten. Achieving an equitable Israeli/Palestinian peace settlement is no more likely now than ever. Both sides know it but pretend otherwise, suggesting perhaps a … [Read more...]

Start again with a clean sheet, Palestinians

By Stuart Littlewood* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz So criminal within itself, it flinches from upholding the rule of international law. So corrupt, it happily outsources its foreign policy to terrorists in Tel Aviv. The idea that America acts as an honest broker for peace between its fellow cut-throat … [Read more...]

Fatah: Collaborationist Israeli Ally

By Stephen Lendman* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz At least since the Oslo Accords, Fatah has served Israel more than its own people. On August 25, Haaretz highlighted the latest example, headling "PA arrests dozens of Hamas, Islamic Jihad militants in West Bank," saying, a PA source confirmed dozens … [Read more...]

Hamas, don’t blow this chance

By Stuart Littlewood* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Can the resistance exploit the fake talks, re-position itself and finally "come good”? Hamas "vows to step up attacks on Israel", say reports in the western media. Reading further, we learn that this escalation is either "a natural response to … [Read more...]

US Hamas policy blocks Middle East peace [Must read]

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By Henry Siegman* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Introduction Failed bilateral talks over these past 16 years have shown that a Middle East peace accord can never be reached by the parties themselves. Israeli governments believe they can defy international condemnation of their illegal colonial … [Read more...]

Israel and Palestine: A true one-state solution

By George Bisharat* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz "Where is the Palestinian Mandela?" pundits occasionally ask. But after these latest Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington fail -- as they inevitably will -- the more pressing question may be: "Where is the Israeli de Klerk?" Will an Israeli … [Read more...]

Mitchell hoping for a quick-fix fake peace?

For real peace he must bang heads together at the United Nations to finish their unfinished business By Stuart Littlewood* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz On the eve of the silliest peace talks in history, the big question is this. What makes Obama's envoy George Mitchell, a negotiator of high repute, … [Read more...]

A moment of reckoning but for whom? America or Zionism?

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By Alan Hart* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz I never thought a day could come when I would agree with anything stated by Moshe Arens (three times an Israeli minister of defense, a one-time foreign minister, a former ambassador to the U.S. and, in my opinion, Zionism’s in-Israel equivalent of Richard … [Read more...]

Abbas is a Man in Exile, Even Among His Own

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By Omar Karmi | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, faces a crisis of credibility among his own people as he heads into direct talks with Israel in Washington this week. Perhaps nothing better illustrates this than a rather awkward security crackdown Thursday in … [Read more...]

More pointless talks with Israel?

By Stuart Littlewood* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Send in the clowns The Palestinians' champion - their White Knight - is preparing to ride forth next week and do battle at the negotiating table with the racist regime's Black Knight and his minder, the Great Satan. The rules of chivalry don't … [Read more...]

When will time run out for a two-state solution?

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By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Among those involved in the Middle East peace process industry there is much talk about "time running out" for a two-state solution. Recently, the same sentiments were echoed by the US state department, reflecting a shift in the way the Obama … [Read more...]

The US-Israel Standoff over Settlements

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Victor Kattan* of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, says that morally, legally, and politically the Obama administration is on solid ground in its confrontation with the Israeli government over its refusal to stop constructing … [Read more...]

Independent and interdependent

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By Sam Bahour and Bernard Avishai* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The latest rift between the United States and Israel, which began with Israel's announcement of more planned construction planned in Ramat Shlomo - a Jewish-only neighborhood - that would further separate East Jerusalem from the rest of a … [Read more...]

WORDS! WORDS! WORDS!

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By Sonja Karkar* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz "There isn't one I haven't heard" or so goes one of the lines in a well-known American musical. Yet, this time the world is imbuing the words with new meaning when it comes to US/Israel relations. The hope is that at long last the US is going to discipline … [Read more...]