The Palestine Papers

Monday, January 24, 2011

Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, reviews the documents leaked to Al Jazeera from Palestinian/Israeli negotiations.


Rami Khouri

Comments [10]

Elaine from Baltimore MD

Leaked from Al Jazeera and Rami Khouri as commentator? Not a very balanced picture... may I suggest Dori Gold as your next guest to offer the Israeli opinion on this matter.

Jan. 24 2011 03:02 PM
Stuart from Manhattan

hi wmurray8 -

arab nations have started numerous wars in an attempt to destroy the jewish state, and every attempt at peace by the israelis has been rejected by the palestinian side.

i'm not sure what you're referring to in your citation of the palestinian 'to approve and accept existing Israeli settlements as a condition of statehood'

if you doubt the arab world's desire to keep the palestinians as refugees in order to point a finger at israel, you need look no further than the jordanian occupation of the west bank from 1948-1967.

often what people mean by encouraging others to take 'an objective and open look' is really 'see it my way.' well, i'm very aware of the history of this situation from all sides, and i stand by my assertion that peace rests on the arab world's ability to come to the table and accept israel as a jewish state. any hope of peace before that moment is futile.

Jan. 24 2011 02:47 PM


A more objective and open look at the reality of the situation may be in order. I don't think Israel really wants a settlement, nor do they want a Palestinian state. To have a Palestinian state would put a damper on any additional expansion of Israeli territories throughout the region. The Palestinians even tried to approve and accept existing Israeli settlements as a condition of statehood.but to no avail.

Jan. 24 2011 01:43 PM
Stuart from Manhattan

Newly revealed papers or not, the problem in that region is the same as it always has been: the inability of the wider Arab world to recognize the sovereignty of the Jewish people in their historical homeland.

The Palestinians could have had a state over 60 years ago if they really wanted it. Instead they, along with the wider Arab world, have chosen only hatred and attempted destruction of the Jewish state.

This will continue until the decision is made to create a peaceful, two state solution. Israel has been ready to do this since day one. When will the Arab leadership give up its desire for destruction and come to the table?

Jan. 24 2011 01:03 PM
Henry Schmelzer

Brian, I would have liked to know if you tried to get the Israelis to comment on these leaked papers.

If not, your show presented just a blatant one-sided perspective on an issue that needs more light rather than one-sided glare.

Jan. 24 2011 12:02 PM
Barbara from Monmouth Beach, NJ

Inappropriate to say that the Israelies have not been sincere. The Palestinian rulers have never yet even recognized Israel's right to exist. Furthermore, at least once a week they send rockets into Israel. Interestingly, a new poll of the Arabs of East Jerusalem shows that more of those people actually would prefer to be citizens of Israel than of a Palestinian state.

Jan. 24 2011 11:45 AM
Time for someone's Animal Checkup!

Last time you had this guy as a guest he tried to sound so objective.

This time he sounds so one-sided.

Jan. 24 2011 11:45 AM

These papers remind me of the story of Lot and his daughter, where the Palestinitans are Lot offering their daughter, their territorial sovereignty and dignity, to the maurading Israeli state (NOT the Israeli people, I hate that I have to clarify this) which then rapes it and spits it back in the collective face of the Palestinian people. There are few bigger deceptions in the media that the Israelis have been acting in good faith throughout these negotiations - this couldn't be further from the truth.

Jan. 24 2011 11:42 AM
Adam Holland from BROOKLYN, USA

Khouri wrote an oped in the NY Times that disparaged the impact of "digital activism in the Arab world.

Jan. 24 2011 11:40 AM
Audrey from Park Ridge NJ

More global preoccupation with Israel? This tiny democracy struggling for its survival continually under global scrutiny. The country the world hates to love, and loves to hate.

Jan. 24 2011 11:34 AM

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