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Prospects Are Dim for New Middle East Peace Initiative Without...
01 Dec 2001
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ali Abunimah, vice president of the Arab-American Action Network, who examines the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving a cease-fire and a viable, long term peace agreement.
Interview by Between the Lines' Scott Harris.

A growing number of nations concerned about the continuing violence between Israelis and Palestinians have exerted pressure on the Bush administration to abandon its policy of disengagement from the Middle East conflict. Calls for more direct U.S. participation in peace negotiations have also come from Islamic nations backing the American military operation in Afghanistan. In response the White House has sent Retired Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni and Assistant Secretary of State William Burns to meet with Israeli President Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat in an effort to broker a cease-fire.

Adding to the urgency of talks was the recent deaths of five young Palestinian boys aged 6 to 14 who were killed by what an Israeli newspaper says was a remote-controlled Israeli army bomb near the village of Khan Yunis. In retaliation for these deaths -- and the Israeli assassination of a leader of the militant group Hamas -- a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated the explosive he was carrying, injuring two Israeli soldiers at a Gaza Strip border crossing. Fourteen months of violence in the Middle East has claimed the lives of 722 Palestinians and 189 Israelis, according to a Nov. 26 Reuters report.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ali Abunimah, vice president of the Arab-American Action Network, who examines the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving a cease-fire and a viable, long term peace agreement(A RealAudioVersion of this interview may be found At http://www.btlonline.org).

Contact the Arab-American Action Network at (773) 436-6060. Or visit their Web site at www.aaan.org

Related link:

* www.abunimah.org

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