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January 16, 2009
U.S. needs to broker peace in the Middle East

International reporter Jim Lobe recently said that “foreign-related news coverage by the three major U.S. television networks fell to a record low during 2008,” citing the Tyndall Report.

But unlike networks and newspapers that have cut foreign coverage from their budget, the new Web site GlobalPost aims to expand the reach of media to all corners of the globe.

Martin Savidge speaks with GlobalPost executive editor Charles Sennott, who spent 15 years in the Middle East as a correspondent, about the need for Middle East coverage that is more conscious of history and ways for the U.S. to engage with the Middle East.

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#20

1973, was the only war that the Arabs fought and that is whey they won. Your leaders cam crying to us to save your country. The rest were wars that you beagan and in all of them you committed crimes against humanity and in all of them you killed childrfen and women.

#19

To: Susan or Jack:
At Jan. 17 you sad about war in 1973:
“I am fully aware that Egypt and Syria lost 2000 tanks and Israel lost 800 tanks. Also Egypt and Syria lost 450 airplanes while Israel 100”.
Now at Jan. 23 you are saying:
“Do not tell me about wars that never took place in the real sense of the world. Your country never fought a real war. Always killing kids and children”
According your logic in 1973 was not “a real war”? May be Egyptian and Syrian tanks were operated by “kids and children” not by Soviet trained soldiers??
There were more real bloody wars between Israel and Arabs countries. Your lies can not change history.
Boris D.

#18

Boris: You coward, answer my questions. Do not tell me about wars that never took place in the real sense of the world. Your country never fought a real war. Always killing kids and children

#17

What is your real name: Susan Walsh or Jack Smith??
Now, you added to all previous lies and cursing 6 article ultimatum to Israel how to beg for peace with Arab countries. You just forget reality. Reality is that Arabs lost 5 wars with Israel. Until now Israel is on position dictate to Arabs under which terms she will accept peace treaty.
I did not hide behind term anti-Semites, anyone can see that in your statements. It’s OK with me. We both have right to have own opinion.
Boris D.

#16

To Boris and Marcel: The two of you are the most stupid bloggers I have ever encountered in my life. So shallow and thin on everything including history and perception. Your knowledge of facts is below zero.

Marcel Says the Palestinians invented suicide- bombing, not true. The Hindus and the Sikhs are the ones that invented that form or resistance. This tool of resistance has been used by Southeast Asians for more than 50 years, way before the Middle East knew about. As for terror itself, it was the European Jews who immigrated to Palestine the ones that used it first. In 1946 the first car bomb exploded between Tel Aviv (originally Tal Al Rabee, but the Jews changed its name the way they did to more than 430 villages and towns) and Haifa. The terror group that detonated that bomb was the Stern Gang, led by Shamir, and Begin. As always I know that facts do not concern you (Boris and Marcel and Doron) in less than two days you will be writing more stupid stuff, just to get the kick of it. I love the cheap shot by Boris at anyone who criticizes Israel as “anti-Semitic” This is as low as humans can go, when ever encountered by the truth, Jews run and hide behind the anti-Semitic slogan. But when they kill thousands of kids and women and many more civilians (that is Victory) and many thugs begin to justify it. As whether terror tactic stop an occupation, that is a good question. Ask it to your former Prime Minister Shamir, one of the very few thugs that introduced terror to the Middle East, who is still wanted in the UK for killing British Diplomats and UN workers at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem in 1947. It will be very nice for both of you to read some history before you write, or you are just paid to be annoying not informative by the Israeli secret service. Finally both of you ask a good question about the rational of terror. You both come with an answer to kill civilians. You both are very concerned about civilians killed in Malls, Restaurants, and more. The question however is, what is the difference between an Israeli F-16 killing all these civilians in all these places and a suicide bomber. The answer you think that Palestinians/ Christians and Muslims and the larger Arabs and Muslims of the world to be sub-humans and Jews are humans, thus both of you are hypocrites and racists

#15

To Joe:
Hold your anger, Joe! Hamas just declare victory “over Israeli aggressors”. This exactly what Arabs leaders and Sheikh need: they don’t care how many civilian die!! They are using coward’s tactics: Portray Palestinians as a small helpless nation fighting against giant Israeli aggressor for freedom. But , 200 mil. Arab brothers can’t do anything to save them, because they don’t have F-16. All of you avoiding historical facts that Arabs countries attack Israel many times and Israel took real fights with Arabs armies on battle field. After Arabs lost many times in spite Soviet support, they change the tactics and fighting terror war against Israel. Have you ever ask yourself why they sending Hamas, Hezbollah to fire rockets, blow buses and restaurants. I know your answer:”to stop Israeli occupation”. Do you think that terror tactics will stop “occupation”?? Not, never! May be you should ask Egyptian president how to stop that bloody conflict.
Why Jews want this Land, this is long story 4000 years old. It’s wasting time to explain that to anti-Semites.
Boris

#14

joe wrote ;
why is israel using illegal weapons against civilians and children like phosphorus and cluster bombs, and why is the usa letting them?
They must have been classified “illegal” for a reason.

