August 18th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Jimmy Carter on Middle East peace--Guardian 8/8/06

Breaking the cycle of violence

*Breaking the cycle of violence*

The people of the Middle East deserve peace and justice, and we owe them
our support.

*By Jimmy Carter*

*08/08/06 "**The Guardian*
-- -- *The Middle East is a tinderbox, with some key players on all
sides waiting for every opportunity to destroy their enemies with
bullets, bombs and missiles. One of the special vulnerabilities of
Israel, and a repetitive cause of violence, is the holding of prisoners.
Militant Palestinians and Lebanese know that a captured Israeli soldier
or civilian is either a cause of conflict or a valuable bargaining chip
for prisoner exchange. This assumption is based on a number of such
including 1,150 Arabs, mostly Palestinians, for three Israelis in 1985;
123 Lebanese for the remains of two Israeli soldiers in 1996; and 433
Palestinians and others for an Israeli businessman and the bodies of
three soldiers in 2004.

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Chris Keeley

Scott Atran, "Is Hamas Ready to Deal?--NYTimes 8/17/06

August 17, 2006
Op-Ed Contributor

 Is Hamas Ready to Deal?



WHATEVER the endgame between Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas, one thing is
certain: Israel’s hopes of ensuring its security by walling itself off
from resentful neighbors are dead. One lesson from Israel’s assault on
Lebanon and its military operation in Gaza is that the missiles blow back.

We can hope that multinational cooperation will help to secure Israel’s
border with Lebanon. But what about the Palestinian issue, which has
been seemingly pushed to the back burner by the war in Lebanon?
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Chris Keeley

LakhdarBrahimi, "Start Talking to Hezbollah"--NYTimes 8/18/06

LakhdarBrahimi, "Start Talking to Hezbollah"--NYTimes 8/18/06

August 18, 2006
Op-Ed Contributor

 Start Talking to Hezbollah


WHAT a waste that it took more than 30 days to adopt a United Nations
Security Council resolution for a cease-fire in Lebanon. Thirty days
during which nothing positive was achieved and a great deal of pain,
suffering and damage was inflicted on innocent people.

The loss of innocent civilian life is staggering and the destruction,
particularly in Lebanon, is devastating. Human rights organizations and
the United Nations have condemned the humanitarian crisis and violations
of international humanitarian law.
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