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...]

Its Either Me or the Settlements: A Marriage on the Rocks?

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By Noura Erakat* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Recurring Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu met with President Obama in Washington this week and, without flinching, attributed the stalled peace process to the U.S. Administration's concern with illegal settlements and not to Israel's violation of … [Read more...]

Zionism’s dark forces don’t want the lights on

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By Alan Hart* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz At the opening of AIPAC's annual foreign policy conference its new president, Lee Rosenberg, was not a happy man. As he put it, "In recent days we have witnessed something (the Obama administration's initial public anger with Netanyahu and his government) … [Read more...]

Welcome to Israel, Joe!

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By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz When he visited the Middle East, then Senator Barack Obama had a rude awakening. He was on the ritual visit for American presidential candidates to Israel, which usually consist of touring sites of significance to Jews and declaring support for the state … [Read more...]

America To The Rescue, (Not) Again

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By Sam Bahour* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz We are told that President Obama has taken a leap of political faith in trying to bridge a final peace settlement between Palestinians and Israelis. The United States' new weapon is "proximity talks": if either side fails to meet American expectations, … [Read more...]

Two humiliations – Can Obama live with a third?

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By Alan Hart* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Amazing! While in Israel, an American vice president explicitly condemns an Israeli decision to build yet more homes, 1,600 apartments, in occupied Arab East Jerusalem. "I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing … [Read more...]

The Perpetual Process for Impossible Peace

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By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz In 1988, on a trip to Yugoslavia, Yasser Arafat the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was asked by a reporter if he believed there would be a Palestinian state in five years. His response "If God is willing, it will be within two … [Read more...]

What future for ‘Greater Israel’? [Video]

The Middle East 'peace process' is seriously deadlocked. Israel is determined to press ahead with the expansion of settlements. Palestinians refuse to accept anything less than their total freeze, but they are divided on the best way forward - diplomacy or resistance. The diplomatic vacuum leads to more … [Read more...]

Steps to create an Israel-Palestine

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A one-state solution in the area is not as farfetched as it might seem. By Jonathan Kuttab* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz For a while, it seemed that a two-state solution might actually be achievable and that a sovereign Palestinian state would be created in the West Bank and Gaza, allowing Jews and … [Read more...]

Obama: A Monument to Hip-ocrisy

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By Mary Rizzo* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Barack Obama is a very handsome man. He has the charisma of a showman. He speaks very well, and what's more, he can even dance. It's not clear whether that is sufficient criteria to make one into a president, oops, not "a" president but "The President", but … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Two States Solution

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By Dr. Elias Akleh* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The Two States Solution (Israeli and Palestinian states) to the Zionist/Arab conflict has been, lately, revived as the only practical solution to the conflict. This solution, with all its embedded dangers, had been unjustly and illegally imposed by the … [Read more...]

One Palestinian Prisoner Could Change the Balance

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Analysis by Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Occupied Jerusalem, Nov 30 - The fate of one prisoner locked in an Israeli jail could release the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process from its own jail - provided the timing is right. The political timing is … [Read more...]

Bouthaina Shaaban – Clinton Dances With Netanyahu

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By Bouthaina Shaaban* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Most Arab and world media expressed astonishment when the US secretary of state Hilary Clinton described the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu's willingness to "restraint the policy of settlements" as "unprecedented". Perhaps, many of the … [Read more...]