The Palestinian’s who invented the suicide bomber who goes into Resturants,Malls,Bus’s Disco’s,ect to blow himself up in the middle of innocent women and children so he can claim his 72 whores in hell talks about illegal weapons ?

#13

To Dorn:
Susan answered every question of yours
its my turn to ask,
why is israel using illegal weapons against civilians and children like phosphorus and cluster bombs, and why is the usa letting them?
They must have been classified “illegal” for a reason

#12

To boris: i meant at least give the palestinians these weapons that israel has, i bet israel would flee
why did israel choose a little country where unarmed people live?
Why didnt they choose to take a land where no one lives so they dont have to kill hundreds of thousands of civilians or destroy schools hospitals and temples? Why didnt they choose to take a country that matches its power?
Answer: obviously cowards, thugs, murderers and criminals

#11

Doron: Doron: back to you misrepresentation of the facts. You and Susan went through all these lies and she answered you rather very clearly. But you never answered her, but you are repeating the same lies again and again all these lies before and you are repeating them again. Susan Said before “Back to your ill informed style of pretending to know and in fact you do not know. As for Camp David, Barak never offered Arafat anything. Just read Gliad Shar, Yossi Bellin Books and you will see that the Barak Narrative has no standing what so ever, and it was just a flat lie. Also you can read Robert Malli’s piece on the subject which he published in the New York Review of Books in 2003, and finally you can read Debora Sontag piece in the York Times about the issue (I will not give you dates so you can go and do some research to learn facts not fictions for once in your lifetime). All have agreed that the Palestinians did not have an offer from Barak to reject. President Clinton had to lie about the story because his wife was running for a senate seat in New York (A Jewish State by all means). The Mayor is a Jew the Governor was a Jew until he disgraced himself in a prostitution ring and the senator, Schumar is a Jew, and more than 50% of its US Congressmen are Jews. As a result Clintons had to lie about Camp David. Remember when Hillary was a first lady, she called for the creation of a Palestinian state, in 1998, and then all the sudden in 2000 she became against her own declaration. Let me remind you also that Arafat and Barak met in Barak’s house after they both came from Camp David in Kuchave Ya’eer a suburb of Tel Aviv ( I am sure all these fact do no mean anything to you) and both promised to continue the peace process. Then your friend Sharon went to Al Aksa Mosque with more than 1700 heavily armed Israeli (thugs) and the Intifada began. Imagine Arafat storming temple mount with 1700 Palestinian soldiers, the whole world would have exploded, but for you Arafat is still the issues and the lies of Barak are more important than all the facts. Peace will come to that region when
1- Israel ends her occupation of all Palestinian land
2- Settlers leave the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, more than half million settlers are living on an illegally occupied territory
3- Settlers begin to teach their kids that they are not in the wild west and must behave according to human law, not the Israeli one. The Israeli one does not punish Jews when they kill Arabs, it rewards them for that. Many stories of Jews killing Arabs and the killers are enjoying a free live.
4- Rabbis teach tolerance and acceptance and respect of the other in your temples, not to continue to say that Arabs are snakes, dirt, cockroaches, and must all be killed (Ovada Youssef for one and Moshe Livinger, and Alder who allowed the killing of Rabin) all of them are indoctrinated in the teaching of Rabbi Zeev cook, one of the biggest bigots in the 20th centuary
5- Israel’s willingness to respect and accept international law and abide by it.
6- The culture of superiority must end from you curriculums and must treat Christians and Muslims as equals

Everyone knows that Israel is not a true democracy, it’s a rabbinical state, but because of the Holocaust the West allows you great flexibility to lie and kill others. But this will come to an end very soon. People around the glob are united to defeat the new Fascism of your state. I have never seen cowards asking for more time to kill civilians with F-16s and a blind West turning the other way around.

