Israelis and Palestinians locked in a vicious cycle
"For Israelis, the peacemaking efforts of the last 10 years
are collapsing before our eyes," Israel's former Prime Minister
Ehud Barak has recently said. The second Intifada has visited death
and destruction upon Israelis and Palestinians. The two societies
are riven by internal disputes, strained by extremist forces from
within. Although the Europeans and the Americans have stepped back
into the fray, engineering a return to the negotiating table, repeated
violations of the cease-fire brokered by U.S. Director of Central
Intelligence George J. Tenet have increased skepticism about the value
of such a jerry-built truce. Still, amid the hate and mistrust some
observers see a glimmer of hope. "Oslo and Camp David II and
the Taba talks were not a mistake," observed Gideon Samet of
Ha'aretz. "They were a fumble by both sides. Such a complex
diplomatic process is never completed in one perfect step."
is Running Out of Options
Gerald M. Steinberg, of the conservative Jerusalem
Post, believes Yasser Arafat may be "a victim of his
The Crippled Movement
Thorsten Schmitz reports on the hamstrung Israeli left for Munich's
centrist Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Arafat's Unhappy Fighters
Sandro Contenta, of the liberal Toronto Star, on
why Fatah is reluctant to lay down its arms.
Send Money, Drugs, and Convoys
Steve Negus, in an editorial for the independent English-language
weekly, Cairo Times, weighs-in on the reluctance of Arab
countries to make good on their pledges of support.
Michael Freund, writing for Israel's right-wing online publication
Arutz Sheva, is "full of anger and frustration."
The Palestine Times, an Internet publication out
of London, sees the United States as a dishonest peace broker.
'We Will Give Israel One More Chance'
The Palestine Report, a weekly independent Internet
publication from Jerusalem, interviews Hamas spokesman Hasan
Middle East Enemies List
Contributing editor Joel Campagna reports on the case of Raghida
Dergham, a Lebanese-American reporter for Al-Hayat. Dergham
stands accused violating Lebanese laws prohibiting Lebanese
citizens from meeting with Israelis.
Only Way Out |
Samet, Ha'aretz, Tel Aviv
Unanswered Questions |
Magdy Mohanna, Al-Wafd, Cairo
A New Dynamic in the Middle East |
Abu Shareef, Al-Quds, Jerusalem
Europe's Rising Profile |
Daniel Vernet, Le Monde, Paris