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September 28, 2010
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Driving out of Amman at first light is always an inspiring experience. This morning was no different.

The first flush of mellow amber light awakening fresh life in the sandstone hues of this ancient city. The early hazy dust taking the edge off the seemingly endless urban sprawl of low-cost concrete apartments.

But my focus was already beyond the steep hardscrabble hills flashing past the windows. My thoughts lay about two hundred kilometers further up the road, in Damascus.

Jordanian producer Ranya Khadri had connected me to Khaled Meshaal, the political chief of Hamas. I’d interviewed him three years ago, but now peace talks with Hamas excluded were underway seemed the right time to talk again.

Ranya called Meshaal’s office in Damascus. They wanted to know who would be coming, what we would ask. Two days later, we had a green light for the interview. That was Wednesday.

Now came the hard part, getting Syrian visas for camerawoman Mary Rogers and me. Typically they can take weeks, and, to be newsworthy, we needed the interview by Saturday at the latest.

As Mary and I sat nervously waiting in Ranya’s apartment Friday, the visas finally came through, almost literally at the eleventh hour. So close to midnight, we decided it would be better to grab a few hours sleep and set off early Saturday.

It was to prove the right decision. As I focused ahead, bumping down the highway out of Amman, imagining I’d soon be interviewing the man the United States and Israel call a terrorist leader, I had overlooked one not so small detail.

Crossing in to Syria by road is not like landing at Damascus airport. Sure, you get the same scrutiny and brief holdups at immigration while they search for the telex confirming your visa, but any sense of a speedy process, with new arrivals to be quickly turned loose in the country, seems lost.

Parked up by the border in the now baking sun, time was standing still. Hour upon hour we waited for our camera gear to be checked. We’d faxed the list ahead but it was making little difference. Time was ticking down, no officials seemed to share our sense of urgency, we couldn’t afford to be late.

(CNN's Nic Robertson with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal)


The only sign of change the years had brought to the stifling customs hall were layers of dust and bureaucracy and we were caught in the middle. Stuck between customs agents and a myriad of intelligence officials. It was a suffocating feeling. We’d come so far, but every hour pushed the interview potentially further out of our grasp.

Finally it came down to one man. An official from two-one-one, military intelligence. He would have to look at our gear and say it was safe to bring in to the country.

After hauling the equipment out for inspection and more than 4 hours at the border we were finally on our way. The man from two-one-one had told us he’d come to our hotel and check the gear once we arrived.

After all the lost time it seemed odd he’d let us drive across country before looking at it. But this was Syria and we were playing by their rules. Our goal was that one interview, nothing else.

The man from two-one-one had barely finished checking the gear and Meshaal’s men were knocking on Mary’s door. They wanted our gear too, only they were going to take it away, along with our passports.

I’ve been through less strict US presidential security before, they’ll let you bring your gear with you, check it out while you watch. Hamas it seemed were working to a higher standard. But at least now it felt that we would finally meet Meshaal.

Mary, who’s been doing this longer than me, was yet to be convinced. Two years ago she told me she’d been through the same drill, even set up her camera for the interview only to be told he couldn’t make it.

Meshaal has every reason to be cautious, a little more than a decade ago Israeli Mossad agents tried to kill him. The poison they used was so strong a backup team carried an antidote. The King of Jordan threatened Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu he’d break off relations if Meshaal, who was dying on a hospital gurney in Amman, was not saved.

Security was clearly on the minds of Meshaal’s men who picked us up from the hotel. It was dark but Damascus’s twisting thoroughfares still crowded with buses and post rush our traffic. They squeezed through impossible gaps at improbable speeds.

When a space tightened too far, they worked their siren. The Syrians only too happy to move from their careening path. On the final turn, I recognized the tree-lined street, it had been fast but I’d felt safe and now we were here.

As Meshaal strode in to the room, his staff all stood up. There is no question who is boss, no question whom they look to for leadership

Precisely 13 years to the day since the Israeli agents had tried to kill him, we were finally meeting Meshaal.

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University Rector   September 28th, 2010 4:00 pm ET

Who are the real terrorists?