#10

Doron: Doron: back to you misrepresentation of the facts. We went through all these lies before and you are repeating them again. Amazing!!!have the dignity to answer my points first and then begin your new propaganda. You just love killing innocent people as simple as that answer my points then put new ones, do not repeat the same hate speech all the time. Back to your ill informed style of pretending to know and in fact you do not know. As for Camp David, Barak never offered Arafat anything. Just read Gliad Shar, Yossi Bellin Books and you will see that the Barak Narrative has no standing what so ever, and it was just a flat lie. Also you can read Robert Malli’s piece on the subject which he published in the New York Review of Books in 2003, and finally you can read Debora Sontag piece in the York Times about the issue (I will not give you dates so you can go and do some research to learn facts not fictions for once in your lifetime). All have agreed that the Palestinians did not have an offer from Barak to reject. President Clinton had to lie about the story because his wife was running for a senate seat in New York (A Jewish State by all means). The Mayor is a Jew the Governor was a Jew until he disgraced himself in a prostitution ring and the senator, Schumar is a Jew, and more than 50% of its US Congressmen are Jews. As a result Clintons had to lie about Camp David. Remember when Hillary was a first lady, she called for the creation of a Palestinian state, in 1998, and then all the sudden in 2000 she became against her own declaration. Let me remind you also that Arafat and Barak met in Barak’s house after they both came from Camp David in Kuchave Ya’eer a suburb of Tel Aviv ( I am sure all these fact do no mean anything to you) and both promised to continue the peace process. Then your friend Sharon went to Al Aksa Mosque with more than 1700 heavily armed Israeli (thugs) and the Intifada began. Imagine Arafat storming temple mount with 1700 Palestinian soldiers, the whole world would have exploded, but for you Arafat is still the issues and the lies of Barak are more important than all the facts. Peace will come to that region when
1- Israel ends her occupation of all Palestinian land
2- Settlers leave the West Bank, and East Jerusalem, more than half million settlers are living on an illegally occupied territory
3- Settlers begin to teach their kids that they are not in the wild west and must behave according to human law, not the Israeli one. The Israeli one does not punish Jews when they kill Arabs, it rewards them for that. Many stories of Jews killing Arabs and the killers are enjoying a free live.
4- Rabbis teach tolerance and acceptance and respect of the other in your temples, not to continue to say that Arabs are snakes, dirt, cockroaches, and must all be killed (Ovada Youssef for one and Moshe Livinger, and Alder who allowed the killing of Rabin) all of them are indoctrinated in the teaching of Rabbi Zeev cook, one of the biggest bigots in the 20th centuary
5- Israel’s willingness to respect and accept international law and abide by it.
6- The culture of superiority must end from you curriculums and must treat Christians and Muslims as equals

Everyone knows that Israel is not a true democracy, it’s a rabbinical state, but because of the Holocaust the West allows you great flexibility to lie and kill others. But this will come to an end very soon. People around the glob are united to defeat the new Fascism of your state. I have never seen cowards asking for more time to kill civilians with F-16s and a blind West turning the other way around.

#9

To Joe:
Why arabs wants to fly only on F-16, They have MIG’s,Mirages, SCAD’s, T-72, so use them. For you information Egypt has 220 F-16 and S.Arabia about 100.
Boris

#8

Dear World Focus,
Tonight (Friday 16 January), Martin Savidge interviewed Charles Sennot of Global Post. Mr. Sennott noted the importance of the history of the area. He asserted that neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians had learned from the past. The Palestinians always rocketed Israel, and then Israel responded with massive force. Neither approach worked.

Mr. Sennott seems to have ignored part of the history. The Israelis have tried other approaches.
(1) They tried negotiations and making concessions to Arafat and got a new war, the second intifada. Indeed, shortly after rejecting former Preisdent Clinton’s Camp David agreements, Arafat promised that “we will drown them in our own blood”. A great many Palestinians still follow that dictum.
(2) They tried territorial withdrawal from Gaza – and south Lebanon. In each case, the result was Iranian backed Islamist movements whose main stated goal is the destruction of Israel, and the death (and/or) expulsion of all its Jews.

Maybe the Israelis have finally learnt from history. They have tried negotiations, concessions, apologies, … . Nothing has changed the basic attitude. Namely, that Israel cannot be accepted as a permanent state, behind any boundaries. And the “peace process” is accepted by even the “moderates” in the Arab world only as long as it produces Israeli withdrawals. All this fits neatly into Arafat’s idea of the step by step destruction of Israel, formulated in 1964, three years before Israel acquired the West Bank and Gaza.

This is not something most Israeli politicians will say openly. But the man in the street knows it. They know there is no peace partner. They have seen Olmert concede more even than Barak, only to face rejection by Abbas (see Jackson Diehl’s recent op-ed in the Washington Post about Olmert). Indeed, Abbas has stuck to every hardline position of Arafat on the main issues – refugees, borders, Jerusalem.

