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June 23, 2006

The “Peace Process” Is Dead

Filed under: Israel, Mellemøsten, Uncategorized — limewoody @ 12:59 pm

 The following includes an interview with Dr. Mordechai Nisan of The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

As we leave Tel Aviv’s crowded beaches and cafes for the cooler air of Jerusalem, Israel looks and feels like any “normal” postindustrial society. The World Cup in Germany preoccupies people more than another home-made Kassem rocket that has fallen on an Israeli village just south of Gaza. In the meantime, as Leon Hadar has noted, the affairs of the Middle East follow their customary up-and-down, manic-depressive pattern—except that there has been no “up” for a long time. We’ve had a bout of optimism after Oslo, and another one—far shorter—when it looked like Camp David II may yield a treaty; and there was a fleeting glimmer of hope after Arafat’s death. We’ve also had a lot of gloom in-between.


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