Wednesday, the United Nations' Human Rights Council concluded the Israeli forces committed serious violations of international law in the mid-sea flotilla interception.

The 56-page report described the circumstances of the deaths of "at least six of the passengers" as being "consistent with ... an arbitrary and summary execution."

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has every right to resist Israeli state terror.

Ryan   September 28th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Netanyahu's lot (and his coalition partners in spades) believe in the notion of "Greater Israel" i.e., that Israel should occupy "Biblical Israel". Google this to find out just how scary this notion is in modern times.

If I were the Palestinians, I would be taking everything Israel says with a very large pinch of salt.

Kennedy   September 28th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

i've always been reasonably sympathetic towards Israel but I'm rapidly losing patience with them. this isnt their land to build on and if the Israeli PM cant manage something as simple as this, then there really is no hope of peace in the region.

Truth_be_told   September 28th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

The West Bank does not belong to Israel.

The UN, USA (yes, the USA!), EU etc. all consider it to be a Palestinian territory under occupation by Israel.

The Geneva Convention prohibits "transfers of the population of an occupying power to occupied territories".

It's high time Israel abided by UN resolutions and by the Geneva convention, but every time the result is the same. They stick two fingers up to the world under the pretext of national security. Then they wonder why nobody likes them.

Lo Tirtzakh   September 28th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

Frankly at this point the USA and Europeans should TELL Israel to stop messing around and keep the freeze on settlements. It really is not conceivable that they can keep on building on land they are really negotiating to hand over. They are either really going to discuss things or they are providing a front to make it look good. Call their bluff!

Eddie   September 28th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

The problem in the middle East has a resonating, reverberating effect, and finding a solution should be in the interests of everybody. Sadly, neither side seems willing to seriously find a solution, to achieve peace. The Israeli government has allowed building work to continue, in spite of its being contentious and likely to earn a reaction. The Palestinians are incensed and angered by this, which is understandable. This vicious circle is going to continue for as long as politicians are involved. I think people need to unite and topple the staid, turgid war-mongerers and live in peace, side by side, like they did until the British government took it upon itself to start dishing out land like smarties. Most people want to lead peaceful, uneventful lives. Residents of the middle East are mature enough to handle ethnic/religious diversity. A secular, multi racial state is the way forward. The Israeli Jews must realise that they aren't the only people on God's earth.

Jerusalem   September 28th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

Once again the Americans find themselves in the situation of paying the Israelis bucket loads of money in order to be made to look like fools. Obama must know that no national leader can accept foreign colonies on their land. The Israelis can get away with these war crimes only by relying on American support. So America is a sponsor of war criminals and thanks to AIPAC's grip on US policy there is nothing that Obama can do about it. No good will come to America because of this and the Americans will once again bleat about how they do not understand why Muslims hate them.

The resumption of the colonistation of the Fatah ruled West Bank must demolish any credibility that may have remained for Fatah and Abbas. There are no Israeli colonies left in Hamas controlled Gaza. Hamas delivers for the Palestinians in a way that is completely beyond the capabilities of the Fatah quislings. This has to be great news for Hamas.

Shame_on_anyone_who_supports_Israel   September 28th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

A nation called Israel ignores all international laws. A nation called Israel does not care about popular opinion. A nation called Israel persecutes based on religion and race. A nation called Israel destroys homes and its military summarily kill with no retribution. A nation called Israel has promised citizenship to anyone of a particular religion, and no others, even those born in the country have no rights to land. It is against the law for one man from another race to sleep with a woman of this Jewish faith, as it is classed as rape. The world stands by weak and embarrassed about what happened 70 years ago and until that even becomes abstract, these crimes will persist.

Sharon   September 28th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

Israel has no intention for peace. Whenever there appears to be potential progress in peace talks, or whenever peace talks are taken seriously by the Palestinians, Israel always does something to derail the talks and now its becoming more blatant than ever before.

And the irony is that Israel will turn around and blame the Palestinians if they refuse to talk and convince the world that its not their fault. Nothing is ever the fault of the Israelis....

The world is finally seeing the real Israel and people are not liking it...

