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Road to regression: the Israel-Palestine peace process

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Why can't we all be friends? (AP Photo/ Rina Castelnuovo, Pool)

Why can't we all be friends? (AP Photo/ Rina Castelnuovo, Pool)

Ah, the peace process. Israel and Palestine, India and Pakistan, China and Tibet, Syria and Israel. So many countries, so many statements, such little action.

This morning’s yawnworthy/WTF news of the day (depending on your state of mind) news are the lack of political developments on the Israel/Palestine front. Hillary Clinton asked Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to go ahead with negotiations without the precondition that Israel stop building settlements. Abbas said no, Netanyahu comes off as sounding – in the American press – as the benevolent man who wants peace but can’t talk to anyone who sets any conditions.

We’re not just back to square one here folks, we’re regressing back in time. One of these days I’m just going to paste an old news item from the ’90s, replace the names and it’ll be as accurate.

Parting note: today’s must read on Israel and US relations – Gideon Levy in Ha’aretz: America, stop sucking up to Israel.

Written by Saba Imtiaz

November 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm

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  1. […] over what was more relevant. Do we report on Hillary Clinton’s furious back-pedalling over her statements regarding the fairly irrelevant, and existent in name only, peace process? Or do we instead report […]


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