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January 29, 2009
U.S. envoy travels to Middle East to begin peace process

U.S. envoy George Mitchell flew from Egypt to Israel to meet with top Israeli leaders and officials in efforts to achieve peace in the region.

While Mitchell emphasized the necessity of a cease-fire, both Israel and Hamas attacked one other with rockets and bombs. Mitchell plans to meet with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas but does not plan to have direct contact with members of Hamas.

For more on George Mitchell’s mission, Worldfocus speaks with Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

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#7

I am from vancouver,canada and i wanted to say that i can’t see what good George Mitchell is doing in Palestine.He should be making it clear that israel is in the wrong and condemning israel.There is etnic cleansing going on in East Jerusalem and supplies are not been allowed into Gaza.He should be doing something about that.At the present time the U.S.gov.is part of the problem in Palestine.The U.S.gov.needs to be for the Palestinian people and against the israeli gov.

#6

[…] Jon Alterman is director and senior fellow of the Middle East Program at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. He writes at “World Politics Review” about the changing relationship between the United States and Egypt, arguing that relations have been damaged over the past several years and need rebuilding. U.S.-Egypt: The Magic is Gone […]

#5

It appears that the Peace Now report, based on Israeli government reports hidden until now, prove to the world—and most importantly, to Americans who have previously supported Israel—that the Israeli government has been lying all along.

They’ve said one thing publicly, while DOING something completely opposite behind their own media/political lies.

Perhaps it is a good thing that an honest Israeli group has now exposed the government for what they are.

And perhaps we know exactly what will happen if Netanyahu wins, now that facts are revealed.

Peace Now appears to be the only group obeying God’s commandment of Thou Shalt Not Lie.

#4

It appears that the Peace Now report, based on Israeli government reports hidden until now, prove to the world—and most importantly, to Americans who have previously supported Israel—that the Israeli government has been lying all along.

They’ve said one thing publicly, while DOING something completely opposite behind their own media/political lies.

Perhaps it is a good thing that an honest Israeli group has now exposed the government for what they are.

And perhaps we know exactly what will happen if Netanyahu wins, now that facts are revealed.

Peace Now appears to be the only group obeying God’s commandment of Thou Shalt Not Lie.

#3

‘The media spends a great deal of time condemning settlements. Maybe there is somevalidity’
validity ?
Don’t the Arabs have more than enough land ?
Israel’s problem is the majority are faithless sand stand for nothing.Hamas is driven while Israel is confused and in retreat.

It’s sad to hear so many Jews so willing to give away what God has given to Israel.
Your big mistake was to not annex Judea and Samaria and send the Palestinians who did not want to live under Israeli rule east.
When Gen Moshe Dayan returned control of the Temple Mount to the Msolem’s this set in motion Israel’s spiral downwards.
Your sin is that you look to please corrupt men and not God. You disobey Him and religiously obey a decaying nation which cannot even safeguard it’s Peanut Butter.Foolish people belive in a 2 state solution.
The Moslems saw how willing you were to capitulate the land God gave to Am Yisrael and this has opened up a Pandora’s Box.
There is not satisfying Islam,ever.

#2

Your program tonight, Thursday 29 Jan., was stereotypical. You used Israel’s Channel 10
TV to give credence to allegations of Peace Now. While presenting only one side of the
vigorous debate within Israel to slant against Israel, you gave credence to Palestinian
president Abbas. You even gave Hamas some PR by talking of its goal of Palestinian unity
– without mentioning its continued rejection of all previous agreements, and its
reaffirmation that it will destroy all of Israel.

The media spends a great deal of time condemning settlements. Maybe there is some
validity, but a lot of the reportage is distorted. The building that has gone on this
year is primarily within the boundaries of existing settlements. Nor does the media ever
stop advocating that the West Bank be made Judenrein – even in places owned and by Jews
until 1929 or 1948 – and even as over a million Israeli Arabs rightly continue to be
Israeli citizens.

Suppose there were no West Bank “settlements”, as was the case before 1967. Would there
be peace? Of course not, and this is something you never report. Its something that even
Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post alluded to in his recent op-ed on Israeli PM Olmert.

Palestinian PM Abbas continues to demand that descendants of Palestinian refugees be
resettled in pre-1967 Israel, not the West Bank. This deal breaking demand denies the
rights of the equivalent number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands, and denies Arab
culpability for starting the wars that led to BOTH refugee issues. Will you ever report
this?

In fact, will you ever mention the story of the millions of Israelis whose parents were
Jewish refugees from Arab lands?

Will you ever tell of Hamas’ charter, or the incitement and indoctrination in Arab lands?

#1

Peace process ? What peace process ?
I think the U.S. and E.U. should surrender their land to the Islamic Fascist Hordes and leave Israel alone.
Your interference and meddlesome phony peace scam targeting Israel and rewarding the terrorists has brought direct judgment from God on your economies and this is just the beginning.
Back Off !
Quit appeasing the cult of death at Israel’s expense.

The Europeans led by Britain are melting down right before our eyes. It is coming to the USA, but is shocking to see how fast Europe is melting down. Europeans love homosexuality and Islam and hates Israel, so it looks like God is pinpointing the judgment right at Europe, wow! Iceland was first and now the rest of Europe to follow.
Now through the UN, Muslims want Islam protected. Islam cannot defend itself in the open. It is so crazy, violent and full of lies it must hid in the darkness. Islam is now in the open through the Internet and other news sources. This is very dangerous for Islam because it is like being naked in public. The IslamoFascists must protect Islam from being “exposed.” Watch the weak minded liberals with this one. I think they will move to protect Islam because they are afraid of a Jihad. The more they appease Islam, the bigger the monster gets. Look at the Islamic monster in Europe!

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