Despite other reasons often given, Jerusalem remains central to resolution of Mid-East conflict
According to Ahmad Qurei, the veteran Mid-East negotiator and former Palestinian prime minister, Jerusalem remains the issue that will not go away and without its resolution peace will not come. This has been a consistent theme in Vision's coverage of the more than one century-long conflict. In a Vision interview, Qurei (Abu Ala) made it clear that the Jerusalem Question is the sine qua non.
Mahmoud Abbas proposes course that may cause Israel to break off peace discussions
The New York Times carried a report today about Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas's suggestion that talks begin with nemesis Hamas. Clearly frustrated by Israel's continued construction activity in East Jerusalem, the PA president said that if talks succeeded with his rivals, he would call new Palestinian elections.
Quartet envoy speaks to British MPs about his role and the current situation
Former prime minister Tony Blair returned to the Palace of Westminster today to answer questions before a select committee in his role as Mid-East envoy.
The salient points included his observation that "[the] humanitarian situation [in Gaza] is dreadful." He also commented on joint Israeli-Palestinian industrial projects, the distance between Hamas and the Israel government, and water rights as part of a settlement, especially in the Jordan valley. He noted that the Middle East is far more important than he realized as prime minister and that it must become a central focus for the next US president. Whoever that will be will need to consider the 60-year history of the Israeli state.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the official founding of the State of Israel and the war that broke out immediately afterwards as Arab armies attempted to destroy the UN-sanctioned Jewish state at birth. In this report, Vision publisher and Mid-East scholar David Hulme analyzes the events leading up to the 1948 war.
David Hulme holds a Ph.D. in International Relations with an emphasis on the Middle East. As publisher of Vision and president of the Church of God, an International Community (COG AIC), Hulme's message is one of hope, restoration and peace.