Peter   September 28th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

There will be no peace until:

- Palestinians return to all their lands and homes stolen from them by
violent ethnic cleansing by the Haganah, Irgun, Palmach, the Israel
Occupation Force and the Zionist settlers on the West Bank since the
beginning of the Nakba in 1948

- Israel de-Zionises by removing all racist, apartheid and racially
discriminating laws and practises thereby becoming a secular, multi-
ethnic, multi-religious state for both dispossessed Palestinians
current resident Israelis.

- These peace talks are useless because the US regime is too biased and too weak to have any significant leverage over the Zionist regime running Israel.

- The Arab League and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference which could exercise significant leverage (e.g. by pulling out of the US
dominated UN en bloc)are also too weak and, as always, easily divided. They seem to care not about the fate of the Palestinians; their fellow Arab and Muslim brethren.

- There will be no peace until the power balance is significantly changed in order to give the Palestinians much more leverage vis a vis US/Israel.

- China and Russia should use their power of veto much more in favour of the Palestinians. Their lack of mettle in this regard is pathetic.

- I agree with President Ahmedinejad's speech to the UN General Assembly last week that the organisation and power structure of the UN should significantly changed to represent more the ordinary people in the world. e.g. The Security Council should have its wings clipped severely and the whole UN focussed much more the General Assembly. (By the way, the CNN's reporting of Ahmedinejad's speech was biased and dismal and concentrated on the walk out by US, EU and UK over uncomfortable, yet alternative possibilities re 911)

Angel   September 28th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

It is clear that Israel is not serious about these talks, and until the US speaks in words of one syllable to Israel they will not stop the settlements and will not pursue a serious peace settle. Obama is the key and NOW is the time for him to step up to the plate!

Samantha   September 28th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the Palestinians to continue peace talks despite an end to Israel's ban on West Bank settlement-building. Can the peace talks survive?

Let's just imagine for one moment that the boot was on the other foot. Just imagine if the Palestinians had moved into Israel and were building houses on the outskirts of Tel Aviv with a total disregard to the views or opinions of the Israelis. The Palestinian leaders then urge the Israelis to continue with peace talks whilst their land is being built on. How long would it be before the Palestinians were forcibly 'removed' (assuming of course that they could outrun tanks and armoured personnel carriers).

If there has been a 10 month freeze and Netanyahu was actually serious about seeking a peaceful solution he could, at the stroke of a pen continue this freeze until either there was a successful conclusion to the talks or the talks broke down.

Reagan   September 28th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

The israelie occupation upon palestinian land in the form of settlements is illegal under international law.

Therfore until the US officially sanctions israel to force it to abide by international law there will be no peace.

Israel is a rogue facist state hell bent on a ethnically pure nation. Its really quite disturbing how much israel has in common with a certain country around in the 1940's

Wilson   September 28th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

I think the Israel people have been through some terrible times (WW2). Why do they dish out the same to the Palestinians?
There can only be a joint Palestinian/Jewish state. They must live side by side.
Israel will continue to stall for time whilst they build more homes. I believe they will continue to do this forever. The appearance of Iran as a regional power may be a positive deciding factor and may force Israels hand towards peace.

Abrahem   September 28th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

The diplomatic game has completely failed to give recognition to the real perennial issues of land, water, and food. It is inevitable that if one neighbour state takes the best, the other will seek to take it back, and failing that will blight the crops, trying to take back the means to life. That day is surely coming, and Palestine will more than wish the plagues upon Israel, if the world community fails to assist Palestine, inclusive of Gaza, to self sustenance as the minimum level requisite for any possibility of any real peace for the future. There is the starting point, and there is where the geography lessons and diplomacy have both failed to find any truth, endangering the entire future, to confrontation of Biblical proportions. If the world wants its apocalypse, it could achieve that, by failing in Palestine.

Abdul   September 28th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Mr Netanyahu has repeatedly bragged about his part in castrating the Oslo Agreement. Will he be bragging about the number of arabs that die in Palestinian ghettos?

Ruth   September 28th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

Trust Israel not to follow through on good faith and put building Settlements on hold.

