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Rami Khouri

Rami Khouri

Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

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Email: rgkhouri@gmail.com

 

 

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2010 (continued)

April 28, 2010

"The Primacy of Domestic Politics"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

At the end of his two month stay in the United States where he followed US-Mideast diplomatic developments, Rami Khouri discusses how "the Arab-Israeli peace process in the Middle East is as much about political process in the United States as it is about diplomatic moves abroad."

 

 

April 20, 2010

"The Spirit of Birmingham"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

Forty seven years after Martin Luther King Jr. wrote "Letter from Birmingham City Jail," Rami Khouri visits the city of Birmingham, Alabama.  He reflects upon his few days in Birmingham, as well as the lessons that a city whose history is rich with conflict can teach us.

 

 

April 14, 2010

"An American Middle East Peace Plan"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The Obama administration is indicating that it may offer its own version of a reasonable Palestinian-Israeli peace plan, if the parties themselves cannot agree to start the US-mediated 'proximity talks,'" writes Rami Khouri. This may be useful, but it must be carefully thought out -- "much more carefully than all other American-organized Middle East peace moves in the past generation." 

 

 

April 7, 2010

"How the Israeli-American-Arab Dance Can Resume"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BOSTON -- The open disagreement and tough words exchanged in public by the United States and Israel a few weeks ago on Washington's demand that Israel freeze all new settlements in occupied Arab East Jerusalem has now entered Phase 2, in which both sides work quietly behind the scenes to harness their political resources, gauge the other side's intentions, and prepare to continue the battle. The consensus of people I have spoken with in the United States, representing all sides of the issue, seems to see this as a serious clash of positions and perceptions with very little precedent -- but we cannot gauge its full significance until three things happen.

 

 

March 31, 2010

"Basketball Skills and the Middle East"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- These are dramatic days in the Arab-Israeli war-and-peace department, but will they prove to be truly historic, or only transiently tumultuous? The center of gravity of current events remains how US-Israeli relations will impact on attempts by Washington to re-start Palestinian-Israeli negotiations on the basis of "proximity talks" mediated by US special envoy George Mitchell. The American and Israeli governments are locked in a serious battle of wits and wills that has included tough words from both sides: Senior Americans have publicly chastised Israel for insulting the Obama administration and for endangering American lives and foreign policy goals in the region, while senior Israeli cabinet members were quoted in the past few days as saying the Obama administration pursues "diseased, insane" policies and is a "strategic disaster" and a "catastrophe" for Israel.

 

 

March 24, 2010

"Historic Change or Rhetoric?"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- The important relationship between the United States and Israel is evolving in unpredictable ways. Their recent tensions are important for what they reveal about a more sophisticated and integrated American view of its Middle East policies, one which balances a firm commitment to Israel's security against the problems Washington suffers from its excessive pro-Israel tilt and continued Zionist colonialism in occupied Arab lands.

 

 

March 17, 2010

"The US-Israeli Feud"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

NEW YORK -- I have been in Boston and New York City following the dust-up in American-Israeli relations after the Israeli government -- during the official visit of US Vice President Joseph Biden -- made two announcements approving the construction of nearly 1800 new housing units in the occupied Jerusalem and West Bank areas. The controversy has been immense, as far as US-Israeli relations ago. Rarely do senior American officials say in public or private, as they did in the past week, that Israel has "insulted" the United States, accuse it of deliberately undermining US-mediated talks, "condemn" Israel's actions, or demand that Israel take action to prove its commitment to the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations just getting underway with US mediation.

 

 

March 10, 2010

"The Benefit of Proximity Talks"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BOSTON -- Watching US policy in the Middle East as I do these days from Boston, and seeing the deep and persistent tilt towards Israel, it is hard to see any breakthrough emerging from the US-concocted "proximity talks" to launch this week between Israel and the Palestinians. At the same time, it would be irresponsible simply to write off this effort as the latest example of that bizarre process that sees American romanticism or amateurism in mediating peace combine with strong American support for Israeli colonialism (settlements expansion), barbarism (the siege of Gaza that now results in stunting among Palestinian children), and recidivism (refusing to deal with the Goldstone Report on war crimes in the Gaza war).

 

 

March 3, 2010

"America and Islam"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BOSTON -- Americans tend to obsess about certain issues, when the national imagination is either sparked or confounded, and in recent years that issue seems to be Islam and Muslims. The strengths and weaknesses of this American focus on Islam was captured in several events in the past few weeks, including: President Barack Obama appointed a special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; the Chicago Council on Global Affairs issued the results of a two-year-long study on the role of religion in American foreign policy; and the latest poll on religious perceptions in America by the respected Gallup Poll/Muslim West Facts Project was released.

 

 

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February 24, 2010

"Provocation and Futility"

Op-Ed, Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

BEIRUT -- The contrast is startling between the slow pace of attempts to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, on the one hand, and the relentless Israeli drive on many fronts to dominate and try effectively to destroy the concept of a distinct and sovereign Palestinian people in the historic land of Palestine, on the other. Israeli actions in recent weeks clarify the futility of trying to negotiate peace with an Israeli state that wages war on the idea that Palestinians have national rights in the same land that Israel claims as its exclusive patrimony.

 

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