Yearly Archives: 2007

My hopes for Annapolis

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, US President George Bush and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Annapolis Conference

There is a shared, deep sense of concern – on both sides of the ocean – that Annapolis must succeed, failure is not an option, the consequences of failure are too severe. Annapolis is not going to be a negotiating forum; everything must be concluded prior to arriving there. read more

Peacemaking truths and lies

Graffiti of Palestinian Refugees

Creating and sustaining the lie that the Palestinian refugees of 1948 would return to their original homes and lands makes it almost impossible for President Mahmoud Abbas to reach an agreement with Israel on this, the most central issue in the conflict. read more

The test of leadership

Mahmoud Abbas and Ehud Olmert

This is the moment of truth. There may be no such moments in the near future. Of course there are many risks involved but there are even more risks for both sides if they fail to reach agreement. This is the real test of leadership. read more

Three wild “out-of-the-box” ideas

Hanna Siniora and Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin and Hanna Siniora, in an open letter to the leaders of Palestine and Israel present three wild “out-of-the-box” ideas that could help to translate some of the progress into concrete steps that can be already implemented and would not only strengthen the process by translating them into reality, but will also strengthen their leadership facing their own people and the need to convince the public to support the process. read more

Gershon Baskin: neo-Zionist or paleo-leftist?

Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa and Gershon Baskin

As a neo-Zionist I am more concerned with the Jewish future than the Jewish past, and as such I recognize that we must come forth from the passages of Torah into the reality of the 21st century Middle East, and make the necessary concessions now so that our neighbors can live with the same collective and national dignity that we demand for ourselves. read more