I used to blame the Palastinains for the troubles but recently I see Israel as the bully, actively tyring to destroy the palestian nation. Most recently with the aid convoys attacked in international waters.

Israel doesnt seem to want peace.

The US, and UN need to tell Israel to abide by international law.

Elly   September 28th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

The Arab nations would not destroy Israel if they were disarmed, and their nuclear powers taken away. There would just be fairness for the first time in the Middle East since the unfair theft of a country.

Maik   September 28th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Netanyahu is effectively asking the Palestinians to divide up a cake while the Israelis are still eating it.

Zolta   September 28th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

Seem like Israel is firmly rejecting any notion of peace other than on their terms and with continued occupation and settlement! What a complete joke – as I predicted a few weeks ago when these 'peace talks' were hailed as an historic event!

Are the Israeli government gripped with some kind of insanity? They keep saying they want peace, and want to talk even as they build on Palestinian occupied land and basically stick their collective tongue out at the Palestinian negotiators – What's to negotiate under such a reality? its ridiculous.

Israel must constitute one of the most stupid ideas ever dreamed up – what is the matter with people? Can they not see that Palestine is Palestine and no people have a right to build on another peoples land (especially when you evict them in order to steal the land of their ancestors) – its just wrong.

Zion.u.s   September 28th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

It needs more than a freeze to the building of these settlements to ensure peace in this region. It needs a total withdrawal of Israel to its 1948 borders and it needs all Arabs in the region to accept Israel within that border.

Modern Israel had to happen post WW2 as a home for the survivors of the Nazi murders. The survivors got their new homeland although it took several wars with surrounding States who claimed this land as their own (with very good reasons) plus a horrendous terrorist campaign, supported by the USA, by some exceptionally nasty individuals against the local Arabs, the British and the UN for it to happen.

However, expansion of Israel to the River Jordan has always been on the political agenda of the Zionists since the days of the Stern Gang and nothing has changed. Jews are no longer an oppressed minority needing a secure homeland to survive so why is that those settlers on the West Bank seem to talk with an American accent and one of the biggest property developers on this land speak with an Australian accent?

Those settlers on the West Bank are breaking International Law and it is shameful that the West does not do more to force a total Israeli evacuation of this land and force all surrounding Arab states and Palestinians to accept Israel.

Unfortunatley, although President Obama has the right idea and seems to understand the complexities in this region, the Zionist Lobby that has far too much power in Washington will be too powerful even for USA presidents.

It is no wonder Arabs do not trust the West.

Mary   September 28th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

Israel's no compromise on their illegal and immoral settlements is a major roadblock to any progress.

Captain America   September 28th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Israel will continue it's march toward a "Greater Israel" because they can. My own hypocritical US government "pressures" the Israelis to stop building the illegal settlements while the money train keeps rolling in. Why don't we just be honest and let AIPAC replace our State Department?

Francesca   September 28th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

A good start would be if President Obama stopped listening to The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and witheld all of the ~$7bn annual donation to the Israeli Government until it complied with at least some of the 100+ UN resolutions concerning Israel, starting with the one about building Jewish Settlments on Palestinian land. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_Nations_resolutions_concerning_Israel

What is the point of Peace talks, when Israel so blatantly does something so contrary to any genuine intention of Peace?

The US has been attempting to make peace for decades, but simultaneously turns a blind eye to the serious misdemeanours of Israel.

I do not take these latest efforts for Peace seriously by either the US or Israel. If Israel wanted Peace it wouldn’t have chased out the Palestinians from there own land in the first place. If the US wanted Peace, it would withhold its $7bn.

miriam   September 29th, 2010 11:15 am ET

It's interesting to read about the efforts Syrian security officials are prepared to go to to protect one of the world's biggest terrorists.

It's sad their border controls and security policies are not so strict when it comes to checking other cargo and foreign nationals who cross their borders on their way to plan and execute attacks on innocent individuals whether in Iraq, Lebanon, Kurdistan, Jordan or Israel.

