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


By Noura Erakat* | Sabbah Report | 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


By Alan Hart* | Sabbah Report | 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!


By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | 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


By Sam Bahour* | Sabbah Report | 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?

Illustration by Carlos Latuff

By Alan Hart* | Sabbah Report | 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

Ben Heine © Cartoons

By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | 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


A one-state solution in the area is not as farfetched as it might seem. By Jonathan Kuttab* | Sabbah Report | 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


By Mary Rizzo* | Sabbah Report | 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

An 1890 map of Palestine. Click for full resolution‎ (824 × 1,064 pixels)

By Dr. Elias Akleh* | Sabbah Report | 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

Marwan Barghouti with former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat

Analysis by Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler | Sabbah Report | 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 | 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...]

Noam Chomsky: No Change In US ‘Mafia Principle’

It is wise to attend to deeds, not rhetoric - Chomsky

Top American intellectual sees no significant change of US foreign policy under Obama. By Mamoon Alabbasi * - LONDON As civilised people across the world breathed a sigh of relief to see the back of former US president George W. Bush, top American intellectual Noam Chomsky warned against assuming or … [Read more...]

Tel Aviv, Peace and the Obama Prize

Peace Prize Winners

By Jeff Gates* The Nobel Committee again piqued the interest of those who marvel at the impact of an annual ritual of global branding that in 1973 labeled Henry Kissinger a peace laureate! As with many aspects of unconventional warfare, what emerges in the foreground often obscures behavior that remains … [Read more...]

New speech by President Obama for real change

Illustration by Carlos Latuff

By Mazin Qumsiyeh* Speech by President Obama delivered in Congress 2010 My fellow Americans. Millions of you and not special interest groups elected us to office on a platform of change and it is time for us all to deliver. I am laying out a program to do so but first we have to face some painful … [Read more...]

U.S. Interests vs. The Jewish State

Illustration by Bendib

By Jeff Gates* Barack Obama's recent conduct at the U.N. removed all remaining doubt as to Israeli influence inside this latest U.S. presidency. When he uttered the phrase "the Jewish state of Israel," he provided precisely the provocation required to ensure that peace in the Middle East will continue to … [Read more...]

Think Again: Palestine


President Obama got the leaders of Israel and Palestine to shake hands this week. But a meeting in Midtown does not a Palestinian deal make. Here's why. By Zahi Khouri "Economic Peace Is Possible." No. Neither sustainable economic development nor peace is possible without political freedom. … [Read more...]

Jeff Gates – Will Israel Fall in Five Years?

"The undersigned therefore take this means of publicly presenting a few salient facts concerning Begin and his party; and of urging all concerned not to support this latest manifestation of fascism." Albert Einstein, signatory to Letters to the Editor, New York Times, December 4, 1948.

By Jeff Gates Online reports of a study by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency cast doubt over the survival of Israel beyond the next two decades. Regardless of the validity of the report, with what is now known about the costs in blood and treasure that the U.S.-Israeli relationship has imposed on the … [Read more...]

Sam Bahour – The Elders’ next move

Desmond Tutu, center, placed a stone on a grave in Bilin, site of weekly protests against the Israeli barrier. With him, from left: Gro Brundtland, Jimmy Carter, Ela Bhatt and Abdallah Abu Rahmah. Photo: Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times

By Sam Bahour* RAMALLAH, West Bank -- At long last, a spotlight is shining on Palestinian nonviolent efforts to throw off the Israeli occupation. A visit by a group of high profile "Elders" last month to the Palestinian village of Bil'in in the West Bank, and the barrier running through it, bathed our … [Read more...]

Turki al-Faisal – Land First, Then Peace

Prince Turki al-Faisal

By Prince Turki al-Faisal* The United States and other Western powers have for some time been pushing Saudi Arabia to make more gestures toward Israel. More recently, the crown prince of Bahrain urged greater communication with Israel and joint steps from Arab states to revive the peace process. Saudi … [Read more...]

Jimmy Carter – The Elders View Of the Middle East

Cartoon By Carlos Latuff

By Jimmy Carter During the past 16 months I have visited the Middle East four times and met with leaders in Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza. I was in Damascus when President Obama made his historic speech in Cairo, which raised high hopes among the … [Read more...]

Haitham Sabbah – Obama Peace Plan


By Haitham Sabbah A draft of the Obama peace plan, which is expected to be released at the UN Assembly meeting in New York, or at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, has surfaced. The International Middle East Media Center's website leaked the alleged draft of Obama's peace plan given to them by Palestinian … [Read more...]