Former Visiting Scholar, The Dubai Initiative, 2007-2008
10-16 January 2008
Op-Ed, Al Ahram Weekly
By Manal Jamal, Former Visiting Scholar, The Dubai Initiative, 2007-2008
As Bush embarks on his Middle East tour to jump-start the Israeli- Palestinian peace process, he should be made aware of the sad and desperate reality that shapes Palestinian lives. Bush's latest request that Israel must dismantle "unauthorised illegal settler outposts" suggests that Israel's continued settlement expansion, restriction of Palestinian movement, and land expropriation in the West Bank is by contrast "legal" and "acceptable". This is illustrative of either Washington's ignorance or its unprincipled bias.