Filipe   September 29th, 2010 5:57 pm ET

People on this blog appear to be as ignorant as the Palestinians. Really-- they continue to whine and cry and complain about "Israel" building settlements in the West Bank-– ignoring the fact that NOTHING would built if the Palestinians themselves simply refused to work for the construction compaines.

It is the Palestinians who are actually doing the "building" !!!!!

It's not rocket science to figure that out !!!!!!

John A   October 1st, 2010 10:41 am ET

Filipe Many now realize the only way to achieve peace in the middle east is to place a total embargo on Israel, then what will you do?

You have no natural resources, Israel totally depends on imports and financial aid from America. With an embargo, Israel would totally collapse in under 12 months. You would be starving and with no hope, then you would be happy to work for the Arabs or negotiate peace in accordance with UN resolutions (which until now Israel has always broken with Americas backing)

Sorry Filipe your solution of offering the Palestinians a choice between starvation or slave labor is another example of your abhorrent Israeli Zionist attitudes.

ps the Jews worked for the Nazis in concentration camps to try and extend their chance of life. Go figure how ugly you are Filipe!

miriam   October 2nd, 2010 6:02 pm ET

What an amazing onslaught of irrelevent, disinformed, brainwashed, false comments in relation to a blog about the run-up to one of the world's most viscious terrorists.

Support of terrorism and its perpetrators constitutes complicity.

It's sad that baseless hate for Israel and the blind belief in false rhetoric and repeated mantras can turn members of western society into promoters of terrorism.

Abdul   October 3rd, 2010 11:04 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 Israeli Jews 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

miriam   October 3rd, 2010 11:42 am ET

John A,

Anyone promoting an embargo on Israel on the internet is displaying total ignorance and hypocrisy.

If you practise what you preach, your comments will disappear from this blog and you may aswell get rid of your computer, cell-phone, start worrying about your national security and health care.

However, Israel has thrived for decades with an embargo enforced by many of her neighbours and her economy is one of the most stable in the world without economic aid . You'd be surprised how well Israel would manage in the event of your hateful recommendation since she receives so little international aid and support.

Israel does not have many natural resources but does have highly valuable human resources that have enabled Israelis to progress since the Jewish state's re-establishment despite seiges, wars and terrorist plagues, saving and improving the lives of not only her own citizens but populations the world over.

There are many Israelis and Palestinians who would explain to you that there is regular contact, business and working partnerships and no starvation or slave labour.

Just ask the 40 Israelis and 80 Palestinians construction workers who held a barbeque together last week, marking the restart of construction in a community near Jerusalem.

The Arabs rejected UNGA Res 181, 194, UNSC Res 242 and continue with their rhetoric accusing Israel of violating these non-binding resolutions. Anyone repeating these mantras should understand the hypocrisy.

John A   October 4th, 2010 9:58 am ET

Miriam,
A history of your blogs clearly indicates that Israel is probably the worlds largest supplier of tin foil hats. Obviously you wear yours religiously.

Miriam when you speak of non binding resolutions you miss the point again. The resolutions are non binding only because America uniquely disagrees with the resolutions at the UN. This is the problem. America is your partner in crime. This makes the UN a worthless organization and a front for US propaganda.

Funny story about the "40 Israelis and 80 Palestinians construction workers who held a barbecue together last week". You can give them a barbecued sausage, but you cant give them their land. Clearly stated in international law, you have robbed their land.

For this reason even your partner in crime "USA" publicly states it wants Israel out of the occupied territories. But naturally this is just politically correct talk, meanwhile the USA's actions are to send aid to support Israels crimes.

miriam   October 5th, 2010 7:40 am ET

Abdul,

There is no Palestinian state and never has been.

The inhabitants of the Holy Land refered to in literature as Palestinians for most of the last millenium were the Jews.

The British were the first to refer to Arabs as Palestinian Arabs to distinguish them from the Palestinian Jews.

The US had nothing to do with the Balfour Declaration or the San Remo Conference where they were merely observers. The same conference paved the way for the formation of Arab states who had previously no nationalist desires as opposed to the Jews whose religion, history and cultural had been centred around the Holy Land for over three thousnad years.

