Tangible Results Needed
In Print by Ziad Asali - (Opinion) - September 12, 2006 - 12:00am

The agreement on forming a new unity government among the Palestinians, coming at the heals of British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s diplomatic tour of the Middle East, could constitute a significant opportunity to heed the growing chorus of respected American voices calling for an urgent effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However progress will require more than words. Serious actions and tangible results will be indispensable.

Building an alliance towards the historic compromise
In Print by Ziad Asali - The Jordan Times (Opinion) - November 19, 2004 - 1:00am

A consensus about the contours of a genuine and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians is well known. Its essential elements have been expressed in Clinton's Taba proposal, the Geneva and Nusseibeh- Ayalon plans, and the roadmap. Surveys of Palestinians, Israelis, American Jews and Arabs indicate support for a two-state solution. However, an opposing minority in each camp has exercised its power predictably and effectively to thwart the will of the majorities. These forces are opposed to peace because they think time is on their

Where do we go from here?
In Print by Ziad Asali - The Baltimore Sun (Opinion) - November 18, 2004 - 1:00am

You would have thought that now that he is gone, we would not have Arafat to kick around anymore, but you would be wrong. The sheer volume of words uttered and written to vilify him and define his legacy in the worst light surly seems excessive for a dead person who was considered irrelevant and “ not a partner.” Having criticized him publicly and clearly in both Arabic and English, I feel that this persistent attention, may have more to do with hurting the image of the Palestinian people rather than that of their departed leader.

Of Image and Peace
In Print by Ziad Asali - (Opinion) - January 9, 2004 - 1:00am

Newspaper headlines on the day after Christmas read: “12-Week Lull in Mideast Ends,” on the cover of the Los Angeles Times; “Attacks broke a lull that had lasted more than two months,” reported the Chicago Tribune; “Lull in Violence Ends,” was the headline in the San Francisco Chronicle and 3,000 miles away The New York Times reported, “The suicide bomb attack…broke a relative calm that existed on both sides since October.”

America Must Restore its Middle East Credibility
In Print by Ziad Asali - The Daily Star (Opinion) - April 13, 2003 - 12:00am

As tension mounts in the Arab world over the new war in Iraq, it is imperative that we act quickly to repair the political and diplomatic damage to U.S.-Arab relations and our reputation in the Middle East.

Morality and Interest in Helping Lebanon
In Print by Ziad Asali - (Opinion) - June 20, 2006 - 12:00am

It is, of course, a reassuring sight to see thousands of American citizens and other western nationals being evacuated by their governments from war-torn Lebanon. But spare a thought, and some serious political consideration, for those not so fortunate, especially the Lebanese and Palestinian people who are presently baring the brunt of the suffering caused by the conflicts between Israel and Hezbollah and Hamas.

Time for better decisions to be made on Palestine-Israel
In Print by Ziad Asali - The Daily Star (Opinion) - May 21, 2003 - 12:00am

The Palestine-Israel conflict has become a hostage to fundamentalists and ideologues of every description, to people who advocate a clash of civilizations and religions in pursuit of their own warped visions of history and mythology. These fanatics, whether Jews, Christians or Muslims, can best be called “clashists” (to rhyme with fascists.) The sad fact is that the issue of Palestine has become the latest “last refuge of scoundrels.” The rest of us, unencumbered by divine certitude about the future and open to reason and compromise, have found it harder to have a public voice and space.

Time for Palestinians to take charge of their destiny
In Print by Ziad Asali - (Opinion) - June 9, 2004 - 12:00am

The cautious President Mubarak has overcome Egyptian reticence to get involved in Gaza. His initial concerns about the risk of getting Egyptian personnel targeted by Palestinians and enhancing the risk of direct confrontation with Israel after four decades of peace, have given way to accepting to take on an active security role in Gaza. It seems that Egypt’s concerns about the ensuing anarchy, or fundamentalist take over in Gaza after the withdrawal, and Egypt’s strategic choice to play the regional power broker in coordination with the US, have all overweighed other considerations.

Wall and Peace
In Print by Ziad Asali - (Opinion) - August 20, 2003 - 12:00am

The long struggle to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians is at a crossroads that will almost certainly determine the direction of future events for decades, if not indeed for generations.

Remarks by Ziad Asali at Congressional Middle East Coexistence Conference
Speech by Ziad Asali at 2325 Rayburn Building - February 12, 2004 - 1:00am

The Holy Land, a tiny sliver of the landmass of this earth, has generated emotions of unbridled intensity. It offered sublime guidance to mankind and made unparalleled contributions to the best in civilizations and cultures while at the same time releasing wayward passions that bred violence, death and destruction. It appealed to the most noble of instincts as it did to the most base and banal corners of people's souls. It has been an open wound whose healing has defied the wisdom of the best minds for a century or more.

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