Inside the Middle East
September 14, 2010
Posted: 1418 GMT
Press Corps in Sharm al-Shaikh

Press Corps in Sharm al-Shaikh

Ben Wedeman sends us this photo of the assembled press corps in Sharm al-Shaikh, Egypt waiting for the press conference of the United State's Middle East envoy George Mitchell to begin. Ben reports that everyone did rise from their slumber when the news conference started. You can read about Mitchell's comments about the second round of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians here.

Filed under: General •George Mitchell •Israel •Palestinians •U.S.

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miriam   September 15th, 2010 1:41 pm ET

Ben Wedeman knows, despite what he has written, that Israel does not intend building any new settlements and has not approved the building of any in more than a decade.

Misleading reporting on blogs and on the screen does nothing to help prospects for peace and only helps propagate the false rhetoric aimed at disrupting the whole process.

Similarly, in the report that repeats almost every word uttered by George Mitchell, his mentioning that the administration understands Netanyahu's political complications involved in ending the building freeze is entirely ignored.

It has long been recognised by the US that putting settlements as the central issue was a mistake and the resulting expiration of the freeze has proven that such a move and the subsequent 10 month freeze is unnecessarily stalling the process.

After all, the freeze failed in its purpose of bringing the Palestinians back to negotiations and when finally pressured to return, they agreed to with just 3 weeks left until the end of the freeze, thereby entering negotiations knowing they were doomed from the outset, over an issue that could be used in blaming Israel should the talks break-down.

Hope   September 15th, 2010 3:37 pm ET

They look hypnotized!

S.Gonzalez   September 15th, 2010 11:34 pm ET

These are not "peace talks". There will be no peace until justice is achieved, and justice will only be achieved after the U.S. finally acknowledges what the entire rest of the world had acknowledged ... and that is that Israel is a criminal, apartheid, brutal, dehumanizing, racist, ethnic cleansing regime. Israel is a cancer, a pariah state. Israel does NOTHING for the U.S., and the U.S. is the only reason that Israel exists. It's the ZioNazi ... and has zero to do with Judaism.

Elly   September 15th, 2010 11:35 pm ET

Israel repeated lies over and over until the masses start to believe.

Scott   September 15th, 2010 11:37 pm ET

Israel is not a democracy with equal rights for all its citizens. They have an official policy of racial/ethnic apartheid involving political, legal, and economic discrimination against the Arab citizens of Israel.Israeli citizenship is not available to the Muslim and Christian Palestinians driven from their homes in Israel in 1948, or to their descendants. But a Jew, born anywhere in the world, can have Israeli citizenship for the asking.

viniceit1   September 15th, 2010 11:44 pm ET

Let the Muslims/Arabs and the Jews solve their own problems and pay their own way. It is time to stop stealing American tax payer's money to line the pockets of others. The jews are the richest people on the planet. Why do they need billions of American tax payer's money. This POLITICAL CORRECTNESS should stop. It is time for America to start taking care of our own people and ask countries like Israel to return the American tax payer's money. STOP ALL THE SPECIAL INTEREST SWINDLES OF OUR PEOPLE.

2minstral   September 15th, 2010 11:50 pm ET

It's time to end Israel's crimes!

Steve.M   September 15th, 2010 11:51 pm ET

The reason why Israel will fail is whenever a group of people hold themselves above the rest and actively discriminates it creates discontent and hostilties. It didn't work for the Mormans, Nazis or the racial supremacist in this country. Israel has to abandon it's Zionist ambitions and learn to tolerate none Jews.

Sally   September 15th, 2010 11:52 pm ET

The apartheid occurring and has been occurring for decades is one of the most disgraceful marks on humanity. Boycott Israel as was done with South Africa. Boycott them and all companies that deal with them. The politics and politicians involved are simply interested in furthering the occupation. This has been the Israeli policy from the beginning. It is not a secret.

Only boycott their businesses would work. It has to be grass root efforts as this situation is simply morally unjust.

docsafetube   September 15th, 2010 11:56 pm ET

Israel knows that their time is running not going to feel sorry for them!!

Thunderdog   September 16th, 2010 12:00 am ET

The apartheid state of israel needs to live within it's 1948 UN mandated borders.

David Ben Gurion (the first Israeli Prime Minister):

"If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?

elite   September 16th, 2010 12:01 am ET

Israel are a law to themselves and the US is its little poodle. Getting the US to become a neutral body in this is a joke.

RSATURN   September 16th, 2010 12:05 am ET

Suprizing, still, the biggest obsticle to peace are the souless lying neo-cons, who are vastly Jews who care only for what makes them the most power and profit. They don't care if Jews get killed, Arabs, Gentiles.... just money and power and speading dis info.