John A   October 5th, 2010 12:08 pm ET

Miriam,

You choose to consider a time when Palestine was not recognized as a state. At this point in time Israel also was not recognized as a state. Since 1947 the UN has recognized boarders between both groups. So if you argue Palestine was not a state, then you must argue Israel was not a state. Israel only became recognized state when it was defined as part of what once was historic Palestine. In the question what came first the Israeli chicken or the Palestinian egg, you argue the egg never existed.

Miriam, dont worry about the UN puppet show which is controlled by politicians, who are controlled by banks & corporation. The UN has failed to stop Israel breaking resolutions for a good reason. Your innocent understanding of the UN needs to mature a little bit.

If you really want to know why Israel has nothing to fear from International courts try googling, "Jack Abramoff".

Jack Abramoff was another outstanding Jewish contribution to Americas completely corrupt political system. Go on, don't be afraid to Google Jack Abramoff and learn how politics and money fail to produce any justice at all.

The UN creates an impression that the world gathers to discuss political issues. However on numerous occasions the overwhelming view of global society is not represented in the UN. No binding laws can be passed through the UN without the unanimous agreement of the five permanent nations on the security council : Britain, France, China, Russia and America. Without the approval of these five states nothing can be accomplished through UN action.

Common trade interests between these five states means that principles are forgotten and a flee bargain is made to protect the power and wealth of each permanent members. The UN does not represent anything accept the wants of western business blocks led by the USA or Eastern power led by China and Russia.

Amid the flee bargain, the five nations have failed to apply principles of law against Israel to not offend trade with wealthy Jews in America.

So go on Google Jack Abramoff, study Jewish manipulation of American politics and then sleep well. Until lobby groups are outlawed in America, America will be run by crooks and Israel will be free to continue with its crookedness.

miriam   October 5th, 2010 4:43 pm ET

John A,

Even if the US, Russia, China, the UK or France didn't have the power of veto, UNGA resolutions and UNSC Chap.VI resolutions would still be NON-binding and irrelevent to international law.

And yes, the US and Israel are not one and the same and have differing opinions as is normal among democratic societies unlike the uniformly biased, anti-Israel stance of the UN dominated anti-democratic bloc.

The British Mandate was determined to become the re-established homeland of the Jewish people and only to appease the Houses of Saud and Hashem was it divided to create Transjordan, in violation of the legally binding League of Nations resolution.

In the 1947 UN Partition Plan, there was no mention of a Palestinian state, and the plan was rejected by the Arabs. Even in 1967 the Arabs had no intention of creating another Arab state, but fought for themselves to gain more territory and elimination of the Jewish state. The PLO was established to annihilate Israel, not to establish a Palestinian state.
Only after 1967 was there talk of a Palestinian state or a Palestinian nation.

UN non-binding resolutions mention that borders are to be negotiated by the two sides and have never recognized any.

You seem rather confused, one minute lending credibility to the UN and then the next ridiculing its relevence.

The relevence of you digging up an old criminal case involving a Jew, one of many Americans of all denominations who have contributed to US society and then fallen foul of the law, is unclear apart from proving discriminatory tendences that you prefer to deny.

Filipe   October 7th, 2010 10:49 am ET

John A,

There never has been a point in time when Palestine was recognized as a state--NEVER !!!

But there you go again spouting off about the US, US politics and Jews in America-– all the while denying that you are and American!!!

What a joke you are !!

For your information-the UN has no mandate or authority to pass any type of laws !!!

It is of no consequence what the UNSC position is on anything !!

So, John-- don't worry about the UN puppet show !!

Filipe   October 7th, 2010 11:05 am ET

John A,

Must be the AADD kicking in. I've repeatedly explained to you that I am neither Jewish not do I live in Israel. So, any results of your spiteful rehtoric, biggoted ranting, embargoes, bla, bla, bla..... is of no consequence for me. It's just amusing that you repeat it daily....to no avail.

But I'm glad to see that you support the full participation of the Palestinian population in the construction process. He he he he!

It's truly amazing how you can whine and cry about the construction and development, yet when someone offers a guaranteed solution, you jump up and down and scream about slave labor and starvation.

