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Friday, August 06, 2010

The Palestinians, Alone - Op-Ed by Efraim Karsh

An interesting OpEd that looks at how the urgency of the Mid-East Peace Process among some Arab populations seems to be waning in a recent poll.  Mr. Karsh also looks at the history of the support of the Arab world for the Palestinian people, as well as their persecution by these same countries.

It has long been conventional wisdom that the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a prerequisite to peace and stability in the Middle East. Since Arabs and Muslims are so passionate about the Palestine problem, this argument runs, the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate feeds regional anger and despair, gives a larger rationale to terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and to the insurgency in Iraq and obstructs the formation of a regional coalition that will help block Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons.

What, then, are we to make of a recent survey for the Al Arabiya television network finding that a staggering 71 percent of the Arabic respondents have no interest in the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks? 

Read more at The New York Times

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