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Mideast Peace Meeting a Dud

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Posted on Feb 19, 2007
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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (left) with Condoleezza Rice and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Condoleezza Rice concluded a highly vaunted two-hour meeting with no firm commitment other than an agreement to maintain communication. The elephant in the room was Abbas’ recently announced deal to share power with Hamas, an arrangement that prompted the U.S. and Israel to threaten a boycott.


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A Mideast peace summit designed to open a new chapter for Israelis and Palestinians fed up with violence concluded Monday with no new agreements and a pledge to keep talking.

The United States, which had pushed for the session, said it was an accomplishment merely to hold such a get together for the first time in six years. After two hours of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stood alone in a bare-bones hotel function room to call the session “useful and productive.”

The prospect of any immediate success here essentially was hijacked by Abbas’ surprise announcement last week that he will govern hand-in-hand with the militant group Hamas. The United States and Israel list Hamas as a terrorist group and refuse all dealings with the group.

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By trantieungoc, February 20, 2007 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment
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3 chimpanzees; one female and two males will make war formidably blooded because they’re jealous between themselves.

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By dick, February 20, 2007 at 8:02 am Link to this comment
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The three stooges are back, while out of camera the neighboring Jews and Muslims continue to kill each other.

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By Hank Van den Berg, February 20, 2007 at 6:15 am Link to this comment
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I don’t know if terming the agreement between Hamas and Fatah as the “elephant in the room” is the appropriate.  The real problem is the U.S.‘s refusal to recognize the joint frustration of all Palestinians with the peace process.  Of course the various representatives of the Palestinians are becoming more unified.  What else can you expect after years of agression, killing, random arrests, harrassment, etc. by Israel in the west Bank and Gaza, all with the full support of the U.S?  The fact is that the U.S. insistence tht Hamas adhere to a long list of conditions is never going to get the process started.  How about having the U.S. begin by admitting that it, and Israel, have also made many mistakes over the past 60 years.  Requiring that all the concessions come from Hamas only confirms that Israel and the U.S. want nothing less than the compplete submission of the Palestinians.  That can never be a long term solution.  Ms. Rice, stop wagging that damned arrogant finger of yours at some of the most oppressed people in the world!

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By Federer, February 20, 2007 at 12:55 am Link to this comment
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The Palestinians are not the problem—they have not set any conditions for meeting Israel and the US. The only parties that are imagining and creating “an elephant in the room” are Israel and its biggest ally pretending to be an honest broker, in order to continue postponing the peace process further (until Israel is ready to unilaterally annex, if needed, whatever desirable parts of the West Bank it covets). They are the ones opportunistically setting conditions and obstacles to further defraud the Palestinians of their international rights to self-determination, freedom, their land and resources. It was ‘generous’ of Hamas, which was elected in fairly-contested democractic elections according to monitors, to share power with Abbas and Fatah.

Why should the US have characterized the meeting as “an accomplishment merely to hold such a get together for the first time in six years”, when the US could have ordered the reluctant Israel and the willing Palestinians into such talks at any time during those six years (by threatening to withhold its massive foreign aid)? The Palestinians have always been willing and requesting high-level peace meetings with Israel and the US. However Israel and the US have been the parties that have ignored, rejected or acted in bad faith regarding the peace process. For example, in early 2002, the Arab League proposed the ‘Saudi peace plan’ but Israel ignored the peace overture and then, in the following week, launched major invasions and bombardments across the Palestinian territories that killed hundreds of Palestinian civilians.

When Arafat was still alive, the US and Israel used Arafat as the excuse not to engage in the peace process (despite the fact that at least three Israeli PMs themselves were mega-terrorists in their younger days and Israel was born significantly from the fruits of Zionist terrorism and crimes of humanity in the 1930s and 1940s. But little has changed even after the quisling Abbas succeeded Arafat. As Jimmy Carter notes, “Israel’s occupation of Palestine has obstructed a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land, regardless of whether Palestinians had no formalised government, one headed by Yasser Arafat or Mahmoud Abbas, or with Abbas as president and Hamas controlling the parliament and cabinet.”
http://www.cartercenter.org/news/documents/doc2320.html

So Condi Rice is right to call the session “useful and productive”...in maintaining the status quo for Olmert’s “Convergence Plan” to be implemented. They are just implementing their plans for a new land grab, knowing that the Palestinians are too weak to hurt Israel in any significant way.
http://electronicintifada.net/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi/12/4750
http://www.icahd.org/eng/articles.asp?menu=6&submenu=2&article=266
http://www.cartercenter.org/news/documents/doc2344.html
http://www.antiwar.com/orig/cook.php?articleid=8981
http://zope.gush-shalom.org/home/en/channels/avnery/1127592489

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By Fadel Abdallah, February 19, 2007 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment
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A follow up to a previous comment!

When it comes to issues of justice, American policies are a hopeless case. It seems to me that these are policies of medieval savages who always believe that might is right. Given this attitude the U.S. is not part of solving issues related to conflicts and peace; she is, in fact, a major part of the problem.

In regard to the Palestinian-Israeli situation, the issue should be for Israel to end its terrorist occupation, entering now into its fortieth anniversary; it should not be to ask the victimized to recognize that their victimizers exist. Only people of low thinking, deceased hearts and crooked concept of right and wrong would insist on having it this way.

Yes, not only America is an obstacle to peace, but with its crooked policies it does poromote wars, insecurity and terrorism in the world.
All this so that the merchants of death and the military industrial complex have their bank accounts profits multiply many folds over!

Again, for the one hundred times, wake up America! You have too much blood on your hands!

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By Fadel Abdallah, February 19, 2007 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment
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From now on, “Associated Press” will be known in my book as the “Associated for Devilish Propaganda.” Read the following lines from their piece and figure why!
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“The prospect of any immediate success here essentially was hijacked by Abbas’ surprise announcement last week that he will govern hand-in-hand with the militant group Hamas.”
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Here we go again, blaming the victim for the so-called non-success of a gimmick meeting between the representative of the victimized and the representatives of two evil victimizers.

Then you have the usual crafted language of the “militant group Hamass” and “Terrorist Organization Hamas,” to punctuate the misinformation and propaganda campaign of the U.S. and Israel, as if this organization is a match for the two terrorist states: the U.S. and Israel, with their weapons of mass destruction, which, if combined, can wipe out the whole world!

You add to that their dirty money which they think can buy for them slaves and submissive clients, and you get the whole picture about how little is the prospect for peace in that region and the whole world.

The U.S. and Zionist Israel are two medieval savage entities that have no principles but that might is right!

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By DMcD, February 19, 2007 at 8:48 pm Link to this comment
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She’s consistant ,anyway !!                                    SleezeyCondo hasn’t done anything right yet.

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