March 21, 2013
Re "Obama's Israel visit," Editorial, March 19 Your editorial's subheadline says that "the U.S. must keep pressing for a two-state solution. " I agree, but 100% of that pressure should be on the Palestinians. There has never been a real "peace process" because the Palestinians' goal has been the destruction of Israel. This was the Mideast Arabs' goal (including the Palestinians') in 1967 before any "occupation" and settlements, in 1948 when Israel declared independence after the partition of Palestine (when the Palestinians refused to declare theirs)
March 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's involvement in the tortuous Middle East peace process can be divided into three chapters, two of which opened with high-profile speeches to audiences of young people. The first began four years ago in Cairo, where Obama called for a "new beginning" in U.S. relations with the world's Muslims. The push for new peace negotiations that ensued ended in failure, followed by a second chapter in which Obama distanced himself from the Israeli-Palestinian arena.
March 19, 2013 |
President Obama is visiting Israel this week, the first foreign trip of his second term. Some commentators have criticized the tour as a diversion from the president's intention to pivot toward the Asia-Pacific region. Why go to Israel now, they ask, and anger the Arabs at a time of rising Middle Eastern turmoil? Others claim that the trip is merely a maneuver designed to achieve some memorable photo-ops rather than to advance crucial American interests. Indeed, the president could have traveled farther east and to a less controversial country.
March 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama heads to Israel this week with quiet hopes, but little real expectation, that by smoothing rough relations he can help restart the Middle East peace effort that went nowhere in his first term. Obama will not carry with him a detailed proposal for how Israelis and Palestinians might resume talks, such as the one he offered in 2010. He instead plans a listening tour in Jerusalem and in Ramallah, West Bank, to solicit views on what the two sides want and to explore what may be possible.
March 6, 2013
Re "Syria assails U.S. for aiding rebels," March 3 Here's an idea: If they don't want our help, don't give it to them. The U.S. government is partly to blame for keeping the Syrian war alive by employing both political and moral double standards. However, it is important to look at why the U.S. still intervenes despite the fact that the other allies - Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey and Qatar - all choose to aid Syrian rebels, reportedly through supplying arms. America's participation in Mideast affairs lacks a principled foundation because it is based on the consent of Israel.
February 23, 2013
Re “ Moving past stalemate ,” Opinion, Feb. 19 Maen Rashid Areikat relies on what has become the standard Palestinian rationalization for refusing to return to negotiations with Israel until the settlement issue is resolved. He relieves the Palestinians of any responsibility to resume negotiations unless either Israel or the United States takes some action. Israelis haven't become indifferent toward the peace process; successive polls continue to demonstrate their strong desire to achieve a lasting peace.