Regions / Palestinian Territories
Efforts at isolating Hamas are likely to backfire.
Lost amidst the predictably negative reaction to the victory by Hamas in the Palestinian parliamentary elections is the crucial role that the U.S. government had in bringing the radical Islamist group to power.
Changes in Israeli political leadership and prospects for a settlement.
Double standards for Hamas undermine negotiations.
Much has been written in support of and against Sharons planned disengagement from the Gaza Strip, to include the dismantling of the settlements in the Gaza Strip, isolated settlements in the northern part of the West Bank, and the redeployment of the Israeli army within the Gaza Strip; yet one crucially important aspect has been overlooked by most commentators: the precedent of dismantling settlements and its potentially transforming and cathartic affect on Israeli society.
The Palestinian struggle for freedom and independence is larger than the late President Yasser Arafat.
Conflict resolution will not occur until political and factional leaders re-absorb the lesson that each persons humanity, while unique, is of equal value.
The Bush administration has used this climate to challenge the independence of all U.S. aid organizations.
War and walls have demonstrably failed to make good neighbors in the Middle East. That leaves peace the "road less traveled."
One thing to keep in mind about the current push for peace between Israelis and Palestinians is that Ariel Sharon is one of the most consistent political figures in the Middle East, and he keeps his word.