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September 22, 2009
Symbols, not breakthroughs, stem from Mideast summit

U.S. President Barack Obama brought together the Israeli and Palestinian leaders in New York on Tuesday.

The meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas did not produce a breakthrough, but it was a moment deep in symbolism — the beginning, perhaps, of a new and more productive phase in the struggle for peace in the Middle East.

For his part, Obama had a strong message for the leaders after meeting with them individually: Get moving again on a comprehensive peace agreement.

After the meeting, Netanyahu said there was general agreement that the peace process has to be resumed as soon as possible with no preconditions.

Ghassan Shabaneh, an assistant professor of international studies at Marymount Manhattan College, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the significance of the meeting for the peace process.

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20 comments

#20

Great persepective WorldFocus. keep bringing him please. Sounds like he knows what he is talking about

#19

Josua, I think you are a very ill informed individual. Can you name any Arab country with a nuclear weapon

#18

israel does not have a military advantage in the middle east the arab world is more than 30 times as big as israel with 10 times as many nuclear weapons and far more soldiers

#17

Thank you Dr. Shabaneh for puting thing in perspective for us. Great Job

#16

Nya tell me why Hamas, Hezbollah, Abbas, Syria, Iran are intransigent?

Talking about lack of imagination.

#15

2:47 minutes were up.

#14

She kept saying settlements, settlements. He kept answering that is not the problem, that is not the problem. And then the five minutes were up.

New anchor person, old battered song.

#13

As long as Israel has a military advantage in the Middle East, it will remain intransigent, and will continue to subvert the peace talks. It has no intention of ever getting out of the West Bank.

#12

When will World Focus start showing the hardline of Mahmoud Abbas? He rejects ever recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. he rejects compromise on the refugee issue – thereby denying the rights of the millions of Israelis whose parents were Jewish refugees from Arab lands.

#11

Settlements are not the real issue preventing peace. The Arab wars to destroy Israel predated West Bank settlements. If there weren’t any, they’d find other pretexts for hostility.

#10

You may speak of changing boundaries
of Languages and Emotions but how will you
come to speak of any unified understandings
as symbolized by the hieroglyphic pictographs
of the everchanging Human Geometrically
Presented Propositions of Human Nature?

#9

You may speak of…

Changing
(…’actively’ or ‘passively’…)
Boundaries

of Lands of Languages
and of Seas of Emotions…
but how will you come to speak
of any ‘Unified Understandings’
as ‘symbolized’ by [ = ‘derived from’]
the ‘Hieroglyphic Pictographs’
of the ever Changing
(Geometrically Presented Patterns of…)
Propositions of Human Nature…

when such Lands and Seas
are known to remain,
from a physical Perspective:
Meshed in the Intellectual
Conceptualizations
of the “Tapestried Patterns”
of all the Motions-and-Rests
which derive From Human Migrations?

#8

You may speak of…

Changing
(…’actively’ or ‘passively’…)
Boundaries

of
Lands of Languages
and
of
Seas of Emotions…
but how will you come to speak
of any
‘Unified Understandings’
as ‘symbolized’ by [ = ‘derived from’]
the ‘Hieroglyphic Pictographs’
of the ever
Changing
(Geometrically Presented Patterns of…)
Propositions
of Human Nature…

when such Lands and Seas
are known to remain,
from a physical Perspective:
Meshed in the Intellectual
Conceptualizations of the “Tapestried Patterns”
of all the Motions-and-Rests
of
Variably Perceived

Worldwide Discontentednesses

with all Their
accompanying
“Intricately Embroidered” Appearances…
leading,
almost by Necessity,
to another kind [= ‘another level’] of Comprehensive Awareness
of a
supposed…as yet hidden

Whole

of

formerly separate “Weaves”
of (presumably, soon-to-be unified)

single-minded

…Contentment?
(if only, more immediately, possible:
on an Individual Level)

…That “Persian Carpet”
with
“Many Firm [Land]
and
Flowing [Sea] Issues”
‘interwoven’ into It
with
“True (opposed to: False) Solutions”
Taking Long…
To, Meticulously, Create
with Mindfulness Toward
The Evolving Complexities…

#7

Arab wars to destroy Israel long predated settlements. If there weren’t any, Arab lands would fins some other pretext for hostility.

Why always blame Israel and give the Arab world a free pass? The Arab world started the wars, and continues to reject coexistence. There can only be peace when Arab attitudes change.

#6

Very one-sided. “If only the Israelis will stop the settlements and give a little bit more, then maybe the Palestinians will inch forward.” Where was a spokesman representing an Israeli viewpoint?

#5

Dear World Focus,

How disappointing to see Daljit Daliwal blame all on Israel tonight, saying the deadlock in peace negotiations is due mainly to the “issue of Jewish settlements”. And then get Ghassan Shabaneh to confirm this.

Come on, World Focus! Would there be peace if there were no settlements? After all, there weren’t in the West Bank in 1967 when Nasser instigated a new war to destroy Israel. And when Israel withdrew its people from Gaza, the response was far more extremism and rocket attacks.

How long will it take World Focus to ask why there was no peace when the Arabs invaded in 1948 after rejecting a two state solution? Or why they have consistently rejected coexistence since?

How long will it take World Focus to even mention the hard line taken by Mahmoud Abbas at the recent Fatah conference? At the conference in Bethlehem, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas rejected ever recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. He demanded that refugees be resettled in pre-1967 Israel, not the West Bank. This denies the rights of the similar number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands. It sidesteps Arab responsibility for starting the wars that led to both refugee issues.

If there were no “settlements”, if the Dalai Lama was Israel’s Prime Minister, and Israel
consisted of just Tel Aviv, there would still be Arab hostility. The bottom line has
remained the same ever since the 1948 Arab invasion of a tiny Jewish state: Arab refusal
to accept permanent Jewish self determination.

Recent political pressure on Israel has only reinforced the Arab belief that the “peace
process” can be used to dismantle Israel. Israelis understand this, just as they have
seen how the Gaza withdrawal led to thousands of missiles hitting southern Israel.

How long will it take The World to even mention these most justified Israeli concerns?

#4

Come on, World Focus! Would there be peace if there were no settlements? After all, there weren’t in the West Bank in 1967 when Nasser instigated a new war to destroy Israel. And when Israel withdrew its people from Gaza, the response was far more extremism and rocket attacks.

#3

How disappointing to see Daljit Daliwal blame all on Israel tonight, saying the deadlock in peace negotiations is due mainly to the “issue of Jewish settlements”. And then get Ghassan Shabaneh to confirm this.

#2

Bravo Woldfocus. Finally you brought a real expert on the Arab Israeli conflict. Shabaneh is extermenly well versued in the subject

#1

Intelligent, Smart and gentle analyst
It seems to me that he is one of those experts who realy understand what is going on

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