In the attempt to be even-handed, Mr. Sennott will at least assign equal blame to Israel, if not more. He will assert that Presidents Clinton and Bush had the wrong approach. He’ll never impute blame to basic Arab rejectionism. Come on, involvement by the US, the EU, the man in the moon won’t make a difference. It is not the approach, it is the refusal to accept any Israel at all.

This is something grasped by Israelis, especially the majority whose parents were Jewish refugees from Arab lands. They have realized that there are stark choices ahead. If they want Western sympathy, most of them must die, and the rest can return to the dhimmi status they suffered for 14 centuries. Or they can be unpopular and alive. Most will choose the latter.

#7

R u serious? Are u a child or something? Dont you know that george bush ( the evil presedent of the most powerfull country on earth) is ready to give anything to those jewish animals to kill the arabs? Dont u know why people have put thousands of dollars on offer for the shoe, why he didnt get ellected now? Because he hates arabs, now he is doing the best he can before leaving to stuff up the whole world, dont you know wher these jews got these f-16 fighters from? And these people use illegal weapons against the arab while he supports them? What are china and russia gona do?
Besides, give the arabs f-16s and they wouldnt bomb themselves to take the invaders down, they do it because they are defending their country and their people, arabs would give their souls to each other because they love them.
And trust me if u gave these arabs phosphorus or cluster bombs or bullets that explode in the enemies bodies, they wouldnt use them even on jews or animals because they are illegal in islam

#6

I am very sorry for you Heyward. It’s too late to “cut off weapons supply from Israel and quits treating Israel like a sacred cow”. You can ask Susan Walsh she is an expert and she’ll tell you that they have more than enough weapons. And in addition they are making a lot of own sophisticated weapons.
If Arabs brave worriers armed, trained and supported by Soviet Union were badly beaten in 1967 and 1972, they could not do it now; they still afraid directly attack Israel, that’s why they are sending Hezbollah, Hamas and Al-Qaeda.
But, please, don’t tell me that that their weapons can not match with Israeli; believe me they are armed very well now by Russia, China, Iran and Turkey.
You may wait till Iran makes nukes, but Israel will not wait.
Boris

#5

There will be no peace until the west quits treating Israel like a sacred cow rather than a nation-state. Cut off their weapons and make them have to get along with their neighbors. Israel is starting to believe their own religious superiority fantacy. It’s time they and the west got over it.

#4

no angel wrote;
‘You hold so much hatred towards Arabs’
That’s not true.
I hate every false way, every lie and Islam is a big lie which has ensnared the Arab people especially hard.
Once they are free from this evil lie they will lose the madness which drives them with hate and murder.
I love the Arabs enough to tell them the truth ,to warn them of what is ahead and the final end of Islam.
Once Islam is gone ,Arab and Jew will live in real peace.
The UN,EU,US,Quartet are not capable of making peace between Israel and her enemies,their Road Map only leads to hell.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHikCpT_mac&feature=channel_page

#3

Marcel,

You hold so much hatred towards Arabs. The funny thing is, sometimes when parents hold on to this kind of hatred, their child end up with a person of that same racial identity the parent hated so much.

Marcel, what would you do if your son or daughter end up with an Arab spouse? Let’s, for practical purposes say a Palestinian wife or husband.

#2

Marcel: You are simply a sick man and not worthy of debate

#1

I look forward to World Focus on PBS because they do a much better job of reporting global news than the Britany Spears alphabet channels in the U.S. The majority of the America public has been intentionally dumbed down by the government media conglomerant and don’t care much about world afairs.
On the issue that the U.S. needs to broker peace in the Midldle East ,it just proves one thing.
Insanity reigns at the top.
The U.S. record for failure since the signing of Oslo Accord’s on the White House lawn is a staggering 100%.
From Wye to Tenant,to Zinini to Aquaba to Sharm El Sheikh and ad infinitum every peace proposala has been a complete failure.
The appeasers of the West promise peace but their agenda only delivers catastrophe.
The old definition of insanity, doing the same thing time an again expecting a different outcome is evident with the middle east experts. They keep hitting their heads against the wall and hoping peace will break out instead of their brains.
There is no peace to be had between Israel and the Islamic world.
The only thing left to do is for the U.S. in competition with Russia to sell out Israel in order to gain all the Arab support and influence lost by Bush’s Iraq adventure and standing with Israel.
That is what we see the failed, unfair peace broker America doing now. The treacherous betrayal of a once close ally is now underway.

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