Beatrice   September 16th, 2010 12:09 am ET

Here is my great Idea, the Jews can take the land what until now was called "holland".

i always wished other neighbours at our northern fronteer.


kikeman   September 16th, 2010 12:11 am ET

By international law East Jerusalem belongs to Palestine and the territories illegally occupied by Israel is also Palestinies, but the filthy, dirty manipulating zionist terrorists deny this

Roger   September 16th, 2010 12:14 am ET

The Palestinians, although a relatively new state, has had a patriachally concensus which dates back to the 12th century, long before the British decided to give in to american pressure and give the Israelis a state of their own. Irregardless of their origin, the fact remains that they have taken land of a country which wasn't theirs, and they are exerting their power in a misusive fashion

Sankara   September 16th, 2010 12:18 am ET

Dude are you for real ? you want to overlook decades of theft, lies and terrorism by Israel so they can have stolen land ? East Jerusalem is Palestine's, and that is fact and legally acknowledged by UN.

digitalsense   September 16th, 2010 12:21 am ET

Israel consumes the vast majority of the water from the Jordan River despite only 3% of the river falling within its pre-1967 borders. Israel now diverts one quarter of its total water consumption through its National Water Carrier from the Jordan River, whereas Palestinians have no access to it whatsoever due to Israeli closures

philip   September 16th, 2010 12:25 am ET

Settlements are being made on occupied territory and over destroyed Palestinian villages which are being demolished weekly and the homeowners are sent packing without compensation, and also arrested if they protest. Meanwhile Israel says it wants peace, but it continues it war.

Roger2   September 16th, 2010 12:27 am ET

The Palestinian people of that territory have always lived there. that is their land. It wasn't their fault that the British partitioned the land and named it something else. The Palestinians are the descendants of the Hebrews. The Israeli Jewish settlers came from eastern Europe. Now by any logic, these Jews should be moved back there.

celene   September 16th, 2010 12:29 am ET

The country was inhabited by numerous tribes befor the jews arrived and no few were entirely wiped out by jewish violence !
2000 years later, history repeats itself!

Smithy   September 16th, 2010 12:33 am ET

If the Palestinians are hoping Mitchell, Clinton and the democrats can help them...God help the Plaestinians. Even Americans dont expect anything from Hillary & co (except lies, we get plenty of them) So why should Palestinians have hope of fair play??

miriam   September 17th, 2010 10:24 am ET

The above onslaught of propaganda merely represents the most common false rhetoric that comes from the anti-Zionist bigots.

The only people refered to as Palestinians in historical records dating from the 12th century were the Jews of the Holy Land.

The Americans had nothing to do with the Balfour Declaration and the Jews had a state in the Holy Land, and yearned for its re-establishment after its destruction, long before the US existed.

UN resolutions are not law and "east" Jerusalem has never been acknowledged as the capital of any Palestinian state. Jeusalem has only ever been the capital of one nation's state and no other ruling power ever made it its capital, even the Muslims.

Most of Israel's water comes from the Sea of Galilee, located along the Jordan River and not adjacent to any Palestinian territory, unless you believe the claims that Israel has no right to any territory.

No new settlements have been built for over a decade and no settlement was ever built over a Palestinian village, unlike the Palestinian villages and towns built over ancient Jewish communities.

The only population that has been sent packing in the last 33 years have been the Jews of Sinai, Gaza and the northern West Bank.

Since when were Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria...... in Eastern Europe?

Nobody denies that the land was inhabited by tribes before the Israelites arrived, That is recorded in the same source that proves the importance and centrality of the Holy Land to the Jewish religion. Israel is not planning to destroy anybody. She wants to live in peace with her neighbours as the nation state for the Jewish people, granting all rights to her non-Jewish inhabitants.

John A   September 20th, 2010 10:06 am ET

Miriam, your lies are washed out and tired. No educated person can see the world with your perverted vision. I'm so sorry that your Zionist beliefs mean you could not see the truth if it bit you on the leg.

By far the biggest problem in the middle east is Zionism! It is an Israeli belief of superiority, prejudice. Ethnic cleansing is used as their solution. The hatred Zionist have brought to the world is immeasurable! This can be seen in all of Israels short history. It was not this way before the creation of Israel in 1947.

John A   September 21st, 2010 6:31 pm ET

There goes Miriam again with her tired lies, self glorified wisdom and an arrogance that refuses to listen to the majority of good citizens in this world. Actually Miriam perfectly defines Israeli politics.

Wilson   September 22nd, 2010 8:42 am ET

Miriam, anyone who has to rely on anti zionist allegations obviously cant find any justification for Israels actions. All you have is name calling without any honest facts to support your falsehoods.

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