Well, a day will come that the Palestinians will need to support themselves, work for themselves, fend for themselves. Otherwise they will never have their own state!

The israelis are not obligated to give them jobs !!

John A   October 7th, 2010 8:51 pm ET

Filipe,

I trust you are childish enough to believe that your mentally challenged blogs are hard hitting.

Filipe, your expert knowledge has been requested on CNNs blog page "Bahraini teens launch sex change bids".

Why dont you stick to a subject which you know and understand? Transsexual lifestyles are your field.

You say Israelis are not obligated to give jobs to Palestinians. And this is true. Israels only obligation is to return Palestinian land to it rightful owners who are the Palestinians.

And if Israel could stop murdering civilian aid workers & stop bombing children as they sleep in bed, then the world community might stop despising Israel.

Smith in Oregon   October 7th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

The Mossad hit team used the same poison on Arafrat in a utterly cowardly attack on a old man.

The terrible human rights abuse charges that are mounting and being alleged by the European Unions legal consul as well as many nations around the entire world is further isolating Apartheid Israel and American's should be actively questioning what American core values are given, received and supported by America's continued massive free taxpayer cash giveaway to Israel.

America and much of the world entirely boycotted South Africa's government, business's and trade. The same should happen to Apartheid Israel, boycotting the Israeli government, boycotting all Israeli business's and boycotting all Israeli trade.

Smith in Oregon   October 7th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

There is no such thing as a hebew race, ethenicity or anything else related to race! hebrewism is a religion, not a race! is there a catholic race? is there a hindu race ? is there a mormon race?

Zionist and Zionism is a political movement, just like communism and fascism and just as Evil. last, the dictionary definition of a semite is someone of ARAB descent! American taxpayers shouldn't give a penny more to these mass murders, thieves and parasites. There is only one country that encompasses the east-west banks and Jordan and that is PALESTINE! put the Zionists on the terror watch list where they belong!

Urge Interpol to act on the multiple International Charges listed against a large number and range of Israeli Officials and vocally demand the Interpol charge those same Zionists with International Crimes.

miriam   October 9th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

Smith,

The first individual to be refered to as an Hebrew was Abraham who produced a family and a nation known as Hebrews or Israelites.. He came from a distinct race, descended from Shem, the Hebrew name from which the word "semite" is derived.

Jews are unique in that they have multiple identities as a religious group, a nation, an ethnic group and the connection to nationhood with a particular territory.
The Jewish demand for political autonomy however, is not exceptional.

Zionism is the political term for the revival of Jewish national self-determination in its religious, historical and cultural homeland. That desire preceeded the 19th century, having been the aspiration of Jews ever since their various exiles.

The re-establishment of that homeland was expressed in the creation of the British Mandate over the area east and west of the River Jordan, all of which was destined to become the Jewish state. The terms of the League of Nations Mandate to Britain were violated when Transjordan was separated off to appease the Saud and Hashem families.
Palestine was not the name of a state, but the name of the Mandate. Had it not had that name, there would be no people calling themselves Palestinians today.

There are no legitimate international warrants for any Israeli leaders and if interpol should be searching for anyone, it is the network of world terrorists, openly promoting and realizing genocide against the West, the US, Israel, Jews and other religious sects and minorities.

John A   October 13th, 2010 12:26 pm ET

Miriam good to see you limit your debate to facts, such as Abraham spawned an entire nation hahahahaha Surely your kidding?

If your not kidding, the incestuous implications behind your statement are disturbing.

miriam   October 14th, 2010 4:41 pm ET

John A,

Are you confused again?

Either facts confuse you or your understanding of English.

Anyway, your radical, Islamic, messianic, tyrranic heros might not like the fact you disagree with their interpretation of history and religion. You've already told us about your rejection of Christianity because of its roots in Judaism, but Islam and its word also claims to have its roots in Abraham.


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Inside the Middle East airs the first week of every month on the following days and times:

Wednesday: 0930, 1630,
Saturday: 0430, 1830,
Sunday: 1130

(All times GMT)

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