Category Archives: Middle East Peace Process

Gaza: a plague on all our houses


I’m not a pacifist, but the conflict in Gaza sickens me. The indiscriminate military tactics of both sides dehumanises all parties. The shelling of innocents erodes rather than legitimiates the moral narratives both sides are frantically promoting over the airwaves. … Continue reading

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Obama’s Visit to Israel


How I pity those responsible for organizing Obama’s visit to Israel this week. Not only is this his first visit to Israel as President, it is his first foreign visit as a second term President. In a region rife in … Continue reading

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The perils of debating US Foreign Policy


What does the third and final US Presidential debate tell us about US foreign policy priorities for the next four years? Probably not much, given that both candidates tried their darndest to use the debate to air disagreements over the economy. … Continue reading

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Avoiding a Diplomatic Train Wreck in New York.


Earlier this year, June 26th, President Abbas announced his decision to seek recognition of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations along the 1967 borders with a right of return for refugees. There is intense diplomatic uncertainty, not to say anxiety, as to … Continue reading

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Losing Sleep over the Middle East Peace Process


The overnight train to Glasgow last night was a far from restful occasion. I’m not sure whether it was the stretcher width berth or the wather thin blanket which were to blame, but either way I had plenty of time to read part of the … Continue reading

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Time for a Reality Check – What Might a One State Solution Look Like?


Last Wednesday the Obama administration recognised publicly that attempts to bribe the Israeli government into agreeing a 90-day settlement freeze to resume talks with Palestinians had failed. So, one week on where do we go from here?   Should we follow … Continue reading

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Is the Middle East Peace Process Dead or Merely Dying?


2011 is slated to be an important crossroads in the Middle East peace process in view of the anticipated completion of the Palestinian National Authority’s two-year plan for Palestinian state building by August next year, and the subsequent expiry of … Continue reading

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